Quota could mean Liverpool cull

September 23, 2009

“As he trotted along the touchline at Anfield last Wednesday, Andriy Voronin was greeted with generous applause. It probably had something to do with the fact that, a matter of metres away, the rather more popular Javier Mascherano was also warming up. Nonetheless, it was a moment the Ukrainian may want to savour.” (ESPN)

Introducing Just Football TV – Football Highlights Galore

September 23, 2009

“As you may or may not have noticed we have been running a new video feature down the sidebar of late. Well, now is the time to formally introduce Just-Football TV, a new section on the site we hope you will enjoy. Hidden somewhere deep amidst the colossal, maze-like pixellated jungle that is Youtube I’ve become increasingly aware lately that there are some absolute gems out there as far as football videos go.” (Just Football)

Adventures Of A Premier League Fan Near Harvard University

September 23, 2009

“The missus and I were in Boston this past Saturday afternoon with some time to kill, so I thought we’d try and find a place to catch the West Ham v Liverpool match. Our journey began in Cambridge, around Harvard Square. Perhaps it’s because the kids at that institution are too busy planning winter break ski vacations in Austria or copying MySpace to make millions or splitting the atom or whatnot, but there aren’t too many bars in the yard.” (EPL Talk)

Which players have attacked fans?

September 23, 2009

“‘I noticed in this weekend’s Observer that a Colombian player was sent to prison earlier this year after shooting a fan,’ wrote Ed McMillan last week. ‘Other than the obvious Cantona kung-fu kick, are there many other example of players attacking supporters, particularly their own?’ Eric Cantona is by no means alone in his aggressive attitude toward supporters. Javier Flórez was the Colombian midfielder who went too far after losing in a local tournament final earlier this year. The Atletico Junior player shot at a group of supporters, killing one, who chanted ‘weak, weak, weak’ at him as he drove past. Flórez explained he was ‘drunk and angry’ when it happened, following his release from prison on a £45,000 bail.” (Guardian)

Rampant Barca at Santander; Racing – 1, Barca -4

September 23, 2009

“FC Barcelona continued their excellent run in the league with a 4-1 demolition of Racing Santander at El Sardinero stadium. Two goals from Messi and one each from Ibrahmovic and Pique was enough to see Barca comfortably past Racing. Like the weekend it was a sensational first half display which put Barca in command. Now Barca has moved three points clear and the pressure will be surely on Madrid to respond against Villareal.” (All About FC Barcelona)

La Liga 2009/2010 – (VIDEO MESSI)
“RACING DE SANTANDER lost to an overpowering FC BARCELONA 1-4 as Barça continues on its merry way of total dominance of the ball & play.” (Spanish Football Sports)

Racing Santander (1) vs Barca (4) Highlight (All About FC Barcelona)

Real Madrid: What’s Better 4-2-4, 4-2-2-2 or 4-3-3?

September 23, 2009

“Too much of a good thing, this maybe the dilemma that is rattling the mind of REAL MADRID Coach Pellegrini as he figures out how to balance & create a clock working team. The observations & the experience up till now show a potential dependence on midfielder Xabi Alonso as ‘Director of the Orchestra’ & a lack of a stable ongoing tactical set up in the team’s line-ups.” (Spanish Football Sports)

Reds edge past impressive Leeds

September 23, 2009

Sébastien Bourdon (1616-1671)
“David Ngog struck the only goal as a much-changed Liverpool side sneaked past a fired-up Leeds 1-0 in the Carling Cup tonight. The Premier League giants were outplayed by the League One leaders for much of the third-round tie but Ngog netted against the run of play after 65 minutes.” (ESPN)

Leeds United 0, Liverpool FC 1: Reds exorcise Carling Cup ghosts of the past
“THEY came to relive the old times at Elland Road last night. Thankfully for Rafael Benitez, however, the same did not apply to his team. Liverpool began the process of exorcising the ghosts of the recent Carling Cup past by claiming narrow victory at Leeds United. Dismal defeat in this competition at Tottenham Hotspur last year, along with previous capitulations against Arsenal and Crystal Palace, had sparked debate over the strength in depth of his squad and the effectiveness of the Academy.” (Liverpool Daily Post)

Leeds restore pride in defeat
“LEEDS UNITED ultimately lost this tie but, along the way, Simon Grayson’s charismatic League One pace-setters will surely have gained a whole load of new friends. If last night was a throwback to compelling contests of yesterday when Leeds, and not just Liverpool, were major football powers in the land there was none of the gratuitous snarling or snide tackling of old from the men in white.” (Irish Times)

VIDEO: Leeds United 0 – Liverpool 1
(Liverpool Kop)