The FA vs The Premier League Reaches Critical Mass

November 27, 2009


Jean Cousin the Elder, Saint Mammes and Duke Alexander
“Lord Triesman could be forgiven for wondering why he is bothering. England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup, a bid which was widely reported as being theirs to lose, stands at the point of collapse after what is starting to look like a systematic attack on the credibility of Triesman and the Football Association. It is starting to feel as if the battle lines are being drawn for some sort of Battle Royale for ultimate control of the English game, and that the emotive subject of hosting the World Cup finals is being used as the opening gambit in the battle.” (twohundredpercent)


Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard calls for unity ahead of Everton derby clash

November 27, 2009

“Liverpool were dumped out of the Champions League group stages on Tuesday night, despite a 1-0 win over Debrecen in Budapest, and have lost five Premier League fixtures in the opening 13 games this season. It is two more defeats than they suffered in the whole of the 2008/09 campaign. But despite the poor start to the season, Gerrard, who has recovered from a groin problem and will lead his seventh-placed side into the 212th Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, maintains everyone is still working in unison towards attaining Champions League football next term.” (Telegraph)


In Diplomatic Crisis, Ireland Presses a Demand on France: World Cup Rematch!

November 27, 2009

“As the European Union gathered in Brussels to name its first permanent president Thursday night, Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen pulled French President Nicolas Sarkozy aside to broker an urgent backroom deal: Would Mr. Sarkozy back Mr. Cowen’s call for a replay of the previous night’s soccer game between their countries? It was no ordinary match. France’s victory Wednesday evening propelled Les Bleus to next year’s World Cup in South Africa and sent Ireland home. But the French victory has created a firestorm around the world, thanks to the manner in which it was decided.” (WSJ)


Chile Saved From World Cup Expulsion

November 27, 2009


“Chile has saved its spot in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after a domestic relegation dispute threatened FIFA action. The Chilean club Rangers was deducted three points for using one more foreign player than allowed in a league match on Nov. 8, a 1-0 defeat to Cobreloa. The penalty saw the Rangers relegated to the second division, prompting the club to file a suit in the Chilean courts, which quickly raised FIFA’s ire.” (NYT)


England’s unfortunate striker

November 27, 2009

“Harry Redknapp sold Darren Bent to Sunderland in the summer as he thought Jermain Defoe was a better goalscorer. With Fabio Capello now facing the same choice of strikers for a place in his World Cup squad, Bent will have woken up on Sunday a happy man. After he was harshly criticised for his performance in England’s tame defeat to Brazil the week before, his goal against Arsenal should have been enough to restake his claim for a place in Capello’s squad. That Defoe should respond with a five star performance against Wigan on Sunday afternoon was typical of Bent’s recent luck.” (WSC)


Jamie Carragher and Liverpool Aim Low

November 27, 2009

“Smiling through gritted teeth and forcing an unconvincingly contented smile, reminiscent of Tony Blair’s during the Iraq war; Jamie Carragher looks to be a man who’s had his heart and soul ripped out by Liverpool’s horrendous start to this season. Before Tuesdays clash with Depression in the big boys European League he attempted to put a gloss on the turd of the season that he has found himself buried in.” (Three Match Ban)