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The Overdone Defoe Transfer Completed

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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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Boro Reject Downing’s Transfer Request

stewart-downing5Middlesbrough rejected winger Stewart Downing’s transfer request, submitted to the club this morning.

“We received a transfer request from Stewart this morning,” chief executive Keith Lamb said.  “It was considered before being rejected.”

Downing cited the club’s league position as a reason for the request.  They have only 20 points form 17 matches, out of the relegation zone on goal difference.  Unfortunately for Downing, that’s why Middlesbrough can’t let him leave.

Downing, 24, was a graduate of Middlesbrough’s academy.  He’s made 191 appearances for the club over seven seasons.

Middlesbrough allegedly rejected Tottenham’s European value bid of £6m for Downing last week.  It will require closer to the young English value of £15m for the Boro to consider a sale.

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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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Headlines: Elano to Spurs?

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Spurs will sign Elano, because you can never have too many ball-playing attacking midfielders. (Caught Offside)

Gemma Atkinson called off her engagement with Marcus Bent.  I was sure that relationship had 60 years all over it. (Sports Crackle Pop)

Zenit are “hopeful” Arsenal spend silly money on Arshavin. (The Spoiler)

Ben Foster wants to leave Manchester United. (Soccerlens)

Fat and Orange are concerned over Arsenal board developments.

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Sunday EPL Results: Brought to You By Howard Webb


Arsenal 1 – 1 Liverpool: Contrasting styles produced an expectable stalemate.  Howard Webb, as he seemingly intended, was the belle of the ball.

West Brom 2 – 1 Manchester City: How much longer can Hughes last?  Will Kaka, Buffon and Fernando Torres handle playing in the Championship?

Newcastle 2 – 1 Tottenham: Duff’s late winner pushed Newcastle toward Europe.  Does any neutral not revel in this match being a relegation six-pointer?

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Headlines: English Women Don’t Use Bidets

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English women don’t wash their genitalia, says Napoli president. (Dirty Tackle)

The seventies were a pretty swanky time in Germany, fast forward to thirty seconds. (The Original Winger)

Naming Rights Stadium will deliver “the ultimate fan experience.” (101 Great Goals)

Kaka does not have a hernia. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

A riveting Souness-Tugay partnership will take over for Paul Ince at Blackburn. (Football365)

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Saturday EPL Results: Title Contenders Underwhelm

heurelho-gomes-spurs-190Liverpool 2 – 2 Hull City: Liverpool dropped points for the third time in four Premier League matches.  Gerrard’s brace evened proceedings, and the Reds stirred the pot during the second half.  But with Robbie Keane on the bench, Liverpool could not muster a third.

Tottenham 0 – 0 Manchester United: Spurs held the line despite injuries to King and Woodgate, with the maligned Gomes, surprisingly, making a crucial late save.  The goalkeeper relieved some angst, but Berbatov, the £30m man, will get more supporter scrutiny, as he once again went scoreless.

Middlesbrough 1 – 1 Arsenal: Adebayor scored early, but Aliadiere, who only tries against his former club, equalized to give Southgate his fifth result in a row against Wenger.  Arsenal missed the opportunity to pick up two points on Liverpool and Manchester United.  It’s sad when this is considered decent.

Manchester City 0 – 1 Everton: Neither side had a healthy striker, so it’s unsurprising that they battered each other boringly for much of the match.  What Cahill lacks as a pure striker, he makes up in grit, with his late header earning Everton a huge away victory.

Wigan 3 – 0 Blackburn: Pressure is pushing down on Paul Ince, as Blackburn succumbed meekly in their eleventh straight without a win.  Blackburn fans united with Wigan fans for chants of “You’re getting sacked in the morning.”

Aston Villa 4 – 2 Bolton: Gabby Agbonlahor doubled and Ashley Young scored another to secure Villa a solid victory.  The win moves them past Arsenal into fourth place.  Surprisingly, it’s only their second home league win since September.

Sunderland 4 – 0 West Brom: Sunderland built on last week’s moral victory with a tangible one, sparked by Kenwyne Jones scoring two goals in a minute.  The result moves Sunderland out of the relegation zone and places interim Ricky Sbragia in the permanent job discussion.

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Soccer Christmas Parties

Here is my latest soccer post for The Big Lead, a roundup of the Premiership Christmas Parties.

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Headlines: Giovanni Dos Santos Can’t Hold His Drink

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Tottenham’s Giovanni Dos Santos is a bit of a lightweight. (Off the Post)

Jermaine Defoe dates another busty, fake blond of questionable repute. (Dirty Tackle)

Gattuso is out for the season. (101 Great Goals)

Fabregas isn’t leaving any time soon.  Get over it. (SoccerLens)

Here are the 16 racist, homophobic Spurs fans.  (Unprofessional Foul)

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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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