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Tuesday Transfer Twaddle: Pennant to Portsmouth

jermaine-pennantOft-troubled Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant has accepted a temporary loan move to Portsmouth, to play for former Arsenal teammate Tony Adams.  Pennant deflected interest from AC Milan and Real Madrid, originally preferring to stay at Liverpool, despite not playing.  Who wouldn’t want a player with that type of ambition?

Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness’ raging jealousy of AC Milan has lingered after the Dubai trip.  Upset by the audacity of Milan’s 120 million euro valuation of Kaka, Hoeness has tried to one-up them, by claiming Franck Ribery is worth 150 million!  Unfortunately for Bayern, Ribery does want to leave eventually, possibly for free when his contract expires in 2011.

Talks between Arsenal and Zenit St. Petersburg for Andrei Arshavin have hit an impass, with Zenit demanding that the London club raise their bid from £10m to £15m.  Five million pounds is a substantial sum, of course.  So is the £40m they would lose by not qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Lukas Podolski will return, as speculated, to his former club FC Koln, with Koln essentially returning the £10m Bayern paid for him in 2006.  However, there’s still a solid six months of awkwardness before that happens, as the clubs will not consummate the deal until July 1.  The 23-year-old should have a fabulous sulk party on the bench with new signing Landon Donovan. 


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The Overdone Defoe Transfer Completed


Everyone knew Jermain Defoe was returning to Tottenham from the minute Harry Redknapp left Portsmouth.  Everyone has overdone this story.  Two quick thoughts.

Tottenham are paying Defoe twice as much (£15m) as they sold him for (£7.5m) one year ago.  Portsmouth kept him for a year and made a £6m profit on him.  This comes after they spent a combined £33m for Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko.  Brilliant.

Defoe is decent, but hardly a superstar.  He doesn’t seem like the decisive striker to spur Tottenham to mid-table.  

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Sunday EPL Results: The Deuce Runs Loose on Chelsea

156202256_22681c61afNewcastle 1 – 5 Liverpool: Liverpool emphatically guaranteed they will be title leaders by Christmas.  How bad does your defense need to be for a team playing two holding midfielders and leading the line with Dirk Kuyt to score five goals?  That is with Shay Given’s brilliance maintaining reason.

Fulham 2 – 2 Chelsea: Clint “Deuce” Dempsey played up to his nickname, dueling Frank Lampard to a stalemate in the West London derby.  Chelsea had more chances, but did not use them.  Scolari’s men have taken just 10 of their last 21 possible points.

Blackburn 2 – 2 Manchester City: I flipped this one off with about five minutes remaining.  Oops.  Daniel Sturridge and Robinho in injury time spoiled a competent performance from Big Sam’s boys.  City are two points above the relegation zone and Blackburn are two points below.

Arsenal 1 – 0 Portsmouth: It was one-nil to the Arsenal, but there wasn’t much to sing about.  The Gunners managed just one goal against Portsmouth’s porous defense, and that was from a defender.  Far from the beautiful game, Arsenal’s current group plays with neither invention nor competence in any facet of the game.  Relegation candidates Portsmouth have lost four straight.

West Brom 2 – 0 Tottenham: Tottenham succumbed from two late goals, but West Brom’s victory over the ten-man side was deserved.  Harry Redknapp, bizarrely, questioned the ref’s competency while admitting the penalty call. 

Everton 3 – 0 Sunderland: Without a healthy striker, Everton needed goals from midfield.  Fortunately, that midfield contains Cahill, Fellaini and Mikel Arteta, scorer of two early goals in this match.  Ricky Sbragia’s deal at Sunderland is now permanent.  Unfortunately, his salubrious effect may not be.

West Ham 2 – 1 Stoke City: West Ham scored a resilient victory, coming back from an early goal.  They were aided by Stoke City, who dropped to ten after Ricardo Fuller saw red for taking a shot at his own captain, Andy Griffin.  

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Boxing Day Premier League Results


Boxing Day is rough for all and, generally, Premier League defenders are not excepted.  With lapsed concentration get slapped haphazardly around the area, with goals raining in from every direction to the delight of spectators (See Chelsea 4 -4 Aston Villa).  This year, alas, only Manchester City and West Ham received the memo.

The Citizens stormed out of the relegation zone, beating Hull City so badly they looked as if they had met Joey Barton outside a McDonalds.  Robinho was fancy, but effective bagging a brace and imposing his flourish on an overmatched Hull defense.  The drubbing was so bad, Phil Brown refused to let Hull return to the dressing room.  Mark Hughes retrieved some of his pride after the loss to West Brom, but dousing the burner under his bottom after one match would be hasty.

West Ham won just their second Premier League victory in their last 13 matches, but it was impressive.  Carlton Cole and Craig Bellamy penetrated the casual and sloppy Portsmouth back line.  How does a team coached by Tony Adams concede nine goals in three matches?  Perhaps, they were too busy packing.

Arsenal drew Aston Villa 2-2 in the tastiest tie of the day, leaving Villa a three-point advantage for fourth place.  Martin O’Neill’s men comprehensively outplayed every Arsenal partisan on the pitch, except the goal post.  Arsenal then, inexplicably, went 2-0 up.  William Gallas gave away a legit penalty in the 65th minute, and Zat Knight, of all people, knocked in an injury-time equalizer.  Both sides could have won.  Both could have lost.  It was the fairest result.

