Tag:Premier League
Posted on: November 16, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Suarez charged by FA.

You might be able to say this in a Spanish speaking country but to say this to a stranger from a non-Spanish speaking country would seem to intimidate someone if said repeatedly. Say it to a team mate, maybe, say it to a foe? Probably not.

http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/footba
ll/881648-luis-suarez-could-avoid-p
atrice-evra-racism-rap-due-to-spani
sh-slang
Here you can see what he 'probably' said and Spanish speakers might understand this.

Here the Guardian reports on the charge: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/
2011/nov/16/luis-suarez-fa-charge-r
acism-evra
Breaking news.

Category: Soccer
Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:08 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 10:47 am
 

Bolton Wanderers

Is anyone surprised at the 5-0 shellacking Bolton gave Stoke City this weekend, I am but there are some things some may not know.

Back in April of this year, in the FA Cup Semi Finals, Stoke City defeated Bolton 0-5 at Bolton, ahem, at Wembley, maybe worse seeing how that is considered a "spiritual home" of soccer! Bolton's form was fairly good up to that point but since that game, they've only won 3 League games before the game this past Sunday.

And I saw a few people picked Bolton to win but that that game ended Bolton 5 Stoke City 0 is a bit surreal.

http://www.the-wanderer.co.uk/bolto
n/203-days-later


You've got to think they stand a good chance to salvage this season now.
Posted on: November 6, 2011 6:46 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2011 7:13 pm
 

2 great links and 1 more on history of the game.

http://elcentrocampista.com  Spanish football/soccer/futbol,/calcio news and history as well.

http://www.newsrt.co.uk/news/sport/
 Hibs sack manager Calderwood... a lot of in depth stories I don't see elsewhere. That's what I get for thinking the BBC was like the ultimate news source for everything.

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.u
k/Fgoalkeeper.htm
 Looks like some good history here.
Category: Soccer
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Notes: Novermber 5th, 2011

Liverpool? This is two draws to the newly promoted clubs, Swansea and Norwich at home I believe, Liverpool defeated a 10 man Everton and the red card in that game some have thought was bogus and they defeated West Brom likewise with a fall that many question that led to a penalty kick. I did not see the Everton game and I think the WBA call could go either way. Andy Carrol missed a sitter so I hear....those things happen. But of course, we can't forget Liverpool were defeated badly by Tottenham, nonetheless, they remain in the top 6 teams.

On top of this, Chelsea really, lost to QPR, lost to Arsenal, I thought the Ivanovic pass to Lampard heading it in was a great goal but they had a fight against Blackburn. 

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To Mexico, a country in turmoil but man, they are playing some good football down there...Pele said in 5 years Mexico will be better than Argentina and Uruguay, they certainly have talent.

http://www.soccerway.com/national/m
exico/primera-division/2011-2012/ap
ertura/

I'm still learning their playoff system, it sounds to me like they have 2 champions a year, an opening (apertura) and closing (clausura) tournament of the top 8 teams per campaign. Sound confusing? The soccerway page might be of help.

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Last comment, Wolverhampton in my view played Man City very good. Now today, we saw a Man City team that had to be resting a few of the starters get by Queen's Park Rangers. But the Wolverhampton Wanderers display I thought was gutsy. Tomorrow is really a six pointer vs. Wigan. I really don't see Wigan winning this at all. The Latics would be fortunate to get a draw. Wigan does have some talent, Victor Moses, selected for the Nigerian National Football/soccer team and others. We will see.

Bolton Stoke, well, I stuck my neck out on this one? And you know why? The Oct. FourFourTwo did have an article on Owen Coyle so possibly misled, I'm picking an upset.

Likewise, all this time, I saw the Everton game as being a possible loss for Newcastle and then, Lawro picked the Toffees to win, so again a throw of the dice and that didn't work out. One has to start thinking Newcastle is better than Chelsea and Liverpool at this point. Chelsea need Drogba? He's not to be found though it's clear they have others to step up, Lampard and Mata for example. Lampard is having a good year. Maybe he should be team captain if he's selected for the England team.




Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:17 am
Edited on: November 2, 2011 10:53 am
 

Maps showing Footy Clubs of England

These first ones are of London. Interesting.

The colors are at times, confusing, Fulham is very clear, it being the black area. The red of Arsenal likewise makes it stand out. It should be said this is general information. Chelsea and Tottenham are shades of blue so one needs to look at the map closely.

http://flowingdata.com/wp-content/u
ploads/2011/01/London-football-supp
orter-map-625x471.gif


http://www.crystalpalacecampaign.or
g/images/Football%20club%20map.jpg


By no means should these be taken as absolutely set in stone however.

This second map supplements the first. I really thought South End was near London as well?  They, like Grey's Athletic must not actually be in the 4 first FA football leagues. That is the explanation I would expect. Perhaps I was thinking of Leyton Orient. One of those clubs is referred to as a sort of little brother to WHU.

The date of the map seems to be 2010. Clubs move up and down the leagues.

