Football Philosophy

Man United

Have United inverted the pyramid?

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Once you break a habit, it's very difficult to go back to the way things were. Occasions where you were coasting along like it was second nature suddenly seem like uncharted territory. Every step is a challenge involving multiple thoughts, anxious moments and uncertain decisions. Ever since we were hammered 6-1 at Old Trafford on the blackest day in our recent memory, our form has displayed the sort of scratchy incompetence of a broken habit.

El Nino and Chelsea – Story So far

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Ducky's Note: Much like Torres' drought, BigFourZa has been suffering a lack of Chelsea contributions, putting the very name of our site at risk. Much like Torres' goal at OT, Sushajith has stepped up and broken the 27-month drought in BFZ's blue corner. Much like Torres' later miss in the same game.

Arse anally violated

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It was like watching never ending porn

-Surjo Sekhar, musician par excellence and life-long United fan

I didn't zee it

-Nickspinkboots, writer par excellence and life-long (until today atleast) Gooner

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I've always maintained that life is about the simple pleasures.

Champions League Semi Finals Preview

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Maddy's Note: After a hiatus almost as long as Arsenal's trophy drought, the man with a million quotes is back. BFZ proudly re-presents long term contributor Vishwa

I would have opened this post with an extremely comical quote that featured a comparison between Benjani and Torres but the weekend's developments in the premier league put paid to that.

United show Chelsea what real desire does

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For exactly 40-odd seconds at Old Trafford yesterday, it seemed like Drogba had funnelled all the talk about Chelsea and their owners' 'obsession' into one surging run and a nerveless finish to leave Chelsea one goal short of what would be a definite Champions League Classic. At that moment all football writers wondered if they should rewrite the headlines for the morning papers, from singing paens about United and Sir Alex to Didier Drogba who did, at that moment, look like he would single-handedly drag 10 men in Blue to a famous victory.

United show Chelsea what real desire does

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For exactly 40-odd seconds at Old Trafford yesterday, it seemed like Drogba had funnelled all the talk about Chelsea and their owners' 'obsession' into one surging run and a nerveless finish to leave Chelsea one goal short of what would be a definite Champions League Classic. At that moment all football writers wondered if they should rewrite the headlines for the morning papers, from singing paens about United and Sir Alex to Didier Drogba who did, at that moment, look like he would single-handedly drag 10 men in Blue to a famous victory.

United have always derived strength from adversity

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Ducky's Note: BigFourZa's regular Manc Bharat Dutt is back, and is a really angry young man after the FA upheld Rooney's two-match ban. However, he argues, it's totally not the end of the world. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Firstly, let's take stock here.

United have always derived strength from adversity

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Ducky's Note: BigFourZa's regular Manc Bharat Dutt is back, and is a really angry young man after the FA upheld Rooney's two-match ban. However, he argues, it's totally not the end of the world. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Firstly, let's take stock here.

Bolton was the defining game of the season

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Football in England is all about tribalism. It's about supporting your village against the other, and it dates back to, well, forever. So I am informed by two gentlemen from London on this blog who have, apart from livening up proceedings around these parts, given us a peek into a few chants that we simply can't hear over the airwaves, HD or no HD.

Call us Insane but Football gives us purpose in life

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Ducky's Note: On the back of some good ol' mud-slinging that has been going on at BigFourZa between the usual suspects (being Le Arse and The Devils), I will stealthily slip-in a guest post about why we do all the mud-slinging we do from Debjit Lahiri. Debjit is a Chelsea fan (yes, they still exist!

Arsenal were lucky to get away with 1-0

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And I don't think there will be much argument with that even from the inexplicably gooner-dominated football websphere. In what has become a trend of late, none of Arsenal's "free-flowing" football has ever been allowed to flow at Old Trafford, and yesterday was no different.

United are in transition, should we be worried?

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Ducky's Note: Long-ass international breaks are like gravity. They really suck. However, in the midst of all the gloom and bad puns, the United section of this blog has added a new contributor in Siddarth. Siddarth has been writing United for a while now and has contributed pieces to The Busby Way and Stretford End Arising.

Should we just hand the title over to Chelsea?

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The international break almost always brings with it a hella lot of boredom, oft-repeated jokes and for Arsenal players, new types of injuries from tripping over a blade of grass or running into a stiff breeze. See what I meant about oft-repeated jokes? They also seem to come by too often these days you barely get 4-5 games of your club and suddenly everyone's back to Capello and kidding themselevses about whether this is finally England's year.

Curiouser and Curiouser: United’s season so far

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Ducky's Note: As I stand suitably chastised for writing off our team in Valencia, where they came back with a classic smash and grab, Ankur is back with his second post for BFZ. While it's not an emotion we would expect after what should be a Serotonin-inducing victory yesterday, we must admit it's something that's been on every Manc's mind for long.

Disciplined Dutch Have Real Chance

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Zero. A magical number in many ways. It seems empty and valueless at the outset, rather like Robinho's head (in appearance and description). But once you begin unraveling its many layers, you'll be shocked at the countless things it can be associated with. Lassana Diarra's IQ. The number of footballers in the English football team.

