Monday, 25 June 2012

EURO 2012 Quarter-final: England v Italy

ENGLAND 0 - 0  ITALY 
                  Gerrard, 2-PSO-4 Balotelli, Pirlo, 
                     Rooney              Nocerino, Diamanti

England start off in a 4-4-1-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Hart  LB: Cole, CB: Lescott,  CB : Terry,   RB Johnson, RM: Milner,
CM: Parker, CM: Gerrard,  LM: Young, Ss: Rooney,  ST: Welbeck.
SUBS USEDWelbeck/Carroll 60  Milner/Walcott61 Parker/Henderson 94   
Italy start off in a 4-3-1-2 shape, starting 11:
GK: Buffon,  RB: Abate, CB: Bonucci, CB:Barzagil,  LB: Balzaretti, DPM: Pirlo, LCM: De Rossi, RCM: Marchisio, False 10: Montolivo  ST: Balotelli ST: Cassano
SUBS USED:  Cassano/Diamanti 78  De Rossi/Nocerino 80 Abate/Maggio 91

A Little look:
Italy go into this quarter-final losing only two out of nine attempts, while England have only won three out of ten and, more significantly, they have only beaten Italy once in nine tries before today. England start with the same starting eleven that beat Ukraine. Italy will keep the same formation as in the Ireland game, although they were without Chiellini who has picked up an injury, so his Juvenutus team-mate Bonucci steps in, along with Motta giving his place up to Montolivo over fitness issues.
WHY WHO AND HOW
"It's a game of two half's" and after inventing football, England have taken a back seat on the development of the game tactically. Maybe their biggest regret is making it a two half game, as they only ever turn up for the first. Here, there and everywhere; that's where Italy were better in this game; they made over double the passes of England today, with 744 completed out of 833 (89%) compared to England's lowly 269 from 364 (74%). The evidence is made stronger by the fact that Montolivo made the same amount of passes in the attacking third (39) as the top three England players combined. England were always going to give up possession, and while that's not a bad thing if you counter well,

Saturday, 23 June 2012

EURO 2012 Quarter-final: Spain v France

SPAIN 2 - 0 FRANCE 
 Alonso 18,90
Spain start off in their 4-2-3-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Casillas, LB: Alba, CB: Ramos, CB: pique, RB: Arbeloa, CM: Busquets, CM: Alonso , LAM: Iniesta, AM: Xavi, RAM: Silva, F9: Fabregas
SUBS USED: : Pedro/silva 64  Fabregas /Torres 66 Iniesta/cazorla 84 

France start off in a 4-3-3 shape.starting 11:
GK: Lloris, LB: Clichy, CB :Koscielny,  CB :Rami, RB: Reveillere , DCM: M'vila  RCM: Cabaye, LCM: Malouda   LFW: Ribery, RFW :Debuchy , ST: Benzema.
SUBS USED: Malouda /Nasri 65   Debuchy/Menez 64  M'vila /Giroud 79   


A Little look:
Spain go into today's game with the same starting eleven that played Italy; this meant we were treated to the joys of  a False 9 in action again. The French however, like every other team, had to change things around to deal with the Spanish. France have moved Debuchy forward into the front three and bought in Reveillere at right back, this change was made to deal with the width Alba gives along with trying to slow down the unstoppable Iniesta. They have also dropped Diarra for M'vila, along with brining in Koscielny for the suspended Mexes.

Friday, 22 June 2012

EURO 2012 Quarter-final: Germany v Greece

GERMANY 4 - 2 GREECE 
Lahm 39                                           Samaras 55
Khedira 61                                        Salpingidis 89
Klose  67
Reus 74


Germany start in their 4-2-3-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Neuer, LB: Lahm,  CB: Babstuber,  CB: Hummels, RB: Boateng, CM: Khedira  CM: Schweinsteiger, LW: Schurrle, CW: Ozil,  RW: Reus, ST: Klose
SUBS USED: Schurrle /Muller 66  Klose /Gomez 79 Reus/Gotze 80

Greece start off in a 4-5-1 shape: starting 11:
GK: Sifakis, LB:Tzavellas, CB: Avraam Papadopoulos, CB: Kyriakos, Papastathopoulos, RB: Torosidis CMKatsouranis, CM: Maniatis,CM: Makos  LM: Samaras, ST:Salpingidis , RM: Ninis 
SUBS USED: Ninis  /Gekas 46  Tzavellas/Fotakis 46  Makos/Lymp 71



A Little look:
Both teams go into today's game without ever tasting the bitter fruits of defeat in a Quarter Final of a European Championship. Germany feel at one with the Euro's; they have reached the final six times out of seven when making it past the group stage, winning it in '72, '80 and '96, which is more than any other nation. Greece go into tonight's game with a few changes. Tzaveals comes in at left back  for the suspended Holebas, whilst their creator, Giorgos Karagounis, watched from afar. This allowed Makos to be given a starting berth. Germany, knowing this game was going to be played in one half, mixed things up a bit by bringing in players such as Reus and Schurrle who are as fleet of foot and as sharp on the pitch as Stephen Fry's wit. 

