Posts Tagged ‘Arsenal’
ON DAY five of the World Cup the tournament finally produced a game that managed to be both evenly matched and satisfactorily entertaining.
Three goals! Three actual goals! From different sides!
All three goals (assuming you believe Maicon, who has previous, meant it) were in fact just like watching Brazil.
A grown man cried at his national anthem, as though his life depended on it. Which it might have done.
Dunga wore a funny coat, which was possibly meant for a lady, but made him look like a camp tugboat driver.
What more could a football supporter want?
But the thirteen games prior to Brazil v North Korea were mainly drivel and emblematic of a worrying trend in world football. Read the rest of this entry »
MANSFIELD Town allowed fans to pay what they liked to watch the team play Gateshead yesterday.
The decision was deemed a success with an attendance more than double what they have averaged this season, even forcing a ten-minute kick-off delay.
But football matches are not consumer goods, they are not a Radiohead album.
Football matches are an addiction, they are a drug. Read the rest of this entry »
PRESTON North End and Chelsea kicked off the FA Cup fourth round with their Saturday lunchtime clash at Deepdale televised on ITV.
Dennis Wise, essentially representing Chelsea, and Billy Davies, representing Preston, joined Matt Smith in the television studio.
The phrase “magic of the cup” was on the tip of all three’s lips, the unspoken monkey in the room, except that it was frequently spoken.
I personally want Chelsea to beat Preston, just as I would like Tottenham Hotspur to beat Leeds United, Arsenal to beat Stoke City and Manchester City to beat Scunthorpe United in the other televised games. Read the rest of this entry »
I HAVE long been an advocate of football manager’s wearing suits.
Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez are all week-in week-out suit wearers and for me this is reason enough for all managers to follow suit.
But as the truth emerged from the Tony Pulis/James Beattie dressing room scuffle, Pulis showed once and for all why suits are the only outfit for any serious manager. Read the rest of this entry »
BACK in September Sir Alex Ferguson, like an embarassing dad, urged Jonny Evans to settle down and get married.
He argued that starting a family was the key to the stability that footballers need to perform at their best.
And this week two top Premier League stars took his advice and reaped the benefits. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »