Archive for the ‘Manchester City’ Category

Noel Gallagher Leaving Oasis

August 29, 2009

Please observe a moment of silence for that fine band of City fans from Manchester; Oasis. It looks like they’ll be splitting up now that guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher will be leaving the band since he can no longer work with his brother, Liam.

Noel wrote on the band’s website: “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you I quit Oasis tonight. I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.”

According to various reports, Noel walked just before the band was due to headline at Paris’s Rock en Seine festival after he and Liam got into a fistfight.

Singer Amy Macdonald reported on her Twitter page that the brothers had exchanged blows backstage, writing: “Liam smashed Noel’s guitar, huuuge fight!”

Is this just a temporary bust-up or will it be for good? My spidey sense tells me if they ever get back together, it won’t be for a long time.

So until then, here are their top three songs as ranked by their own countrymen in a recent poll:

Live Forever

Wonderwall

Don’t Look Back In Anger

And of course one of my favorites:

Chamgagne Supernova

Dempsey On The Move?

July 2, 2009

Despite Clint Dempsey being quoted that he’d like to stay at Fulham, the 2009 Confederations Cup Bronze Ball winner may still be on the move. While a few clubs are rumored to be in the hunt, the name Everton has started to emerge in the English press.

Dempsey Double Sinks City

April 12, 2009

American Clint Dempsey gave Fulham fans a nice Easter gift by helping his team to a 3-1 road win at Manchester City.

City took a 1-0 lead on a gorgeous shot from distance by Stephen Ireland in the 27th minute. Fulham looked to be on the ropes for the next 22 minutes before
Dempsey levelled to game at 1-1 by picking up a loose ball from Zamora in the 49th minute which the Texan easily stroked into the goal with his right foot.

Ten minutes later, Fulham’s Dickson Etuhu gave the visitors a 2-1 lead pouncing on a ball just outside the area and slotting it in for his first goal for the red and black.

Fulham and City continued to trade attacks including a 61th minute Dempsey header being easily handled by Man City keeper Given. In the 83rd, Zamora laid off a beautiful ball for Dempsey who, now using his left foot, poked it high inside the near post to cement to lead at 3-1.

The win solidified Fulham’s mid-table place in 10th with 40 points, two points north of 11th place Man City. Dempsey’s 6th and 7th goals make him Fulham’s leading scorer so far this year.

A Few Things

January 20, 2009

My fingers are still sore from picking bass strings so all I can offer on this historic inauguration day are a few links worth checking out.

The New York Times/IHT on Bradley’s depleted squad for Saturday’s friendly against Sweden.

Dave Clark’s thought provoking idea to rapidly expand MLS. Can it be done without catching the same flu that the NASL succumbed to? You decide.

Is ESPN about to buy the US broadcast rights for Premiership matches?

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has announced that Kaka is going nowhere.

And to make matters worse for Manchester City (after failing to land the big fish), Robinho has walked out of training camp.

And speaking of transfers, just how close is Arsenal to signing Russian phenom Andrei Arshavin from Zenith? It seems about $11.7 million.

AC Milan on Kaka: "Talks Can Begin"

January 16, 2009

As Manchester City’s ever-rising bid for the Rossoneri’s Brazilian playmaker climbs higher into the stratosphere, we’re starting to see the first kinks in Milan’s armor. After Silvio Berlusconi’s spokesmen continued to say no, City finally looks like they are making an offer Milan can’t refuse. Last night as the bid reportedly hit $145 million, word came out that “talks can begin.”

Rumors that the player’s father had travelled to Manchester were confirmed this morning and by this afternoon, the price was rumored to be approaching $150 million. I mean let’s face it, that is a sick amount of cash, especially in a depressed economy. There are a lot of things you can pay for with $150 million, including:

– Tuesday’s Presidential inauguration

– One F-22 Raptor Fighter Plane

– 15 Jozy Altidores

– The entire Werder Bremen team

– DC United’s planned new stadium

– The entire MLS player salary four+ times over

Or how about an entire new AC Milan team for the future? That’s right, the ageing Rossoneri still have a lot of quality in the side but its a club in need of a fresh wave of young talent (and $150 million can buy a lot of talent). Juve’s Gigi Buffon, Roma’s Phillipe Mexes, and Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos are just a few of the players they could scoop up with change to spare for Barcelona’s Sammy Eto’o or Lyon’s Benzema. Instead of being the big loser, AC Milan could end up paving the road to the Scudetto using Manchester City’s gold.

Meanwhile, City’s move is not without a great deal of risk. They are currently a 15th place team with only 22 points, 15 behind Wigan, and have lost five of their last 10 Premiership matches. They’ll need to spend even further to build the right cast to play around Kaka and Robinho, lest they stay mired in mid-table without a Champions League or UEFA Cup slot.

Indications are that City plan to do just that as they are close to signing Hamburg’s holding midfielder Nigel de Jong for 15m euros while they continue to chase strikers Roque Santa Cruz, Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker respectively from Blackburn and West Ham. On top of that, they are reportedly about to close a deal for Espanyol’s talented keeper Carlos Kameni.

Ronaldinho: Getting His Mojo Back

July 13, 2008


Over a year ago in a column for Soccer Times, I recall noting that the great players like Ronaldinho were starting to burn out due to a non-stop season of club, European, and international matches – not to mention the promotional tours that reduce any off time to recharge. In Ronnie’s case, we watched him degrade over time until it reached a point where some said he had “fallen out of love with football.”

This summer, he apprears to be getting his mojo (and fitness) back under the supervision of Brazilian national team fitness coach Paulo Paixao. This week, Paixao spoke about the superstar who is currently working to get ready to play in the Olympics – something his club (Barcelona) is not happy about.

“He is very happy and motivated.” “He has rediscovered his joy, and is once again the Ronaldinho we all knew.”

“He has been very cooperative in the work we are doing to improve his physical form, and take him back to his best.”

Ronaldinho is aiming to represent Brazil in the Olympics (as an overage player), motivated it seems to prove something to both Barcelona and Brazil boss Dunga who has left him off the national team roster. If Ronnie plays in the Olympics, it means he’ll miss club’s Champions League qualifiers at a time when Lionel Messi will also be unavailable to the Catalan side.

All the while, speculation continues about whether Ronaldihno will transfer to AC Milan, Manchester City, or remain at Barcelona. Regarless, a Brazil side led by a healthy and motivated Ronaldihno will be sure to make the Olympic soccer tournament more enjoyable for fans, but less so for opposing teams.