Thursday, 21 June 2012

EURO 2012 Quarter-final Portugal v Czech Republic

PORTUGAL 1 - 0 CZECH REPUBLIC 
Ronaldo 79

Portugal start off in their 4-3-3 shape, starting 11:
GK: Patricio,  LB: Coentrao, CB: Pepe,  CB: Alves  RB: Pereira,  DCM: Veloso, CM: Moutinho, CM: Meirelse,  LFW: Ronaldo  FW: Postiga,  RFW: Nani.
SUBS USED:  Postiga/Almeida 39 Nani/Custodio 84  Meireles/Rolando 88

Czech Republic start off in their 4-2-3-1 shape Czech Republic starting 11: 
GK: Cech, LB: Limbersky, CB: Kadlec  CB: Sivok, RB: Gebre-Selassie, CM: Hubschman , CM: Plasil, LFW: Pilar, AM: Darida, RFW: Jiracek, ST: Baros.
SUBS USED: Darida/Rezek 60  Hubschman/Pekhart 86


A Little look:
Both teams will wing it today, it's not that they don't have a plan, they just both like attacking down the wings, staying deep and hitting on the counter. Gebre-Selassie has been very exciting to watch but will have his hands full tonight with the Portuguese  left side.Rosicky will be a big miss for the Czechs. Portugal have made it to the knock-out stage at every attempt (7) while the Czechs have played  two QF before this one,they won both without conceding.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

EURO 2012 Quarter-final's: A Little Look

CZECH REPUBLIC  V  PORTUGAL  21, JUNE Howard Webb (ENG) National stadium Warsaw 

The Czech's will have one more days rest before this Match and will feel luck is on their side; they looked as good as gone after the first game, and with Russia falling at the last hurdle, they will want to make the most of this second chance, but will be wary of the comparison to the great teams that came before. Portugal will feel that they are in the ascendancy and have got better as they have gone on; Ronaldo had a great game against Holland and if he reaches that level again, Portugal will be very hard to beat. This could well be a stop start game, as the Czech's  have committed the most fouls, 61, with Portugal coming Second with 53. 

GERMANY v GREECE   22, JUNE Damir Skomina (SVN) PEG Arena Gdansk (Gdansk)

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Group D: England v Ukraine Post Match Analysis

ENGLAND 1 - 0 UKRAINE 
Rooney 48


England start off in a 4-4-1-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Hart  LB: Cole, CB: Lescott,  CB : Terry,   RB Johnson, RM: Millner, CM: Parker, CM: Gerrard,  LM: Young, Ss: Rooney,  ST: Welbeck.
SUBS USED:Milner/Walcott 69  Welbeck/Carroll 82   Rooney/Oxlade Chamberlain  86

Ukraine start off in a 4-4-1-1 shape,starting 11:
GK: Pyatov LB: Selin, CB: Khacheridi, CB: : Rakitsky,, RB: Gusey, CM: Garmash, DM: Tymoshchuk, LM: Konoplyanka, RM: Yarmolenko, Ss Devic , ST: Milevskiy
SUBS USED: Devic/Shevchenko 69  Butko/Milevskiy 77 Garmash/ Nazararenko 77

A Little look:
England went into tonight's game with the added bonus of Rooney's return (who, in his one and only previous appearance at the Euro's, scored 4 in 4).  The team unit has been strong when playing reactive football, and they will feel they can build from their solid base. Ukraine will have to work hard to deal with  England's left. Shevchenko will start on the bench so Ukraine will have to up their level as, excluding Shevchenko, they have only managed one shot on target in the first two games.    


