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Ronaldo or Messi?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Who would you pick? Its nearly impossible to say. The two best players on the planet, I think that's a given. But who is better? Some people will claim Messi, others will claim Ronaldo. In my opinion, Messi just shades it, only just.

I have heard a lot of criticism about Ronaldo, particularly about his tendency to dive or how his show boating sometimes aggravates other players into making malicious challenges. However, look at his current record for Real Madrid. 45 appearance, 43 goals? That is absolutely magnificent from a player who isn't specifically a forward.

The only thing Ronaldo's game is lacking, in my opinion, is his defensive contribution to his team. Rarely do you see him bust a gut to make a tackle. He is a class act though, you can't deny it. Heading, shooting, free kicks, control, skill, pace, strength, he has it all. His record from Manchester United proves this, particularly his tally of 42 goals in one season, helping United to Premier League and Champions League glory.

Again, I think Messi's only fault is his defensive game. Despite this, he is an absolutely majestic player, and I have never seen any left back get the better of him. His control when he runs with the ball is second to none. His scoring record speaks for itself, 105 goals in 158 games is quite a record for a player who spends most of his time in the wing.

So, in conclusion, it is my opinion that Messi comes out on top in the competition of who is the best player in the World, but only just. His consistency, ability to win any game single handed and the face he has achieved so much at only 22 years of age gives him the edge over Ronaldo. There will be a loot of different views on this topic, this is mine.

Championship Manager 2011 Review - iPhone/iPod Touch

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Being a football fan, I have often found myself yelling at my TV at the stupid decisions managers make. However, after playing Championship Manager 2011 for the iPod Touch, I was able to make those mistakes for myself, all on the way of my quest to become a Premier League winning manager.

I have been a fan of Championship Manager for years, and I have to say, I was very impressed with the latest version. At first I was sceptical about playing it on the iPod Touch, after years of playing it on the computer, I wasn't sure if I would like the look and feel. However, withing minutes of downloading it, I instantly fell in love.

The managers hub (pictured above) feature was a personal
favourite of mine. It made everything easily accessible and overall I think it was a stroke of genius from the developers.

The next thing that impressed me was the match play (pictured below). I thought it was fantastic. Making a sub was a easy as clicking your finger. They also added in the match action, where you can watch replays of your goals, match play etc. This is a feature I didn't think I would see on the iPod, but it looks fantastic.


Overall, I think Championship Manager 2011 is one of the best Championship Manager's yet. Along with the updated squads, the game generally just has a nicer feel to it along with the improvements. I was surprised at how much i enjoyed the iPhone/iPod Touch version, and I would definitely recommend buying it as soon as you can. 9.5/10


Owen Hargreaves - the unluckiest player in the World

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

You have to feel sorry for Owen Hargreaves, it really has been a nightmare few years for the Canadian born Manchester United midfielder. He finally made his comeback to first team football, only to last 5 minutes before injuring himself again.

The 29 year old England midfielder was once one of the finest players in the Premier League, and was key to United's Champions League and League success a couple of years ago. However, since then he has suffered constant injuries which has seen him spend nearly 2 years on the sidelines.

To be honest, I probably would have hung up my boots if I was him. I know it sounds like a very cowardly thing to do, but the constant injuries would just do my head in. So fair play to Hargreaves for sticking with it, and I hope one day he is injury free and playing his best football again.

Premier League Preview

Friday, November 5, 2010
Lots of fixtures coming up in the next dew days, and needless to say I'm very excited. Apologies for the serious lack of posts lately, with exams this year it will be difficult but I will try and post as much as possible. Anyway, lets get on with the fixtures and my predictions.

Fixtures and my predictions
Saturday
Bolton v Tottenham (12.45) - Tottenham win
Birmingham v West Ham (3.00) - Birmingham win
Blackburn v Wigan (3.00) - Blackburn win
Blackpool v Everton (3.00) - Draw
Fulham v Aston Villa (3.00) - Draw
Manchester United v Wolves (3.00) - Manchester United win
Sunderland v Stoke (3.00) - Sunderland win

Sunday
Arsenal v Newcastle (1.30) - Arsenal win
West Brom v Man City (3.00) - West Brom win
Liverpool v Chelsea (4.00) - Chelsea win

Tuesday
Stoke v Birmingham (7.45) - Stoke win
Tottenham v Sunderland (8.00) - Tottenham win

Wednesday
Aston Villa v Blackpool (7.45) - Aston Villa win
Chelsea v Fulham (7.45) - Chelsea win
Newcastle v Blackburn (7.45) - Newcastle win
West Ham v West Brom (7.45) - Draw
Wigan v Liverpool (7.45) - Liverpool win
Everton v Bolton (8.00) - Everton win
Man City v Man United (8.00) - Man City win
Wolves v Arsenal (8.00) - Arsenal win

I couldn't find odds for all the matches, but put it this way. If you put a tenner on all those results to come true your insane, but you would win an absolutely bucket load of cash.

Should be an interesting few days, with a few tasty matches thrown in there especially the Manchester derby and the Liverpool v Chelsea fixture. Enjoy!

Redknapp furious over referee decision

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has threatened to never do a post match interview again if he is charged by the FA for his verbal attack on referee Mark Clattenburg. This was of course due to the controversial Nani scored against Tottenham last Sunday.

It was without a doubt the most controversial goal of the season, with Spurs keeper Gomes preparing to take a free and United winger Nani just kicking the ball into the net. Needless to say, Harry Redknapp was furious, and I can't blame him. Redknapp claimed his decision was "scandalous", and you can hardly blame him.

"Don't expect me to come out on the TV anymore - ever - and speak to the press after a game.

"He made a right mess of it all, and that was my answer. And I stand by that 100%."

