England’s World Cup 2010 base will be ready on time, insist officials

February 22, 2010


“Officials at England’s likely World Cup base in South Africa have dismissed reports suggesting the facilities will not ready for the June deadline. Photographs appeared today showing a building site that awaited the England coach, Fabio Capello, when he arrived in South Africa. One report described it as ‘a landscape more suited to a scene from Auf Wiedersehen, Pet than a multimillion-pound training camp’.” (Guardian)

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The Real Real Madrid – Manuel’s Smoking Gun

February 22, 2010

“In the off-season, despite the wave of cash and new signings, I had one serious concern: could Manuel Pellgrini balance the all-star egos in the locker room? And could he impose the Villareal short-passing approach on Madrid? He has done neither. And he has succeeded with fantastic aplomb. The Alcocorn hiccup aside, Madrid trails Barcelona by 2 points. The games, the goals, the endless and relentless storm ahead of progress. But exactly has Manuel done? It’s quite simple – he has imposed a style of Madrid that is Madrid. Madrid no longer plays like a lost puppy sniffing for scraps. Madrid now plays like Madrid. Allow me to elaborate.” (futfanatico)


Mince & Tatties

February 22, 2010

“Sorry, I can’t be arsed blogging too much today as I’ve got a lot to do before I’m away on my holidays at the end of the week. Besides, I missed most of the weekend’s action due to sheer apathy, so I’m not exactly a fountain of stroke-yer-beard insights theday. The following is pretty much all I could muster as I sat staring into my mulligatawny soup and sweaty cheese sandwich over lunch this afternoon.” (Inside Left)


Too Many Danish Flap Hats in Chester

February 22, 2010


“Just when Chester City fans thought their club might finally be put out of its misery in its present state — its ownership having wrecked the club’s finances to the extent that they could not field a team, thus now facing a vote on expulsion from the Blue Square Premier — things have taken a turn for the even more bizarre. Last week, Chester’s supporters’ trust said they hoped they would be given the chance to start the club over, but now it seems a Danish consortium claiming to be saviours might make things even worse.” (Pitch Invasion)

Chester City Reportedly Sold To The Danes
“Chester City, according to widespread reports today, are to be sold to the Danish consortium that expressed their interest in buying the club a couple of weeks ago. This sale comes less than three days after a meeting of Chester Fans United at which it was made perfectly clear that CFU had a business plan in place to start up a new club when the new one expires. They have, as we suspected they might, run utterly roughshod over the desires of Chester’s supporters in doing this and deserve nothing more than our contempt for their own contempt of the club’s supporters.” (twohundredpercent)


Football Weekly: Everton turn on the style and the race for fourth

February 22, 2010

“The little big man is back! Yes, James Richardson returns to lead the Football Weekly team – that’s Messrs Ashdown, Ronay, and Duarte to you – in its latest battle with mediocrity (aka 6-0-6). This week, having shown Manchester United a thing or two about free-flowing football, we’re asking whether Everton have the best midfield in the Premier League? Plus, after Manchester City and Liverpool played out the dullest game of the season, we assess the chances of Aston Villa or Tottenham Hotspur clinching that final Champions League spot.” (Guardian – James Richardson)


Dennis the Menace

February 22, 2010

“I don’t know what I could write, what other words could be contributed to describe the best deep lying centre forwards that the Premier League has even seen. The two songs here are done by some Arsenal supporting musical acts about his time at Highbury, but I want give a mention to one of the greatest World Cup goals I’ve ever witnessed…” (Football and Music)