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2010 Season Hotting Up
March 1, 2010, 1:24 pm
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Hello, we’re back and with perfect timing to pick up on all the rumours circulating around the Premiership and FA Cup competitions. The FIFA World Cup is also a bright star on the horizon which will no doubt feed our rumour-mill throughout the summer, but there’s plenty to keep us busy before we turn our thoughts to South Africa.

Our posts last year on Tevez turned out to be true and the Argentinian star left Old Trafford and has spent the 2010 season causing pain all over the league, not least at Manchester United, which he seems to be relishing. We wonder why?!

Ferguson himself seems to be finding it harder and harder to keep his cool and like more and more Premiership managers seems to be taking the bait when it comes to responding to journalists and broadcasters giving them the spotlight to air their opinions. Wenger is another who is quick to critique. In fact Martin O’Neil is slowly emerging as an example of contained competence, even though his side were on the receiving end of yet more refereeing incompetence at the weekend.
Rooney continues to impress though and if his own maturity keeps pace with his obviously improving skill, then we could be in for some exciting World Cup moments later in the year.

Michael Owen has been given a new lease of life by Man Utd and Ferguson has been sticking to his guns by playing Owen as regularly as his fitness allows, but, with the league looking ever closer at the top, Sir Alex may be forced to put emotion and national loyalties to one side and make more use of Rooney than Capello would like.

It certainly looks like a three horse race at the top now and Chelsea’s domestic worries are not going to do them any favours, with Terry and now Ashley Cole both receiving massive media attention for matters other than football and that can’t bode well for Ancelotti’s boys. That all seemed to come home to roost last weekend as they entertained Man City at home in one of the crunch games of the season. It was Chelsea’s first home defeat of the season and even though Lampard’s goal gave them an early lead, they seemed on the back foot all through the second half and never looked like even securing a draw.
With Cech’s replacement Hilario looking very unsteady in goal, that could well be the undoing of the Stamford Bridge side unless Ancelotti can act quickly. Something to think about there.

The FA Cup resumes next weekend and Fulham, Aston Villa and Tottenham will be hopeful that a demoralised and under-pressure Chelsea will be easier to beat. Chelsea have to get past Stoke City first, who could well provide an upset that will ease the path of the other contenders to Wembley.


Champions League Headed by English Teams not Players

You may be forgiven for thinking that English football is going through a boom period with teams like Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all featuring in the Quarter Finals of the UEFA competition. But look over those rose-tented spectacles and you will see a group of top English teams almost bereft of English players. Of course there are a few English players in those squads and some very good ones in fact. BUt look beyond players like Ferdinand, Terry, Lampard, Rooney, Gerrard and Carrick and the remainder is a who’s who of foreign talent.

Fabio Capello has just announced his squad for the forthcoming friendly game against Slovakia and the 2010 World Cup Qualifier against Ukraine and of the 24 players only 8 come from those top 4 teams. Manchester United are the exception, providing four players, but teams like West Ham, Everton and Portsmouth all provide as many or more players to the squad than Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. In fact there are no players in the Enland squad from Liverpool, the top team in the English league of the moment.

Is that why Robinho left Tenerife?
January 28, 2009, 10:34 am
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When the Brazilian footballing superstar Robinho left Manchester City’s training camp in Tenerife during January without team permission, he said at the time that he had gone back to Brazil because of a “family matter”. His spokesman at the time also failed to shed any clarity on the situation, saying just that it was unfortunate that a negative light had been cast on Robinho’s actions.

Well what a surprise when Robinho was arrested by Manchester police this week on allegation of “sexual assault”. The date of the alleged actions are placed just 8 days before Robinho’s unannounced departure back to Brazil. Seems a bit of a coincidence if you ask me.

What is it about professional footballers that seem to make them a magnet for criminal controversy? Stephen Gerrard is still facing charges of actual bodily assault and affray after an incident in a Southport nightclub at the end of December. Gerrard is due to appear in court again in March. And we all know about other footballers who have felt the long arm of the law on their shoulder. Back in 2004 West Brom player Lee Hughes was jailed for six years for causing death by dangerous driving when a 56 year old man was killed after his car was hit by Hughes’ Mercedes.Plymouth goalkeeper Luke McCormick was jailed for 7 years 4 months for killing two young boys in a vehicle collision and Joey Barton was jailed for six months last may after being involved in an attack outside a McDonalds in Liverpool. Welsh captain Craig Bellamy has twice been involved in events that attracted the attention of the police in 2002 and 2006.

Back to the current Robinho affair. I can’t honestly see him playing next season with Manchester City. I’d suggest that he’ll either end up at Chelsea, where he originally wanted to play before the City deal was concluded or he’ll leave the UK for either Italy or back to Spain.

Terry back for FA Cup
January 21, 2009, 4:23 pm
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Just a week on from ending the run of Southend’s FA Cup run Chelsea are putting their final preparations together before hosting Ipswich Town at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Ipswich, currently 11th in the Championship, come to the The Bridge full of confidence after their 4-1 victory away at Crystal Palace. Chelsea’s captain, John Terry, was missing from training yesterday, apparently still receiving treatment for the back injury he picked up during the warm-upprior to last Saturday’s game at Stoke, but with Joe Cole out for the season, the return of Terry for the game on Saturday will be crucial. The winner of the game will discover their opponents in next round when the draw for the Fifth Round of the FA Cup is made at 6:15pm on Sunday evening following the big Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton.