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Disgusting Tackle of The Month

February 22, 2009

This is one of the worst challenges I’ve seen in a professional match for quite some time; Newcastle’s Kevin Nolan with a two footed tackle directly onto the right shin of Everton’s Victor Anichebe.

Almost as bad, was the way Nolan protested to referee Lee Mason for showing him a red card. After the match Nolan’s managers swore up and down that the foul was unitentional but a professsional should have enough control not to make such out of control tackles that result in basically jumping on someone’s shin with both studded cleats. Its the kind of thing that is supposed to separate the real pros from hacks like the rest of us.

It looked like Nolan had broken Anichebe’s leg below the knee but he seemed OK and played on in the 0-0 draw. We’ll see if he does not have any nagging problems after toughing it out the rest of the way.

If the FA wants to protect players from similar tackles, banning Nolan for three matches would seem to be in order.

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Marseille: Renewed Interest in Onyewu?

November 14, 2008

Back in January 2007, Olympique Marseille offered Standard Liege’s Oguchi Onyewu a three-year deal which he spurned in favor of a six-month loan to Newcastle United. Gooch’s roll of the dice did not work out as the Tyneside club decided not to acquire him so he ended back at Standard where he has helped the club win a championship and make some noise in European competition. This past summer, Paris Saint-Germain had taken an interest in Onyewu after the premature retirement of Lillian Thuram but no deal was made.

Now Ouest-France is reporting that Marseille is once again interested in acquiring Onyewu during the January transfer window. They are also looking at Glasgow Rangers’ Madjid Bougherra Lille’s Adil Rami, and Anderlecht’s Roland Juhasz. They may also be looking at Marcos Angeleri of Argentine side Estudiantes. While Onyewu is reportedly still primarily interested in a transfer to England, there seems to be continued interest in him in France.

Others, like longtime expat soccer observer Keith Richardson (who is also the English translator for Borussia Dortmund’s web site) would like to see Gooch playing in Dortmund alongside Neven Subotic in central defense. In this scenario, if Subotic decides to play for the USA, the USA’s twin tower central defense would be playing together every week in the Bundesliga – not a bad thing for USA fans.

The question for many of these clubs is whether to acquire Gooch in January or to wait until next summer and get him on a free transfer.