The Daily Telegraph thinks that the final destination for the Premier League this season will be decided by these ten games.
After this weekend they were 1-1 – personally I think there are other tricks in the tail and the Telegraph is being over simplistic in discounting the other matches out of hand. It is difficult to reconcile a view that this season “anything can happen” with such a narrow perspective.
FIFA warns of e mail scans. No offence meant but the geographic location of the first comment is ironic is it not?
Ian Plenderleith chimes in on the current David Beckham conundrum – should he stay or should he go. To the Royal Wedding that is. And if he goes – what will he wear. Decisions, decisions.
The A-League now has a top ten – unfortunately it used to be eleven.
Eoin O’Callaghan was on Beyond the Pitch.
Wenger and Ferguson’s transfer moves are analyzed…..and a bit more.
Gabriele Marcotti considers the latest edition of Porto and the manager sure to be considered the next Mourinho.
Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond was not happy after the Celtic – Rangers midweek Scottish Cup replay and it had nothing to do with the result.
John Nicholson thinks an improved diet might reduce levels of aggression. “Jimmy, why don’t you just put the knife down and we will find a restaurant that serves up a nice steak and has a salad bar.” Mmm.
Can we assume that Walter Smith takes better care of himself then?
The latest in my “if you only read only article this year make it this one,” series. Jonathan Wilson this time with a piece that illuminates and challenges those who believe there is only one way to play the game.
Jeff Blair in Friday’s Globe and Mail asks if soccer in Canada is at the tipping point.
A bleak financial picture for Juventus.
A Soccer America interview with Tab Ramos. Nice stuff.
Quotes“Arsenal, will never be the team we think they can be until there is a world-class goalkeeper, center-back and experienced spiritual leader in their midst.”
Is Nick Webster suggesting that Arsenal needs to make an aggressive pitch and go after the Dalai Lama? Rumour has it he could be available on a Bosman this summer as the Chinese have been trying to move him for a while. There again, where would Wenger fit him in?“I was not trying to hurt the owl. I did it to see if it would fly.”
Luis Moreno of Deportivo Pereira kicked the owl about 10 feet after it landed on the field during an away match with Atletico Junior. The owl later died from shock. Anyone else think that Moreno should get a good kicking as well – just to see if he can fly of course.
Headline“Dalglish cranks ups tension ahead of Anfield clash with claim United boss tries to influence refs.”
Mail Online Sunday March 6. What’s next “World Is Round”
Sorry but it is another instalment of pick on Steve McManaman – he really does offer up so many great opportunities.
During the match against West Brom McManaman made the point that Birmingham had done well last season (true) but their problems this season compared to last have been down to a lack of goals (untrue).
Given that McManaman has a history of involvement with Birmingham City you would think he would have a better grasp of the facts.
Last season 27 games – Points 40, Goals Scored 26, Goals Allowed 28
This season 27 games – Points 30, Goals Scored 26, Goals Allowed 38
I did not catch who the commentator was, but during the Juventus v Milan match on Saturday a shot deflected off of Thiago Silva in the penalty box and spiralled away to safety.
There were the usual appeals but as the replayed rolled we were told by the commentator that it wasn’t a penalty because Silva’s arm remained attached to his body.
I guess in Italy amputation makes it a dead-cert spot kick – tough standard but certainly unequivocal.
Last week we asked the question “Which of the current top five teams in the Premier League will miss out on a Champions League spot for next season?”
Here is how you voted. According to Soccer Report Extra.com readers Manchester United and Arsenal are both save as they attracted no votes. The others polled (numbers rounded):
Tottenham Hotspur 65%
Manchester City 22%
This week’s question is which three teams will be relegated from the Premier League at the end of this season. Mark the polling question with three teams.
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