Picture this. It's the first day of the Autumn (or Rugger) Term at DidIt's "Little School". Life begins with the Headmasters Speech in which he announces who is to be the Head Boy. Then comes Captain of 1stXV Rugger. Yip, no surprise here. Old Big Head Allen. Then for some reason there is something called Vice Captain and Scrum Leader.
I'm sure most Arsenal fans are aware that our transfer target Luis Suarez played for two clubs in Holland before joining Liverpool. We also know that he has a bad reputation in England, but his potential transfer to Arsenal is making waves in Holland as well. The following article is a translation of a Dutch piece which went out on a well respected football site Voetball International, and is an interesting insight into what the Dutch think of him.
Cesc Fabregas has dropped a massive hint that he wants to return to Arsenal this summer. The Barcelona midfielder's official Instagram account liked a picture that encouraged Arsene Wenger to re-sign his former captain. Instagram user ranbosingh uploaded a montage of photos from Fabregas' Arsenal days, accompanied by the message: "This guy has so much [.
Why All The Surprise At Wenger's "Hair-Dryer" Outburst? by FD
There's been a lot of media talk since Arsenal's victory over Wigan at the Emirates on Tuesday about the apparent rocket Arsene Wenger delivered to his under-performing players during the half-time interval. Theo Walcott was quoted in the Guardian as saying: "We got a rocket,"
It's seen in every game that Arsenal lacks that aggressive factor which scares teams and puts them in their place. I don't mean tackles flying in all over the place and aggressive behaviour. I just mean we lack the edge to commit to tackles and persever in challenges, often leading to our defence opening up and a lot of the time we see the ball run past Wojiech Szczesny into the back of the Arsenal net.
What are the key areas that need improving with Arsenal? by GN
Many of you people have recently being going crazy with the current situation of which Arsenal find themselves in; it is depressing us all! But what are the issues with this Arsenal squad that started the season in a good run of form?
Morning Gooners. I won't say â€˜good morning' because, if you watched the game last night, you will know that this is anything but. I know I haven't posted much on this site recently, but I thought that I would get a say on the shambolic performances that have plagued the last 180 minutes of Arsenal football.
Sunderland's squad are working from 9am until 6pm under manager Paolo Di Canio's gruelling pre-season routine. Black Cats skipper John O'Shea has given an insight into the club's new working hours. And it sounds like the players' shopping and gaming schedules have been severely affected. The squad reports for training at 9am for two morning [.
No Donovan, No Bradley, No excuses. The United States National Team falls to a resilient and elated
Jamaican side after going ahead in less than a minute of play. Two brilliant free kicks and the
passion of a nation allowed Jamaica to pull off a victory and take hold of this qualifying round.
Men's monogamous relationship with football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Lying and cheating are two of the most prominent reasons why any relationship usually ends up in a separation or divorce. For one reason or the other a whole lot of men and women can't live up to the lofty promises made when they exchanged vows at the altar, or the town hall.
Some of you may remember that my favorite rock band, The Cult, are also massive football
supporters. Billy Duffy, lead guitarist, appeared on talkSPORT Radio this afternoon to describe his
passion for Manchester City. Meanwhile, lead singer Ian...
Andy Carroll has been asked to consider his future with Liverpool after boss Brendan Rodgers told
the big money signing that he will be third choice striker at Anfield.
Rodgers is desperate to offload Carroll to fund a deadline day transfer swoop and he has left
Carroll out of the Europa League squad to face Hearts tonight to give him time to consider a move.
Brendan Rodgers declared himself satisfied with Liverpool's performance after the 3-0 win over
Gomel in the Europa League on Thursday and had special praise for Luis Suarez.
The Reds were made to work hard in the first leg in Belarus last week but were much more impressive
at Anfield as goals from Fabio Borini, Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson secured a 4-0 aggregate
Liverpool Football Club is delighted to announce that midfielder Joe Allen has completed his
transfer from Swansea City.
The Wales international signed a long-term contract after passing a medical at Melwood.
After finalizing the deal, Allen told Liverpoolfc.com: "I feel incredible. Everyone knows the
history of this club, it's a massive club, and I'm delighted to have joined.
Mike Marsh has been promoted to the Liverpool first-team coaching staff, manager Brendan Rodgers
The 42-year-old will leave his old role as coach on the Under-18 setup to join up with Rodgers'
staff at the club's Melwood training base after helping in first-team matters over the summer.
This 'ere is the work of artist James Hible, a couple of A1 posters entitled 'Football
Anecdotes: The Beautiful Game?' which documents everything about the modern game that fills our
James with venomous rage.Â As the man himself explains:
"Football is a big passion of mine and what these posters highlight is the problems affecting
the beautiful game.
