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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

''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

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.