Map of England as a whole showing football clubs: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_LF3lzKw4K
v0/TRh8PnItvaI/AAAAAAAAAK0/CFJuuwCN
udM/s1600/46england.gif
, I like this "home made one very much.

This one is okay too: http://billsportsmaps.com/wp-conten
t/uploads/2008/07/league_two2008-09
_b.gif


A lot of people would not know Merseyside is so close to Wales where Cardiff and Swansea are located.




Category: Soccer
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:21 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Rough Math, PL relegation, part I

After looking at these figures, playing an average of 2 games a week, though the Championship League may not have as high of quality as the Premier League, I've got to like the action.




Rough Math, team in parenthesis is last team surviving relegation drop):

1993-1994 (Ipswich Town 43) 42 matches played

    * Sheffield United 42
    * Oldham Athletic 40
    * Swindon Town 30


1994-1995 (Aston Villa 48)  42 matches played

    * Crystal Palace 45
    * Norwich City 43
    * Leicester City 29
    * Ipswich Town 27

(Longer schedule probably played in early years of PL, surely this year with 4 teams going down in 94-95)



Posted on: October 29, 2011 9:05 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 9:35 pm
 

English Premier League becoming more English!

Last week, I noted how Wolverhampton started all British/Home Nation players, I say Home Nation to virtually include Ireland in the mix, a Roy or Robbie Keane is hardly a foreigner and then, their opponents, Swansea were all British except for 2 players out of the starting lineups...but today, it happened that Norwich started all British players, that's what the Sun said even, that's 3 teams right there. Stoke City is heavily Brit, heck, even Man Utd. started 7 British/Irish players in their devastating loss to City, City themselves have a good number of Home Nation players as well. Brits are even creeping into the Emirates. Check boxscores for more exact information.

How about Management? Only a few years ago, a common criticism was saying that no manager in the PL was even English, today we have at least 6 in that position, Hodgson, Redknapp, Pardew, Steve Bruce and Warnock and Rodgers, right, last name of the QB for the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, I'm not too familiar with the Swans coach. Rodgers is Northern Ireland. Okay,  I decided to try to break down the outlay of managers by nationality, this is what I get with Scotsmen clearly in the lead. I'm not positive if I categorized all of these managers correctly.

In no alphabetical order:

  • Scottish; Coyle (Bolton), Ferguson (MUFC), Moyes (Everton), Kean (Blackburn) , Lambert (Norwich), Dalglish (Liverpool), McLeish (Villa)(7)
  • English; Redknapp (Spurs), Hodgson (WBA), Warnock (QPR), Pardew (Newcastle), Bruce (Sunderland)(5)
  • Italian; Mancini (Man City) (1)
  • Dutch; Jol (Fulham) (1)
  • Spanish; Martinez (Wigan) (1)
  • Welsh; Pulis (Stoke) (1)
  • Portuguese; Valles Boas (Chelsea)(1)
  • Ireland; McCarthy (Wolves)(1)
  • Northern Ireland, Rodgers (Swans) (1)
  • France; the obvious, Wenger (Arsenal)(1)
Martinez and Valles Boas both are having problems right now, I personally think they are too young for their jobs. Clearly, the above lineup of managers is bound for a shake up sooner or later. Martinez is really indoctrinated into the system in the UK, having played in England, Wales and Scotland. He better try to get some transfers.

When I thought of this though, this is an important statistic only if FIFA ever makes it a rule, I see some clubs say, with a good number of players from Africa, should they be denied? I don't think so. Brazilians are playing aplenty in Portugal, Spain and Italy, England does not have that many Brazilians that are playing. It does have a lot from Europe. Even the French and Dutch seem to 'barely' be foreigners, the same for some players from other English speaking countries, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. It surprised me that Friedel was actually denied a work permit back in the '90s.




Category: Soccer
Posted on: October 29, 2011 10:15 am
 

Chicharito Does It Again!

It is no small coincidence that ESPN Deportes carried the Everton/Manchester United game, they carried it, I'd surmise because Hispanics and more specifically, Mexicans are supporting their hero, Javier Hernandez, El Chicharito, okay, the guy is not Cristiano Ronaldo but I questioned about 2 weeks ago, why Manchester United used El Chicharito as a substitute versus Liverpool, he came in in about the 79th minute and tied the score up at about the 85th minute. Chicharito on the bench against Manchester City, I don't believe he was even used as a substitute though eligible apparently and Manchester United got scorched in that game, 6-1 or if you don't count the 3 goals after 90 minutes, 3-1, it really was more like a 3-1 game if you watched it not to take away from the late scorers. Now today, Chicharito starts against Everton and you got it, about the 14th minute, Javier Hernandez, El Chicharito got Man Utd's lone and winning goal. Surely, Manchester City, David Villa, Balotelli were great attackers that day, City was by far the better team but you still might wonder why Chicharito was not used in the game.

Category: Soccer
 
 
 
 
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