The European qualifers for the 2014 World Cup are about to kick off, with qualifying from around
the globe soon to follow. With Ronaldo dominating the limelight for his Portugal, Buffon
commanding the Azzuri from the back and the highly talented Belgian BoysÂ will be
playing under highÂ expectations - they simply must qualify this time.
The Olympics have wrapped, the women's soccer gold handed to Team USA several days ago now. For a
short time (literally, for about two hours yesterday), I was a little nervous about what comes next
for this blog. Then, on Sunday morning, there was the Community Shield match awaiting me and my
tea. Although I do love all those flaming queens in the EPL, and I do love football because it's
football (really, any football is good, minus the MLSâ€”Christ almighty, minus the
For U.S. Soccer fans, the Olympic Gold Medal Match between the United States and Japan
(Thursday, 2:45 p.m. ET) promises to be a "where were you?" moment in our lifetimes. The drama that
the U.S. Women have produced throughout this tournament have kept fans on the edge of their seats,
and this historic run reaches its climax an the epic rematch of the 2011 FIFA Women's World
Radamel Falcao picked up where he left off in the Europa League last season to win and won the
UEFA Super Cup for Atletico Madrid, scoring a first-half hat trick in their 4-1 win over Chelsea.
It was an abysmal performance from the Champions League winners, but Falcao -- who has led the
Europa League in scoring the last two seasons in a row -- once again showed that he can beat any
team all by himself.
If you every hypothesized that the Europa Cup last season was the competition with the talent,
the passion, and the more compelling matches, then you had your proof today. It was Atletico at the
end looking as if it could have played another 90 minutes while Chelsea looked like it wanted back
those 90 minutes, each minute more painful than the one before.
Via Fox Soccer American star Michael Bradley will lead fabled Italian side Roma out on against
Poland's Zaglebie Lubin live on FOX Soccer (Sunday, 2:30 PM CST) from Wrigley
Field. Fortunately for Americans, this will mark the first soccer game at the famed baseball
stadium since the heydays of the Chicago Sting.
The Serie A has always been considered the gold standard for tactics, midfield play, and team
defending. Those were all on display as Italy raced on to advance to the Euro 2012 Final, with the
vision of Pirlo and grit of DeRossi on display.
That only highlights the significance of Michael Bradley joining DeRossi at Roma, and is a
watershed moment for US Soccer.
Morning all. Clocks have gone forward, summer is on the way ... allegedly. I do wish it would warm up.
Yesterday's results in the Premier League didn't do us any favours as our next opponents, Everton, won their fifth game in succession. It leaves them 4 points behind us with a game in hand, making Sunday's fixture a massive one in terms of our top four position.
Clint Dempsey has left Spurs to return to the MLS with Seattle Sounders. The USA international has gone back to his homeland in a deal believed to be roughly the same as the Â£6m Spurs paid to sign him from Tottenham 12 months ago. The 30-year-old said: "I am very excited about coming back to [...]
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino says he could leave the club if executive chairman Nicola Cortese quits. Cortese is in dispute with Saints' owners, the Liebherr Trust, about the running of the club and is seeking assurances from them that he will continue to have the final say in major decisions.
Ok people I will be honest, I never actually got to see the game as I am in Suffolk this weekend
for a wedding. I had admitted defeat and had set my SKY+ to record it, hope to catch some
highlights this morning and write a quick post about the goals etc.
To my delight after we all had been out for a per wedding dinner, it was agreed to get to a pub
down the road to watch the second half.
Passion often equates to violence in football. PAOK has some passionate fans, as the YouTubers
tell us. Rapid Vienna traveled there for a Europa League matchup, where they found, according to
the official statement, "unimaginable hatred." Well then. That's something.
The Europa League should be sponsored by the companies which produce flares and balaklavas.
Their Words "It just proves the incredible strength of football, and most notably of the UEFA
Champions League, whose thrilling games deliver the perfect show to stadium crowds and TV
spectators. This is thanks in no small part to the great collaboration between UEFA and the clubs."
UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino.
In a move that could be described as "huh? really? that's happening?" and properly reacted to as
"yeah, it happened", Eric Hassili, formerly of the Vancouver Whitecaps, has been traded for Toronto
for the first round pick of the 2014 SuperDraft.
The Up Side : The man is a game changer who can materialize brilliance out of nothing, as
seen here in Exhibit A and Exhibit B.
Bolton fan Dennis Swift loves his club but the 56-year-old had become disillusioned by the
direction it had taken under manager Owen Coyle. Instead of protesting at the Reebok Stadium,
however, the plasterer wrote down all his frustrations in poem form.