Scott Parker getting the Fulham job after Claudio Ranieri was a fairly unremarkable story when the appointment was announced. He is the club’s third manager this season and their relegation from the Premier League is almost guaranteed. His inability to halt Fulham’s slide into the lower league should not take away from the fact that Scott Parker is someone with a quietly remarkable career featuring a couple of unique records.
Last 2 encounters included a thrown bottle and an “almost” headbutt, that is the nature of the North London derby, always feisty!! We start the rivalry with the game preview featuring an Arsenal Fan Samuel who knows 1st hand what this derby means because he resides locally and Ono who is a lifelong Tottenham fan.
Filled with banter, laughter and some historical knowledge.
Gordon Banks, England’s world cup winning goalkeeper in 1966 and a legendary name in the English game, passed away last week. He was a very good goalkeeper who pulled off many great saves including a famous one from a Pele header at the 1970 world cup.
Banks managed to divert a goalbound header over the crossbar, using incredible reflexes and suitably aided by his gloved hands.
Four years earlier, Banks had been in goal as England won their first and only world cup till date. His gloves were more like gardening gloves and had better grip than many which his contemporaries wore. Actually, during that period, goalkeeping greats such as Alex Stepney and Pat Jennings did not even wear gloves at all.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started his tenure as the caretaker manager with a thumping 5-1 victory over Cardiff City and brought a breath of fresh air after recent times of doom and gloom. Though the sample size is too small and there are many more challenges to be faced, let us take a look at how Ole put up his side. We should keep in mind that Ole got just a few days to train this side and with time we shall see more of his ideas coming forth. We shall see how he copes with tactical battles when opposition will try to exploit United’s weak points. But that is a discussion to be had in future. Let us take a look at the match and basic changes implemented and try to take snippets from it in line of how Ole might line up United in coming days.
Folklores and superstitions are a part and parcel of football just like any other sports. With a sports driven so much with emotions, despair, joy, sorrow, attachment and all sorts of conceivable state of mind and with stakes so high, it’s no wonder that players and mob alike find either solace or astonishment amidst various superstitious stories. Today we shall discuss one of the most fabled saga of footballing folklore, the alleged curse of Bela Guttman on Benifica.
Footballing world has recently seen an influx of young talents sone of whom promises to be generational talents.. Whilst young players like Mbappe, Asensio, Dembele etc are already established or are in way of becoming crucial cogs in footballing behemoths, there are waves of other young talents who are highly coveted by big clubs of tip leagues, Frankie De Jong and De Ligt are prime examples. In upcoming articles, we shall discuss about three new talents coming outside of La Masia, who are doing the right things and are receiving high praises. We shall analyse their strengths and weaknesses and shall evaluate whether they have the correct traits to make it in the long run. We shall start with the most underrated among them, Oriol Buesqets, ironically the name sake of Sergio Buesqets, who despite being one of the greatest pivots to grace the football field, has been criminally underrated for a long time. [Read more…] about Oriol Buesqets : is he good enough?
Mark Hughes. Good Ol’ Sparky has lost his spark for a while now despite the best efforts of various Premier League clubs reaching out to him with their job offers in recent years. He eventually got fired by Southampton who panicked at the thought of heading further south to the bottom of the table. Mark is now marked with the unenviable record of being the first Premier League manager to be sacked twice within one calendar year.
As the saying goes, two kinds of football managers exist; those who have been sacked and those who are going to be sacked.
Which springs the question: When was the last season that all the clubs in the English top division finished the season with the same manager they had at the start?
It just seems it is inevitable that at least one manager leaves his position every season (either by consenting ”mutually” or not consenting but leaving with lots of cash to wipe away any tears).
The answer to our question is season 1965/66. Fifty-Two Years ago. 52 and counting. It must have been a truly care-free campaign because even the relegated (and relegation-threatened teams) couldn’t be bothered with typing a sack letter at any point during the season.
Blackburn and Northampton went down. Fulham, Sunderland and Nottingham Forest all struggled at the lower end of the table (in fact, the nine teams who finished above relegated Blackburn were separated by only four points). Despite this, all the managers who started the season finished it in situ.
It is highly likely that we will never see it happen again, due to the fact that the stakes are much higher nowadays and clubs get so twitchy because of the vast amount of millions involved.
So let’s stay tuned and observe the ”sack race” for season 2018/19.
This week’s episode features 2 scousers *yuck*: Dags from the fantertainment channel & a member of the footiefantasy team Ola. Good discussion about Liverpool’s season so far, banter and thank goodness “no hugs”..lol. This podcast was recorded on 10/28
It runs in the family. Through out the history of the game, there has been numerous examples of football talent and ability flowing through generations of families and siblings. From the Charltons, to the Maldinis, the Nevilles to the Schmeichels, football has witnessed family members having varying levels of success and displaying of different grades of skills.
Our weekly video podcast series comes back today focusing on the hottest topics making the airwaves featuring 2 Manchester United faithfuls talking about the future of Jose Mourinho & Success and failures of Ed Woodward . PS – This was recorded the weekend of 9/22