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The Martin Keown Ward at Oxford General And Other Ways To Make England Great At Football

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PANIC over. Martin Keown, the once formidable Arsenal enforcer, has created “blueprint” for England football. The only worry is that he’s has chosen to make his masterplan public via the Daily Mail. The odds on foreigners looking in are high. The plan might be undone before it can be made real. Still, we’ll take a look.

I remember seeing a Japanese man standing on the touchline at our Arsenal training sessions.  He was there for the best part of a year, furiously scribbling in his notebook come sun, wind and rain. He was desperate to learn how Arsene Wenger trained us, hoping to pick up tips and secrets – and take them back to Japan.  But in all my time at the club winning trophies in a team that played such attractive football, I never saw anyone from the FA doing the same. It’s madness.

Number of World Cups won by Japan since that note-taking? None.

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Posted: 14th, November 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Januzaj Watch: No Chris Waddle There Are No Turks Playing Football For Germany

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CHRIS Waddle, formerly of Newcastle United, Spurs and England, has a sort of question, that might be rhetorical (but isn’t). He’s thinking about Manchester United;’s Belgian-born star Adnan Januzaj’s chances of playing for England:

 “This [switching allegiance] will only happen more and more. Look at the Brazilians playing for Portugal or Croatia or whoever, and how many Turks play for Germany.”

How many Turks play for the German national side? Well, Chris, that would be NONE.

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Posted: 14th, November 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Legend Michael Owen Talks To Us About His Picture Frames

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IN case you missed it, the Daily Mail produced an “exclusive” account of Michael Owen’s life. The former Liverpool and England player is mesmeric in his dullness. Highlights are:

‘”I was never really one for having my house adorned with all my memorabilia. I had it all put away. I never wanted to put them up while I was playing in case something miraculous happened and I won another FA Cup or something, but now I’ve finished and I’m getting them all together. I know the number of caps and shirts and I’m framing the special ones. I’ve got a set number of frames and I’m going through in order, with my different debuts and the shirts from every cup final, England-Argentina in the World Cup and when I scored the winner for Manchester United against City. About 15 definitely need to go in, and if there’s room for more I’ll decide what goes in.”

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Posted: 14th, November 2013 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Roberto Di Matteo Still Being Paid Daft Amounts Of Money By Chelsea

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LIKE feeling depressed? Money a bit tight and worried about Christmas? Well, check this – Roberto Di Matteo is still being paid £130,000-a-week by Chelsea.

The Italian was sacked by Chelsea 12 months ago and the club are still picking up the tab and all RDM has to do is sit and watch Jeremy Kyle all day and keep his mouth shut.

Remarkably, Di Matteo didn’t even agree a pay-off settlement when he got the chop at Stamford Bridge, yet, he’ll still see his bank account ticking over nicely until he gets a new job.

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Posted: 13th, November 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Fan Lost Home To Manchester United Fan Who Staked His Wife In Bet

WHEN Arsenal lost to Manchester United, one man suffered more than most. In Uganda, Iganga, a staunch Arsenal  fan is looking for a home.

Before the game, Henry Dhabasani staked his two-roomed house in a bet with Rashid Yiga, that Arsenal would win the game. On his part, Yiga staked his new Toyota Premio car and his wife that Manchester United would win.”

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Posted: 13th, November 2013 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Terry Butcher Prepares To Bleed For Hibernian

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THE news manager of Hibernian’s new manager is Terry Butcher. This is him ahead of a press conference at Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh.

Previously:

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How you feelin’ Terry?

Posted: 13th, November 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Top 10 Mike Tyson KOs (Possibly Done On Drugs)

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IRON Mike Tyson has admitted in his autobiography that he was on all manner of drugs during some of his fights and even used a fake penis to fool dope testers.

Tyson spoke about all this in his book, Undisputed Truth, which stated that he’d taken ‘blow’ and ‘pot’ before fight. Imagine how good he would’ve been if he wasn’t stoned.

He then revealed how he managed to avoid detection: ‘I had to use my whizzer, which was a fake penis where you put in someone’s clean urine to pass your drug test,’ he said.

Mike also took cocaine and blames that for his press conference brawl with Lennox Lewis, where Tyson bit Lennox’s leg!

