Replacing Xabi Alonso

August 5, 2009

“If Steven Gerrard is the heart of Liverpool then Xabi Alonso was one of the lungs. So Liverpool just lost a lung. It’s lung-wrenching. I know they have a potential organ donor lined up (AS Roma) and that a new lung (Alberto Aquilani) could be on the way already, but what if the operation doesn’t take? They won’t know until the season gets going.” (EPL Talk)

Liverpool agree fee for Aquilani
“Liverpool have confirmed they have agreed a fee with Roma for Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani. The transfer is reported to be worth £20m and is subject to a medical being completed later in the week. ‘Alberto has a winning mentality and great experience in both Serie A and the Champions League,’ said Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.” (BBC)

Alonso saga? Done
“Another morning, another celebration in soccernet towers that we can put another drawn out transfer saga to bed. The Telegraph pitch it right by declaring we can all ‘move on’ now Xabi Alonso is about to become a Real Madrid player, for the princely sum of £30m.” (ESPN)

Prostrating Before our Beloved, Accursed False Idols

August 5, 2009

“The itch, the burn, the fire, nothing has stirred the pot like the exorbitant City sums in this summer’s transfer market. A club outside the top 4 has a wealthy, solvent, and interested investor. He has purchased several quality players. What’s the problem?” (futfanatico)

Euro troubles highlight SPL concerns

August 5, 2009

“There’s a dark cloud hanging over Scottish football right now. It’s a bit grim up north and that’s before the domestic action has even started. Budgets have been slashed and squads have been severely cut as the credit crunch really starts to bite. Celtic, Aberdeen, Motherwell and Falkirk all appointed new bosses during the close season only for all three to suffer disappointing European defeats to further increase the doom and gloom.” (ESPN)

World Cup qualifying: Who will Bradley bring to the Azteca?

August 5, 2009

“I really tried to care about the Gold Cup. After the group stages, I got pumped up; I told myself I was going to have the best Gold Cup commentary on the Internet. Then the United States played Panama in the quarterfinals and I fell asleep in about the 20th minute. Then the U.S. played Honduras is the semifinals and I fell asleep in about the 30th minute. Gold Cup matches were like taking NyQuil is visual form.” (Intelligent Soccer)

Barcelona shows how far we have to go

August 5, 2009

“In the fashion of a heavyweight champion from the time when boxing fans cared about multiple titles, FC Barcelona flashed the hardware of its fearsomeness. Arrayed below the news conference podium Monday at a downtown Seattle hotel were trophies representing the 2008-09 championships of Spain’s first division, the nation’s Copa del Rey tournament and the European Champions League — the first Spanish team to win all three in a single season.” (SeattlePI)

Altidore: “England Early in the Morning”

August 5, 2009

“Jozy Altidore seems to be handling this Twitter thing a little better than Darren Bent. While Bent tossed his toys out of the pram in 140 characters or less, the teenage American striker calmly tweeted to his followers: England early in the morning so im going to get some sleep ill tweet all day tomorrow on my bb and let you guys know whats going on! He then thanked his followers for their support. I would check to see if Bent has ever done.” (EPL Talk)