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After further review ... IN SUPER SLOW-MO IT'S LEGIT, LEGIT, LEGIT!!!
Really? It sure looked like it hit the keeper's arm and not Smith.
Was at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. The Brentford fans were really impressive - even after they went down 1-0, 2-0, they were still in full voice. Still, comfortable win, and a fun game on a Sunday, even if noon is slightly too early to function.
Glad that Paul Ince is getting another go with Blackpool. Way too few black managers in English football at the moment.
Though a much higher percentage of top flight English footballers are black or mixed race.
The ethnicity that has always been over-represented in this respect are Scots.
Wharton was born in Jamestown, Gold Coast (now Accra, Ghana), his father was half-Grenadian and half-Scottish, and his mother was a member of the Fante Akan royalty. He moved to England in 1882, to train as a Methodist missionary, but soon abandoned this in favour of becoming a full-time athlete.
First black England international seems to have been 1978
But if it's a more recent thing, you wouldn't necessarily expect many of them to have worked their way into coaching gigs. And if it's more transient in nature, then you wouldn't necessarily expect them to hang around in England after their playing days are over.
Well, yeah. We are awesome.
Swansea was really, really bad today. I guess they are a small enough club that the League Cup is a big enough prize for them to throw away a league game for.
Manchester City's Roberto Mancini says he is 'best manager in England'
Is he somehow right on a technicality? Maybe SAF and Wenger and Moyes and... probably a few others were outside England at that precise moment?
This is the second time in the past week or so that I've read Mancini trumpeting the fact that City won the Charity Shield as an actual accomplishment.
In each of the past two seasons, during the short-lived part of the year before City unceremoniously failed their way out of the Champions League, he routinely mentioned that they had "3 games per week" to prepare for.
Unlike all the other teams in the Champions League.
Fans will be pissed (and they have a right to be) but the only way Kroenke would think about canning Wegner is if he doesn't qualify for Champions League. Even then I think Wegner would be safe.
We'll see this season because they ain't qualifying for UCL unless the Spurs lose a couple key players to injury.
That seems like a vast overbid. It's 4 points. There's a lot of football left to play.
Former MLS, US national team player Robbie Rogers comes out as gay.
Might be of interest here.
Jovetic [isn't] a natural No. 9 -- in fact, the '8' on the back of his shirt looks strange displayed at market stalls across the city, as it's hardly the most iconic number -- but he's increasingly thriving in their position. Coach Vincenzo Montella, once a superb striker himself, has two formats for his side. Favouring a 3-5-2 system, he can either play Jovetic behind a central striker (often Toni, having returned to the club after six years away), or he can field Jovetic upfront with a more creative player behind.
There were already suspicions that the latter suited Fiorentina better, especially in games against strong opposition, and last night's superb 4-1 victory over Inter supported that theory. Jovetic was supported primarily by the tricky, wayward but occasionally exceptional fellow Slavic attacker Adam Ljajic, who drifted around between the lines, playing quick one-twos with teammate to get into goalscoring positions. Jovetic played as the primary striker, dropping deep away from goal to collect possession, but also doing traditional centre-forward things like battling with Andrea Rannochia to challenge for long balls downfield, and darting to the near post when the ball was played wide.
With [playmakers Adem Ljajic, Borja Valero, Alberto Aquilani and David Pizarro] in the side, Jovetic's best position is upfront. He's developed physically, to suit the demands of playing upfront in Serie A -- he was once a gangly, slender player with supple hips and a change of pace. Now, since his return from the cruciate ligament injury which forced him to miss the entire 2010-11 campaign, he seems more powerful and sturdy.
I think the tie is already over. Sheesh. Bayern are really freaking good.
Yeah they look like top class right now. They appear much stronger than Barca, Real, United, Juven or anyone else right now.
Diaby has been in poor form. Not spending the cash for a midfield destroyer is biting them in the, ahem, arse.
Any suggestions for half time changes for Arsenal? Maybe Ox in for Ramsey and move Cazorla more central? Get some more pace on the wings? It's a real handicap for Arsenal that Monreal is cup-tied. I think they're stuck with Koscielny at left back.
If I have to pick a team, I'll still pick Barca, no doubt. Bayern indeed look really impressive, but a good half against a mediocre Arsenal side isn't going to sway me. That was always a mismatch. Bayern play in a cupcake league. Dortmund is the only team that can play up to their level, and their track-record against them is not good. They had a cupcake group for the CL, and lost their second game 3-1 to BATE Borisov... They are hardly invincible.
I also don't get the hate of the RvP selling. I get Man U is a "rival" but even with him, I didn't see Arsenal challenging for a title and Arsenal got a good amount of money for him when there was a good chance he would have left on a free a year later.
This whole pressing of Bayern ain't working out too well.
This argument is only valid if they finish in 4th this season without him.
Overall, this seems like a good listing of players who've been finishing well and players who haven't. Except for the whole RVP thing.
Benteke's agent must be salivating at this point.
6/11 Shane Long
He's a screamingly obviously perfect fit for their needs
What is the methodology for deciding what is a "big chance"?
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