The referee really never indicated whether it was a free kick or not, and I feel sorry for the Spurs players who in fairness performed admirably. Its things like these that annoy me in football, but unfortunately they will continue to happen and it is a part of the beautiful game.

Owen considering hanging up his boots

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Michael Owen is without a doubt one of the unluckiest players in the Premier League, injury wise. Since his move away from Liverpool, his career has been nothing other than a fail, with injuries preventing him from performing at the top level.

Once upon a time, Michael Owen was one of the best strikers in the Premier League. At Liverpool he seemed to have the makings of a great player. However, he was lured away by Real Madrid where he would spend most of his time on the bench, gradually losing confidence along the way.

Now it seems, with only one year left on his contract at Man United, he could be retiring from football altogether.

"It would not only round off my career but put it to bed.''

Owen is only 30, so maybe hanging up his boots is a bit early. You have to feel sorry for him though, constantly injured and not the player he once was. If he does retire, I'm sure he will stay involved in football through coaching. It's sad to see someone who only a few years ago was one of the best strikers in England, considering early retirement and is about as use full as a bench warmer.


Rooney signs contract

Saturday, October 23, 2010

It was an interesting few days. After all the speculation that Rooney wanted to get out of Old Trafford, he has decided to stay at Man United for the next five years.

Alex Ferguson shocked United fans during the week, stating that Wayne Rooney has signalled his intent to leave, after an apparent fall out with Ferguson. This was followed by several days of transfer rumours linking him to teams like Chelsea, Man City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

However, even after this speculation and Ferguson himself admitting he wanted to leave, Rooney signed a new five year contract apparently worth £250,000 a week to the Manchester United and England striker.

I think it will be interesting to see what happens. In my opinion, it can go two ways. One is that United fans boo Rooney, but his love for the club sees him hit top form and win the fans hearts back. The other way is that Rooney's heart lies somewhere else, he keeps playing terrible and ends up moving next summer.

One thing is for sure, the United fans won't be happy. The same thing happened with Adebayor after he had his best season in an Arsenal shirt. A summer linked away from The Emirates lost Adebayor his respect from the Arsenal fans, and he was never the same again. For Rooney and Man United's sake, I hope its different for them.

Rooney wants to quit United

Monday, October 18, 2010

That's what the papers are saying. Apparently United striker Wayne Rooney is eager to move away from Old Trafford after a bust up with United Chief Alex Ferguson. Rooney has been key to United for the past few years but it looks like his time in Manchester may be up after a massive dip in form, problems surrounding his personal life and now a bust up with his manager.

Rooney was apparently in talks over a new contract with United, but talks have stalled thus fueling speculation that the England striker will be on his way out of Old Trafford in the near future. Real Madrid have been linked with Rooney, although several clubs will end up being linked with the striker who's nickname is 'Shrek'

"To suggest Wayne Rooney will be sold in January is nonsense." - Said United officials, obviously keen to end this speculation and not upset any of the loyal fans.

Personally I think it would be interesting to see Rooney leave United, but I don't think it will happen. I doubt Rooney will want to leave England, and I doubt even more he will want to play anywhere else other than at United.




Liverpool, United and Chelsea all slip up

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I said it last year, and I'm saying it again this year, but I really think this years Premier League season could be the closest yet. Many will doubt me, most people probably think it will be a three horse race up until about February, when it will become a two horse race. I however, beg to differ.

If you look at the Premier League table, there are several clubs who will be pushing to be there or there abouts come next May. You have the obvious title contenders e.g Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal. After them however there are several clubs who could make a serious challenge. The like of Man City, Aston Villa, Everton, Tottenham and even Liverpool despite their poor start will be looking to mount some sort of challenge for Premier League glory.

Most of these teams have strengthened well over the summer, particularly Man City and Tottenham whom I expect to push hard this season. Will they be able to keep up with the pace? It's to early to tell, it will be interesting though.

FIFA 11 Review

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

As we all know, the FIFA series is the best virtual football experience of all time, dominating the scene since 1993 when it was first released. Since then, it has not only become the leading football game in the world, but one of the most successfull games of all time.

Let me assure you, FIFA 11 has continued this fantastic tradition. I have had FIFA 11 for a few days, and needless to say I've spent a lot of time playing it. In my opinion, its the best football game of all time.

The first thing you will notice when you first play is the scary resemblance of the players. Its the closest thing I have seen to real life in a video game, with each player detailed to perfection. After playing a few games, the new feature Personality+ was clear, and extremely impressive to say the least. Each player plays like the would in real life, which makes it far more realistic to play.

Overall, I think the game-play is far better. It's harder to score a goal, but when you do it so much better than it would have in the other FIFA games, where after a while scoring just became to easy. The new celebrations are a nice touch, now when you score a goal in a final you can celebrate with your whole team instead of doing a back-flip by yourself without any of your teammates attempting to embrace in your joy.

I thought Manager Mode was slightly improved. I prefer the new interface and you now have the option to play as a player/manager, which I thought was a nice touch. One thing missing from FIFA 10 which I will miss is staff upgrades, which is probably a good thing because you can no longer increase your teams fitness couch so much that they were never fatigued, making the game more realistic and more of a challenge.

As for the player ratings, I obviously haven't played with every team, but I have checked out most if not all of the main ones. One thing I noticed is the fact that pace will no longer automatically make you a good player, as it did for the likes of Theo Walcott and Aaron Lennon in FIFA 10. If your are excited about playing with Messi, don't be. They still have fixed the glitch from FIFA 10 where Messi is extremely easy to push of the ball.

One hidden gem which I found in the game was Brazilian player Neymar. I picked him up in Manager Mode because he was young and his rating of 78 was bound to rise after a few season, so make sure to check him out.