WHY WHO AND HOW
Ukraine started as expected; they pressed high all over the pitch, and the full backs played wide and pushed right up. This caused England a lot of problems, as the more attacking side (the left) was forced to stay deep; they were always worried about the out ball the full backs gave.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Group C Spain v Croatia Post Match Analysis

SPAIN 1 - 0 CROATIA 
Navas 88

Spain start off in their 4-2-3-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Casillas, LB: Alba, CB: Ramos, CB: pique, RB: Arbeloa, CM: Busquets, CM: Alonso , LAM: Iniesta, AM: Xavi, RAM: Silva, ST: Torress
SUBS USED: Torres/ Navas 60  Silva/Fabregas 73 Xavi/Negredo 89 

Croatia  start off in their 4-2-3-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Pletikosa, LB: Strinic, CB: Schildenfeld CB: Corluka, RB: Vida, CM: Rakitic CM: Vukojevic AM: Modric LM: Perisic  RM Srna, ST: Mandzukic.
SUBS USED: Vida/Jelavic 65 Pranjic/perisic 65  Vukojevic/Sduardo 81 

A Little look:
Knowing the danger that Spain hold, Croatia have dropped Jelavic to allow Bilic to push Modric and Srna further forward while Rakitic will come inside and play central midfield. Spain have stayed the same and will play the same game as they always do. Croatia have been very good going forward but not so when defending, and I believe this is the reason for the change of personnel and tactics.The key to this game will be how they deal with not having the ball for long periods of time, along with not  rushing things when they do get the ball.


WHY WHO AND HOW
Early on, -in the first half  as well as the second- Croatia set their stall up to close down very high and as one unit which caught Spain out a little. Croatia found it hard to keep this sort of pace up and as the half's went on, they started to press a little deeper along with the back line dropping off a bit. This played into Spain's hands, as they started to do what they do so well and gave Croatia the fitness class they never wanted to take.

Group B: Germany v Denmark Post Match Analysis

GERMANY 2 - 1 DENMARK
Podolski 18                                      Krohn-Dehil 23
 L Bender 80 

Germany start in their 4-2-3-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Neuer, LB: Lahm,  CB: Babstuber,  CB: Hummels, RB: Bender CM: Khedira  CM: Schweinsteiger, LW: Podolski, CW: Ozil,  RW: Muller, ST: Gomez.
SUBS USED: Podolski/Schurrle 64  Gomez/Klose 73, Kroos/Muller 83

Denmark start off in their 4-3-3 shape, starting 11:
GK: Andersen, LB: Poulsen, CB: Agger, CB: Kjaer, RB: Jacobsen, CM: Zimling, CM: Kvst,CM: Poulsen  LM: Krohn-Dehil,  RM: Eriksen,   ST: Bendtner.
SUBS USED:  Zimling/C Poulsen 78 Poulsen/ Mikkelsen 82


A Little look:
Denmark made one change, which was Poulsen for the injured Rommedle and Germany also made one change: L Bender coming in for the suspended Boateng. Denmark changed to a 4-3-3 with Polulsen coming into the center and Eriksen starting out wide Germany stayed with the same line-up and their  tried and trusted 4-2-3-1 formation.


WHY WHO AND HOW

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Group D: England v Sweden Post Match Analysis

ENGLAND 3 - 2 SWEDEN 
Carroll, 22                                       Johnson o.g 49
Walcott,64                                     Mellberg, 59
Welbeck,78


England start off in a 4-4-1-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Hart  LB: Cole, CB: Lescott,  CB : Terry,   RB Johnson, RM: Millner  CM: Parker, CM: Gerrard,  LM: Young, Ss: Welbeck  ST: Carroll
SUBS USED:Oxlade Chamberlain/Welbeck,81  Walcott / Millner,61
Sweden start off in a 4-4-1-1 shape,starting 11:
GK,Isaksson, LB,Martine Olsson, CB,Jonas Olsson CB, Mellberg  RB,   LM, R. Elm  CM Kallstrom CM,Svensson RM, Larsson SS, Ibrahimovic ST,Elmander
SUBS USED: Granqvist/Lustig 66  Elmander/Roesenberg 79 Elm/Wilhelmsson 81


A Little look:
Sweden  go into this game making a few changes from the last game: Rosenberg lost his place up top, Elm moved to the left, Svensson started in the centre and Granqvist went to the right back slot, which gave Jonas Olsson his first start of the Euro's. Hodgson made a slight change to his line-up, putting his trust in Carroll, this meant Young moved to his preferred position on the left. Ibrahimovic likes to move to the right side and with Larsson coming off the flank Parker, Young and Cole will have to keep their eyes open. Wellbeck may have to adjust his game slightly as Carroll does not use the ball like Young or Rooney.

