Inthestands.co.uk Archives for January 2010

Links That We Like…

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Mario Balotelli style icon? Maybe but this looks a more Chicken Run than anything else... Metro

Beckham is available for a 2-month loan, but who is in pole position to sign him?... Never Captain Nicky Butt

Chelsea fans have to pray that this was actually Mr Abramovich's Christmas Eve.

Footballers’ Good Deeds – An Inspiration To Young People?…

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In The Stands is committed to helping charities gain exposure to you, the beautiful football public. So we hope you have enjoyed your Christmases and are now feeling generous and will have a look into doing some volunteer work with Vinspired...

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With many notable footballers making headlines for all the wrong reasons recently, it is good to see that some players are keeping up the image of the nation's favourite sport by doing valuable work off the field.

Carling Cup Preview…

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So, Arsene Wenger is under some pressure as Arsenal boss after not landing a trophy in 5 years, but a few weeks back the draw for the semi finals of the Carling cup was made, and in all honesty there's only one team that's going to win it...

Arsenal vs Ipswich & West Ham vs Birmingham

Of course, Arsenal will be playing their youngsters, but they'll still be too strong for championship outfit Ipswich.

In The Stands Fantasy Football League…

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How do you make following the Premier League even more interesting?...

There are loads of good free sports bets to be had out there, and these can really spice up even the most boring fixture!

Here at In The Stands, we love Fantasy Premier League, the official fantasy football game of the premier league.

Who will win the league this season? Part 1 – Arsenal…

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5 years since they won anything (by being outplayed of Man Utd in the FA Cup final). Can they really last the rest of the season at the top?



Short answer – I don't think so.

OK, it's clear to everyone that none of the top teams have been particularly firing on all cylinders this year, so maybe they've got a shot?

Who will win the league this season? Part 2 – Chelsea…

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At the start of the season, in fact a couple of weeks ago, they were everyone's favourite for the league. Before last night, they were 19th in the form table with just 1 point from their last 18 available, hardly title winning form. Is this just a blip, or are they going to struggle to catch up?

Arsenal Benefit From The Law Of Averages…

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Phil McNulty has started his regular, reactive oscillation regards Arsenal. Despite earlier protestations that they lacked backbone, it would now seem the "Arse" are busy exposing Chelsea's cracks, showing that the lacklustre performance against United is obviously forgiven and forgotten.

Chelsea Lost In Transition…

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In the summer of 2010 Chelsea let go of established, quality players like Deco, Ballack, Belletti, Joe Cole and Carvalho and replaced them with younger blood in an attempt to breed a side with staying power. Unfortunately, Chelsea's plan has backfired. Abramovic and Anncelotti have done too much to fast.

ITS are Back after Christmas!

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Hope you had a good Christmas...but what have you and ourselves missed...

Lavente get spanked Manchester City going second with a win against the Toon Wenger on winning the Title 'Arry on Keane and Modric

Related posts:

  1. I Feel Like A Kid At Christmas.

Villian of the year: Balotelli rant makes us hate him even more…

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I apologise for being slow on the up-keep readers, but I have just come across an article (in the Guardian) in which Balotelli makes a complete arse of himself...

After winning the award a jornalist questioned the Manchester City striker on the player who was second best to him (Jack Whilshere) Â - his response is both ignorant and arrogant:

"What's his name?

Is Rafa’s Goatee to blame for his own demise?

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Okay, let's start this in Benitez terms...FACTS!

Pre-Goatee– When Benitez joined Liverpool in 2004 they were a club aching for trophies.

  • In his first season he brought in some much needed quality with the signings of Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia.

VH group too Kean?

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So, news sources yesterday confirmed that Steve Kean has been put in charge at Blackburn until June 2011.

The new owners (Above) haven't hidden how impressed they are with Kean's attitude and ambition but it seems that the VH group's slight lack of knowledge of the game (chairwoman, Anuradha Desai admitted "I don't know a thing about football" when first taking over at the Lancashire club) may prove to be their downfall on the latest decision.

