Archive for the ‘Premiership’ Category

Altidore Gets Work Permit: Ready To Help Hull

August 19, 2009


Its official!

American striker Jozy Altidore has finally received his UK work permit and will be able to join Premiership side Hull, which opens the season this weekend against Bolton.

Hull Ready To Match Fulham Offer For Altidore?

August 5, 2009


Is a bidding war starting for American striker Jozy Altidore? The UK’s Daily Mail thinks so.

If this pans out, it looks like Jozy’s value has already jumped by $2 million since last summer.

Special thanks to LFV reader Marc Sarchet for digging up this nugget.

So I Guess Chelsea Won’t Be Spending Much This Year

June 13, 2009

…since Abramovich just bought a huge yacht for $550 million. Buying the world’s largest yacht, complete with a helipad and its own submarine, doesn’t exactly leave much money to buy Franck Ribery from Bayern – leaving the door open for Real Madrid to swoop in.

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.

Beckham To Stay With Milan Until July

March 3, 2009

The LA Times’ Grahame Jones is reporting that the LA Galaxy has reached a deal with AC Milan to extend the loan until July, when Beckham would rejoin his team in LA.

The agreement will give Beckham a chance to stay in England coach Fabio Capello’s scheme while compensationg the Galaxy and their sponsors in the process.

Whether the Galaxy can improve over last year’s embarassing run while missing its most expensive player for half the new season remains to be seen. I for one don’t think he’ll pull on a Galaxy jersey ever again. Don’t be fooled folks, this is something akin to a separation agreement awaiting a final divorce.

Read more about it here.

Given how hollow Beckham’s previous words and promises to MLS and LA Galaxy fans are ringing these days, you’ve got to wonder when the Rossoneri faithful will discover that his only loyalty appears to be to no one but himself.

Friedel: We Have 11 Cup Finals Ahead Of Us

March 2, 2009

Goalkeeper and new author Brad Friedel has told Sky Sports today that Aston Villa face “11 cup finals” in their quest for a Champions League berth.

After only collecting one point this weekend, blowing a 2-0 home lead to Stoke in the final three minutes for a 2-2 draw, Villa remain six points shy of Arsenal and eight from Tim Howard’s Everton.

Friedel thinks both Arsenal and Everton will make it tough on Villa but he seems to think they can pull off a CL slot, telling Sky Sports: “You are always going to have ups and downs in a season. We have 11 games left and we’re quite pleased with the position we’re in. “We’re not absolutely delighted with the position we’re in because there are a few games where we have lost points out on the pitch.”
We have 11 cup finals ahead of us to hopefully cement a place in the Champions League. It’s going to be hard for us, it’s going to be hard for a lot of teams. “David Moyes has Everton playing really well, they are a very strong team. “We all know how good Arsenal can be and I believe they’re going to be getting some of their players back. “It’s going to be tough but hopefully the quality we have in our changing room will help us get to where we want to be.”

Meanwhile, Friedel has released a new book entitled: Thinking Outside the Box: My Journey in Search of the Beautiful Game, which is already being reviewed in the English papers here by a writer who seems to think there is a MLS franchise in Cleveland, but who does a great interview nonetheless.

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.

Scolari Out At Chelsea

February 10, 2009

Wow! It turns out Luis Felipe Scolari only lasted seven months at Chelsea.

More details here and here.

And who will replace him? Maybe big Guus.

Some Great Soccer Writing

January 25, 2009

As we do every now and then, its time to point out some of the great soccer writing out there these days.

Here is piece of brilliant writing by Rob Hughes on how after a terrible storm took the lives of four boys in Barcelona, the team gave the grieving city something to cheer about.

Also, this one is three weeks old but its still worth pointing out Brent Lathem’s insightful article on Neven Subotic’s decision to play for Serbia instead of the USA. Brent offers some perspectives few others have been privy to (including yours truly) which I’ve got to say has opened my eyes. So, In my humble opinion, Brent’s piece is must reading for anyone who wants to know what happened.

And for you Liverpool fans out there enjoying the club’s success after the doldrums of the 1990s, the Observer’s Andy Hunter does a great job of examining the downfall of Kenny Dalglish in “The Day The Magic Walked Out Of Anfield.”

If you want to nominate some great soccer writing you’d like us to feature, just drop us a line here.

A Few Things…

January 14, 2009

I’m sick as a dog today so here are a few things to tide you over.

DaMarcus Beasley is not ready to leave Rangers in Walter Smith’s January fire sale.

In yet another sign that Fulham’s Clint Dempsey is finally coming into his own, a London paper calls him the “One to Watch” in this weekend’s match against West Ham.

And the nasty flu bug working its way around Europe appears to have hit three Hansa Rostock players particularly hard, including American defender Heath Pearce. The crud appears to be keeping Pearce out of training, just at the time when players are trying to prove themselves to new coach Dieter Eilts. Let’s hope Heath gets well soon and can get back into the groove.

Get well soon Heath!