Daily Archives: February 3, 2011

Invasion of the (friendly) Vikings

“As you dear readers will know, a few weeks ago we popped down to the Keith Tuckey Stadium to take in a game at one of the most newsworthy sides in the Non Leagues, namely, Croydon Athletic. Unless you have been living in Ignorance, Texas then you will have seen the recent take over of the club by a Danish organisation called Fodboldselskabet A/S. My superb Danish skills can tell you that the literal translation is Soccer Company. And that is essentially what they are. A limited company formed to invest and run a football club. Many questioned their potential involvement in English football, so we went round the corner from TBIR’s Copenhagen office to speak to Morten Madsen, Communications Manager for the club and ask him Vad är poängen?” The Ball Is Round

Liverpool 2-0 Stoke: Dalglish switches to a three-man defence

“Raul Meireles and Luis Suarez scored the goals as Liverpool eased to victory. Kenny Dalglish named an interesting team, with Luis Suarez on the bench and Dirk Kuyt upfront alone. Tony Pulis played a 4-5-1 shape – John Carew made his full debut.” Zonal Marking

Liverpool 2 – 0 Stoke City
“Luis Suarez scored on his debut as Liverpool concluded a turbulent few days with a valuable victory over Stoke. The Uruguayan slotted home the Reds’ second goal of the game in front of the Kop to ensure Fernando Torres’ £50 million move to Chelsea was no longer the major talking point. And if questions were being asked about how the Reds would cope in their former striker’s absence then efforts by Suarez and Portugal midfielder Raul Meireles – with his third goal in four matches – provided a swift answer.” ESPN

Reds deals signal break with recent past
“The British record transfer has been attributed to the overseas owner. Rightly so, too. Without Roman Abramovich’s investment of £50 million, Fernando Torres would not be a Chelsea player. Yet this is a deal that owes its origins to another boardroom altogether. It is proof that the poisonous legacy of Tom Hicks and George Gillett extended after the Americans’ time at Anfield officially ended.” ESPN

Palermo 2-1 Juventus: Palermo pass around opponents early on, before Juve waste chances

“Juventus were made to pay for their terrible start here, and lost the game despite dominating for long periods. Delio Rossi made one change from the weekend defeat to Inter, as Sinisa Andelkovic came in for Ezequiel Muñoz. However, he was forced to replace Federico Balzaretti early on, and brought on Matteo Darmian at left-back.” Zonal Marking