So, in retrospect, FIFA 11 is a massive success. I would have to give it 9.5/10, not quite a 10 but very close. I would definitely recommend going out and buying it.

''Sit down if you love Fifa''

Monday, October 11, 2010
video

''Sit down if you love fifa''

Want a chance to play against Rooney, submit you sitting down goal celebrations in order to get that opportunity.

I've been playing FIFA 11 rec.ently and I have to admit, its one of the best games I've ever played. Make sure to get your hands on a copy. Ill try submit a full review ASAP, I've just been busy lately. Expect a full review by Thursday at the latest.

Is this the start of a new chapter for Liverpool

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It been a hard couple of months for Liverpool. Financial debts, extremely poor form, constantly slated by the media, constant speculation of players leaving, a change in manager and failure to make the Champions League made the past year about the worst in over a decade for Liverpool.

However, New England Sports Ventures, owners of the Boston Red Sox, are apparently very close to sealing a deal to buy Liverpool Football Club, a move which would delight new manager Roy Hodgson.

"It's very positive and of course I'm delighted.''

"It's been going on a long time and I know how hard the board have worked to set things up.''


I think this is exactly what Liverpool need. They have been desperate for new owners for a while now and I think it could be the start of a new era for Liverpool. One thing is for, if they continue the way they are going they could be the next Leeds.



The dirty side of football

Monday, October 4, 2010

We all love the beautiful game. We all looking forward to watching our favourite team in action, and hopefully, winning. However, its not all beautiful. There are some things in the game we love that are truly ugly.

I'll give you an example. This weekend Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa broke his leg in two places after a rough challenge from Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong. Now, if you look at the challenge, you can see he went for the ball, but challenges like these are happening all to often, leaving players on the sidelines for months.

Its horrible to see a player suffer such a serious injury. We have already seen it with Ben Arfa and Antonio Valencia this year, not to mention Aaron Ramsey last year. It's not a nice site. Its the players who are causing these injuries that concern me. I have no doubt Ryan Shawcross had no intention to hurt Aaron Ramsey, and I highly doubt De Jong ment to break Ben Arfa's leg. However, look back to the World Cup final, where De Jong basically drop kicked Xavi Alonso, a challenge that could have hurt, even killed, the gifted Spanish midfielder.

There are far two many videos on Youtube showing horrific leg breaks in football. Some of them make me sick to my stomach. A red card is not justice for causing this type of injury. Some players may play the ball, but they play the man as well and they should face far more serious consequences.

Don't get me wrong, I love the physical side of the game, but somewhere a link has to be drawn between physical and malicious.

Premier League Preview

Friday, October 1, 2010
Another weekend, another week of Premier League fixtures. Interesting weekend last week, with Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and Tottenham all failing to win. Lets see who they face this week.

Fixtures and my predicitions
Wigan v Wolves (12.45) - Draw
Birmingham v Everton (3.00) - Birmingham win
Stoke v Blackburn (3.00) - Stoke win
Sunderland v Manchester United (3.00) - Draw
Tottenham v Aston Villa (3.00) - Tottenham win
West Brom v Bolton (3.00) - West Brom win
West Ham v Fulham (3.00) - West Ham win

Sunday
Manchester City v Newcastle (1.30) - Man City win
Liverpool v Blackpool (3.00) - Liverpool win
Chelsea v Arsenal (4.00) - Chelsea win

OK, so I guessed two out of ten last weekend, a poor performance to say the least. This week I'm confident I can reach three out of ten, so hopefully I do. However, if you were to put a tenner on all those results, you could win £22359.56. I'm not going to lie, the chances of that happening are slim to none, but if I get all ten results right once this year then you still might make a profit.

Arsenal must bounce back

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

As most of you saw, Arsenal had a shocking defeat against West Brom at the weekend, losing 2-3 at home after going 0-3 down. This is not the Arsenal we all know, who usually trounce those kind of teams at home and unless they bounce back in their Champions League game tonight, their season could go down to drain.

I'm not sure what happened to Arsenal last weekend. You could blame it on injuries but frankly I'm sick of Arsenal using this excuse. Then again, they were missing Fabregas, Walcott, Van Persie and Vermaelen, four key players.

Is injuries injuries the real problem though? Even missing these four players Arsenal should have enough to put away a team like West Brom. They have a serious strength in depth and a serious lack of decent goalkeepers. Almunia, does not deserve to play in the Premier League. Enough said. Until they buy a new keepers, Arsenal will not be winning trophies any time soon.

Premier League Preview

Friday, September 24, 2010
Firstly, apologies for the lack of decent posts lately. Secondly, this is the 300th post on Football Streaker. Well, this was a nice way to start of the Premier League Preview. Without further delay, here is the fixtures and my predictions.

Fixtures and my predictions
Manchester City v Chelsea (12.45) - Chelsea win
Arsenal v West Brom (3.00) - Arsenal win
Birmingham v Wigan (3.00) - Birmingham win
Blackpool v Blackburn (3.00) - Draw
Fulham v Everton (3.00) - Fulham win
Liverpool v Sunderland (3.00) - Draw
West Ham v Tottenham (3.00) - Tottenham win

Sunday
Bolton v Manchester United (12.00) - Manchester United win
Wolves v Aston Villa (2.05) - Aston Villa
Newcastle v Stoke (4.10) - Draw

Firstly, what is with the messed up kick off times on Sunday, must be something on I'm not aware of. Secondly, stick a tenner on all those results and you could win £46397.42, which in my opinion, is not a bad weekends work.


Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham all knocked out of the Carling Cup

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Normally the Carling Cup doesn't interest me at all, I just look at it as a way of getting a look of some young talent that the big clubs have to offer, and maybe even see one of those teams embarrassed by one of the smaller clubs. Over the past few days, I got all of this.

