Media clowns talking bull

June 8, 2009

“The football season may be over but the silly season is well and truly in full swing. It’s easy to see why Rafa might be frustrated with the lack of any progress on our new stadium, because if we were to sign half of the players the clowns in the media have us linked with in their many “exclusives”, we will need the extra capacity just to fit them all into the ground!” (This Is Anfield)

Loan ranger Tom Hicks Kops the blame for problems at Liverpool (Guardian)
“Liverpool’s co-owner said in a statement at the end of last week, before adding a pay-off so lacking in self-awareness that it was almost comical: ‘I don’t want any of this to be a distraction to the team and our fans.’ If any of this sounds familiar to Liverpool fans, who have watched their beloved club slide into almost constant tumult, at least off the field, since Hicks and his business partner George Gillett arrived on Merseyside back in 2007, then it was the same old story, too, in the States, where Hicks has earned a reputation for what the New York Times called wrong-headedness.”

Liverpool’s American owners make huge loss (ESPN)
“Liverpool’s parent company owned by Tom Hicks and George Gillett suffered a £42.6m loss last year – mainly due to interest payments on the debts the Americans took on to buy the club. In the annual accounts released tonight, Liverpool’s accountants have also warned that remaining uncertainty over refinancing the £350m debt before the July 24 deadline ‘may cast significant doubt on the group’s and parent company’s ability to continue as a going concern’.”

Liverpool left to tumble into £420m black hole (The Independent)
“The financial black hole otherwise known as Kop Football Limited – or KFL, the holding company of Liverpool – owed a total of £421.6m to creditors at the end of the 2007-08 financial year, but Liverpool’s manager, Rafa Benitez, will still be given summer transfer funds of around £20m plus whatever he makes in sales, according to sources close to the club’s owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett.”

KPMG warn that Liverpool could become the next Leeds (OLEOLE)
“Just like a sudden sharp pain down your left arm on a cold Tuesday night, Liverpool’s supporters were blindsided by financial auditors KPMG’s latest findings into their club. Unable to repay their loan debts in January, Liverpool’s owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, made arrangements with RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) and Wachovia to repay their financial arrangements on July 24, a sum of £350m.”

Real Madrid admit interest in Liverpool FC star Xabi Alonso (Liverpool Echo)
“REAL MADRID president Florentino Perez has admitted for the first time that he wants to sign Xabi Alonso – but Reds boss Rafa Benitez insists he’s not for sale. Perez is overseeing a major overhaul at the Bernabeu this summer and is prepared to test Liverpool’s resolve with a £25million bid for the 27-year-old midfielder.”

Kleber would entertain move to Liverpool (ESPN)
“Brazilian international Kleber has insisted he is happy to remain with Cruzeiro amid increasing speculation about a move to Liverpool, but would entertain a move to the Premier League should a fee be agreed between the two clubs. The 25-year-old is thought to be one of Rafael Benitez’s top targets for next season as the Reds manager looks to challenge Manchester United for the Premier League title.”

Reds make £20million move for Lavezzi (This Is Anfield)
“Liverpool have made a £20million offer for Napoli’s Agentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to the player’s agent. The 24-year-old has been strongly tipped to leave the Serie A club after writing an open letter to the fans last week saying he had been treated with disrespect by club officials over his contract.”

Moore’s love affair with football still burns bright (Wirral News)
“The Daily Post’s Tranmere Rovers reporter Nick Hilton reflects on Friday’s surprise sacking of manager Ronnie Moore. YOU can be sure Ronnie Moore won’t pass on the opportunity to offer some wry reflection on the unstable nature of the football management business when he stands up to address his wedding guests this week.”

Anfield Icon Robbie Fowler Would Love To Manage Liverpool (Goal)
“Former England international Robbie Fowler, 34, currently of the North Queensland Fury in Australia’s A-League, has u-turned on his previous ambitions of making an early retirement from football and has now declared that he would relish entering a career in coaching and management.”

Nigeria 3 – 0 Kenya

June 8, 2009

“Obinna Nsofor snatched two second half goals to help ensure a comfortable 3-0 win for Nigeria over Kenya in their World Cup African zone Group B qualifier in Abuja on Sunday. The Inter Milan forward, who saw little league action this season, converted a 72nd minute penalty and then hit home a thundering shot five minutes later.” (ESPN)

Cameroon 0 – 0 Morocco (ESPN)
“Cameroon and Morocco played out a 0-0 draw in their World Cup qualifier on Sunday, leaving the two nations struggling to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals in South Africa.”

Egypt thrashed in 2010 qualifier (BBC)
“Egypt face a struggle to qualify for the 2010 World Cup after an away defeat to Algeria leaves them stranded at the bottom of their group. Cameroon are another Africa giant propping up their group after a goalless draw with Morocco. But Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ivory Coast and Ghana all won over the weekend to maintain their 100% starts to the final round of 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.”

Africa’s finest in action (BBC)
“Every week, the BBC World Service’s African sports programme Fast Track rounds up the continent’s goal scorers in the top leagues in Europe. Now with club action over for the season and players on their way to international duties, Fast Track brings you the best of the season 2008-09.”

2010 World Cup tables (BBC)
“The 5 group winners go through to join the world’s best at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The top three in each group will go to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.”

Cameroon/Morocco: Lions Fail to Roar At Home (Vanguard)
“The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon failed to bounce back to World Cup contention after they were held to a barren draw at home by the Atlas Lions of Morocco. Both teams needed victory to stay in contention for the single.”

Nigeria/Kenya: Nigeria Beat Kenya (This Day)
“Super Eagles, yesterday in Abuja, humphed and laboured with their flight for the best part of 90 minutes to get their journey to the World Cup 2010 ticket on course. Still they had a 3-0 victory that looked emphatic enough to flatter them and their massive supporters on at the end of the game against the Harambee Stars of Kenya.”

Ghana/Mali: Stars Put Hand On Self Destruct Button (Public Agenda)
” It has not been pressed yet but the build up to the crucial 2010 joint African and World Cup qualifier against Mali will leave many Ghanaian football fans worrying weather the Black Stars are not on the verge of pressing the self destruct button.”

Nigeria Back On Track (MTN Football)
“Nigeria got their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a 3-0 defeat of Group B rivals Kenya at the National Stadium in Abuja on Sunday evening.”