Either way, with all that in mind, let us look back at some of Mike Tyson’s finest knock-outs and, in amongst them, you’ll find a little treat, different from the rest.

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Posted: 13th, November 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea: John Terry Does Sexual Cold Turkey In Galatasaray

JOHN Terry, the FKW and Chelsea legend, is wanted by Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray.

One thing, JT: Turkey is planning to make adultery a crime.

JT might go cold Turkey on extra-training sessions or else, allegedly…

Posted: 13th, November 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Everton and Manchester United’s Mr Wayne Rooney And The Brothel Ban

SO. How does the Mirror cover the phone hacking trial, in which it’s been revealed to the Old Bailey that Patricia Tierney denies having had sex with Wayne Rooney in 2004?

The story of Rooney and the brothel was broken by the Sunday Mirror. Now Tierney, who was working on reception at Liverpool’s Diva’s massage parlour, says that upon his arrival she told the Everton and soon-to-be Manchester United player: “I … told him he ought to put his hat down and get out of the massage parlour before he was destroyed and that his career was over with.”

Tierney tried to sue the Sun newspaper who claimed she charged Rooney £45 a time for sex at the parlour. She was unsuccessful. She has always denied that she ever had sex with Rooney.

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Posted: 12th, November 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Crank Up The Journalisomobile: Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney Is Back With A Hooker

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HACKING was illegal. Still is. The perpetrators didn’t erase Milly Dowler’s phone messages. But they did illegal things. The phone hacking trial is well underway at the Old Bailey. And today we hear the name Patricia Tierney. Now 57, in 2004 Tierney was on the front desk at Diva’s massage parlour in Liverpool when Everton and later Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney came knocking.

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Posted: 12th, November 2013 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Coat Balls: Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie Does An Impression Of Chelsea’s FKW John Terry

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ROBIN Van Persie is a lot of things – a top finisher for United’ a turncoat for Arsenal – but he is no John Terry. If you are going to call anyone a JT you’d best get your facts straight. PVP has been called a lot of names but labelling him a JT might result in a libel action and pardonable  violence.

So, then, to David Ken in the Daily Mail:

You’re not fooling anyone, Robin! Were there shades of JT’s infamous Euro gaffe as substitute Van Persie strips out of his coat to celebrate against Arsenal?

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Posted: 12th, November 2013 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal and Manchester City Are Useless : Ian Wright Joins Fools’ Chorus Of Praise For Manchester United

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Crystal Palace v Fulham - Selhurst ParkIAN Wright adds his tuppence worth of views (the Sun pays him a lot more than that? – Ed) on Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.

As Paul Hayward put it:

No team who win at Borussia Dortmund and lead the Premier League by two points at the end of Remembrance Sunday can be placed in a coconut shy for losing to a majestic Robin van Persie header at Manchester United. To dismiss the Arsenal revival after such an explainable setback would be intellectual vandalism.

Cue Ian Wright:

United have proved time and again that this time of the season is all about accumula-ting points, however you get them. And in many cases, that’s down to scrapping for your lives and making sure that if you don’t win the game, at least you don’t lose it.

Yep, Ian. The most points wins. Got it. Thanks.

Learning curves don’t come much steeper than the one Arsenal got on Sunday — and it’s a lesson they must learn from quickly.

Learning through an way win in the Champions’ League against last season’s runners up was pretty steep. Beating Liverpool 2-0 was steep. But that was earlier in the week, a lifetime away in Wright’s opinion-to-deadline world:

 I realise I have to calm down a little on my hopes and expectations.

What do you expect, Ian?

A lot of Arsenal players haven’t really been in too many genuine pressure situations before and it’s something they are going to have to handle…it’s an issue they need to get to grips with sharpish. It’s a similar story with Manchester City…because another poor away defeat — their fourth — has exposed flaws there as well.

So, Arsenal – packed with internationals and managed by 64-years-old Arsene Wenger – and Man City, who won the league title on the last day of the season and are managed by former Real Madrid coach Manuel Luis Pellegrini Ripamonti – can’t handle pressure?