Steven Kean to take charge of Blackburn

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Blackburn's former number two, who has been in charge of the first team since Sam Allardyce departure, has been formally put in charge to the end of the season...

His six month contract suggests that the Venky's will look to employ a big name during the summer, in very much the same way Chris Hughton was employed at Newcastle.

Lack of Goals…why not re-call Freddie Sears?

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It is clear that Carlton Cole is struggling for goals this season. The striker scored just one goal is 13 league games. But not to worry, he'll start banging them in now that Freddie Sears is back... Like Carlton Cole, Freddie Sears has been on form this season. At Scunthorpe he has scored zero goals in nine games and has a career total is one goal in 71 games.

BS of the Day: Rafa gets the sack…apparently

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The former Liverpool manager has got the sack again...that might be the third time this week.

Inter Milan official statement from Moratti at 22:00 Tuesday Evening:

Is Rafa Benitez still the Inter coach?
"Yes, he is. In this precise moment he's the Inter coach, unless I'm mistaken.

ITS Awards ’10: Best and worst signing of the season

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The summer is a stressful time for any manager because it is up to them to buy the right player to strengthen their side . They may need that quality player to move up the table or they might need a footballer influential enough to keep a newly promoted team afloat. But what is signing of the year (January December) ?

BS of the Day – Andy Carroll to Real Madrid?

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It's been a good year for Andy Carol. He has impressed in the Premiership this season with a return of 10 goals and went on to win his first England cap but Real Madrid....come on!

Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has set his sights on Newcastle United forward Andrew Carroll, according to Spanish sources.

ITS Awards ’10: Team of the Year results and Player of the year poll

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The results are in!...Last Monday we asked you, the readers to vote for those you thought were the best Premiership players in 2010.  So without further freddie-adu here is In the Stands Premiership Team of 2010

Here's how much they won it by (Voting rounded up)

GK: Joe Hart 44%

LB: Leighton Baines 32%

RB: Bacary Sagna 29%

CB: Nemanja Vidic 28%

CB: John Terry 11%

RW: Nani 31%

LW: Gareth Bale 33%

CM: Cesc Faberegas 23%

CM: Samir Nasri 19%

FW: Dimitar Berbatov 16%

FW: Carlos Tevez 20%

So with this in mind, who do you think warrants the ITS player of the year Awards.

Why Messi will win the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or…

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Its a given isn't it - surely Messi, the bookies favourite, is going to take home the Ballon d'Or for the second year running?

  • As this video shows, he scored three hat tricks in a week (10 in total)
  • Last season he scored 47 goals in 53 games
  • This season he has already scored 27 goals in 23 games (17 in 14 just in the League)
  • He has scored 55 goals in the 2010 alone
  • He broke his own record this season by scoring in 10 consecutive games
  • The record ended when Barca bear Real Madrid 5-0.

BS of the Day – Denilson to Barcelona?

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Arsenal's understudy, to the impressive Alex Song, is apparently being tracked by Barcelona this has got to be rubbish!

Barcelona are considering a £10million move for Arsenal midfielder Denilson after conceding Cesc Fabregas' price tag could once again spiral beyond their means.

Liverpool and Arsenal lock horns in pursuit of the ‘New Walcott’

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According to reports, Liverpool and Arsenal are ready to battle it out for the signature of Southampton teenager Alexander Oxlade-Chamberlain....

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 17, has broken into the first team at the South coast club this season and  has played15 games, scoring four goals from midfield.

Top 10 of the Week – How to not let the Weather spoil your Football…

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So the snow has once again ruined football for the weekend. There are no matches to watch on TV, the sunday League game is called off, and your mates have pulled out of the kick-about at the park...all of a sudden Christmas shopping with your loved one becomes all the more likely.

Separated at Birth – Olof Melberg and Ryan Reynolds

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Another look-a-likey for you, comparing a hollywood actor to a quality centre back...

