Anfield Rap

July 29, 2009

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“The ‘Anfield Rap’ was a song released by members of Liverpool F.C. before the 1988 FA Cup final against Wimbledon FC. The song reached #3 in the UK singles chart.” Wikipedia, YouTube, The Anfield Rap (Craig Johnston), Discogs


Out with the old, in with the new

July 29, 2009

“When a new manager joins a club it can sometimes take time for them to bed in and make the impact that they had envisioned when they first joined. However, in France, there is a clinically efficient process occurring at Marseille. Out with the old, in with the new. With Eric Gerets gone, new boss Didier Deschamps has wasted little time in making it quite clear which players he sees as having a future at the club. And those who don’t have been told in no uncertain terms that they should look for employment elsewhere for the 2009-10 season.” (ESPN)


Who Are The Early Title Favourites?

July 29, 2009

“The summer is far from over and we haven’t even got close to seeing the end to the transfers for the Premiership, but who are the early favourites for the league title next season?” (EPS Talk)


Hungry For The FA Cup

July 29, 2009

“I know it’s only July… I know the first round proper is months away… But I’ve decided to give some extra love to the FA Cup this season. Lately the top clubs have been treating the world’s oldest football competition like the red-headed step-child of trophy runs. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and United refuse to devote themselves as fully to a domestic cup with League and continental priorities weighing heavily on their minds and competitive well-being.” (EPL Talk)


Clough times at Derby

July 29, 2009

“Derby County manager Nigel Clough paused and momentarily collected his thoughts before commenting on the arrival of former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson as director of football at nearby Notts County. ‘I hope Ian McParland is happy with it because after all he is the manager,’ Clough eventually told me as we talked football in the comfortable surrounds of his office at his club’s Moor Farm training facility.” (BBC)


MLS in the UK

July 29, 2009

“My recent trip to England revealed a few interesting tidbits of info, c/o of some seasoned overseas football writers with whom I had a nice stout-soaked chat. Perhaps the most interesting was the revelation that it is near impossible to watch a full, live, 90 minute MLS match in the UK.” (A More Splendid Life)


No Toure Denial, Arshavin & Other Transfer Rumours

July 29, 2009

“This summer has been one of continued transfer speculation surrounding the top players at the club. One did find the sums of money on offer elsewhere too much to resist but so far, that is it. Nothing unusual in that, after all since the turn of this century we have witnessed an endless stream of media gossip about who is going where and when, for how much and 99% of it has turned out to be baseless. Rarely has the club commented. The Reyes debacle probably offers as good a reason why as any other.” (A Cultured Left Foot)