United were big in Japan, and Carlos Tevez was just big enough to score the late winner against Stoke City.  United have scored just three goals in their past five Premier League matches, however they have not conceded and earned three 1-0 victories.  Given Liverpool and Chelsea’s inconsistency of late, Man U could be title favorites if they pick up their games in hand.

Liverpool’s Robbie Keane can be dangerous on a hot run, which he appears to have hit.  His two second-half goals in the 3-0 win against Bolton, as well as his equalizer last weekend against Arsenal have kept Liverpool on top of the table, shocking since this was their first December victory in all competitions.

The other contenders, Chelsea, earned their first home victory since Nov. 1 with their 2-0 defeat of West Brom.  Drogba received the central role, and scored his first league goal since March after three minutes.  Trim, reliable Frank scored in first-half injury time.  Chelsea put the game away.

Wigan vanquished Newcastle 2-1, with Ryan Taylor again tormenting the barcodes.  Approximately 80,000 combined people witnessed Tottenham – Fulham and Sunderland 0 – Blackburn 0.  They went home profoundly bored.

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Saturday EPL Results: Steed, Big Sam and Ricky

sunderland-v-liverpool-1Hull City 1 – 4 Sunderland: Steed Malbranque had a goal and two assists.  How long before Ricky Sbragia gets the permanent job?

Bolton 2 – 1 Portsmouth: Much less impressive for Portsmouth than it looks.  Could Adams suck them into the relegation fight after January player losses?

Fulham 3 – 0 Middlesbrough: A workman like effort for Fulham, with a fair reward.  The Boro have just three points from their last six matches.

Blackburn 3 – 0 Stoke City: Big Sam engenders the new manager bounce.  With winnable games coming up, he could have them out of the relegation zone by New Years Day.

West Ham 0 – 1 Aston Villa: Both teams played hard, my man. Both teams played hard.  Lucas Neill’s sublime own goal deflection proved, without a doubt, why he’s worth £70,000 a week.

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Portsmouth Accept £20m Bid for Lassana Diarra From Real Madrid

lassan-diarraPortsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra likely will move to Real Madrid, after the club accepted a £20m bid for the 23-year-old Frenchman.

The former Chelsea player moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2007, but left for Portsmouth in the winter after becoming the victim of Mathieu Flamini’s ascendance.

Madrid initially bid £9m for the player, but Portsmouth held firm for £20m.  Portsmouth’s debt and pending sale, probably decided their acceptance.

If the deal goes through, it’s an excellent, if a bit pricy, signing for Real Madrid.  Diaara’s a versatile, skillful midfielder and can fill in for his unrelated namesake Mahamadou Diarra.

Manchester City had rumored interest in Diarra.

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Sunday EPL Results: Chelsea and Pompey Falter at Home


Chelsea 1 – 1 West Ham: After breaking their streak, Chelsea have played nervously at home.  Bellamy put West Ham ahead.  Anelka equalized.  Carlton Cole missed two chances and West Ham withstood the late pressure.  Zola seems to have settled.

Portsmouth 0 – 3 Newcastle: Leaving Newcastle has Michael Owen feeling frisky.  Pompey played well, but impotently in the first half.  Newcastle poured in three goals in the second, raising themselves from the relegation zone.  Defensive mastermind Tony Adams’ club have allowed 13 goals in their last six matches.

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Two Tottenham Fans Arrested for Campbell Abuse

portsmouth23Hampshire police have detained two of the sixteen Tottenham fans accused of racist, homophobic chanting directed at Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell during a Sept. 28 match.

Police picked out individual fans from match footage, engaging the public to help identify them.

Campbell has faced similar abuse from Tottenham fans since leaving to join Arsenal on a free-transfer in 2001.

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Sunday EPL Results: The Most Gobsmacking Solo Performance From Ashley Young Since…


Everton 2 – 3 Aston Villa: Joleon Lescott tumbled from gallant to goat in the space of one minute, scoring a dramatic equalizer and then being pantsed by Ashley Young seconds later for the winner.  The win keeps Aston Villa sniffing behind the Top Four.

West Brom 1 – Portsmouth 1: Pompey managed one shot on target, but used it as Peter Crouch saved them face in the second half.  The Baggies stay rooted to the bottom.  Portsmouth sits three points out of Europe.

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Sunday/Monday EPL Results: The Roar of Robin Van Persie


Chelsea 1 – Arsenal 2: Chelsea were best for a half.  Robin Van Persie was best for three minutes to give Arsenal the advantage.  They need to add some tooth up front in the transfer window.

Manchester City 0 – Manchester United 1: Waz got his 100th goal.  Ronaldo protected his coif.  Dimitar Berbatov was useless.  United picked up points on Chelsea and Liverpool.

Liverpool 0 – West Ham 0: The Hammer defense gave an uncharacteristically stern performance, holding Liverpool fruitless.  The Reds move into first place, but not impressively.  They still aren’t deep enough to rotate.

Tottenham 0 – Everton 1: God is great, but not for Harry Redknapp whose magic wears thin or for Yakubu, out for the season with an achilles tendon injury.  That may cost the Toffees a European place.

Portsmouth 3 – Blackburn 2: Pompey nearly blew their second two goal lead in four days, but Sean Davis’ substitute winner saved the victory.  Paul Ince is “frustrated, disappointed” and two points from safety.

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