Celtic & Rangers Frozen Out Of The Premier League

November 14, 2009

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Scott McDonald
“Phil Gartside’s plan to revolutionise the Premier League (any personal gain from which to him or his club Bolton Wanderers would, of course, be entirely coincidental) has failed, for now. The issue of relegation from Premier League Two can be stored away for another day (in December 2010, to be precise), and Bolton Wanderers can get on with the small matter of avoiding the relegation that Gartside is so scared of. It was not this aspect of his proposals, however, that attracted the most attention in the media. It was the proposal to invite Celtic and Rangers to join the league that invited the most comment from the fourth estate.” (twohundredpercent)


It’s Not A Funny Old Game, It’s A Funny Old World

November 14, 2009

“Firstly there was the tragedy of German goalkeeper Robert Enke committing suicide under the strain of depression, then there has been Liverpool’s confusing struggle for a victory even against lowly opposition and once again the Old Firm duo of Rangers and Celtic being refused entry into a proposed British Premier League. While these stories have all contained elements of interest, tragedy and intrigue, there have been two other stories that have occupied my mind to a greater extent this week. They are Carlo Cudicini’s motorcycle accident, which has left him with two broken wrists and an injured pelvis and Aston Villa defender Like Young’s decision to retire from international football.” (Three Match Ban)


Egypt – Algeria preview: SHOWTIME!!

November 14, 2009

“This is it, it’s now or never, it’s all or nothing; after almost one year of fighting in the African jungles and North African deserts, the grudge match has come. The sleepless city of Cairo will witness a historical day when the Egyptian team, backed by 80 million fan hosts Algeria for the world cup qualification ticket. Stakes?….everything is at stake; we have went through many ups and downs in this world cup qualification campaign, emerging from a successful African cup of nations In 2008, expectations were high from us but we stumbled and we had to fight back for the ticket and had to live some nervous killing moments waiting for very crucial goals in order to reach this day.” (World Cup Blog)


The Friday Five: World Cup Play-Offs

November 14, 2009

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Iran v Australia November 22nd and 29th
“As the eyes of the footballing world switch to the glittering international events, no not the friendlies, that are the World Cup Play-offs to see just who will take final spots in the world’s biggest football tournament, so we take a look back over some of the finest play-offs in World Cup history. (SoccerLens)


World Cup 2010 Playoffs: Pick Your Six Winners

November 14, 2009

“With 23 nations already qualified for World Cup 2010, there are just nine places in South Africa still up for grabs. Three of those will be decided when African qualifying concludes tomorrow. But that’s a separate post. The six other qualifiers will be decided by playoffs, starting tomorrow. There are eight European teams competing for four places. They’ll play two legs over the next five days (Saturday, November 14th and Wednesday, November 18th) and the four winners go to South Africa. Second prize is watching World Cup 2010 on television.” (World Cup Blog)


Performance related pay in Brazil

November 14, 2009

“This year’s thrilling run-in to Brazil’s national championship has been punctuated by traditional gripes at referees like Carlos Eugenio Simon. He has officiated at a World Cup but has been asked to sit out the rest of the championship after making a major error last Sunday in disallowing an apparently legitimate goal for title contenders Palmeiras during their 1-0 defeat at Fluminense. Simon is threatening legal action against Palmeiras president Luiz Gonzaga Belluzzo who described the FIFA referee as “a conman who is in someone’s pocket”. In recent weeks, however, another complaint has emerged to accompany the endless quibbles over refs” (WSC)


2010 World Cup finals draw

November 14, 2009

ESPN – Nov 14
ESPN – Nov 18