Am I back? Arsenal vs Chelsea

December 27, 2010

After Holland lost in the final, I just haven’t had much desire to write about football. WordPress doesn’t offer detailed traffic reports, but I’m surprised by how many page views I’ve had in the last few months.

I actually have some posts written about the World Cup, but it is unlikely that anyone cares about them at this point in time. Heck, even after it was over, people might not have cared.

The reason I remembered this blog is because today Arsenal plays Chelsea. It’s a pretty big game in terms of seeing who will test Manchester United for the title. Despite ManU not really looking like a great team, they still haven’t lost. They have a ton of ties, but somehow have avoided losses…even with Rooney having only a single goal (off a penalty kick, if I recall correctly, so he really has zero goals that are due to him) in the Premiership.

Chelsea should have run away with the title but a few key injuries and some horrific form of late have seen them drop. I think they’ve taken like 2 out of the last 18 possible points? Crazy.


What’s the deal with Manchester City?

July 26, 2010

The Premier League begins play on August 14, and on September 1 all clubs must submit a 25 man roster. They can add players unlimited players under 21. 8 of those 25 players have to be English. Here’s City’s roster, but keep in mind that they are still chasing James Milner, Fernando Torres, and Mario Balotelli…among others:

Goalies:
Shay Given
Joe Hart
Taylor/Gonzalez

Defenders
Aleksandar Kolarov
Jerome Boateng
Wayne Bridge
Vincent Kompany
Joleon Lescott
Micah Richards
Nedum Onuoha (27 starts season before last)
Kolo Toure
Pablo Zabaleta

Midfielders
David Silva
Gareth Barry
Nigel de Jong
Stephen Ireland (City Player of the Year season before last)
Yaya Toure
Adam Johnson
Michael Johnson (23 City starts season before last)
Patrick Vieira
Shaun Wright-Phillips

Forwards
Jo
Craig Bellamy
Carlos Tevez
Roque Santa Cruz
Emmanuel Adebayor
Robinho

I didn’t doublecheck, but I’m fairly certain none of these players are under 21.

City has to sell. That’s over 25 right there, and all fairly big names in their own right. Jo obviously is out the door, and there are a few names that are significantly less likely to be there than others. But City isn’t even done buying, as you can practically guarantee Torres and/or Balotelli. And Milner looks probable as well.

UPDATE: I forgot Robinho, of all people, the first time around. I should probably note that I have a soft spot in my heart for City because Claudio Reyna was captain there.


Leo Messi thinks Barcelona is better than Argentina?

July 4, 2010

Leo Messi talking about his surprise that Fabio Capello left Theo Walcott off the England squad:

If [Theo Walcott] could do that against Barcelona, think what he could have done against Germany and Algeria. Even if he didn’t start, he would still have been very important for England.

Maybe there was something lost in the translation, but Messi seems to imply that he thinks Barcelona is superior to Germany. And after the 4-0 Germany victory, one might conclude he thinks Barcelona is better than Argentina.

A leap perhaps. But perhaps also a message from Messi about what he really thinks about Maradona (or so thinks my Argentine wife).


The managerial shuffle

June 27, 2010

Anyone want to take bets on whether the Brits get rid of Fabio Capello now? Before the World Cup all the talk was about whether he would stay after the World Cup because everyone was hoping he would.

Now…I’m guessing the tone of the conversation will be different.


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