WHY WHO AND HOW

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Group C Spain v Ireland Post Match Analysis

SPAIN 4 - 0 IRELAND
Torres, 4, 70
Silva,49
Fabregas, 83

Spain start off in their 4-2-3-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Casillas, LB: Alba, CB: Ramos, CB: pique, RB: Arbeloa, CM: Busquets, CM: Alonso , LAM: Iniesta, AM: Xavi, RAM: Silva, ST: Torress
SUBS USED: Alonso/ Javi Martinez 65 Torres/ Fabregas 74 Iniesta/Carzorla 80

Ireland start off in a 4-4-1-1 Starting 11:
GK Given LB: Ward  RB: O'Shea  CB; Dunne  CB; St Ledger  LM;Duff  CM;Andrews  CM; Whelan  RM; McGeady  ST;Keane  ST; Cox
SUBS USED: Cox/ Walters 46 Duff/McClean 76 Whelan/Green

A Little look:
The only change for Spain was the inclusion of Torres, this was to add depth to the attack although the Irish tend to sit deep and he likes balls in behind. Ireland will have two banks of four and the key tonight will be how they deal with the balls between their lines and how they proceed when they do get the ball back.

WHY WHO AND HOW

Group B: Germany v Netherlands Post Match Analysis

GERMANY 2 - 1 NETHERLANDS
Gomez 24,38                                      Van Persie 73

Germany start in their 4-2-3-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Neuer, LB: Lahm,  CB: Babstuber,  CB: Hummels, RB: Boateng  CM: Khedira  CM: Schweinsteiger, LW: Podolski, CW: Ozil,  RW: Muller, ST: Gomez.
SUBS USED: Gomez/Klose,72 Ozil /Kroos, 81 Muller /Bender 92


Netherlands start off in their 4-2-3-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Steklenburg, LB: Willems, CB: Heitinga, CB: Mathijsen, RB: Van der Wiel,  DCM: Van Bommel, DCM: de Jong, LW: Afellay, AM: Sneijder,  RW: Robben, ST: Van Persie.
SUBS USED: Hunterlaar/ Afellay, 46 Van Bommel /Van der Vaart, 46 Robben/Kuyt, 83


A Little look:
These two rivals, like most, are more alike on the field then they would let you believe tactically; they set up the same in a 4-2-3-1 shape and both keep the ball well. Lahm is up against his club mate Robben, and this will be a key battle along with the deep middle two of Germany and Holland and both number "10" roles.

WHY WHO AND HOW
This was a great game to watch even though both teams only had approximately ten shots each. They were both set up in a 4-2-3-1 shape although the application was different. The first point we will make was how

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Group A Russia v Poland Post Match Analysis

RUSSIA 1 - 1 POLAND
Dzagoev, 37                   Kuba, 56


Russia start off in a 4-3-3 shape Russia starting 11:
GK: Malafeev, LB: Zhirkov, CB: Ignashevich, CB: Berezutski, RB: Anyukov, DCM: Denisov, CM: Zyryanov, CM: Shiorkov, LFW: Arshavin, ST: Kerzhakov, RFW: Dzagoev.

SUBS USED: Kerzhakov / Pavlyuchenko 69, Dzagoev / Izmailov 79.

Poland start off in a 4-1-4-1 shape Poland Starting 11:
GK: Tyton, LB: Boenisch, CB: Perquis, CB: Wasilewski, RB: Piszczek, DM Dudka, CM: Murawski, CM: Polanski, LFW: Obraniak,  RFW: Blaszczykowski (Kuba) ST: Lewandowski.

SUBS USED: Dudka / MIerzejewski 73, Polanski / Matuschyk 85, Obraniak / Bozek 93.

WHY WHO AND HOW
Russia go into this game with the same starting eleven that started so well in the first. Poland have made a slight tactical change, dropping Rybus and bringing on Dudka to guard the defence, he will add a bit more support in the middle as Smuda will know how dangerous Russia can be in that zone. Obraniak will move to the left wing but is likely to drift infield, the only other change would be the suspended Szczesny making room for penalty hero Tyton. 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Group D: France v England Post Match Analysis

FRANCE 1 - 1 ENGLAND
        Nasri, 38                        Lescott, 31


England start off in a 4-4-1-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Hart  LB: Cole, CB: Lescott,  CB : Terry,   RB Johnson, RM: Millner, DM: Parker, DM: Gerrard,  LM: Oxlade Chamberlain, Ss: Young  ST: Welbeck.
SUBS USED:Oxlade Chamberlain/Defoe 77, Parker/henderson 79, Welbeck/Walcott 91.

