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Currently Managing Tottenham - Season 2 Teamsheet

Currently Managing Tottenham - Season 2 Teamsheet

Saturday 21 August 2010

South Coast Team in The Sun Newspaper

I had a bit of a suprise when reading through this week's football fixtures in today's sun newspaper. In League One, South Coast Team vs Leyton Orient. It didn't take me too long to figure out that South Coast Team referred to Southampton - However, I couldn't for the life of me figure out why! So, I decided to research the answer!

It turns out that Southampton FC have banned photographers from media organisations, such as The Sun, from covering the matches - choosing instead to have their own staff cover the games and then to sell pictures to media organisations.

Surely, a wrong move - What do you think?

Friday 20 August 2010

Football manager 2011 - Preview

I just thought I'd give you all the address to my latest blog - It's a new blog ready for the latest version of the football management simultation game by Sports Interactive. I will be adding screenshots and features ready for the launch in autumn.


Tuesday 29 June 2010

World Cup - Your thoughts so far

The world cup has now reached the quarter finals stage, so we've only got 8 more matches to watch! Italy, France & England are out, but the South American teams seem to be playing well - with Argentina & Brazil scoring plenty of goals so far.

What are your thoughts so far? Who is going to win? Vote in the poll and write your comments here. Should video technology be introduced? England were denied a goal which would have made it 2-2 against Germany. Later that day, Argentina were given a goal that was offside - video replays would stop things like this happening - wouldn't they? Send us your comments.

Friday 18 June 2010

England 0 v 0 Algeria (Full Time) World Cup Match Report

England 0 v 0 Algeria
Another very disappointing result for England fans. After the draw with USA last Saturday, most of the country were still deluded about England's chance of winning the world cup - even I got sucked in to thinking that it's just the first game, nothing to worry about! This performance though, was even worse.

Wayne Rooney looked dis-interested, except for the 3 long range efforts on goal - none looked likely of troubling the Algerian goalkeeper. Shaun Wright Phillips came on in the second half - he made very little impact with his light-weight, one dimensionality running. However, I lay blame solely on Fabio Capello... Here's a few of his poor decisions.
  1. Played Steven Gerrard on the left for this game, when he was the best player last Saturday from playing in the middle.
  2. Not selecting Theo Walcott in his squad. Theo was one of the stars in qualification, so why choose Lennon & Wright Phillips ahead of him? Theo has blistering pace and can turn it on in big games (Remember his hat-trick against Croatia or his blistering run from his own box for Arsenal v Liverpool in the champions league - running the length of the pitch taking on Liverpool players before setting up a goal.)
  3. Calling up Carragher for the squad. Even Sol Campbell would have been a better choice. Carragher is a red card/penalty concede waiting to happen.
Group Table
4 Slovenia
2 England
1 Algeria

England v Algeria World Cup Match Report (66 mins)

England 0 v 0 Algeria (66 mins)
England are still very poor, mainly thanks to the poor tactical decisions from Fabio Capello. Not taking Theo Walcott is the biggest mistake he's made. His pace is second to none and he would run at defenders. Aaron Lennon has been playing on the right, yet he keeps turning inside - for what reason? He doesn't even have a left foot. Get Joe Cole on, or it's going to be another disappointing draw.

Frank Lampard? Is he playing? Because I've not seen him since the national anthem. Jamie Carragher has picked up a yellow card, his second of the tournament, which is great news as he'll miss the next game through suspension.

Monday 7 June 2010

Soccer Aid 2010 Pictures - Old Trafford, June 6th

Here are a few pictures from the recent soccer aid game at Old Trafford - won by the rest of the world team on penalties - More details to follow.

Saturday 6 March 2010

Race for Fourth Place in the Premier League - Add your comments

Premier League Table 6th March 2010
1 Man Utd P29 63pts
2 Chelsea P28 61pts
3 Arsenal P29 61 pts
4 Tottenham P28 49pts
5 Man City P27 49pts
6 Liverpool P28 48pts
7 Aston Villa P26 45 pts

Wins for both Man Utd and Arsenal today, mean that a 12 point gap has opened up between 3rd and 4th places. So, the race is on for that final champions league qualification spot. Who will finish fourth?

Tottenham have had a great season so far, and currently occupy 4th spot, but I don't think they'll be there at the end of the season. They could be 9 points clear of 5th place by now, but defeats at home & away to Wolves and losing at home to Stoke were definitely points dropped. The good news is that Gareth Bale is back in the team and doing well.

My choice for 4th place is Liverpool. They now have Gerrard back and Torres is not far away from playing 90 minutes again. Their league form has been pretty good of late - nothing spectacular, but enough to get them back into contention for the 4th place.

Anyway, what do you think? Leave your comments here