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Football News: Week Ending 14 September 2008

Mon 15 September 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

If you hadn’t already noticed, we had four sessions in a week for the first time ever. It may not be sustainable week in, week out, but it shows it can be done – quite an achievement, considering that apart from the odd extra 11-a-side game or extra session at St. Wilfred’s, we had not had more than one session in a week before 23 April 2008.  In less than 5 months, we have gone from one session per week to four sessions per week, a four-fold increase!

Accordingly, we had four session reports last week, and none of them were by me. Murray joined the list of session report writers with his account on Thursday night’s session at Sports Planet @ East Coast.

In other news, there was mid-week delight for England as they won 4-1 in Zagreb against Croatia, who were reduced to 10 men early in the second half. Where have I seen such euphoria before … oh yes … seven years ago.

Other noteworthy results in the World Cup qualifiers included Denmark winning 3-2 in Portugal, while Wales were holding on 1-1 in Moscow before succumbing to a 81st minute Russian winner.

The early kick off in the Premier League on Saturday saw the contest of old team mates – Mascherano v Tevez, Keane v Berbatov. Berbatov and Tevez linked up well to give Manchester United an early lead, but Liverpool dominated much of the rest of the game to win 2-1.

Later on Saturday, Robinho scored on his debut to give Manchester City a 1-0 lead at home to Chelsea, but Chelsea came back to win 3-1. For the second successive match, Blackburn Rovers conceded four goals as Arsenal won 4-0 at Ewood Park. Hull City won 2-1 at managerless Newcastle United to move up to fourth, while Mike Ashley, Newcastle’s “chief honcho” and “biggest fan”, struggled all week to decide whether to re-appoint Keegan, appoint a new manager, or sell the club.

West Ham United appointed Gianfranco Zola, the former Chelsea manager, as their new manager, and seek to appoint Steve Clarke, Chelsea’s current assistant first-team coach, as Zola’s assistant.

Oldham Athletic currently have the best record in the top four tiers in England, with five wins and one draw after 6 games, to lie top of League One, the third tier in England. Leeds United and Leicester City, both clubs who until recently had never played outside the top two tiers, lie fourth and sixth in the table respectively.

Early days in Spain and Italy – both are only into the second week of matches of the new season.

The Bundesliga, the most profitable league in the world according to the latest figures, is further along, having completed four rounds of matches. Hamburg SV are the early leaders, with 1899 Hoffenheim starting well in their first-ever season in the German top flight.

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  1. Mark L
    Mon 15 September 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Its the beginning of the end. Remember the decade back when Man U was made up of self fish asses like Karate Kid Frenchie Striker etc. Seems like Man U with Ronaldo is heading back that direction.. So its the lost of TEAM and the ascend of Individualism. So hopefully, the backbone of Giggs, Tevez, Carrick etc will see off the damage of Ronaldo.. See the big hearted/ mouthed article in todays Soccernet…

    ROME, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo believes he changed the game by scoring 31 goals from midfield in the Premier League last season to win the European Golden Boot award.

    “With this Golden Boot I have changed football a little. Usually strikers won it and I’m a winger,” the Portugal international told La Gazzetta dello Sport after receiving the trophy at a ceremony in his native Madeira on Saturday.

    Ronaldo said he is confident of winning the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year prizes after inspiring United to the Champions League-Premier League double last term.

    “The best candidate for the other prizes is Cristiano Ronaldo,” the 23-year-old said.

    “To be honest, I think I have been the most consistent and the best. And over time I want to enter the book of the all-time best players.”

    Ronaldo, who has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on his right ankle in July, said he does not fear a hostile reception at Old Trafford after making an unsuccessful request to be sold to Real Madrid in the close season.

    “When I put on the (United) shirt, I give my all. And I’m already in the history of the club,” he said. “When I play again the fans will love me again.”

    He also said it was unlikely he would move to Manchester City, after media reports linked him to a big money move to the cross-town rivals.

    “No one knows my future, but I don’t see myself in the shirt of another Manchester team,” he said.

  2. rajiv
    Mon 15 September 2008 at 4:14 pm

    In other news, Llion e-mailed me to say he’s held up in Houston due to Hurricane Ike. I’ve invited him to report on the hurricane or its consequences here.

  3. Raj
    Tue 16 September 2008 at 11:30 am

    This is a beautiful piece from The Independent after last nights game…..especially the last line…. “another Spaniard charging at windmills”.

    That Carling Cup triumph is becoming a distant memory for Ramos, it is just three wins since then, but it will be one he has to hold onto to if he is to continue to convince he is the man to remain at the helm. More immediately fingers will be pointed at the Spurs board and – in particular – the sporting director, Damien Comolli. It may come together one day for Juande but it is not happening at present.

    The expensive recruits were ramshacle. Roman Pavlyuchenko looked bewildered, David Bentley bothered while Darren Bent continued to be bewitched. Luka Modric limped off and Vedran Corluka looked simply limp. As for the goalkeeper? Heurelho was a hero in the first-half but Gomes gaffed after the break.

    It was disarray. Chaos. Boos rang out at the interval and the end. Fans had their hands spread wide in amazement and so, in truth, did Ramos. Time and again passes sailed aimlessly overhead. It was kick and rush stuff from a team lacking cohesion, coherence and even coercion.

    “We are far behind in our preparations,” claimed Ramos afterwards which was a curious bit of nonsense from the head coach and chimed with his programme notes which talked about the iniquities of the transfer window closing after the start of the season. It may well do. But it does not mean a club is hide-bound to conduct its main business then as Spurs – it seems – have done. Dimitar Berbatov has gone and others arrived and the balance sheet may be healthy even if the team is looking unhealthily imbalanced. Ramos is a frustrated man.

    He talked of talent and quality – and even clung to the 5-1 friendly win over Roma – and it is certainly there. But when Ramos also spoke about “room” for Spurs to tilt at the top four it seemed like another Spaniard charging at windmills.

  4. rajiv
    Tue 16 September 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Gloating over Aston Villa’s 2-1 win at Spurs? Villa are now up to fourth.

  5. Rajesh
    Thu 18 September 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Condolence to Man U

    Liverpool Rocks 🙂

  6. Mark L
    Thu 18 September 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Oh Oh.. Raj.. that volley 1 fired at Tom. 😛 Wait for the Man U-Chelsea game.. if they lose that one.. then really fire!!

  7. Mark L
    Fri 19 September 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Anyway, Hope Man U beat Chealsea this weekend!

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