August 31, 2006
And besides the gigantic leagues, the rest of the major leagues in Europe are dealing with deadline day as well.
Not to be forgotten are the two other highest rated leagues in Europe, as they conclude their own deals on deadline day.
This item will probably be updated a few more times over the rest of the day so we start in England of course.
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With links to nearly every major club in Europe, Corinthians duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano were supposed to make a lot of money for themselves and for MSI. Yet, with hours remaining in the transfer window they were negotiating permanent deals with West Ham United. How did it come to this?
It’s quite simple on the part of the players involved and for MSI chairman Kia Joorabchian. The players had already refused to play another game for relegation strugglers Corinthians and were willing to play for any club in Europe, be it Chelsea or Leyton Orient. For Joorabchian, whose company actually owned the players, he knew he had to sell them today to whomever he could. The fact that he is a West Ham supporter probably played a role in the selection, but it could also be satisfactory for Roman Abramovich, who is rumored to be an investor in MSI.
And as with the Damien Duff deal, the Argentinian internationals still will likely not harm Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premiership, and they will certainly not affect their chances of winning the Champions League. It is also likely that MSI will get a large percentage of the fee when West Ham sell the pair.
The final installment of the Euro 2008 preview is upon us. In it is a group with one clear favorite and a bunch of possibilities for second spot.
The Fodder: Albania and Luxembourg. There’s a reason they were the opposing nation in ‘Wag the Dog.’ If there was anyone San Marino could beat in Europe it would probably be Luxembourg.
Will Walk This Group: The Netherlands. This group is so easy Marco van Basten has taken it upon himself to force Ruud van Nistelrooy and Mark van Bommel out of the Dutch squad indefinitely.
The Battle for Second: Belarus has a playmaker in Aliaksandr Hleb. Bulgaria has a tremendous amount of talent in midfield and defense, but the defending is suspect. Romania has a more even spread of talent, which could see them through. Slovenia has the potential to surprise everyone in this group.
August 30, 2006
New £8 million signing Nicolas Anelka had a few words to say today regarding his reputation for being a part-time elite striker and full time whinger. Would he say anything that would change that? In a word, no. Read the rest of this entry »
Jonathan Woodgate and Robert Huth will combine their powers of injury proneness and attacking awkwardness at the Riverside. [BBC]
Lee Young-pyo has decided against a move to Roma, as he may not be popular with a fanbase where Mussolini would be a centrist.[The Korea Times]
Manuel Fernandes will leave Benfica for Champions League contenders Portsmouth. [Sky Sports]
Bolton are conducting a social experiment to see if new Iranian signing Andranik Teymourian will play with Israeli international Tal Ben Haim. [The Irish Times]
And speaking of odd acquaintances, Lucas Neill may be playing alongside one of the recipients of his numerous horror tackles in Jamie Carragher. [The Australian]
In the depths of the Coca-Cola Football League One, very rarely do matches get national attention. However, thanks to Sky Sports decision to air the Northampton v Bristol City fixture last night, viewers were treated to a very interesting surprise.
Bristol City’s Bradley Orr simulated a headbutt on Louis Carey, who plays for Bristol City. Oh dear. Thankfully, someone got highlights up on YouTube (around the :50 mark). Read the rest of this entry »
Its the penultimate group with plenty of minnows for Spain to rack up a huge goal difference.
The Fodder: Liechtenstein is a country you can drive lengthwise in just 15 minutes. Northern Ireland couldn’t draw England this time for an easy 3 points at home. Iceland has Eidur Gudjohnsen and uh, a bunch of other guys. Latvia qualified for Euro 2004, but come on.
Will Walk This Group: Spain are simply too good for the rest of this group. In fact the best Spanish players in the Segunda could probably qualify from this group.
The Battle for Second: Sweden qualified for the World Cup, but they will have to contend with a Denmark team that always seems to qualify for the championship they won in 1992.
August 29, 2006
Mido is bringing his sulking show back to White Hart Lane, while Lee Young-pyo takes Spurs’ sweet Asian marketing revenue to Roma. [BBC]
David Trezeguet looks to be staying with Serie B strugglers Juventus after they turned down Manchester United’s pathetic £17 million bid. [World Soccer]
Jonathan Woodgate has completely forgotten about last night, and will join Middlesbrough on a season long loan. [Sky Sports]
Maniche is leaving Russian Premier League strugglers Dynamo Moscow to join Atletico Madrid.[Reuters]
After being accused of trying to get sent off by his own manager, Javier Mascherano has stopped showing up to training at Corinthians. [Guardian]