If you don't know Ryan Reynolds he is the former lucky basterd currently in the middle of a divorce with Scarlett Johansson and star of a lot terrible chick flicks as well as Van Wilder and Smoking Aces.

Premiership Prediction (18-20th Dec, 10)

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SATURDAY

Sunderland v Bolton Both teams are in fine form at the moment, sitting in 7th and 5th in the table repetitively. Bolton showed good character against Blackburn last weekend to see the game through even with 10 men, but you feel the impetus will be with Suderland in front of their home fans.

Surprise, Surprise…Arsenal get Barcelona in the Champions League Draw

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The champions League second round has been drawn much to the dismay of Arsenal and Tottenham who get a tough draw...

Arsenal will draw the current champions Barcelona, who have a knack of beating them in this competiion. It's lucky that they wanted to draw them then.

Archive: Top 10 of the Week – Premier League Strike Partners

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Strike partners have always been an important part of the English game and this week we celebrate ten of the best duos to grace the Premiership...

10. Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand (Newcastle) – Overall 28/ 21


97/98 28 and 21 = 49 goals

(In all competitions- applies to all)

Unfortunately, Shearer and Ferdinand only played with each other for one season but in that short amount of time they clicked.

“Chelsea will not win the Title” – Leboeuf

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With Chelsea lying in fourth place and with no wins in five, there seems to be a few doubters popping up. One of these includes former Chelsea player Leboeuf...

"It is hard for me to criticise my former club but I said at the beginning of the season that I didn't think they would be winning the championship.

BS of the day – Iniesta to Man City?

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New feature, that will no doubt die, that aims to highlight the worst rumour we hear that day...

According to Yahoo Sports, Manchester City believe that with Barcelona's financial situation far from being healthy, they can persuade the Nou Camp club to part ways with the 26-year-old with a massive €100m bid.

Separated at Birth – Steve Stone and Buzz Lightyear

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While watching a Sky Sports News report that explained that Stone will be Alan Padew's number two I noticed something...

I then made the thing and realised I might be going crazy, but I still see it.

Anyway, a little about Steve Stone...

Starting his career at Nottingham Forest, Stoney managed to establish himself as key player and he was eventually rewarded with  a call up to the England squad.

Mick McCarthy getting frightened by nothing?

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The key is in the title: Here good old Mick seems to be startled by absolutely nothing? Maybe it was a demon that has finally left him and Wolves that had condemned them to relegation...who knows?

Related posts:

  1. I Really Love Mick McCarthy.

Edin Dzeko – a replacement for Tevez?

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With heavy speculation that Carlos Tevez will leave City in the near future, former names attached to the Manchester club are coming to the fore again...

This time Bosnian International, Edin Dzeko, 24, is in the frame for a transfer to Eastlands. As The Guardian explains:

The prolific Wolfsburg striker sent his letter to a senior executive at Eastlands earlier in the season, expressing his admiration for the club and his gratitude for their efforts to buy him in the August window

This perhaps hints that Manchester City might be a place that the Wolfsburg striker will strongly consider in January.

Did I Just See That?

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Who: Patrick Berger When: 2004–05 season Where: The Valley What: A goal better than  Thierry Henry's wonder-strike against Manchester United

Patrick Berger's goal against Charlton is perhaps overshadowed by the Arsenal legend.

5 reasons why Big Sam was sacked!

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1. He refused to sign the 'right' players The Sun

New owners Venky's indicated there would be around £5million to spend to bolster Rovers' survival push.

But their targets could not have been more different to those eyed by Big Sam. He was keen on Tottenham's ex-Ewood Park favourite David Bentley but the Indians fancied Brazilian crock Geovanni, who had just left San Jose Earthquakes.

Tevez wants out of Man City…

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Yesterday, Carlos Tevez had a request for a transfer rejected by the club after he said he was homesick...

The Argentine international has scored 10 goals in 15 Premier League games for Manchester City this season, so Mancini obviously wants the striker on his books as they continue to push the top 4 this year.

