Off to the Palace

November 8, 2009

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“I’ve always had a book inside me, readers. Whether it’s the spark of a horror novel about someone who survives the trenches of World War One yet continues to be haunted by his memories of friends dying and eating Rat Surprise, a slice of fiction based on a season of Football Manager, or the endless concepts connected with Boro, I’m forever dreaming of fame, fortune and making it onto The South Bank Show before reality kicks in and I remember I work full time.” (Smog Blog)


Football’s obligations on Remembrance Sunday

November 8, 2009

“It is not difficult to find fault with some of the decisions made in the boardrooms of Manchester United and Liverpool. But the haranguing the clubs have faced for not joining the rest of the Premier League in displaying poppies on their shirts for the weekend fixtures is more disingenuous than the supposed offence. The Daily Mail’s Charles Sale has been applying “poppy pressure” on Premier League clubs this week after only 12 of the division’s 20 clubs announced plans to attach a poppy onto their kits.” (WSC)


Liverpool plan £250m field of dreams

November 8, 2009

“LIVERPOOL will brush off the controversy over England’s top clubs selling naming rights to their stadiums and chase the most expensive naming rights deal in the history of sport. Despite the recession, the Merseyside club’s hierarchy are convinced they can raise a mammoth £250m by persuading a leading global firm to buy the rights to name Liverpool’s proposed ground.” (TimesOnline)


The taxing issue affecting La Liga

November 8, 2009

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“The Spanish league could very soon lose one of its handiest advantages, an advantage which puts its clubs in pole position in the European transfer market – namely the low tax charges foreign players enjoy in La Liga. This week Spanish football was hit hard with a government decision. A painful blow to all the top clubs and one that has put them all on alert, to the extent that rumours of a potential strike are flying around.” (ESPN)


James Lawton: Arsenal’s brilliance casts a shadow on Anfield Road

November 8, 2009

“The nightmare of Liverpool was always going to provide this week’s most riveting drama in Europe. What we couldn’t know, though, was that it would be put into quite such tortured perspective by somebody else’s dream. Arsenal’s, that is.” (Independent)


Barcelona 4 – 2 Mallorca

November 8, 2009

“Pedro bagged a brace and Thierry Henry scored his first goal of the season as Barcelona cruised to a routine 4-2 win at home to Mallorca. Barca began the day a point ahead of fierce rivals Real Madrid at the top of the Primera Division. The Catalans took to the field two hours before Madrid’s derby clash at city rivals Atletico, in the knowledge a win would keep them top for another week, regardless of what happened in the capital.” (ESPN)