Tattered Reputations

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In my experience, predictions made by the ‘expert pundits' have a success rate equal to that of Bangladesh in Test Cricket. Factor in that even a draw counts as a success to the Bangladeshis and it makes this statistic infinitely bleaker. All sooth saying that have been done with Reputations as a frame of reference this time around in South Africa have fallen flat; as flat as Russell Peters' stand up shows are when you watch them for even just the second time.

Spurs: Top Four is not Big Four

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Ducky's Note: In a moment of incdredible irony for all of us here at BigFourZa, our first full season as a blog about The Big Four has resulted in one of the Big Four not finishing in the Top Four. As always, we maintain that we stand by our Scouser friend for the next season and many more to come.

The day a Great Football Club died. Goodbye Liverpool.

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Ducky's Note: Robert Blanchette is a lifelong United fan and an Old Trafford regular since the tender age of 9. He has his own blog at View from Tier 3 which is, obviously, the views of a season-ticket holder form Tier 3 at Old Trafford. The following post deals with a question which has hit very close to home for this blog especially, considering it's a blog about 'The Big Four' Will it become the 'Big Three' for next season, and the seasons to follow?

On the brink of the title, looking back.

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My affair with Chelsea began when I watched a little man who went by the name of Gianfranco Zola, a man famously described as a "clever little so-and-so". It was either his intelligence on the pitch or his five foot five tall stature. I'm not quite sure. But I was infatuated at first sight.

But, what started out as an off and on thing, with me catching a couple of games now and then, heck I couldn't name most clubs in the league in those days, turned into a more serious relationship, not with the arrival of Mourinho, but rather ironically, with the arrival of some very annoying United fans to my high school.

When Title rival meets Derby rival.

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When Mr. Liverpool played his best pass all season for Drogba to round Liverpool's best player all season and put Chelsea 1-0 up ahead at Anfield, our own Kop Writer on this blog said that 'he had never ROTFLed so hard all season'. It was not that the pathetic back-pass was absurdly comical, it could NOT have been funny at all for a Scouser.

Jose will never manage Barca… or United

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The dust has barely settled. Not after yesterday's game but after after yesterday's game. The scenes at the Nou Camp were both awe-inspiring and ugly, depending on which side of the fence you're watching from. Sometimes it was plain comical, if you were sitting on the said fence through the 100 minutes of madness.

Squeaky Bum Time – Part I

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Ducky's Note: Prashanth is back just in time to make up for the lack of Mancunian posts on this blog. However, if you thought he was going to show fellow feeling with the rest of us and go boo hoo about the last week, think again. Here's a slightly different perspective on our last two games in the famous 'squeaky bum time'.

Solved the Berbatov Conundrum?

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Dimitar Berbatov. Love him, hate him, sigh about him, throw your hands up in frustration about him, but you just can't seem to ignore him. We certainly haven't, on this blog and I believe we've now had enough on the subject that it's practically a trilogy now. On that note, you can catch Part I here and a sort of a follow-on rebuttal in Part II here.

A round of beer, courtesy Carling

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The prize money is awarded by the Football League The winners of the Carling Cup win £100,000 and the runners-up £50,000. The losing semi-finalists each take home £25,000.

- Organizers, The Carling Cup

Are you friggin kidding me?

- Carlton Palmer, who had already promised a treat for the victory.

Arsenal

Why We No Longer Play Kids in the ‘Beer Cup’

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The boss has long been derided for not taking the League Cup seriously enough drawing flak from all and sundry. He has been roundly criticized for not grabbing the opportunity of winning a trophy (any trophy!) and pursuing unrealistic Champions League dreams instead. He has been accused of prioritizing one competition over the other and showing disrespect to two of the oldest cup competitions in the world.

My Summer Wish List

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Clearly this Arsenal side is woefully short on quality, quantity and height. If we are to win the league make Europe next season, it is imperative we make some massive buys. We all saw what happened to Liverpool right? City came into the scene, splashed a few dozen gazillion pounds and Voila! Champions League football baby!

Felipe’s Corner: To All You Critics Out There

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By Felipe Hassin Pinto a.k.a The man from the Grove

Maddy's Note: A highly indignant albeit slightly inebriated Felipe is back. This is not his run of the mill review you might have noticed. His posts usually span 1500 words and you almost relive the entire game with them.

A B52 Raid in London

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"He may have scored 2 goals, but for me he was woeful"

Carlton Palmer

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That ladies and gentlemen is NOT a ‘BigFourZa making a mockery and hence attributing it to Carlton Palmer' quote. He really said that during the half time analysis.

Where is the Perspective?

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It's been a week almost since Ramsey was stretchered off with 2 shattered bones in his playing leg. All of us have had plenty of time to get our emotions to ground state again and we're certainly much more level headed than immediately after the game when we were unanimously calling for Shawcross' head.

The Rest

December Blues: AVB must ditch his ego

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Ducky's Note: Long-time Blues fan Ratna Prashanth evaluates the reason for Andres Villas-Boas' apparent failure to adapt Chelsea to his method. Or adapt himself to Chelsea's method!

I think we can (win the title). We have most of the same players (who have won the title before)

- Andres Villas-Boas

Confidence is appreciable, but we need to get the right results if we are to compete for three titles (now that the milk cup is gone) and for this, December is the key.