What the hell? Is the unjustified and unreseached opinions on the Tippeliga back on NFN? So
nobody's died? Was it just an incredibly lazy writer? Pretty much yes. There were no rumors of my
death, but if there had been, they would have been exagerrated. Also, in my defense, my real job's
been taking up a lot of time, including working the last 14 of the 15 days in August.
NFN continues to be somewhat semi-accurate in match predictions, but we are certainly right on
the money when it comes to capturing the -spirit- of this year's Tippeliga. Almost every game this
round had some neat gameplay happening, or somebody did something incredibly stupid. And that's
just what NFN said would happen!
As the curtains close on part one of the Tippeliga, the 18th round proved a highly appropriate
ending: Rosenborg won without impressing anyone, Molde won and impressed everyone, Lyn shot
themselves in the foot and the rest was all a bit random.
Now, nothing would be more gratifying than to report that the bullies from Bergen where humped,
thumped, thwacked and indeed wallopped by a magnificent Molde.
You heard me. And after a fairly hectic summer-period one imagines quite a few of the Tippeliga
players could do with a rest as well, which is why it's so convenient that after this weekend the
Tippeliga takes a two week holiday. Before that though there is a potentially cracking round of
matches to be played, including the ultimate showdown of doom.
An Oslo derby between Lyn and Valerenga highlights this weekend's action in the Eliteserien as
goalkeepers Tyrel Lacey and Troy Perkins hope to keep clean sheets while Jay Needham and Alta host
last place Skeid.
Liverpool lost 3-0 to Espanyol tonight, as the La Liga outfit celebrated their first game in the
new Estadi Cornella-El Prat in style, with goals from Luis Garcia and a brace from Ben Sahar
sealing an impressive victory for the hosts.
Reds manager Rafa Benitez acknowledged that his side were very much second-best, with the Spaniard
admitting the home side thoroughly deserved their win.
Well, terrific if you like your games full of goals and incidents. No so much if you like,
youknow, vaguely competent defenders.
After a couple of pretty stale rounds the Tippeliga perked up a bit in round 17, with goals
flying in at a fairly bonkers rate of 4,4 goals per game. Still, no matter how hard the
ever-excitable TV2 tried to talk it up, it was hard for the discerning viewer to watch the
weekend's highlights without being slightly troubled by the hopelessly poor defending displayed by
most of the Tippeliga outfits.
In this modern era of football we so often see the word 'saga' follow any talk of transfers,
with money playing such an important role in our game and complicating so many situations.
The first transfer saga that really got under my skin involved us, Chelsea and John Obi Mikel,
and with hindsight, the timing of this mess probably sparked my fury as much as the behaviour of
Liverpool were at the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline against Spanish side Espanyol in a pre-season
friendly. Jamie Carragher looked back on the match and expressed his concern over the Merseyside
club's pre-season form, imploring his team-mates to improve before the Premier League begins.
"Obviously it was only a pre-season game but it was still a disappointing result for us because you
never want to get beat," the Reds' vice-captain has been quoted in the Liverpool Daily Post as