France start in a 4-3-3 shape, starting 11:
GK: Lloris, LB: Evra, CB :Mexes,  CB :Rami, RB: Debuchy, DCM: Diarra RCM: Cabaye, LCM: Malouda   LFW: Ribery, RFW: Nasri, ST: Benzema.
SUBS USED:Cabaye/Ben Arfa 83, Malouda/Martin 85 




WHY WHO AND HOW
A Little look:
The inclusion of Oxlade Chamberlain on the left was a bold move as he was up against Debuchy, a very attacking-minded player, however Welbeck was the right choice alongside Young, as the French pairing of Mexes and Rami are awful at dealing with slick through balls played into the channels- this is how they conceded goals  before the Euro. They might have been better suited with Kosicelny, who would have been a better fit as he recovers well along and injects some well-needed pace. France have moved to a 4-3-3 shape, employing  Diarra as the deepest of the three.The inclusion of Malouda just off-left centre, along with Ribery, Nasri and Benzema, will be a big part of this game. The right side of England, and how Milner and Johnson work together will be key. 


Sunday, 10 June 2012

Group C: Spain v Italy Post Match Analysis


SPAIN 1- 1 ITALY 
Fabregas 63   Di Natale 60

Spain start off in their 4-2-3-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Casillas, LB: Alba, CB: Ramos, CB: pique, RB: Arbeloa, CM: Busquets, CM: Alonso , LAM: Iniesta, AM: Xavi, RAM: Silva, F9: Fabregas
SUBS USED: silva/ Navas 63, Fabregas/Torres 74 

Italy start off in a 3-5-2 shape, starting 11:
GK: Buffon,  LCB: Chiellini CB: De Rossi  RCB: Bonucci, , LWB: Giaccherini, RWB: Maggio, DPM: Pirlo, CM: Motta, CM: Marchisio, ST: Balotelli ST: Cassano
SUBS USED: Balotelli/ Di Natale 56, Cassano/Giovinco 65, Motta/Nocerino 90

WHY WHO AND HOW:
A little look:
Prandelli decided to set up in a 3-5-2 formation, with centre midfielder Daniele de Rossi playing in the back three as a sweeper/defensive midfielder, a role he has filled for Roma several times this season, alongside the left footed Chiellini to the left of him, and the right footed Bonucci to his right, giving good balance to the defence and tactical flexibility to the attack. With Italy's focus on getting men behind the ball Torres was always unlikely to start, this is because he lives off balls played into the Channel between the right back and centre back. With no space to run into, Spain were right to go with Fabregas who, under Pep at Barcelona, has been made to develop the tactical side of his game. He has played up top for his club a few times this year and has done well, although he is more of a false 10 then a false 9. 

Group B: Germany v Portugal Post Match Analysis

    GERMANY 1 -0  PORTUGAL
        Gomez, 72

Germany start in their 4-2-3-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Neuer, LB: Lahm,  CB: Babstuber,  CB: Hummels, RB: Boateng  CM: Khedira  CM: Schweinsteiger, LFW: Podolski, CW: Ozil,  RFW: Muller, ST: Gomez.
SUBS USED: Gomez/Klose 80 Ozil/Kroos Muller/Bender 94


Portugal start off in their 4-3-3 shape, starting 11:
GK: Patricio,  LB: Coentrao, CB: Pepe,  CB: Alves  RB: Pereira,  DCM: Veloso, CM: Moutinho, CM: Meirelse,  LFW: Ronaldo  ST: Postiga,  RFW: Nani.
SUBS USED: Postiga/ Oliveria 70, Meeireles/verela 80

WHY WHO AND HOW:

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Group B: Netherlands v Denmark Post Match Analysis

NETHERLANDS 0 - 1 DENMARK 
                                       Krohn-Dehil 24


Netherlands start off in their 4-2-3-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Steklenburg, LB: Willems, CB: Heitinga, CB: Vlaar, RB: Van der Wiel,  DCM: Van Bommel, DCM: de Jong, LFW: Afellay, AM: Sneijder,  RFW: Robben, ST: Van Persie.
SUBS USED: Hunterlaar/ Afellay70,   Van der Vaart/de Jong 70, Van der Wiel / Kuyt 85


Denmark start off in their 4-2-3-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Andersen, LB: Poulsen, CB: Agger, CB: Kjaer, RB: Jacobsen, CM: Zimling, CM: Kvst, LM: Krohn-Dehil, AM: Eriksen, RM: Rommedahl,  ST: Bendtner.
SUBS USED: Eriksen/Schone 74, Rommedahl / Mikkelsen 84 


