Rescinded Red

Oh the media monkeys and their junket junkies will invite you to their plastic pantomime. Throw their invites away.

Headlines: Arsenal are Better With Eboue

Arsenal have a much higher winning percentage when Eboue plays. (Chickendinner)

Rafa Benitez may move to Juventus next summer. (Soccerlens)

Fox Soccer Channel will go HD, eventually. (EPLTalk)

Liverpool will not loan Babel back to Ajax in January. (Independent)

Sam Allardyce knows what Sunderland needs, and he’ll give it to them Big Sam style. (Soccernet)


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Not Much Scoring on Fox Soccer Saturday

nicolas-anelka1On Nov. 15, Nicolas Anelka scored to secure a 3-0 victory for Chelsea over West Brom, the last time anyone has scored on Fox Soccer Saturday.

Chelsea drew Newcastle 0-0 and Man U drew Aston Villa 0-0 on Nov. 22.  Today Middlesbrough tied 0-0 with Newcastle and Blyth Spartans played a goalless stalemate with Bournemouth in the FA Cup.

Not exactly the best advertisement for the “world’s best” soccer league.

Thanks to EPL Talk

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Headlines: Detente in Turkey

Arsene Wenger will shake hands with “that Spanish shit.” (The Guardian)

Robert Plant plays football in short shorts (The Original Winger)

FSC Nielsen Ratings (EPL Talk)

Shinawatra sentenced to two years in Thai prison (FourFourTwo)

Shearer may want Newcastle job (Soccernet)

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England Defeats Kazakhstan at Wembley

Kazakhstan did not give England power, but England took power in the second half, winning 5-1 in their World Cup qualifier at Wembley.  The score was deceptive, though, as England staved off disaster for much of the match, and needed set pieces to break down the opposition.

England’s most dynamic players are Rooney and Walcott, and the Christmas tree formation maximized their abilities, even though the play often negated their efforts. 

Capello should reconsider whether Heskey is really fit to be lead striker.  He lacked the quickness to capitalize on Rooney and Walcott’s support play.  England flowed on the ground, which minimized his effectiveness physically.  Peter Crouch, more suited to linkup play, might be a more viable long-term option.

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard confirmed for the 472nd time that they cannot play with one another.

It’s international qualifying and England should concern themselves solely with the result.  But, the Three Lions never roared in this match, which doesn’t bode well for tougher tests.  They allowed Kazakhstan multiple chances, and better competition could have felled them easily.

The match, for once, was available for free on Fox Soccer Channel.  However, the production value needs to be ramped up.  The interplay between the natural sound and the announcers, resembled the worst of amateur podcasting.  The commenting duo themselves lacked insight and did not focus on the match.

The two were also unprofessional.  An international match, understandably, arouses a broader sentiment, but using “We” instead of “England,” when not in England, and openly rooting, detracted from the match.  Any insight or research whatsoever into Kazakhstan’s national team would have been appreciated as well, at least a consistent mention of their names.

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