Europe

Europe, Liverpool, Premier League

George Gillett, and Tom Hicks Don’t Get It

For the second time in three years, one of England’s soccer giants is in turmoil because of its American owners. A couple of years it was Manchester United fans who were up in arms over the purchase of the club by the Glazer family.

The Glazers appear to put people in place who understand the sport side of the business and leave them alone. The Tampa NFL franchise is stable and has had only two coaches in the 11+ years that the Glazers have owned the team. At United the Glazers appear to have delivered the money whenever Alex Ferguson wants to buy a new player.

Europe

Soccer’s Top Five Hardmen

The Sun recently had an article on the top 10 hard men of football. I thought the list was interesting, but I disagreed with several of their choices, including their choice of Graeme Souness as their #1 hardman.

To be included on my hardman list a player needed to not only be feared by their opponents, they had to have actual soccer skills. That is why someone like Vinnie Jones is not on the list!

My top five soccer hardmen.

Europe

The Best Young Soccer Players In The World

2007 was the year when the mantle was passed from the older superstars like Zidane and Beckham a new group of young superstars. Young players liked Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi transformed themselves into world-class performers during 2007.

Ronaldo, 22, and Messi, 20, were named as runners-up to Kaka in the FIFA World Player of the Year awards and Fabregas, 20, has helped turn Arsenal in to genuine Premier League title contenders.

Behind Ronaldo and Messi there is another group of young stats waiting to make their mark on the game.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Europe, Liverpool, Man Utd., Premier League

Huge Weekend in Premiership

Well at the end of super Sunday in England, Arsenal and Manchester United solidified there positions as the top two teams in the country. When the dust had settled after two intriguing games the table looks like this:

  • Arsenal – 40 points
  • Man Utd – 39 points
  • Chelsea – 34 points
  • Liverpool – 30 points (Liverpool have a game in hand over the other three)

Each of the big three have now played each other once and the results have had an impact on the table. The head to head table is:

  • Man. Utd – 7 points
Europe

France and Italy Get Screwed At European Championship Draw

How can the world champions not be a number one seed for the European Championships? How can UEFA seeded teams is a complete mystery and as a result Italy and France have to play each other again.

Drawn together in Group C with Holland and Romania, this is truly the “Group of Death” of this years Championship. The way the draw appears to be set-up, Groups A & B will winners and runners-up will play each other, with one team advancing to the final, while Groups C & D will do the same.