Hitting reset on the World Rankings

August 20, 2009

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“Like a recurring ulcer, we’re back after a summer of excess and decadence. When we last checked in, Cristiano Ronaldo was still a Red Devil, AC Milan looked competitive and the U.S. national team looked like it could beat Spain, no problem. Honest. In any case, we’re getting the Rankings machine going again after a blistering summer of some serious cash moving around, despite the supposedly slow economy.” (SI)


Corruption Allegations Make The Maltese Cross

August 20, 2009

“Days before the Maltese football season is due to start and still the future of Marsaxlokk FC and Vittoriosa Stars, the two clubs at the centre of corruption charges, is unknown after hearings were repeatedly postponed. For years, rumours of corruption have undermined the credibility of local football but when these were brought up the official reply always was that unless someone stepped forward with proof nothing could be done.” (twohundredpercent)


Premiership Conclusions

August 20, 2009

“Well we’ve now had two rounds of Premier League fixtures and gosh, hasn’t it been interesting!? It’s fair to say there have been some major shocks already, so what have you made of the season so far? What are your first impressions? I’m going to give my two cents worth with three conclusions below, but please leave a comment and let me know what your reaction to the start of the ‘09/’10 season has been.” (They think it’s all over…)


Steve Heighway

August 20, 2009

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“Stephen Derek Heighway (born 25 November 1947) is a former footballer who was part of the hugely successful Liverpool team of the 1970s.” Wikipedia, LFC History, All Experts, MySpace


Champions League Qualifying: No Room For Cinderella

August 20, 2009

“What is the official name of this new round anyway? Fourth round? ‘Playoff bracket’? How about “the mere formality”, because that’s what it turned out to be yesterday. While all were hoping for a big upset and a Champions League Cinderella, the big clubs went quietly about taking care of business, disposing of the riff raff before the the second leg.” (The Offside), Champions League Qualifying: Home Sweet Nothing – The Offside


Portugal’s World Cup hopes lie in the balance, writes Pedro Pinto

August 20, 2009

“It’s injury time in Tirana and, with the score at 1-1, Portugal know that they are effectively on the brink of elimination from the 2010 World Cup. Another long ball is floated into the Albanian area and, as the home goalkeeper fails to hold the ball, Porto centre-back Bruno Alves appears at the back post to head the ball in. Cue wild celebrations on the Portugal bench. It’s as if they have just beaten Brazil in the World Cup Final.” (World Soccer)