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Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 81 – “John Terry, Chelsea & England”

Written by on July 17, 2012 | 8 Comments »
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Well,well,well… look who decided to hole-up in the studio and record another podcast!  Sorry we’ve been away for a couple of weeks, but there really wasn’t all that much to talk about: the 2012 Euro Final, Rangers in the 4th tier of Scottish soccer, a particularly silly season of summer transfers, the Sepp Blatter spin-machine in high gear – nope, not much at all.  Plus, a minute-by-minute recap, including all the gratuitous swear-y bits, from JT’s four day adventure in the Westminster Magistrates Court (kidding – only used it in the episode title to garner a few more downloads… sleazy, I know). It’s good to be back; hope you agree, enjoy!


8 responses to “Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 81 – “John Terry, Chelsea & England””

  1. Seattle_Loon says:

    Welcome back. Really enjoyed listening to it over my cornflakes. The Daily Record and Owen humming the riff from ‘Taxman’. Quality.

  2. Gillian says:

    I do have to take issue with the assessment of Marouane Chamakh’s time at Arsenal. Perhaps I remember this distinctly because it was right when I began following the Premier League, but Chamakh actually played pretty well when he first started. IIRC, he was brought in to replace the injured RvP. When van Persie returned, Chamakh understandably got less playing time, which helped to precipitate his loss of form.

    I’m not saying Chamakh wouldn’t have had a dip in form even without van Persie’s return, but the idea that he was always bad when he played for Arsenal is simply not true.

  3. kep says:

    Welcome back! Love this podcast,

  4. Ed Gomes says:

    Gilian, I agreed, but then…
    I had to go take a look and I actually thought he had played more. He got into matches, but it was mostly coming on late. Although stats may say otherwise, I too thought that he had looked good when on the field. I know that RvP went on a tear, but I still say Chamakh became the forgotten man. He just didn’t get on the field with any consistency. His fault? Wengers fault? It becomes a who cares, especially if he’s on the way out or will continue to sit.

    Oh Oh, Walcott refusing to sign new deal. I for one have never been a big fan. He’s a one trick pony. The best thing that could happen to him is RvP leave and Arsenal panic and pay him.

    By the way, did anyone see that Malaga still owes players up to 40% of their wages from last season. That’s crazy.
    Malaga wanted to be the new City, but PSG beat them to it. I for one feel that a lot of money has gone into unsavory pockets. Meaning the sheiks from Qatar, provided a ton of money for everything, but somehow it all disapeared. The president is the only one that’s had any contact with the Spanish FA.
    The sheik, must be wondering what the hell is going on. I say welcome to the unsavory world of mid to lower table clubs. Where money consistantly disapears, only to be blamed on the “Big Boys” and economy.

  5. Alberta Gooner says:

    @Bobby and Eoin

    Welcome back and thanks for a great show.

    @Gillian

    Agreed with you about Chamakh’s start — which was respectable rather than storming — but he’s clearly lost his confidence. Perhaps Nick Bendtner stole it.

    @Ed Gomes

    As I understand it, Walcott isn’t refusing to sign a deal. The club have, for whatever reason, chosen not to open talks with his reps until now. I don’t know why they’ve chosen to go that route. Dick Law has been busy finalizing Carlos Vela’s sale to Sociedad, they are working on extending Koscielny’s deal and there’s the whole circus around RvP, too. But apparently Walcott’s contract is going to be worked on back in London during the Asia tour.

  6. Ed Gomes says:

    Thanks for the info AG.
    I have to ask what your thoughts are on Walcott. I for one have not been a big fan. For me he’s a tease, that hasn’t quite lived up to his status in some peoples eyes. He’ll make the nice pass or shot that everyone remembers, every once in a while, but fails at both more often than not. Keep in mind that I feel the same about Young at Man United.
    In my opinion, Adam Johnson at City actually looks better. Granted that may be due to less playing time. Maybe he’ll prove to be lacking as well with more time on the field.
    Just wondering the Arsenal fans point of view.

  7. Alberta Gooner says:

    @Ed

    Walcott is still only 23 and is now well versed in the Arsenal style. He tracks back diligently these days and is a lot tougher. His decision making in the final third often vexes and his finishing needs to be more consistent. He also is injury prone.

    I’m not privy to his wage demands and I think that would affect Wenger’s position on selling him.

    Adam Johnson is 25 and has accomplished less than Walcott. He’s on a 50k/week deal. Moreover there’s some huge red flags as Mancini has publicly criticized his lifestyle, training and attitude on the pitch, which is why he has failed to gain a regular place in the City XI. Walcott has his failings but he has never been reproached for his workrate or lifestyle. Wenger went through the same stuff with Jermaine Pennant and David Bentley so it’s hard to see him going for Johnson unless the player dramatically improves his attitude. Johnson is a very talented player but so were Pennant and Bentley.

  8. Ed Gomes says:

    If the Twitter account for Ashley Cole is truly his, his posts have been brilliant.
    Although I am not an Arsenal fan, I have never like Cole. But his Tweets, are truly brilliant and will make him even more endearing to many. LOL.

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