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This Is Their Year?

The last time Liverpool won the league title was during the 1989-90 season which was then the Football League First Division. For years Liverpool fans had endured the pain of watching the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and recently the blue side of Manchester (City) lift the league title.

The Reds have not gone trophyless during this 23 year period though. They have won (3) three FA Cups, (4) four League Cups, (3) three Charity/Community Shields one which was shared in 1990, (1) one UEFA Cup, (2) two UEFA Super Cups and (1) UEFA Champions League title.  If you mention those achivements to any Liverpool they are surely going to enjoy talking about those triumphs but they will quickly mention not winning a Premier League title. Winning the league title is highly coveted on the Merseyside.

Could Brendan Rodgers be the man to lead The Reds to the promise land or will it be another season of heartbreak for Liverpool. Having started out the 2013/14 campaign winning three our of their first three matches once which included a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Anfield. Their fine for was achieved without their trouble but talented striker Luis Suarez. The Reds are currently in second place behind Arsenal by two points, it might be a too early to  consider them serious title contenders but with Suarez back and in fine form himself shouts of title contenders might just be right. The season has a long way to go and this can possibly change but this year could quite possibly be “Their Year”.

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It’s A Goal? Goal-Line Technology Approved By FIFA

Over the years football governing body FIFA have been under pressure to intro due  goal-line technology in football. At first fans were skeptical about the introduction of technology in football amidst fears it will slow down the match, some said it will take away some the excitement missed calls sometimes bring to a match.

In a recent meeting held in Zurich the technology was finally approved and will be done by using two systems, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef. This decision came was given the green light by the IFAB after passing a series of tests set out by FIFA.

Jerome Valcke (FIFA General Secretary) said they intend  on introducing goal-line technology in December for the Club World Cup in which will be held in Japan, the Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Over the years there have been many instances of goals being scored but were not allowed as the referee or his linesmen failed to see it. A few notable instances were Manchester United v Tottenham (Premier League 2005), England v Germany (World Cup 2010), Ukraine v England (Euro 2012).

The English FA haven been lobbying for this decision for many years and they have welcomed this news with opened arms.

“We welcome today’s decision by IFAB and will engage in discussions with both Hawkeye and GoalRef in the near future with a view to introducing goal-line technology as soon as is practically possible.”

Do you welcome technology in football?

 

Reading Wins Promotions To The EPL

A goal with nine minutes left on the clock at Madejski Stadium by Mikele Leigertwood secured a second promotion to the Barclays Premier League for Reading for the 2012/13 season. The Royals now go 8 points clear of third place West Ham United with two games remaining. The Royals have enjoyed a very successful lat few months winning 15 of their last 17 matches which placed them in such a great position.

It has been four seasons since Reading last competed in the top-flight of English football, in 2006 they got promoted to the top flight and surprised everyone by finishing in eight place but this success couldn’t be repeated and the following season and they were agonizingly relegated on goal difference.

Last season the Royals came close to promotion to the top-flight but lost to Swansea City in the third place play-off final, this season they have avoided the battles of the play-off by clinching second place automatic promotion spot.

Congratulations to Royals fans all over the world you deserve it.

 

Super Mario/Stupid Mario

The list of idiotic decisions by Mario Balotelli continues to grow as he shows once again that he’s an embarrassment to the beautiful game of football with another ugly incident added to his career.

In City’s match against Tottenham Hotspur the Italian international should have been sent off for a stamping on the head of his opponent Scott Parker, referee on the day Howard Webb failed to to what should have been done and send the troubled star for an early shower.

Mario famously asked “Why Always Me?” after scoring the opening goal in City’s 6-1 win over hated rival Manchester United after being in trouble for starting a fire in a bathroom a few days earlier after a fireworks display went wrong. Continue reading Super Mario/Stupid Mario

Soca Warriors Stunned By Sugar Boys In U-23 Olympic Qualifier

On November 26th The Soca Warriors were stunned by the Sugar Boys of St. Kitts and Nevis in an CFU Finals U-23 Olympic Qualifier at Warner Park. A hat-trick by Romaine Sawyers who is on the books at English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion and a brace by Javeim Blanchette.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 17th from a strike by Javeim Blanchette but the Sugar Boys were pegged back nine minutes later from a goal by Shahdon Winchester, at the halftime interval the scores remained level. Continue reading Soca Warriors Stunned By Sugar Boys In U-23 Olympic Qualifier

Racism In Football

The beautiful game of football is tainted with racism.
Racism has no place in football!