The Tottenham v Arsenal game really was a cracked. The 1-4 scoreline wasn't a fair results. True, Arsenal deserved to win but not by three goals. I was surprised Arsene Wenger fielded the side he did, which included several big names including Nasri and Rosicky. One man, or boy, however really stood out. You probably know who I'm talking about. Jack Wilshere had another stunning game to add to his growing reputation. He is definitely one for the future.

Tonight saw two pretty shocking results. The first being Chelsea's loss to Newcastle. OK some might argue that the Carling Cup means nothing to Chelsea and is probably a trophy Newcastle will be keen to compete for, but it was still surprising to see an understrength but still strong Chelsea team lose 3-4 at home.

Liverpool, as we all know, are not the side they once were. They proved that again tonight, losing on penalties to Northhampton. Yes, they had an understrength squad out, but still, even their second team should beat Northhampton. It shows a serious lack of strength in depth, but from a neutral point of view I was delighted. I would love to see Northhampton go on a cup run which sees them knock out all the big teams. There is one every year.

This years English Premier League top goalscorer will be....

Monday, September 20, 2010

Didier Drogba. That's according to you lot. You might remember I put up a poll a few weeks ago of who will be the top scorer in the EPL, well here are the results.

Didier Drogba = 13 votes (35%)

Wayne Rooney = 3 votes (8%)

Fernando Torres = 5 votes (13%)

Robin Van Persie = 5 votes (13%)

Jermaine Defoe = 1 vote (2%)

Dimitar Berbatov = 3 votes (8%)

Darren Bent = 0 votes (0%)

Nicolas Anelka = 0 votes (0%)

Carlos Tevez = 2 votes (5%)

Other = 5 votes (13%)

Total votes = 37

Thanks to all those who voted. We will see who's right at the end of the season. By the way, I voted for Fernando Torres.

Premier League Preview

Saturday, September 18, 2010
I know it's a bit late, apologies for that. Anyway, without further adieu, here is this weekends Premier League fixtures, and my predictions. Bold = Win

Fixtures and my predictions
Stoke v West Ham (Already underway)
Aston Villa v Bolton (3.00) - Aston Villa win
Blackburn v Fulham (3.00) - Draw
Everton v Newcastle (3.00) - Everton win
Tottenham v Wolves (3.00) - Tottenham win
West Brom v Birmingham (3.00) - Birmingham win
Sunderland v Arsenal (5.30) - Draw

Sunday
Manchester United v Liverpool (1.30) - Manchester United win
Wigan v Manchester City (3.00) - Manchester City win
Chelsea v Blackpool (4.00) - Chelsea win 8-0

Few exciting fixtures in there, particularly the Man United v Liverpool one. Although I picked United to win, it really could go either way.

Stick a tenner on all my predictons to come true, including Chelsea's 8-0 victory, and you stand to win £345101.41. Good luck..


If you have the time, please vote on the poll to the right of who will be the top scorer in the Premier League this season. Thanks.

With the squad Liverpool have, they should be challenging strongly this year

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

As everyone knows, Liverpool had one of their poorest seasons in a decade last season, not qualifying for the Champions and just over all really poor. The board obviously recognised something needed to be done, so Rafa Benitez was sacked and Roy Hodgson took over, thus a new era begun.

Liverpool needed to strengthen, and over the transfer window, they did just that. It's fair to say Roy Hodgson did a good job. Bringing in Joe Cole was a huge signing. He is the extra quality player in midfield they have been missing. Also the signings of Poulsen and Meireles have added a strength in depth in the Liverpool midfield.

Hodgson's most important role as Liverpool manager so far has been holding onto Fernando Torres. With Torres and Gerrard in the squad, Liverpool always have a chance of being there or there abouts. By keeping Torres and giving him the opportunity to link up with the new players in midfield, Liverpool should challenge this season.

Defence is an issue though, especially at left-back. Hodgson will need to seriously consider adding a defender in January or Liverpool are in danger of spending another season playing Champions League on the Xbox 360.

If you have the time, please vote on the poll to the right of who will be the top scorer in the Premier League this season. Thanks.

A landmark day to be forgotten

Saturday, September 11, 2010

By Dominic Pollard

Today saw Sir Alex Ferguson take charge of his 700th Premiership game, a phenomenal record. Only seven clubs have been in the top flight for every season since the creation of the Premiership and Fergie is the only manager to remain at the helm for every one of those years.

His trip to Goodison Park, however, was a far from ideal way to celebrate the landmark. United led 3-1 as the two sides entered stoppage time, but two goals in three minutes salvaged the most unlikely of draws for Everton.

Through all the drama at lunchtime one story will inevitably dominate the back pages - Rooney's absence. With all his years of wisdom, I was surprised to see Ferguson leave Rooney out of the match-day squad. The problems in the striker's personal life have been all too well documented and Fergie stated before the game, “We are not going to subject him to the abuse he gets here.”

Rooney receiving grief from the fans at the Merseyside club would be nothing new, though. By hiding him away, Fergie was, in my opinion, only going to exacerbate the problems. Let Rooney focus on his football rather than drawing more attention to his troublesome 'private' life by trying to protect him.

His absence will now probably cause more headlines than if he had just played. He was always going to receive a hostile reception but Rooney showed for England that he has not let his personal problems effect his performances on-the-pitch.

Rooney will not be able to out run the chants and taunts of away fans. The sooner he can return to the normality of playing regular football, the sooner the stories of his affair can be swept under the rug and into the archive of quickly forgotten misdemeanours by English footballers.

The United manager's decision had looked to be vindicated as his team were cruising to victory and it would be unfair to say that if Rooney had been playing that the result would be any different. Nevertheless, had they won, pundits and fans alike would be praising his decision to keep Rooney out of the limelight.

