Let’s get the soccer roundup out of the way. Go here for weekend scores. The short of it: West Pork’s screwed. ManUre maintainted their lead at the top by beating Charlton 2-0. Chelsea remain six points back after a 3-0 win against Middlesborough. Hilarity of the weekend: Sheffield United 2 – Spurs 1.
Yo’ Mama Ain’t Got Nuthin’ To Do With Me
Martins tried to explain that he skipped the match to attend to his sick mother but the crowd wasn’t having it.
…The soccer fans literally held Obafemi hostage demanding to know why he was not in London for the match.
The fans had argued that if the former Inter Milan striker had played the match, the Super Eagles would not have been disgraced.
As at the time the fans quizzed him, Nigeria were three goals down.
The visibly angry fans asked: “Why are you not playing? If you were there, you will have scored at least one goal by now and Ghana will not have that the courage to play us out.”
Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel claimed he was forced to play after being pressured by the Nigerian FA and family threats. He played against orders from Chelsea doctors and manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho was reported to have been furious and Chelsea have made complaints to FIFA.
Nigerians don’t play when it comes to their soccer. Ghanians sure do. In the words of Pork-o-potamus X, “Only with Africans…Whether in Africa or Africans in London, mayhem.
I Don’t Know What You Come To Do But I Come To Pray
That’s all you have left if you’re an England fan. They suck enough to put a Tijuana donkey show performer out of business. England’s pathetic showing in their Euro 2008 qualifier loss against Spain on Wednesday once again proved that Second Choice Steve McClaren knows much more about dental hygiene than he does about soccer.
Middlesborough chairman Steve Gibson blamed Premiership clubs for his former manager McClaren’s obvious lack of sense.
What chances are English footballers getting at major clubs? Steve can only work with the tools he’s given. The Liverpools and the Arsenals – what are they contributing at national level?
What’s Boro contributing at the national level besides mediocre football and Stewart Downing? He and Joey Barton are exactly what England needs to save its Euro 2008 campaign. I suppose Gibson doesn’t remember Boro losing 7-0 to Arsenal or a fan throwing his season ticket at McClaren in disgust. I’m sure it has nothing to do with his lack of coaching sense or the FA’s abidcation of its duty to run football with some level of competence.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shot back at Gibson:
England were behind in developing players for years but they have worked hard to rectify things.
France started that in 1974. They won the European Championship in 1984 because we had an exceptional player [Michel Platini]. Then they won the World Cup in 1998 and reached the World Cup Final in 2006. That work began in 1974. It shows that the work takes 20 years.
The only thing I can say is that whenever England do not win it is always my fault, even when I am not at the game.
To put players in my team who are not good enough would not strengthen the England team but weaken the Arsenal team. I’m not at fault for England’s frustrations.
England is now third in their group behind Russia and Croatia with an upcoming match on March 24 against Israel. If they lose, they’re pretty much done. There will be a bunch of hand-wringing and moaning and then they’ll pick another incompetent English manager to make sure they don’t qualify for the World Cup in 2010.
Lassana Diarra Has Two Fathers
It’s great to see such an open-minded team.
Arsenal Finds More Young Boys For Wenger
Arsenal has linked up with the Colorado Rapids in an effort to expand their brand in the US and search for young talent. Wenger stated that the Arsenal board informed him the link was not a precursor to a club takeover. He did not deny that he was planning slumber parties for Rapids players at his home.
Changes Afoot At Liverpool
Liverpool’s new American owners have already started the changes at Anfield by introducing a new crest which better symbolizes the true nature of the club and its fans.