It’s hard enough to deal with the diving and dirty play that exists in football, when races gets involved it makes matters even worse. A few leagues that struggle with players being racially abused by opposing fans and sometimes their own fans are Spain’s La Liga and the Italian Serie A.
Samuel Eto’o who played for FC Barcelona was the target of racism in every stadium he played in during his time in La Liga.

Earlier this year In an eight day span four incidents of racism took place.

  • Roberto Carlos who once played for Real Madrid and Brazil had a banana waved in his face while in Russia.
  • In a Brazil v Scotland friendly which took part at the Emirates Stadium 19 year old Neymar was subject to racial abuse as a banana skin was thrown in his direction.
  • Exodus Geohaghon who is a defender at Port Vale was called the “N” word by fans of his own team.
  • Real Madrid’s Marcelo was called a monkey by fans of Atletico Madrid.

Continue reading Racism In Football

Ancelotti Sacked

Carlo Ancelotti’s time at Stamford Bridge has come to an end after a season in Chelsea ended trophyless, the manager failed to deliver on the high expectations placed on him by owner Roman Abramovich. When Ancelotti was given the job he was expected to win them the Barclay’s Premier League and get Chelsea to the UEFA Champions League Finals and win it in the process. In his first season at the club the Italian managed to win the double of the Premier League & FA Cup, a first in the history of the club.

This season was all to different for the London based club as they stormed out the gates and were destroying their opponents in fashion and had opened up a nice lead at the top of the table but that didn’t last too long as the club started to have some slip ups. One of the major talking points of this season was the firing of Ancelotti’s assistant manager Ray Wilkins last November, the reason for Wilkins departure is still unclear.

Chelsea had become very inconsistent after a bright start to the season and lost their grip of pole position in the league, things were going from bad to worse for the Blues and rumors of the manager possibly losing his job started to surface. With Chelsea still competing in the Champions League winning it seemed to be Ancelotti’s lifeline at keeping his job as Chelsea manager. Anchelotti’s fortune took a u-turn as the Blues started to regain the form they showed in the earlier parts of the season and mounted a run towards regaining their league title while getting the right results in the Champions League aswell.

This resurgence was just what the manager needed as Chelsea cut a once 12 point gap between them and now Champions Manchester United down to 3 points, with Chelsea managing a controversial but important 2-1 victory over United at Stamford Bridge, giving Carlo Ancelotti another lifeline in the process. This resurgence took a blow when Chelsea were eliminated in the hands of Manchester United from the Champions League 3-1 on aggregate leaving the Blues with only the league to play for.

The final chance of Ancelotti keeping was ended once again in the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford after a 2-1 loss to the now Barclay’s Premier League Champions. Now six points behind United with two games left Chelsea’s title hopes were all but over as United only need one more point to secure a record 19th league title which they got at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers. During a press conference leading up to Chelsea’s final match of the season against Everton at Goodison Park Ancelotti said:

“The club have to judge my job, be objective. If they decide to change it’s not a problem. You won’t see me crying or doing something. I will accept the decision of the club and find another ‘solution.”

Chelsea went on to lose the match 1-0 to a Jermain Beckford goal, a goal which was the final blow to the career of Carlo Ancelotti as the manager of Chelsea, the Blues finished the season in 2nd place above Manchester City only goal differential. I’m sure Carlo Ancelotti won’t find it hard getting another job anytime soon and a return to Italy looks likely to be the place for him.

…And Then There Was Two

Fernando Torres ended his scoreless drought against West Ham United but Arsene Wenger hopes of ending the Gunners trophyless drought continues. Arsenal’s title hopes took a huge blow when they lost to Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium.

Tamir Cohen’s 90th minute header gave his side all three points, it was a very emotional goal for the Israeli who broke down in tears after removing his jersey to reveal a picture of his late father Avi who had passed away last year in a motorcycle accident.

This loss has all but ended the Gunners title hopes as they are now nine points behind leaders Manchester United with four matches remaining. If the Gunners are to keep alive faint title hopes they’ll have to win their remaining games and hope both Manchester United and Chelsea who’s currently in second place have a few slip ups. The Gunners will welcome Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium next weekend and nothing but all three points will do.