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English football has been warned it has allowed one of its major clubs to be exploited as a "branding vehicle" by an international regime accused of human rights abuses after a trial in Abu Dhabi, a country ruled by Manchester City's owner and his brothers, was widely denounced as repressive, involving torture, and "fundamentally unfair".
Other than extracting massive amounts of money out of the club, has there been any evidence of the Glazers interfering with the football operations?
Since I think this is a response to my evidence-free speculation, I'll respond. (1) I didn't cite any evidence because I don't have any, beyond the weirdness of this transfer window at United, so take that for what it's worth. (2) I wasn't precisely speculating that the Glazers were creating dysfunction, just that there was significant dysfunction in the organization which Ferguson's skill and strength of personality covered up while he was in charge.
Over the past six months there had to have been more targets discussed than Fabergas, Thiago and Modric. Is Moyes saying no to everyone else on that list?
"The agreement with Tottenham is total," Salvo is quoted as saying by Las Provincias.
However, the Che chief has admitted that the switch will not be completed until issues involving Soldado's representatives have been resolved.
"A problem with the agents has emerged," he added. "[Once resolved] he will go."
@SpursOfficial: We have reached agreement with Cardiff City for the transfer of Steven Caulker.
Today we are all Elfsborg fans.
As for my distaste for Celtic (and Scottish football in general), I know that's "mine."
Self-loating is an important component of the Scottish-Irish DNA, I suppose.
Who are Tottenham?! Do not do any transfer, my name is Gigi Becali, I'm not a slave to anybody! We have an important game in the Champions League [qualifying] why can't they wait?
This is the thing for me. It seems far more likely that some hopped-up VP of Marketing is nixing Moyes' transfer recommendations than that Moyes is fixated only on transfer targets that make headlines in the Mail. But who knows.
I must say that I'm confused about the hand-wringing about United. They have a great squad, why shouldn't they go after top players just because they're tough signings? If that fails they can bring in complementary pieces at their leisure, it's not like they absolutely need anyone to fill a gap right now, so it doesn't matter if they join in late August.
I can safely say that I did not see that coming. Fee is rumored to be £8-9M or so.
Honestly, the soccer viewing authorities in the U.S. just don't get it. Here's a chance to show Celtic in a live match, but FSC is showing a 2012-2013 CL game, BeIn some tape-delayed friendly, etc.
Offered the footballing "Sophie's Choice" between Tottenham winning the Premier League or Vancouver lifting the MLS Cup, Nash takes a deep breath before responding. "I hope this does not sound bad since I am desperate for Vancouver to win and am one of the owners, but Spurs have been trying to win since 1961, so I might take that first seeing as Vancouver are a young team. This is just our third year in the league and we have plenty of time to win plenty of cups."
Miami with the Beckham at the helm
All sorts of rumors tonight that Clint Dempsey is on a plane headed for Seattle.
I can't help but feel a big part of it will be dependent upon which cities are able to secure public money for new stadiums.
With all the masses of column inches currently being devoted to the future of Gareth Bale it has almost gone unnoticed that Tottenham have been quietly going about the makings of a very satisfactory transfer window. Of course, just how satisfactory will be determined by whether Bale stays or goes; presumably we will learn more about Real Madrid's intentions over the coming days although as yet, while astronomical figures plus various possible player makeweights are being bandied about seemingly willy-nilly, it appears that no actual bid has been received by Spurs.
Though the general consensus is that there will inevitably be an eventual bid that's too huge to turn down, it's a big call to make for the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy. He knows that players such as Bale are rare treasures, and quite possibly irreplaceable even with (a reinvested) £100m. There are probably no more than a dozen players who can turn a game single-handed, conjure a goal out of nothing, produce moments of magic that make the difference. When you are in possession of one, you try to hang on to him as long as possible and Levy knows that without Bale Spurs' chances of gaining a Champions League spot are diminished.
The saga is likely to have ruined his holiday, which up to now had seemed well-deserved after a fine early foray in the transfer market. Boosted by the presence of the new technical director, Franco Baldini, one of the game's most respected operators, the club have spent more than £50m to push on from last season's fifth-placed finish.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has suggested that his club have opened talks with Tottenham over a potential world record transfer of Gareth Bale.
The most talked about transfer of this summer may well be edging towards a conclusion after Ancelotti told reporters in Los Angeles that negotiations over a deal which would see the 24-year-old move to the Bernabeu are underway.
"It is difficult to talk about Bale because at the moment he is not a Real Madrid player, but I believe the club is in talks to find a solution and we will see what happens," stated Ancelotti.
"I am not used to talking about players who are not in my team and it would not be right to do so."
NWSL PlayoffWatch: midweek games pretty much solidified the playoff picture, with some seven points between fourth and fifth.
I hope next year will bring a bit more balance.
Seattle got off to a poor start, but there the problem was missing players (Solo and Rapinoe).
I should note that lots of players are still overseas for all or part of the year: Press, Engen, Rapinoe, Heath, etc. That will obviously affect the balance.
I haven't really watched Washington much since the beginning of the year, so I'm not too well-up on their side. What specifically is wrong out there?
As for Press and Engen, they're now both at Tyreso (Engen just announced it). I assume they'll stay in Europe. I'd like to see them both here, but OTOH it's good to have some international competition.
I guess Portland is the most interesting team left on the schedule.
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