September 19, 2006

How to Get Caught Lying to a Team You Want to Leave

Posted in Eredivisie, J-League at 3:11 pm by deadlymusings

Sota HirayamaThis was in the news item last week, but I felt it was worth further examination.

Japanese striker Sota Hirayama wanted to go back to Japan to play in the J-League. There was just one problem, he was a key striker for Dutch Eredivisie side Heracles Almalo. Not the most attractive place to be playing for sure, but that contract was preventing him from leaving.

So he hatched a plan. He told the club that he wanted to go back to Japan to finish his college work. Heracles eventually relented and Hirayama hopped on a plane back to his homeland.

A few days later, he agreed terms on a contract with J-League side FC Tokyo, but he forgot one thing. Heracles had not yet officially terminated his contract. Eventually, Heracles let him join his new club after agreeing a fee, but this should teach any unhappy player a lesson. Make sure your contact has been terminated before you do something like join another club.

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September 18, 2006

Today’s News: September 18

Posted in English Championship, Eredivisie, Euro 2008, Ligue 1, Scottish Premier League at 7:23 pm by deadlymusings

David Beckham was, and probably still is mad at Steve McClaren for dropping him. [BBC]

West Brom finally realized that Bryan Robson is a pretty mediocre manager. [Sky Sports]

Gijs Luirink will miss several weeks with a broken cheekbone. [uefa.com]

Sabri Lamouchi has quit Marseille after realizing he is past his sell date. [International Herald Tribune]

Paul Le Guen has criticized his team for losing to someone in Scotland not named Celtic. [The Scotsman]

September 13, 2006

Today’s News: September 13

Posted in English Premier League, Eredivisie, J-League, La Liga, Russian Premier League, Scottish Premier League, UEFA Cup at 9:21 pm by deadlymusings

Charlton’s defense just got that much better after it was revealed that Djimi Traore broke his leg against Chelsea. [BBC]

Diego Tristan snubs negative football in England to join Mallorca. [Sky Sports]

Sota Hirayama lies to Heracles officials so he can get a free transfer to FC Tokyo. [Sporting Life]

Hearts puppet Valdas Ivanauskas’ job is clearly on the line against Sparta Prague. [TEAMTalk]

Former Russian international and Champions League winner Dmitry Alenichev has retired from the game. {The Moscow Times]

September 1, 2006

The 2006 Summer Transfer Window: Winners and Losers

Posted in English Premier League, Eredivisie, Football (soccer), North America, Serie B, South America at 4:34 pm by deadlymusings

Winners

Chelsea – So rich they can choose who to sell to, and affect where the best young prospects in the world can go. The Damien Duff transfer was a showcase of selling and not ruining your chances of winning the league. Roman Abramovich’s money probably played a role in Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano’s relocation to Upton Park. Let’s not forget their bullying of Arsenal that gave them one of the best left backs in the world in Ashley Cole.

Relations between Ajax and Feyenoord – For the first time since 1992, the two clubs collaborated on a transfer. Greek striker Angelos Charisteas moved from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in a €2.5 million move.

Juventus – The Serie B strugglers managed to hold on to more of their world class talent than they deserved to, although their ability to cope with the physicality of their new surroundings has not yet been tested.

Barcelona – The Catalan giants did not need to do much this summer and they still managed to improve. Aging legend Henrik Larsson departed with a Champions League medal, and Eidur Gudjohnsen was brought in from bitter rivals Chelsea. The additions of Gianluca Zambrotta and Lilian Thuram should help them retain the Primera crown.

Losers

Arsenal – With no depth at the wing positions, and very little experience at the back even with the addition of William Gallas, it is difficult to say the Gunners really improved at all this summer. The future is bright though.

Fans of Corinthians – Not only have they had to endure a fall from grace from winning the title a year ago, they also had to see two of their best players leave yesterday with the club seeing none of that money. The very existance of the club is a real doubt should they be relegated this December.

MLS – The league continues to be unaware of its rather low place on the economic totem pole of the transfer market. Turning down a decent bid for Clint Dempsey was the last thing they needed to do to a player desperate to prove himself in Europe.

Manchester United – They brought in an overpriced, unproven midfielder in Michael Carrick. Then they acquired a backup goalkeeper in Tomasz Kuszczak, who was once scored on by the opposing keeper from 90 yards out. Sure they got £12 million for a player who never played a game for them in John Obi Mikel, but the depth in the squad has been utterly decimated. The damage of which is after the jump. Now they find themselves trying to win the league when Darren Fletcher and John O’Shea will be regular partners in the center of midfield. At least the Glazers have reduced the debt a little, right?

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August 31, 2006

Deadline Day Recap: Rest of Europe

Posted in Bundesliga, English Premier League, Eredivisie, La Liga, Ligue 1, Scottish Premier League at 6:41 pm by deadlymusings

And besides the gigantic leagues, the rest of the major leagues in Europe are dealing with deadline day as well.

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Deadline Day Recap: England

Posted in A-League, English Championship, English Premier League, Eredivisie, League One, Serie A, South America, Superliga at 6:14 pm by deadlymusings

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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