Manchester United are widely expected to sign Kevin Strootman this morning or tomorrow at the very latest. And it looks like they have found a player with some common sense as he refused to comment on a potential move while representing Holland Under-21s. Betting on the PSV Eindhoven youngster moving to Old Trafford was suspended [.
The footballing world in its entirety knows what happened before and after the clash between
Manchester United and Liverpool yesterday. YouTube is a wonderful thing, isn't it? So there's not
much point repeating what happened, but in the aftermath of yesterday's events, debates have sprung
up, as they usually do, on Facebook status updates, newspaper websites, and pretty much every space
of internet brave enough to host a comments section.
Â I appealed because I obviously completely disagreed with the interpretation of the officials on
the day but that happens in football and we move on. I wonder though if we are now going to see an
unprecedented wave of red cards on match days because we sanction "if's" and "maybe's"? Are we
going to look back at video evidence for every single challenge that goes unnoticed by the
officials, look at different scenarios and potential outcomes of what could have been considered a
good tackle and then sanction it?
Robin van Persie released his statement for the fans on the USA's independence day. His transfer
was announced on India's. The dates surely must be a coincidence but it's not too difficult to
imagine the Dutchman performing his version of the Queen's I want to break free to
persuade Wenger into selling him all through the summer.
As you will know, this is a blog about Arsenal. Hence the name.
Obviously I have a keen interest in all things Arsenal. I want the the club to do well, to win
things, to compete and to sign good players. When we sign those players, I will welcome them
(unless they're one of these signings in which case I'll hedge my bets and make a 'this tastes
yukky' face whilst suggesting we should wait and see how they do), and players we don't sign don't
interest me in the slightest.
Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club will not "enter the madness market"
this summer in pursuit of fresh faces.
Barca have been linked with big money moves for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and Arsenal striker
Robin van Persie, but Bartomeu is prepared to admit while these players would be welcome additions
to the Camp Nou ranks, but insists they have no plans to make a move.
Saturday's road game against Chicago is a must-win for Peter Nowak.
Imagine the spectacle on March 31 if Philadelphia Union lose to Chicago and limp into PPL Park
winless to hostÂ Sebastien Le Toux and theÂ vastly improved Vancouver Whitecaps. What would be
louder, the cheers for Le Toux or the jeers for Nowak?
What got through the rigorous International Football Association Board approval process over the
weekend? Head scarves are now allowed for women's soccer, reversing a silly insistence on rules
that ignored basic common sense. Oh, and players will be required to use the same color tape as the
socks they're wearing.
With Liverpool attacker Dirk Kuyt's future shrouded in uncertainty, his former club Feyenoord is
hoping to entice him back to Holland with the offer of a player/coach role.
The 31 year-old Dutch international left Feyenoord to join Liverpool in the summer of 2006, after
enjoying three seasons at the club.
Kenny Dalglish is refusing to fast-track Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling into becoming a
regular starter for the club.
Sterling, 17, made his debut in Saturday's defeat against Wigan as a late substitute and many fans
at the club believe he should have already been introduced this term.
Dalglish has played fellow Academy graduates John Flanagan and Jack Robinson this term but he
insists he will not fully unleash Sterling until he is physically ready.
Kenneth Dalglish, the great press conference raconteur, has yet again turned an innocuous question
from a journalist into a talking point. The Liverpool manager responded to a straightforward
question about the role of one of the club's hottest prospects in his now customary passive
Existing in the shadow of Bayern Munich's much more popular football team, the club's
title-winning basketball team wanted to draw some attention their way at the end of last season.
So, head coach Dirk Bauermann came up with an idea.
From the AFP:
"With five games remaining, we won the championship (in 2011) and Bastian Schweinsteiger could
have actually played for us at the time," Bauermann wrote in his new book, which has been
serialised in German daily Bild.
This, I am reliably informed is a desperate situation. Quite possibly the desperatest. Handily
glossing over the fact that our three consecutive defeats have been to three teams who, for one
reason or another, stumbled upon optimum form just as they took to the field against us, the people
have spoken in their lilywhite hordes, and this run of form is now scientifically proven to be the
most wretched thing in history.
My first visit to White Hart Lane came in February 2001. It was an FA Cup Fifth Round tie
against Stockport County. My uncle had driven up from Southampton on the morning of the game and
surprised me with a ticket.
I fell in love with the stadium and the atmosphere. I loved being part of the crowd and watching
Spurs easily dispose of the opposition as they won 4-0.
It feels as though the new football season has started a little too soo this afternoon. A summer
which had rather looked as if it might not arrive at all has settled to a ninety degree heat from
which there is no respite, even in the shade. Even by the coast in Brighton, this is weather that
simply makes you want to curl up and fall asleep.
So, the transfer window opens next week. And the Revs currently maintain a 28-man roster. What
we already know is that the Revolution are currently trialing guys, specifically forwards. Now,
it's no real shock that Jay Heaps is looking for another forward to play up top with Saer
Sene--someone who, as Abram put it earlier this week, can provide the Revs with that secondary
scoring threat, which at this point they desperately lack.
What is Roberto Di Matteo doing at Chelsea that Andre Villas-Boas wasn't doing? The pundits can
analyze it until they're blue in the face but the answer is quite simple. Di Matteo is using common
sense. While AVB tinkered and ...
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As Blackburn Rovers languish towards the bottom of the Premier League, manager Steve Kean
continues to be backed by the club's Indian owners: The Venkys Group. Despite the current trend in
the game of sacking underperforming managers prematurely, fan protests outside Ewood Park and the
total inexperience of Scottish coach Steve Kean at this level, Kean still remains on the Lancashire
I will always remember last night's game for Callejon's Celebration: The Canterano showed the
world that a man who wears THAT badge never surrenders. Never. I was reading Guillem Balague's
pre-match thoughts on last night's game in Sky sports here and this was what he had to say about
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Dijon have confirmed that, after a protracted series of negotiations, Gael Kakuta will be
joining the club for the remainder of the campaign. Over the last ten days, Chelsea have been
engaged in a series of loan discussions with both Dijon and Olympiakos.