Serie A 09/10 Preview: Can anyone stop Inter?

August 17, 2009

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“Italian football has been blighted by a series of exposing scandals in recent years; Calciopoli in 2006, the Plusvalenze scandal and the murder of a Lazio fan by police in 2007 all degrading the once esteemed reputation of Serie A. The 2008/09 season, however, did much to restore people’s faith in Italian football, a campaign free of corruption and legal accusation allowing fans to focus solely on the football on display. Followers of Serie A will be hoping that the league can consolidate the rebuilding of its respectability in 2009/10 in what is set to be one of the most interesting seasons in recent years.” (SoccerLens)


Weekend Wrapup: Everything is Right in the World Again

August 17, 2009

“Well that was some weekend, I’ll trust the lot of you stayed glued to your televisions for better parts of the morning Saturday and Sunday. Hope you enjoyed it, because I sure did. At this point every game has some excitement to it, nobody is in a deep hole and playing bad yet and you don’t really know how anything is going to shake out.” (Avoiding the Drop)


First week ever

August 17, 2009

“Maybe you know this, maybe you don’t but 95 percent of the time I have to work Friday nights. This makes getting up for that early Saturday morning match a chore, well, so much as getting up to watching a sporting event in your pajamas can actually be a chore. Saturday, after rising to my alarm with sand in my eyes and truding down the stairs of my condo to fire up Chelsea/Hull City, this paradigm has been changed, not just changed but shattered by two letters — H & D. The Premier League in High Def? I was like my cat after giving her a whiff of catnip — thoroughly memorized. Who cares if it was a place as loathsome as Stamford Bridge, I couldn’t take my eyes off it.” (That’s On Point)


Thin resources could ruin Liverpool’s ambitions

August 17, 2009

BRITAIN SOCCER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
“If strength in depth is the key to winning the Premier League title, then Liverpool may be destined to spend yet another season as nearly men. After falling just four points short of ending their painful 19-year wait for a domestic championship last May, this was the summer when Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez had his chance to apply the finishing touches to a squad that may only be a couple of players away from being hailed as the very best in the country.” (ESPN)

The Liverpool Lie
“Nothing bothers me more in football than when myopic TV pundits and journalists alike ignore the facts. I’m talking about facts. With the Annual Arsenal Write-Off duly shown two-fingers by the Gunners and Liverpool putting in an uninspired (to say the least) performance at White Hart Lane, you have to ask whether pundits and journalists should have seen this coming. Perhaps, it is Liverpool, not Arsenal, who should be looking over their shoulder at the likes of Man City.” (SoccerLens)


Club v country takes new twist

August 17, 2009

“The big kick-off to a new season is always exhilarating, fuelled by the energy of fans flocking back to their spiritual home after more than three months of absence. The regularity and depth of this contact between fans, stadium and team means that the club game will always be football’s central experience. But maybe a tilt is taking place in the direction of national teams. It could just be that this is World Cup season. Or perhaps because I’m briefly back in England at a moment when there is a mini buzz of expectation around Fabio Capello and his men.” (BBC – Tim Vickery)


Top 10 Goals of the Week

August 17, 2009

“There are a ton of cock-ups and numpties to flag up this week as we had a bumper selection of errors over the past seven days in world football. The season wouldn’t be the same without the men in black spoiling things.” (101 Great Goals)