Guest Blog: Fanaticism and Football

12.05.09

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Hi all, sorry for my lack of posting over the past couple of days, as I said below, I had my parents up and had a really busy but enjoyable few days. That said, there was some good football to be watched and enjoyed so I hope no one missed me too much while I was away.

I’m back in action today though with a guest blog over at Soccer Fan Base, which is a sort of retrospective look at the issues that have plagued this Premier League season and an analysis of what that says about the state of football in today’s world.

Click through to read the post at SFB…

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Microphones: A Refereeing Solution

07.05.09

Referee Ovrebo is surrounded by outraged Chelsea players at the final whistle.

Referee Ovrebo is surrounded by outraged Chelsea players at the final whistle.

Having watched the great Champions League semi-final 2nd leg between Chelsea and Barcelona this morning, I was pleased to see that the standard of attacking play was as high as we had hoped for, and I was gutted for Chelsea, to come so close after playing so well, only to see it all slip away at the very last second, was harsh. Worse though, was the refereeing, and both sides can feel hard done by after another shambolic refereeing performance, following on from yesterday’s game.

It is such a shame that such a good game of football will ultimately be remembered not for two great goals, not for some heroic defending from Chelsea, some persistent attacking from Barca and for the result, which is of course always remembered, but instead for the tragic refereeing that plagued it. It’s becoming an all too familiar trend, and it needs to be addressed. Fear not though, for (as Baldrick would say) I have a cunning plan…

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FA Cup Weekend: 4 Conclusions from Rounds 5 & 6

09.03.09
Everton show great spirit to overcome a resilient Middlesborough.

Everton show great spirit to overcome a resilient Middlesborough.

1. Emmanuel Who?
For me, Emmanuel Adebayor has been chronically overrated for some time now, especially given the way he has performed, or not performed, this season. Add to that his transfer theatrics in the Summer and he’s probably not  endeared himself to the Arsenal faithful too much of late. Still, no matter, because in Eduardo and Carlos Vela they have a top notch strike partnership in the making. Eduardo’s commitment to Arsenal is plain by the way he fought back from his horrific injury and the fans love him, while Vela is young and hungry to prove himself. Add into the equation that they both know how to find the back of the net, as they showed emphatically against Burnley and you have to say, Arsenal would be better to get rid of their troublesome Togolese international come the Summer.

Click through for three more conclusions from this weekend’s action…