City may have the most expensive and glamorous squad. But they’ve got to realise when they go to the likes of Cardiff, Sunderland and Villa that those fans will be right up for it, making loads of noise, with the players desperate to rattle the big names.

Do you think they know that? How does Wright think you become a footballer at a top club, by accident? You don’t work your socks off? You don’t scrap it out and dedicate yourself to the game?

The quality is in no doubt, but all those big names have to realise fixtures like Sunderland aren’t going to be easy… Of course it’s important to win the big games but you win the Premier League by scrapping it out in the muck or nettles matches.Ones when it’s not pretty, it’s not eye-catching but it’s about heart, desire and determination. Ones where you nick a 1-0 win without being at your best, get the points and get back on the bus.

Like Arsenal did when they beat Crystal Palace with 10 men; and defeated Newcastle United away on the last day of the last season in a must-win match to qualify for the Champions’ League?  And didn’t Man City beat Man United 4-1 this season? (No need to check – they did.)

If it stays as tight as this, the experience of handling the heat will be vital. And no one has it more than United.

No? Not Wenger and Pelligrini but Moyes has the experience of winning titles in Wright’s world.

That’s why Sunday showed Arsenal and City still have work to do in that department. They’re going to have to learn quickly otherwise they will end up empty-handed come next May.

To recap: David Moyes has never managed a team that has won the league.

Posted: 12th, November 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Talking Balls: Manchester United Are Tough Nuts, Arsenal And Softies And Spurs Have World-Class Strikers

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MANCHESTER United beat Arsenal 1-0 in a close game at Old Trafford. Arsenal looked tired. The spirited Red Devils took their chance – and should write a thank you letter to the Gunners’ hapless Nicholas Bendtner. Still, Arsenal remain top of the league by two clear points. As Matt Dickinson writes in the Times:

Arsenal need him back healthy as they face back-to-back tests against Chelsea and Manchester City next month. They took two points out of a possible 18 in matches against the top four last season.

Defeat yesterday continued that troubling run, yet no one was reading too much into it, even if Wenger himself had called it a “benchmark” game. We have learnt not to assume anything, even more so after a weekend when United leapfrogged Manchester City, who are most people’s title favourites. That was last week.

Indeed. The Gunners remain the team to beat as they sit top of the Premier League.

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Posted: 11th, November 2013 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United V Arsenal: Mouse Invades Pitch (Photo)

AT Manchester United’s Premier League match with Arsenal, the pitch was invaded by a mouse. What can it mean? Is it United manager David Moyes’ lucky pet mouse? The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men…

Watch out for the owls.

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Posted: 10th, November 2013 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal V Manchester United: Lake Tanganyika And New York Mark Historic Encounter

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EXCITABLE BBC football commentator Jonathan Pearce presents the Most Tortuous Introduction of the Week:

Sunday marks the 142nd anniversary of one of history’s most famous meetings. It didn’t take place at Old Trafford, but 4,400 miles away on Lake Tanganyika. New York journalist Henry Stanley walked out of the jungle and greeted a Scottish medical missionary with the now famous words: “Dr Livingstone, I presume?” Another Scot is on a mission these days. David Moyes is trying to rediscover the lost soul of Manchester United.

Continues for 90 minutes…

Posted: 10th, November 2013 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ozil Says Arsenal Will Beat Manchester United ‘For Fun’

MESUT OZIL, of Arsenal, is the subject of a Spurs chant about his eyes being offside.

Arsenal’s German is not easily out off. Ahead of the Gunners match at Manchester United, he has this to say:

“We are going to Old Trafford to have fun — and that is why we are going to win… The plan is not to go to United and settle for a draw. If we are going to achieve the target of our coach, then we go to win. Of course it’s going to be difficult. United are a high-quality team. But I’m sure they also respect us because we can beat anyone, home or away.”

How’s that for positive thinking? Inside every top player is an deep vein of self belief.

 

 

Posted: 10th, November 2013 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Piers Morgan’s Fails All In One Place

CELEBRITY Arsenal fan Piers Morgan likes to tweet about his team. He lives in LA and tweets whenever Arsenal play. As Gunners’ fans dance around and sing at the Emirates and others enjoy the moment and the action in bedrooms and pubs, Morgan sits by a computer in LA and types “Booom” and how rubbish Arsenal are. Morgan believes you can run a club via Twitter.