United played well without Rooney and should have taken all three points back to Manchester. Moreover, Fergie has shown through his dealings with the likes of Keane and Beckham that he is the ideal man to help the England striker through this dark patch of his professional career.

Ferguson's landmark game proved problematic before it began and disheartening once it ended. The team, and Berbatov especially, may have performed in a convincing manner without Rooney but the drama surrounding their number ten was a distraction that Fergie and his side could have done without.

A Champions League tie at home to Rangers on Tuesday night is probably just what the club, and more importantly Wayne Rooney, need as they will no doubt be keen to try and get back to business as usual.

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Walcott not spending too long on the sidelines

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The International break has never been kind to Arsenal, has it. It seems like every time there is International fixtures played, Arsenal seem to lose a player to injury. Last season it was Robin Van Persie, this season it was Theo Walcott.

Fortunately for Arsenal, Walcott shouldn't spend more than two weeks on the sidelines, as the injury is only a slight knock to his ankle. This softens the blow of losing Van Persie for six weeks, after he injured himself in the game against Blackburn.

Now, things could be a lot worse for Arsenal. At least Van Persie is only out for six weeks, it was a lot worse around this time last year when he was facing six months on the sidelines. Walcott's injury was a huge scare for Arsenal at first, but he will only miss one game, two at most. If Arsenal were to lose him for a large chunk of the season it would be devastating, especially considering the blistering form he is in at the moment.

The fact here is, I don't feel sorry for Arsenal, because it is their own fault. Arsene Wenger should have brought in a lot more players during the transfer window. Every body knew Van Persie would get injured at some stage, Bendtner was already facing a spell on the sidelines so that leaves Chamakh to play up front, and if he got injured they would be forced to play the likes of Arshavin up top on his own, who although is effective, lacks presence and has a tendency to drift in and out of games.

There is a serious lack of depth in the Arsenal squad that I guarantee will come back to haunt them come March/April when players are tired and getting injured easier. They have no one to blame but themselves.

If you have the time, please vote on the poll to the right of who will be top scorer in the Premier League this season. Thanks.


What is it with English footballers

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

All you all probably know, Wayne Rooney has been a regular in the papers over the last few days after his antics got him in trouble with his missus. Apparently, Rooney had an affair on wife Coleen, adding him to a growing list of English footballers who have broken their marriage vows.

Rooney had a wonderful season last season, showing his full potential and he is now regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. However, ever since the World Cup started, something has gone wrong. His World Cup performance was disappointing to say the least, and he has carried that poor form into the new season.

However, its his private life that is making the headlines. I don't know what it is with English footballers. That's four in the past year. Ashley Cole, John Terry, Peter Crouch and now Wayne Rooney. What kind of example are they setting? Most of them had kids for god sake. It's an absolute disgrace and you have to admit it hasn't helped things for under fire manager Fabio Capello.

Rooney certainly needs to sort himself out, and fast. He must sort out his 'private' life before he has a chance of recapturing the form he showed last season.

If you have the time, please vote on the poll to the right of who will be the top scorer in the Premier League this season. Thanks.

Adebayor claims Man City are bigger than Arsenal

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Emmanuel Adebayor certainly hasn't a great relationship with his former club Arsenal since his move to Manchester City last summer. First he kicks Robin Van Persie in the face, then he runs the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal fans after scoring for Man City, and now he is having a go at his old club, stating that his new club are bigger.

There was a time when I had respect for Adebayor. When he came to Arsenal he was relatively unknown but managed to make a name for himself and at one point was recognised as one of the best strikers in the Premier League. However, since his move to Manchester City, the big Togo international has changed for the worse.

First of all, we all know he moved for money, why else would anyone move to Manchester City. Secondly, his performance against Arsenal where he celebrated in front of his former fans and kick Van Persie in the face was disgraceful. Now, he is taunting the Arsenal staff and fans saying ''people will class Manchester City as bigger than Arsenal''. This shows massive disrespect towards Arsene Wenger, who made him the player he is today. It also makes him looks like a fool, because he can barely make the starting 11 at Man City, and will probably move if not in January, then the summer of 2011.

In saying all of this, there is a very realistic chance that Man City will someday, in the distant future, be a bigger club than Arsenal, purely because of their financial power. They have some way to go yet though. Buying players who only go for money will not bring success.

If you have the time, please vote on the poll to the right of who will be the top scorer in the Premier League this season. Thanks.

Who will be the top scorer English Premier League this season

Saturday, September 4, 2010

With all the action that happens in the Premier League, people always keep an eye on who is top scorer. Last season it was a race between Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba, with the Ivorian coming out on top in the end.

Drobga has already bagged 4 goals this season, including a hat-trick on opening day. Rooney has been a bit quieter, only scoring once so far, but its only early days yet.

Personally I can see someone else getting it this year. I think that if Fernando Torres can keep injury free, he has a great chance, especially now with Joe Cole in the squad, who should be able to link up well with the Spanish striker.

I've pretty much ruled out Van Persie, who is injured far to often, and I can't see Fabregas being as effective this season after his summer of speculation.

There is a poll on the right hand side, if you could take some time out of your day to vote, that would be great. If you have any suggestions of someone who should be added to the poll, please let me know in the comments section.

Villa target Curbishley as new manager

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Managerless Aston Villa are apparently interested in bringing former West Ham boss Alan Curbishley to Villa Park as a replacement for Martin O'Niel, who left the club before the start of the new season.

Curbishley has been unemployed for two years now but apparently is interested in the Villa job. Villa are currently holding interviews, with USA boss Bob Bradley also linked in what would be his debut as manager in the Premier League. Villa are apparently after a manager with Premier League experience and Curbishley is certainly qualified for the job, having impressed at both Charlton and West Ham.