The ’10 ITS Awards: Intro

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With the year drawing to a close ITS have decided to cast a vote to find out from you guys who you think are the best players in the Premiership for 2010. (Half of last season / half of this season)...

Today (Monday 13th December) we will compile five voting polls: Best Goalkeeper, Defenders (Right-back, Left Back, Centre Back), Midfielders (Central Midfielders, Wingers), Forwards and best players (best and most improved).

Premiership Predictions (11-13/12/10)

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SATURDAY

Aston Villa v West Brom Villa need a result to avoid getting stuck in a relegation battle, today they will ease their troubles. 2-0

Everton v Wigan A given really, Everton should quite easily beat Wigan at home.

Top 10 of the Week – Christmas Presents for Football Fans

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In truth, most of us are useless at buying presents for those around us. So ITS we have tried to reduce the burden, offering you our top ten gifts that are sure to delight your friend or loved one who just so happens to happens to like football...

10. A football pump or inflation needles


There is nothing worse than going to the park with a flat ball.

The Farce That is Newcastle United…

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From fans singing Chris Hughton's name to talksport taking the piss out of the Pardew hiring, here is a video blog of the joke that is Newcastle...

There's only one Chris Hughton after a 6-0 win over Villa...

Newcastle thrashing bitter rivals Sunderland.

Links That We Like…

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One get's a yellow, the other loses the (possibly)Â ability to have children. Fair trade? I don't think so either...

Glentoran's Matty Burrows has made the shortlist for the Puskas award... FIFA

Is knowing too much about Fantasy Football dangerous?

Premier League Predictions (4-6, Dec, 10)

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John O'Shea Man Yoo's Finest

Arsenal v Fulham - Arsenal have a real chance of challenging for the title, with both Chelsea and Manchester United faltering as various points, but they can only do this by turning The Emirates into a fortress, today would be a good start 3-1

Birmingham v Tottenham - Birmingham have stayed in the Premier League due to their impressive home record, since they returned last year they have only lost once there so Spurs have a task on their hands .

8 Reasons Why England Didn’t Win the 2018 World Cup Bid (Part 2)

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Part two of my eight reasons for England's failure to win the World Cup bid, read part one here...

5. Football is already massively followed

FIFA's motto is: For the Game, For the World – which says a lot about what they want to achieve as a governing body.

8 Reasons Why England Didn’t Win the 2018 World Cup Bid (Part 1)

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There are many reasons as to why England were not chosen to host the 2018 World Cup, but I have picked out 8 which seem to be the most potent....

1. Football hooliganism

England fans, although they have been better in recent years, still hold this stigma as no-good thugs.

World Cup Deadline Day…come on FIFA make the right choice!

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I've scoured the web for some viral insight, helping to support the bid...

Lord Cohen

Russia's Bid News story

David Beckham on the Bid

...and finally our Original bid (If you haven't seen it already)

Related posts:

  1. Is Our World Cup Bid in Tatters?

Separated at Birth? – Harry (Home Alone) and Ray Wilkins

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It's been a while since ITS have delved into the look-a-likey file, but upon watching Home Alone recently Ray popped to mind...

Joe Pesci, who plays Harry in home alone, is fluent in Italian and  should take the vacant assistant manager  job at Chelsea.

The Most Obvious Red Card’s in the World

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Here are the two Red cards given to Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos...so obviously planned that I hurts...

Furthermore, If you look at the video below it appears that Mourinho has sent instructions to his players to push for a second booking. This booking will mean that the players will miss the final group match (no biggie as they go through anyway) and in doing so they clean the slate for the next round of the competition.

Separated at birth…Jose Mourinho and Wayne Coyle

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Yes ITS have jumped on the look-a-likey bandwagon. Here for the first and probably the last time. (I'm sure that beyond this article our eye for 'similar looking' people will have worn thin).

For those who don't know Wayne Coyne, he is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and bassist of the Flaming Lips.