Some bright spark has compiled his asinine tweets into one picture:

 

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Posted: 9th, November 2013 | In: Celebrities, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 11 Best Football Red Cards

PEOPLE say that a red card can spoil a decent game of football. Nonsense. It adds a layer of wonderful jeopardy into proceedings and, more to the point, sometimes they’re really very funny.

There have been some mystifying red cards over the years (players getting sent off for mistaken identity or getting three yellows before leaving the pitch) and some have just been brilliant.

With that, let us look at some of the more fun ones.

 

1. Don’t get a decision going your way? Indulge in some ‘simulation’. That didn’t work? Jab your opponent in the balls, right in front of the referee.

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Posted: 8th, November 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Home Run: A Video And Story In A Single Sentence

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HOME Run is a project.

In this Single Sentence Animation for Electric Literature, Ilana Simons animates Home Run by Steven Millhauser. Voice by Mark Decarlo. Single Sentence Animations are creative collaborations. The writer selects a favourite sentence from his or her work and the animator creates a short animation in response. Except in this case, wherein the entire story is one sentence.

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Posted: 8th, November 2013 | In: Sports, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Piers Morgan On Arsenal: ‘What DOES Wenger see in Ramsey? A complete and utter liability’

ARSENAL fans may well bemoan the presence of preening Piers Morgan. Amid his many prescient tweets demanding the club sack Arsene Wenger, Morgan created this gem:

“What DOES Wenger see in Ramsey? A complete and utter liability.”

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Followed by:

“How on earth did Ramsey just get given a new 5yr contract? Unbelievable.”

In typical Morgan style, he elevates his own failings:

“Let’s be honest Arsenal fans – @aaronramsey was very poor last year and we all said it. He’s brilliant now, and I couldn’t be happier. Thrilled with his dramatic improvement. I don’t know what must be thrilling @aaronramsey more – his amazing form, or the sudden discovery he had SO many secret fans last season.”

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Beware the celebrity fan…

Posted: 8th, November 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daily Mail: Arsenal’s Defence Is The Best But Worse Than That Of Chelsea, Spurs, West Ham And Southampton

NEIL Ashton writes of Arsenal FC in the Daily Mail:

Naming the famous Arsenal back four is easy: Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny and Gibbs.

Easy. Done.

It has taken Arsene Wenger years to replace the brilliant defence he inherited when he took over in September 1996. He has finally done it. Whether it is by luck or judgement, he has four defenders who are old school in their approach: they simply do not want to concede goals.

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Posted: 7th, November 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Fans Rejoice At This Gif Showing Borussia Dortmund Fans Reaction To Ramsey’s Goal

AS Aaron Ramsey scored for Arsenal in last’ night’s match in Borussia Dortmund last night – his goal a real noggin bobbler – Dortmund fans stopped singing and bouncing at the Westfalenstadion.

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It’s a great Gif.

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Posted: 7th, November 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Champions’ League Balls: Arsenal Have Four Shots On Goal But Borussia Dortmund Had Hundreds

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ONLY one fact matters in football: the money. But in modern day footy reporting, there are many, many facts. Take the number of shots in a game. Last night, the Daily Mail did the maths at Arsenal’s game in Borussia Dortmund and game up with facts. In a piece about how Arsenal scored against the run of play, Martin Samuels says Dortmund had 15 goalscoring attempts, what might be termed shots. The paper’s Statto counted 12.

 

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Posted: 7th, November 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bernie Ecclestone Enters The High Court The Hard Way

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FORMULA One action figure (surely man of action? – ed) Bernie Ecclestone is at the High Court. As ever with Bernie the conversation is about his cash. Most often, it’s about how his daughters have found a new way to spunk dad’s money on a sapphire bidet or a cream made from the perinea of white tigers.

This time the octogenarian was talking money in the form of evidence in a damages case against him alleging that he made a “corrupt” payment to protect his position running the sport. Here’s Bernie at the High Court encountering the horror of doors that don’t come with a man to open them. Who knew?

 

Posted: 7th, November 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0