Villa will of course be looking to bring in a new chief as soon as possible. After a stuttering start to the season they will be keen to bring in an experienced manager who can settle the nerves and hopefully start up a winning streak and get their Champions League spot aspirations back on track. Personally I can see Curbishley getting the job. He has Premier League experience, and the fans will have a soft spot for the former Aston Villa player.

Spurs on the brink of a major signing

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Spurs could be on the verge of letting all their rivals know they mean business this year, with Rafael Van Der Vaart apparently very close to signing for the North London side. Spurs have already had a fairly successful start to the season, despite losing to Wigan they managed to qualify for the Champions League.

If Van Der Vaart did sign for them, I believe they could seriously challenge this year. Their midfield is packed with quality with the likes of Modric, Palicious, Lennon, Jenas, Huddlestone, Kranjcar, Giovanni, Bale and Bentley so to add Van Der Vaart to this list would give them the strength of depth they really need.

Personally I can see Spurs going very far this year. They have such a big squad of quality players, and Manchester United and Arsenal didn't strengthen much during the summer. Could be a very big year for them.

Transfer window officially shut

It's just going 6pm, meaning this summers transfer window is officially shut.

Some of the signing made today were Robinho went to AC Milan, Paul Konchesky joined Liverpool, Asamoah Gyan joined Sunderland. They were the main transfer dealings made today.

To be honest, I was expected more from today. I thought more teams would be making transfers but aside from a few rumours and some signings, it was fairly quiet.

Just as I wrote this, Wigan confirmed the signing of Franco Di Santo from Chelsea.

Barcelona seal Mascherano deal

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Javier Mascherano saga is finally over. After weeks of speculation, Barcelona have finally secured the Argentine's services for a fee of around £18 million. Mascherano has been linked away from Liverpool for some time and had never hid the fact he wanted to leave.

"I am happy to have joined Barcelona.

"When the best club in the world comes after you, you can only be happy.''

Mascherano joined Liverpool from West Ham and was a fairly big success, with everyone impressed with his determination and how he gave 110% in every game. He was a great player for Liverpool, but I think they knew he was leaving when new chief Roy Hodgson signed Poulsen and Meireles, who both play in the middle of the midfield.


I think it's a good thing that Mascherano moved. If he stayed he would have had a negative affect on the team and he will do well at Barcelona, a good replacement for Yaya Toure.


Are Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham a good bet in the Champions League?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Harry Redknapp must have felt like singing in the rain at White Hart Lane as Spurs showed enough drive and determination to easily win the second leg of their Champions League play-off against Young Boys and slide through to the 32 team group stages. Although the Swiss side started well, they never looked likely to hold on to the lead that they had from the first game and were two goals behind by half-time. In only the fifth minute the first goal came courtesy of a Peter Crouch header from a Gareth Bale cross and the second was slotted into the net by Jermain Defoe although replays showed that he clearly used his arm to bring the ball under control. The second half saw Carlo Cudicini in goal after Gomes sustained an injury. More pressure from Spurs paid off with Crouch scoring twice more to get his hat-trick and put Spurs through 6-3 on aggregate.

It has been a long wait for the White Hart Lane faithful to get a taste of the top club competition in Europe – 48 years in fact, and the pouring rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Spurs fans who were clearly ecstatic at the result. The reward for Tottenham is a place in Group A where they will be facing the holders Inter Milan, as well as Germany’s Werder Bremen and Dutch outfit FC Twente.

Things are certainly looking up for Tottenham and they can now look forward to a lucrative run in the group stages. It is also looking pretty good on the domestic front too. Looking at the online betting activity on Tottenham the odds on Harry Redknapp’s side again making a top 4 finish in the Premier League are 5/2 and they are 9/1 to win the FA Cup. So after last night’s convincing victory and their encouraging start in the League Harry has every reason to have a smile on his face.

Saturday sees bottom of the table Wigan visiting White Hart Lane. The Latics have conceded ten goals in their first two games this season and it is no surprise that the football betting websites give them little chance - the odds on them even taking a point from White Hart Lane are 4/1. What Spurs cannot allow to happen is to let complacency set in – they need to win that game and not rest on their laurels. Some pundits are predicting the possibility of a Tottenham goal-fest but Wigan did manage a confidence-boosting 3-0 away win against Hartlepool in mid-week so they will be no pushover.

Premier League Preview

Another round of Premier League fixture for us to look forward to this weekend. Last weekend saw no real shocks, although there were three 6-0 games and Manchester United stumbled away to Fulham, whilst Liverpool lost 3-0 to Manchester City. Here are this weeks fixtures and my predictions. Bold = win

Fixtures and my predictions
Blackburn v Arsenal (12.45) - Arsenal win
Blackpool v Fulham (3.00) - Fulham win
Chelsea v Stoke (3.00) - Chelsea win
Tottenham v Wigan (3.00) - Tottenham win
Wolves v Newcastle (3.00) - Draw
Manchester United v West Ham (5.30) - Manchester United win

Sunday
Bolton v Birmingham (1.30) - Draw
Liverpool v West Brom (3.00) -Liverpool win
Sunderland v Manchester City (3.00) - Manchester City win
Aston Villa v Everton (4.00) - Draw

Goal of the week last weekend goes to Gareth Bale, and absolute peach of a volley.

If you back all the results I have predicted, you stand to win £4800.47 if you put on £10. Not as much as last weeks, but still a decent amount of pocket money.
Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Champions League group stages were drawn today. Some interesting ties to look forward to that's for sure.

