Mario Balotelli style icon? Maybe but this looks a more Chicken Run than anything else...
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.
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 feelingÂ generous and
will have a look into doing some volunteer work with Vinspired...
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.
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.
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
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 â€“ 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?
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?
Phil McNulty has started his regular, reactive oscillation regards Arsenal. Despite
earlier protestations that they lacked backbone, it would now seem the "Arse" are busyÂ exposing
Chelsea's cracks,Â showingÂ that the lacklustre performance against United is obviously forgiven
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.
Hope you had a good Christmas...but what have you and ourselves missed...
Lavente get spanked ManchesterÂ City going second with a win against the Toon Wenger on
winning the Title
'Arry on Keane and Modric
- I Feel Like A Kid At Christmas.
IÂ apologiseÂ 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?
Okay, let's start this in Benitez terms...FACTS!
Pre-Goateeâ€“ When Benitez joined Liverpool in 2004 they were a club aching for
- In his first season he brought in some much needed quality with the signings of Xabi Alonso and
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.
Blackburn's former number two, who has been in charge of the first team since Sam
AllardyceÂ 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.
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 aÂ careerÂ total is one goal in 71 games.
The former Liverpool manager has got the sack again...that might be the third time this
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.
The summer is a stressful time for any managerÂ becauseÂ it is up to them to buy the right
player toÂ strengthenÂ their sideÂ . They may need that quality player to move up the table or they
might need a footballerÂ influentialÂ enough to keep a newly promoted team afloat. But what is
signing of the year (January December) ?
It's been a good year for Andy Carol. He hasÂ impressedÂ in the Premiership this season
with a return of 10 goals and went on to win his first England cap but Real Madrid....come
Real Madrid manager JosÃ© Mourinho has set his sights onÂ Newcastle United forwardÂ Andrew
Carroll, according to Spanish sources.
The results are in!...LastÂ MondayÂ we asked you, the readers to vote
for those you thought were the best Premiership players in 2010. Â 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 thinkÂ warrantsÂ the ITS player of the year Awards.
Its a given isn't it -Â surelyÂ Messi, the bookiesÂ favourite, is going to take home the
Ballon d'Or for the second year running?
- As this video shows, he scored threeÂ hat tricksÂ 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 10Â consecutiveÂ games
- The record ended when Barca bear Real Madrid 5-0.
Arsenal's understudy, to the impressive Alex Song, is apparently being tracked by
Barcelona this has got to be rubbish!
Barcelona are considering a Â£10million move for Arsenal midfielder Denilson after conceding
Cesc Fabregas' price tag could once again spiral beyond their means.
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 Â
has played15 games, scoring four goals fromÂ midfield.
So the snow has once again ruined football for the weekend.Â ThereÂ 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 moreÂ
Another look-a-likey for you, comparing a hollywood actor to a quality centre
If you don't know Ryan Reynolds he is the former lucky basterd currently in the middle of a
divorce with ï»¿Scarlett Johansson and star of a lot terrible chick flicks as well as Van Wilder
and Smoking Aces.
Sunderland v Bolton Both teams are in fine form at the moment, sitting in 7th
and 5th in the tableÂ repetitively. Bolton showed good character against Blackburn last weekend to
see the gameÂ throughÂ even with 10 men, but you feel the impetusÂ will be with Suderland in front
of their home fans.
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.
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) â€“ 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.
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.
New feature, that will no doubt die, that aims to highlight the worst rumour we hear
According toÂ Yahoo Sports,Â 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 massiveÂ â‚¬100m bid.
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 atÂ Nottingham Forest, Stoney managed to establish himself as key player and
he was eventually rewarded with Â a call up to theÂ England squad.
The key is in the title: Here good old Mick seems to beÂ startledÂ byÂ absolutelyÂ
nothing? Maybe it was a demon that hasÂ finallyÂ left him and Wolves that hadÂ condemnedÂ them to
- I Really Love Mick McCarthy.
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,Â 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.
Who: Patrick BergerÂ When: 2004â€“05 seasonÂ
Where: The ValleyÂ What: A goal better than Â Thierry Henry's
wonder-strike against Manchester United
Patrick Berger's goal against Charlton is perhaps overshadowed by the Arsenal legend.
1. He refused to sign the 'right' players The Sun
New owners Venky's indicated there would be around Â£5million to spend to bolster Rovers'
But their targets could not have been more different to those eyed by Big Sam.Â 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.
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
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
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).
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
In truth, most of us are useless at buying presents for those around us. SoÂ ITS we have
tried to reduce theÂ burden, offering you our top ten gifts that are sure to delight yourÂ friend
or loved one who just so happens to happens to like football...
10. A football pump orÂ inflationÂ needles
There is nothing worse than going to the park with a flat ball.
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.
Click here to view the embedded video.
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?
John O'Shea Man Yoo's Finest
Arsenal v FulhamÂ - 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 byÂ
turningÂ TheÂ EmiratesÂ into a fortress, today would be a good start 3-1
Birmingham v TottenhamÂ - 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 .
Part two of my eight reasons for England'sÂ failureÂ to win the World Cup bid, read part
5. Football is already massively followed
FIFA's motto is: For the Game, For the World â€“ which says a lot about what they want to
achieve as a governing body.
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 mostÂ potent....
1. Football hooliganism
England fans, although they have been better in recent years, still hold this stigma as no-good
I've scoured the web for some viral insight, helping to support the bid...
Russia's Bid News story
David Beckham on the Bid
...and finally our Original bid (If you haven't seen it already)
- Is Our World Cup Bid in Tatters?
It's been a while since ITS have delved into the look-a-likeyÂ file, but upon watching
Home Alone recently Ray popped to mind...
Joe Pesci, who plays Harry in home alone, is fluent in Italian and Â should take theÂ vacantÂ
assistant manager Â job at Chelsea.
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 throughÂ anyway) and in doing so they clean the slate for
the next round of theÂ competition.
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
For those who don't know Wayne Coyne, he is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and bassist of
the Flaming Lips.