August 21, 2010
Despite constant media murmurings and the persistence of his Spanish pals, Fabregas shockingly remains an Arsenal player. The simple fact is that a Jose Reina shirt gag won’t bring a transfer fee down, no matter how hilarious it is. If Barca come knocking again (which is about as inevitable as 10 minutes of injury time at Old Trafford) they will need to bring out the gold plated chequebook. Despite Fabregas himself admitting numerous times that he wants to go back home, it has done nothing to budge Arsenal’s steadfast resolve to keep him. You have to feel for Fabregas though, how will he manage in London with his measly £100,000 a week…
His no nonsense “bulldog” like approach has made him a fan favourite at Anfield. But with Danish hardman Christian Poulsen arriving in Merseyside, it seemed it would only be a matter of time before Javier would be waving his farewells and reuniting with Rafa the Gaffer in Italy. But similar to the Fabregas saga, Liverpool will only sell at the right price and Benitez’s Inter are not matching Liverpool’s £25 million price tag. Theres a fact for you Rafa. This Argy/Spanish reunion will have to be put on ice for now, but watch this space in January.
Things look like they are going from bad to worse for one of England’s favourite hate figures. The adulterous left-back sparked fury amongst England fans with the revelation that he “hates England and all the people in it”. Well guess what Ash, we hate you too! With Real Madrid interested, will Jose “the Special One” Mourinho come and save Cole from his England hell (and save US from his lecherous ways)? I think I smell a tapping up scandal brewing…
Hatem Ben Arfa
Bad boy Ben Arfa has refused to train at current club Marseille in order to force through a transfer with manager Didier Deschamps saying “he has dropped all his coaches in the ****”. Newcastle lead the queue with a host of European clubs also after the young Frenchman’s signature. To be honest, I was getting bored with just booing El Hadji Diouf, so I for one would welcome Hatem into the Premier League!
England’s most improved footballer, James Milner, finally sealed a move to Manchester City this week. Things took longer than expected with City wanting to offload Stephen Ireland in the process to fit in with the new 25 man squad rule. And all the while our boy James was left in the lurch; the lad was desperate to leave Villa to “win things”. Perhaps his old mate Gareth told him how much he was earning – that would have probably made anybody desperate to leave for Eastlands too!
What do you think the future holds for Cesc Fabregas, Javier Mascherano, Ashley Cole and Hatem Ben Arfa?
Lets just hope they get sorted out quicker than James Milner’s move to Manchester City – nobody deserves to be put through that again…
August 20, 2010
While you may have put your own personal nightmares of the World Cup behind you (the phrase “time heals all wounds” apparently doesn’t apply to being spanked by the Germans), there is a very real and pressing problem facing South Africa today.
$1.5 billion. Did you ever ask yourself how exactly a developing country like South Africa could afford to cough up that kind of money to build those shiny new World Cup stadiums You know, those stadiums we got to enjoy all that good football in Well, it turns out the South African government is pondering that very same question.
Sepp Blatter calls them “architectural jewels” but you might find South Africans calling them something else completely! The government’s attempts to try and recoup some of the $1.5 billion, and indeed turn them into productive sources of income, have predictably hit their first stumbling block. It was hoped that local professional football and rugby teams would use them as their new homes. And for some that is the case – Port Elizabeth, for example, will house a second division rugby side as the old rugby stadium will be demolished.
But the future is not so clear for some of the others. With no local pro teams in and around Polokwane, the 40,000 seater Peter Mokaba Stadium will have to be supported by the national treasury who will be faced with the $2.24 million annual maintenance costs, at least until a suitable solution can be found.
Furthermore, the temporary construction jobs that were created to build those stadiums are no longer required. Consequently, unemployment figures don’t make for comfortable reading. Taken from the AFP:
79,000 non-farm jobs were lost in the first quarter of this year, and 242,000 in the 12 months ending in March. The jobless rate is above 25 percent—and more than 30 percent if those who’ve given up job-hunting are included.
Its not all doom and gloom though. Again taken from the AFP:
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has brushed off concerns about white elephants, saying the tournament will boost the economy by 0.5 percent this year.
He also said the new infrastructure would bring long-term benefits to South Africa—not all of them financial.
“If you built a road, it doesn’t disappear the day after the World Cup,” he told a press conference.” This tournament has also united South Africans” in a way not seen since the end of apartheid in 1994, he said.
It is difficult to say right now whether the World Cup has been good for South Africa. In fact all this talk of roads and white elephants has got me slightly confused. One thing is clear though – South Africa has some hard work ahead.
In your view, has the world cup been good for south africa? Please feel free to comment below.
August 19, 2010
Classic have a look at this
August 19, 2010
After a dull first half Ryan Babel scored with a sweet finish across the keeper with his right after a great diagonal through ball from Joe Cole.
The second half was much better as soon as torres was introduced and within 10 minutes liverpool had a penalty which joe cole missed as he put it at a good height for the keeper to parry away.( video below)
Liverpool pushed hard to get another goal and new signing Christian Poulsen had a clear goal was not given because the ref saw a foul on the keeper in my view he needs to go to specsavers.
As for Joe cole red card now missed penalty things can only get better for the lad who did play well tonight.
A very frustrating night for Liverpool with just the one goal to the good with a return leg to come next week which will not be easy for them, the second leg takes place in Trabzon next thursday expect a crazy crowd for that one.
Joe Cole miss