Group A: Inter Milan, Werder Bremen, Tottenham, FC Twente

Group B: Lyon, Benfica, Schalke, Hapoel Tel Aviv

Group C: Valencia, Rangers, Bursaspor, Manchester United

Group D: FC Barcelona, Panathinaikos, FC Copenhagen, Rubin Kazan

Group E: Bayern Munich, AS Roma, FC Basel, CFR Cluj

Group F: Marseille, Spartak Moscow, MSK Zilina, Chelsea

Group G: AC Milan, Real Madrid, Ajax, Auxerre

Group H: Shakhtar Donetsk, SC Braga, FK Partisan, Arsenal

Group A = I would expect Inter Milan and Tottenham to get through. Inter Milan were very impressive last year and I see no reason why they shouldn't qualify, whilst Tottenham just shade it over Werder Bremen.

Group B = I can see Lyon and Benfica going through. The problem is, I don't know enough about any of the clubs bar Lyon, so I'm basically going by how they were seeded.

Group C = it's got to be Manchester United anyway. Clearly the strongest in that group. Valencia are probably favourites to make it through as well but I wouldn't be writing off Bursaspor. Turkish teams are always good at home and Valencia have lost two key players in David Silva and David Villa.

Group D = I'm going to go for Barcelona and Rubin Kazan. Kazan were impressive last year and Eastern European teams are very underrated.

Group E = Bayern Munich and Roma will be going through, I'm nearly positive. Cluj never posed any threat when they featured in the Champions League last and whilst I don't know much about FC Basel, Bayern and Roma should be good enough to win.

Group F = Well, first of all I expect Chelsea to qualify easily, especially after the fantastic start they have had to the season. Meanwhile, I expect Marseille and Spartak Moscow to fight it out for second place, though MSK Zilina could surprise a few if they can grab a point or two away from home.

Group G = The group of death. Real Madrid (seeded in pot two) will be favourites to qualify and AC Milan should do the business and qualify, even though they have been poor in Europe over the past few years. Ajax and Auxerre could be tricky fixtures away from home but Madrid and Milan should have enough to qualify.

Group H = It's a more difficult group for Arsenal than it looks, although they should qualify. Shaktar are a very good team and particularly difficult to beat away, whilst the other two teams will be expected to defend well and hopefully grab a goal A difficult group but Arsenal and Shaktar should qualify.

Inter make Masch bid


Inter Milan have apparently made a formal bid for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano. Mascherano has been a regular in the tabloids this year linking him with a move away from Anfield, with Barcelona and Inter Milan his preferred destinations.

Mascherano has made his intention clear, sitting out Liverpool's game with Manchester City on Monday, and being excluded from their Europa League qualifier in order not to be cup-tied. It appears Inter have made the first proper bid for the Argentine international, with Rafa Benitez keen to link up with Mascherano again.

''I sent an offer to Liverpool by fax on Tuesday and I am waiting for a reply from them.'' - Rafa Benitez.

I feel Liverpool need to get rid of Mascherano. If he doesn't want to be there, it will have a negative effect on the rest of the squad, which is the last thing Liverpool need. If they are to get a decent amount of money for him, anything over £15 million, they should take it in a heartbeat. He will be a loss for sure, but in signing Poulsen they have a player who can fill in.

Time for Berbatov to make is mark

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Even Dimitar Berbatov himself would likely concede that he has failed to live up to expectations in a Manchester United Shirt. While there have been flashes of brilliance from the mercurial Bulgarian, for £30m the United fans are entitled to expect a fair amount more from a man who shone at both Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham.


Frequently left on the bench during the 2009-10 season as Sir Alex Ferguson preferred to go with the prolific Wayne Rooney as a lone striker, many speculated that Berbatov could be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer with Bayern Munich and Ac Milan mooted as possible destinations.


Sir Alex has stuck by his man, however, and the early season signs suggest Berbatov is ready to prove his worth after an impressive start to the season. His goal in the Community Shield - a delightful lobbed finish after some great interplay with Luis Nani - was met with a warm reception from his United teammates and may well be looked back on as the moment when his Manchester Utd career properly began.


His followed up that strike with an impressive performance against Newcastle United on monday night, scoring once but contributing with his all round performance and coming close to adding further to his tally. Most notably, his swagger has returned as he lit up Old Trafford with some breathtaking skills.


That United take some of the burden off Rooney is paramount if they are to wrestle back the Barclays Premier League trophy from Chelsea this season. As talented as the young striker is, at times it felt like United's quest for trophies lay solely on his shoulders and as Rooney's body broke down towards the end of the campaign, so did United's challenge.


When asked to step up the mark in his absence, Berbatov's performences were average and disjointed and crucial points were lost which ultimitely cost United dear.


Sir Alex has also added the hugely promising and highly enerjetic Mexican striker Javier Hernandez to his squad and already, he is looking to be a shrewd purchase, having already opened his United account with a goal in the Community Shield.


It is the role of Dimitat Berbatov that most intruiges the watching critics and it remains to be seen whether the Bulgarian will indeed step up to the mark in 2010-11.


Written by Danny Watson, a sports journalist who writes blogs about football shirts.

Gallas Joins Spurs

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tottenham have today confirmed the signing of 33-year-old former Arsenal defender William Gallas.

Gallas, who played for Chelsea before joining Arsenal in 2006, has now signed for his third London club after Arsenal released him at the end of last season. He has signed on a one-year deal but Spurs have the option to extend the deal when this contract ends.

A statement on Tottenham's official website said: "We are delighted to announce the signing of William Gallas on a one year deal."

Gallas is already a very unlikeable player due to the way in which he left Chelsea and also his antics at St. Andrews in 2008 when he lost the plot on the pitch as Arsenal threw their title chances away. At 33 he is getting on, but he may still have another good year or two in him so I feel it's not a bad transfer for Spurs as Woodgate and King are very injury-prone.

