September 27, 2006
Last season, David Pleat filed occasional scouting reports on players in the lower divisions of England and one player in Egypt in the Guardian. This season, that role has been filled by Steve Claridge who has looked at a pair of strikers in Scunthorpe’s Billy Sharp and Bournemouth’s James Hayter.
But one year on, what has happened to those players David Pleat heaped praise upon. Find out after the jump.
September 1, 2006
This was always going to be a slow news day, but I will try anyway.
Boro’s Matthew Bates had to know what would happen with these photos. [The Sun]
Yes, there is absolutely noooo way I saw this happening to West Ham.[Sky Sports]
It turns out that Bristol City is just a front for a fight club. [Toronto Star]
UEFA will now punish imaginary card wavers with yellow cards themselves. [The Guardian]
Liverpool insist that Lucas Neill will soon be their property. Cue evil laughs. [BBC]
With Euro 2008 matches going on, this may seem like a difficult mission to find five good league fixtures. I will let you know at the end how hard this really was scouring the globe for good ones.
Melbourne Victory v. Sydney FC – The Victory, inspired by captain Kevin Muscat (left) finally knocked off Adelaide United last week to open the season with three points. Champions Sydney have to deal with the departure and exchange of words upon the departure of Dwight Yorke to Sunderland. Expect plenty of fireworks and few goals from this encounter.
FC Dallas v. Houston Dynamo – The Texas rivalry continues to build in a match between the top two sides in the Western Conference. Dallas will be hoping to end a four-game losing streak in front of the Pizza Hut Park faithful. The Dynamo will be looking to go top of the conference with just a few weeks remaining in the regular season.
Brentford v. Bradford City – It is early days in League One, but two promotion contenders meet to decide who can hang with leaders Nottingham Forest. Brentford, despite the long injury list they are sporting, are unbeaten this season. Bradford continue to be carried by Dean Windass, whose four goals have taken the Bantams up to third in their last four matches.
El Nacional v. Deportivo Quito – Someone will have to win this match in the hopes of ending Barcelona’s march to the Clausura in Ecuador. Deportivo Quito sit three behind in second place, while El Nacional are third; a further two points behind with a match in hand.
Sportivo Luqueño v. Nacional – The Unofficial World Club Championship hits Luqueño on Sunday. The bottom side in the Paraguayan Clausura will be hoping to move up against the Champions who are nowhere near the top of their own domestic competion.
As you can see from the placement of a League One match in this, it was quite difficult.
August 31, 2006
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.
August 30, 2006
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 »