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Archive for September 2009

United should be wary of Grafite threat

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MANCHESTER UNITED take on German champions Wolfsburg in the Champions League.

Wolfsburg took the Bundesliga by storm last season, winning their first league title.

This was mainly down to their front two – Bosnian Ezin Dzeko and Brazilian Grafite, who scored a hat-trick in their Champions League opener against CSKA Moscow.

Grafite was also responsible for the greatest goal scored anywhere in the 2008-09 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

September 29, 2009 at 9:40 am

Who are these jokers masquerading as England?

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BURNLEY beating Manchester United, Kim Clijsters winning the US Open, Tom Watson nearly winning The Open.

All of these have been usurped as the year’s biggest sporting surprise by England’s victory over Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy. Read the rest of this entry »

From Capello to Ferdinand, why Campbell left County

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FABIO CAPELLO made a classic schoolboy error during Sunday’s Manchester derby.

But when Capello left five minutes before the end, not only did he miss Craig Bellamy’s dramatic equaliser and Michael Owen’s even more dramatic winner, he also triggered a chain of events which has left one of his predecessors with a problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Pitch invader scores penalty

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CRAIG BELLAMY’S on-field shenanigans during the Manchester derby with a pitch invader left a bit of a sour taste in the mouth.

It was good then that one Russian supporter, and his coattails hanging mate, did their bit to restore the good reputation of pitch invaders everywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

September 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm

The perils of the English NFL fan

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THE NFL season has kicked off again, forcing millions of UK fans to endure some late nights.

I was one of those who settled down last night to watch the Dallas Cowboys open their garguantan, new stadium against 2008 Superbowl champions the New York Giants on Five. Read the rest of this entry »

My dad can have your dad

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NELSON PIQUET JNR has thrown Formula 1 into another bout of turmoil, with his dramatic statement explaining how and why he deliberately crashed at last year’s Singapore Grand Prix to help teammate Fernando Alonso win the race.

FIA President Max Mosley first heard about Piquet’s allegations from his father – three-times world champion Nelson Piquet Snr.

Renault team boss Flavio Briatore has announced that he will take legal action against Piquet and his father, over their accusation that the team ordered the crash.

Piquet Jnr is 24 years old, so surely it is time to step away from his dad’s leash. Read the rest of this entry »

Greatest shot of all time

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BY NO ONE’S standards has this year’s US Open been a classic.

Rain has severely hampered several days play, resulting in the men’s final taking place on Monday for the second year running and Wimbledon’s grand fromages looking smug.

The re-emergence of Kim Clijsters and the semi-final histrionics of Serena Williams have provided the only major notes of interest.

That is until last night’s semi-final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Andrew Brook

September 14, 2009 at 10:40 am