Premier League Preview

Friday, August 20, 2010
It was a good first weekend of Premier League football last weekend. Blackpool shocked Wigan, but no other big shocks. Liverpool and Arsenal drew(which I predicted), as did Spurs and Man City. Runners up last year Manchester United won 3-0 against new boys Newcastle and Chelsea thrashed West Brom 6-0. I seriously regret not putting Drogba in my fantasy football team. Bold = winner

This weekends fixtures and my predictions
Arsenal v Blackpool (3.00) - Arsenal win
Birmingham v Blackburn (3.00) - Birmingham win
Everton v Wolves (3.00) - Everton win
Stoke v Tottenham (3.00) - Draw
West Brom v Sunderland (3.00) - Sunderland win
West Ham v Bolton (3.00) - West Ham win
Wigan v Chelsea (5.15) - Chelsea win

Sunday
Newcastle v Aston Villa (1.30) - Draw
Fulham v Manchester United (4.00) - Manchester United win

Monday
Manchester City v Liverpool (8.00) - Manchester City win

Put on a tenner on those results and win £13383.23.

NOW FANS CAN PLAY AS THE GOALIE IN EA SPORTS FIFA 11




All 22 Players on the Pitch Can Be Human Controlled in Online Team Play

Cologne, Germany, 17 August 2010 Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that EA SPORTSTM has developed a new feature called Be A Goalkeeper for FIFA 11 that will enable fans to experience the thrill of playing as the keeper, and for the first time in a football videogame, will place control of all 22 players on the pitch in human hands. The new feature will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system when FIFA 11 is available in stores September 28 in North America and October 1 in Europe and Asia.

Chelsea FC and Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Čech has been signed as the spokesperson for Be A Goalkeeper and will be featured in advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns.

Be A Goalkeeper is a completely new way to play—instead of thinking as a player out in the middle of the pitch, you have to think and react as the goalkeeper. Experience the thrill of the one on one battle, making the great save from a free kick, punching balls safely out of danger, the pressure of the corner, and most importantly, keeping a clean sheet. Be A Goalkeeper features three levels of accessibility with varying degrees of AI assistance—assisted, semi-assisted and fully manual. Fans will be able to compete as the goalie in Career Mode and enjoy a 15-year career or create themselves as the goalie in Virtual Pro 2.0 to learn the position, track stats, complete achievements and test themselves against the best players in the virtual world.

With control of the keeper now in human hands FIFA 11 will deliver an authentic replication of football online with 11 vs. 11 Online Team Play that locks people into the role of a single, fixed player the entire game. Now up to 11 friends on different consoles will be able to select and take control of their own individual players on the same team to compete against up to 11 rivals of another team.

“The phenomenal growth of online gaming and the desire of our fans to be able to play as the goalie was the driving force behind this innovation for FIFA 11,” said Kaz Makita, Executive Producer, EA SPORTS FIFA. “Friends can play alongside each other in their pro clubs with all 11 virtual players on the pitch human controlled. We have finally replicated football in the virtual world.”

Over 750 million online connected games have been played since FIFA 10 launched last October and over 350,000 pro clubs have been created that enable friends to compete alongside each other against rival clubs. Pro Clubs is one of the most popular online game modes in FIFA.

FIFA 11 reinvents player authenticity – on and off the ball – for every position on the pitch with Personality+, and introduces new Pro Passing where pass accuracy is determined by a gamer’s ability on the control pad, and player skill, situation and urgency on the pitch. Plus, experience true freedom in man-to-man interactions with 360° Fight for Possession that transforms physical play from just lateral jostling to full 360° collisions.

Visit http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa to join the EA SPORTS FIFA Facebook group or visit WWW.FIFA.EASPORTS.COM for more information about the game. New game modes and innovations will be revealed later this month.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P93vY5ZVJ7w = Check out the new FIFA 11 game play trailer here, I have to admit, it looks like it could be the best FIFA yet.

Milner and Ireland Swap Places

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Manchester City have finally managed to sign James Milner, with Stephen Ireland heading to the Villains as part of the deal. After months of speculation, Stephen Ireland eventually gave in to his £2.4million pay-off demands and settled for half that amount to allow the transfer to go through.


The move was always going to happen and Milner has now become Man City's 6th big transfer of the Summer after Jerome Boateng, Aleksander Kolarov, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli.



The 24-year-old who has already played for Leeds and Newcastle signed on a 5-year contract with Aston Villa getting around £15million and Ireland in return. The transfer takes Man City's Summer spending to £118million.



In my opinion, I think Aston Villa have made a good bit of business. Ireland is still a fantastic player and Ashley Young and Stewart Downing can play on the wings. I'm not sure where Milner will fit into the City team as they seem to be overcrowded in his department. It was clear he wanted to go so Villa did the right thing and I think they'll come out better on the deal.







New Football Kits for the new season

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The online shopping website Very offer a huge selection of attire when it comes to football. They have football shirts for every team starting at the price of just £19.

Most of the kids come complete with either the home or away shirt, the team socks and of course the shorts and each kit is available in several sizes, including infant and baby styles.

The football attire featured online will make the perfect gift for any football fanatic and once purchased will be delivered to your door. If you order now you will receive your purchase this August and this includes free delivery and return. Very also allows you to buy now and pay nothing until July 2011, meaning you have plenty of time to save up for your beloved teams shirts.

As well as the latest kits for the season, Very.co.uk also offer a range of football boots and football memorabilia, making this one of the best places to shop for the most dedicated football fan.

The store offers kits for International teams, European teams and Scottish teams as well as kits for all the Premiership teams, so there is most certainly a shirt to suit all.

The Premiership team kit available includes Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn, Bolton, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United, Sunderland and Tottenham. The European and Scottish kits obtainable include Barcelona, Juventus, Rangers, Celtic and Real Madrid. Kits abailable for the international teams includes Argentina, Brazil, England, Holland, Ireland, Nothern Ireland and Portugal.