The Return of Rafa?

December 22, 2010


“With Rafa’s apparent departure from Inter Milan, there’s a growing bandwagon calling for his return to the Liverpool hot seat. For some, that time can’t come soon enough. But as ever, it’s a complex issue.” Tomkins Times


Augsburg 0-1 Schalke

December 22, 2010

“Schalke struck late to eliminate plucky Augsburg from the DFB-Pokal and move into the quarter-finals. This was the fifth consecutive game the Gelsenkirchen side had won in all competitions, and they’ll be disappointed that the winter break now eats into their momentum. The defeat was the first suffered by Augsburg in over two months, but they won’t be too disheartened as they seek to gain promotion to the top-flight for the first time in their history.” Defensive Midfielder


Carrick, Revisited

December 22, 2010

“Michael Carrick is one of my favourite footballers around. I sometimes joke that he’s the Geordie Guardiola, then I realise that Guardiola may have been the Catalan Carrick. I like alliterations. Anyways, he’s come in for a huge amount of stick over the years, and I’ve felt the need to defend him on numerous occasions, not least to my fellow Manchester United supporters.” crimes against humility


Top 10 soccer stories of 2010

December 22, 2010

“1. FIFA corruption. It’s been a long time since anybody thought of FIFA as a bunch of do-gooders, but this has been a damaging year for its reputation nonetheless. As Sepp Blatter’s merry troupe was courted by World Cup bidders, two members (Nigeria’s Amos Adamu and Tahiti’s Reynald Temarii) were suspended for offering to sell their votes, and the rest of the executive committee did nothing to quell suspicions that it was standard practice by giving the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to mega-rich, risky options Russia and Qatar, respectively.” SI


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