Bassong earns his Spurs

August 16, 2009

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Joachim Patinir, Saint Jerome in the Desert
“Title hopefuls Liverpool suffered defeat in their first game of the new Barclays Premier League campaign as Sebastien Bassong scored on his debut in a 2-1 victory for Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Reds boss Rafael Benitez had spent the summer plotting how to overhaul champions Manchester United, having fallen just short last season in the quest for a first title since 1990.” (ESPN)
Thin resources could cost Liverpool’s ambitions (ESPN)
Tottenham 2 – 1 Liverpool (BBC)
Spurs 2-1 Reds: Opening day defeat at the Lane (This Is Anfield)
Liverpool 1-2 Tottenham (oh you beauty)
Rafa Benitez: Lack of funds won’t shake our title challenge (Lliverpool Daily Post)
Tottenham 2 Liverpool 1 (Liverpool Daily Post)
Tottenham 2 – Liverpool 1 (101 Great Goals – Video)


Soundoff: Pick Your European Golden Boot Winner

August 16, 2009

“Yesterday, Raul declared his immediate eligibility for the old age home by proclaiming Mikey Owen a possible candidate for the Premiership scoring title, despite ample evidence to the contrary (such as years 2004-2009). But it brings up a good question: just who is the likely scoring leader – and not just of England, but of the whole damn continent? Who will win the hallowed – umm…what’s that goddamn acronym again?…ah yes – ESM Golden Shoe? This we must ponder.” (The Offside)


Fixture fiasco in Brazil

August 16, 2009

“With Brazilian clubs continuing to lose players in the transfer window the perennial calls are being made to bring the country’s football calendar into line with Europe’s. There is near-unanimous support for restructuring from clubs who would free to play in tournaments in the European close season, as well as not losing players mid-championship. But the powerful Globo media network and, less openly, the Brazilian federation (CBF) are opposed to the change.” (WSC)


Stan Bowles explains the problem with modern football

August 16, 2009

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“To sit with Stan Bowles and listen to riotous tales of fun and insurrection in the 70s is to be reminded that, for all its modern excesses, football fundamentally has always been a playground of the ego. This, after all, was a man for whom the round ball might have been invented as his personal plaything so brilliant was he, a footballer Denis Law once described as ‘100% talent”‘. Yet he entered into countless battles of the will, won a few, lost more and ultimately squandered his gifts. It is a crime he played only five times for England – but some of the wounds were self-inflicted.” (Guardian)


Premier League Prediction Pain

August 16, 2009

“Every year I like to draw up the Premier League as a system of tiers. This year I didn’t do it, but the caste system is about as pronounced as its ever been. In an scenario eerily similar to the actual world, the small group of elites (The Big Four) are growing richer, the middle class is getting squeezed and the poor unwashed masses continue to grow.” (That’s On Point)

Will you walk alone?
“Xabi Alonso is the new Chuck Norris. You’d think, given the melodramatic manner in which his homeward-bound transfer to Madrid has been covered in the professional press and on the interwebs of amateur punditry, that the Handsome Basque once ate an entire ream of rice paper and shat out some origami swans and Shunsuke Nakamura. You’d think he could withstand a lethal dose of Napalm in his Lucozade. You’d think the Taliban requested peace talks after watching highlights of the Spanish midfielder’s long-range bombs against Luton Town and Newcastle.” (That’s On Point)