Andy Carroll: Moving on. Getting Hammered.
The pink shorts and pony tail will not be seen in Liverpool for quite some time. Tyneside’s Johnny Depp has been brought to West Ham on a £2m loan, with a £17m obligation to make the deal permanent if the London club remain in the Premier League. This move brings Andy “thirty-five fucking million quid” Carroll’s much maligned Liverpool tenure to a close and promises a...
Zeman's system at work
4 of the 7 Roma players camped at the edge of the box combine for a great team goal, evidence of exactly the system that vintage Roma boss Zdenek Zeman has tried to install. If you want to learn more about Zeman’s attacking system this Wall Street Journal article is more or less required reading. Here are some choice quotes: “Do you enjoy watching soccer?” he asked in a low...
Chelsea and PSG at Yankee Stadium: Among the mugs
Minutiae give us the most delight and cause us the most annoyance. Marco Verratti’s silky turns raised my eyebrows (definitely one to watch: more on this later) and a girl’s ponytail whipping against my legs as she alternated between watching the monitor and talking to her boyfriend made me want to murder. The crowd at this match was weird, almost unsettling. When I hopped onto the overcrowded...
Being: Liverpool: Football's first foray into...
On September 16th the first of six episodes in the miniseries “Being: Liverpool” will air on Fox Soccer Channel in the US and Channel 5 in the UK. My only reaction after watching this trailer was jealousy. I’ve long been a fan of the similarly designed “Hard Knocks” and “24/7” HBO series that attempt to give the viewer an inside look in NFL team...
unbelievable assist from Witsel!
Pep and Tito
Those that think there will be a precipitous drop-off from Pep Guardiola to Tito Vilanova I present you this:
I was working on a new post. An iteration of all football posts. It detailed the new generation of Brazilian talent. I described the mercurial roulettes and footwork of Lucas Moura and the assuredness of Oscar. I even wrote a full history of Brazil’s “golden eras” and “droughts” for background. Luckily, before I put too much work into this article, I came to the...
Aston Villa: The Road Forward
Newly appointed Villa manager Paul Lambert has just made his first signing, Karim el Ahmadi, and brought over his two top assistants, Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa, from his former club Norwich. These additions should be great for the club and portend to a delineation from the process of spending more for less that has hampered the club so much over the past couple years. Preseason training...
Andre Villas Boas to Spurs: Perfect Fit
Many doubters have come out in the wake of the news that Andre Villas Boas will be signing on to be the next manager of Tottenham Hotspur. The dissenters, including former great Glen Hoddle who called the move a “risk”, seem to believe that giving a job to the inexperienced manager who recently “failed” in London is too big of a gamble for a team that is on the precipice...