WHY WHO AND HOW:

Friday, 8 June 2012

Group A: Russia v Czech Republic Post Match Analysis

RUSSIA 4-1 CZECH REPUBLIC
Dzagoev 15,79               Pilar 52,
Shirokov 24,
Pavlyuchenko 82,


Russia start off in their 4-3-3 shape Russia starting 11:
GK: Malafeev, LB: Zhirkov, CB: Ignashevich, CB: Berezutski, RB: Anyukov, DCM: Denisov, CM: Zyryanov, CM: Shiorkov, LFW: Arshavin, ST: Kerzhakov, RFW: Dzagoev.
Czech Republic start off in their 4-2-3-1 shape Czech Republic starting 11: 
GK: Cech,LB Kadlec, CB: Hubnik CB: Sivok, RB: Gebre-Selassie, CM: Jiracek, CM: Pasil, LFW: Pilar, AM: Rosicky, RFW: Rezek, ST: Baros.

Group A: Poland v Greece: Post Match Analysis

             POLAND 1-1 GREECE 
     Lewandowski 17,            Salpingidis 54, 
 SENT OFF:Szczesny 68,      SENT OFF: Papastathopoulos 44,


Greece start off in their 4-3-3 shape: starting 11:
GK: Chalkias, DF: Holebas, DF: Avraam Papadopoulos, DF: Papastathopoulos, DF: Torosidis MF: Katsouranis, MF: Karagounis, MF: Maniatis, FW: Samaras, ST: Gekas, FW: Ninis.


Poland start off in Their 4-2-3-1 shape Poland Starting 11:
GK: Szczesny, LB: Boenisch, CB: Perquis, CB: Wasilewski, RB: Piszczek, CM: Murawski, CM: Polanski, LFW: Rybus, CW: Obraniak, RFW: Blaszczykowski (Kuba) ST: Lewandowski.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Is Football Important?

By Benjamin Bloom                         

A good deal of perspective is needed when asking this question, no is the answer most self respecting football fans would give and, given the worlds problems, it is the right answer. So why do so many of us invest so much of ourselves into it? How it makes us shout for joy, and for some, weep inconsolably, taking us on an emotional roller-coaster for which we dedicate our lives. I used to feel this way about football but I have had a recent 'awakening'. It happened during one eventful night, a moment many, if not all, have had during their lifetime, a moment that changes your life forever, some people have many of these eye opening experiences. I had one of these

Footballers = Evil?


       BY  Benjamin Bloom

Footballers are stupid rich bastards. We know this because we're not stupid rich bastards, so it stands to reason that they must be. But I propose a solution to rid us good people of the bad that plagues us, one that is as dramatic as it will be effective. What we do is, we round up anyone that could potentially become parents to a stupid rich footballer and we sterilise them, that's right, sterilise them, it's the only option. I've thought long and hard about this so you don't have to, and you know you can trust me because I'm not a stupid rich footballer. Think of the glorious future, no more stupid rich bastards to ruin it (apart from bankers and politicians who are definitely stupid rich bastards), we clever poor, not bastard, people can play instead, and just to make sure no more stupid rich bastards happen again, we can turn football into something rubbish like bowls, and we can all just go and do something that shows how clever and poor we are, like going to a library. But hopefully that's before this stupid rich bastard government closes them all down.

Monday, 4 June 2012

How English football can change by staying the same

                                  BY BENJAMIN BLOOM 

Mistakes happen, they may be unfortunate, forgettable, tragic, or more likely, when it involves other people, bloody hilarious, and they happen more than we like to let on, but they happen none the less and that's something that has got me thinking (and writing). We humans seem to have a peculiar attitude when it comes to, not our own mistakes, but other people's. Henry's 'handball' against the Irish in a World Cup qualifying game when Swedish referee Martin Hansson allowed play to carry on resulting in a William Gallas goal, Frank Lampard's 'goal' being disallowed against Germany at the World Cup in 2010, Ashley Young's 'dives' to win penalties against Aston Villa and QPR in this year's Premier League season, and two years ago when I had a bad fall and luckily escaped without serious injury. Rather than being intentional somehow, these situations were not evil, malicious acts that were intended to bring misery, but honest mistakes that couldn't be avoided, apart from the tumble; evidently taking a t-shirt off whilst walking down the stairs is not the time saver one would assume. But in all these football situations you could easily (and most do) blame an inadequate referee.