Friday Night, 3 guys, few beers, ultimately leads onto football. Who was the best, best teams, ultimate skill, tricks, goals etc. This then led on for me and my 2 housemates to discuss a worlds eleven from our generation. This then led on to produce a world’s eleven between us, then when we found we had left out too many players we opted for a home and away 11 plus 5 subs!! The rules were simple, pick who you wanted from our generation and that player would be judged on his prime, for example if you picked Ronaldinho it would be from those amazing years at Barcelona. Formations don’t count. Best 11 playing in suitable positions.

 

Here’s what we came up with:

Home:

                                                      Schmeichel

Cafu                    Cannavaro                          Maldini                   R.Carlos

 

Beckham                     Vieira                        Zidane                       Giggs

 

                           Ronaldo                                    Henry

Subs: Kahn,Nesta, Roy Keane, Ronaldinho, Cantona

 

Away:

                                                Seaman

Thuram             Adams                  Desailly                A.Cole

 

Figo              Gerrard                   Gascoigne            Rivaldo

 

                           Raul                       Del Piero

Subs: Buffon, Davids, Stam, Bergkamp, Shearer

 

 

 

Here’s an honorary mention for players we wanted to include but just couldn’t:

Ruud Van Nistelrooy,

Dunga,

Davor Suker,

Pavel Nedved,

Christian Vieri,

Gabriel Batistuta,

Totti,

Patrick Kluivert.

The List could go on. Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi haven’t been included because we’ve picked players who had their peak and were amazing. Ronaldo, Messi and Kaka by right deserve to be in a side of best 11 in the world at the moment, but this is more of a list for consistently brilliant players over our generation.

 

So, I handed in my final assignment at University today and am now set for about 3 months off. So i decided to think of things that I wanted to embrace and really enjoy for the whole summer. The reason for this is that with so much time off I think it’s a good opportunity before my third year of University to have some fun and enjoy things before I get hit with all the work that comes with being a third year student!

Here’s my list:

1) My Blog – I plan to kick start my blog again and think that this is the perfect time to do so as I can keep writing whilst I’m off Uni and aim to do 2/3 entries a week, at least!

2) My Sports Blog at www.sportsnewsliveuk.co.uk. I have been writing a sports blog/column on this new  sports website for a month or two now and have been really enjoying it. It has big ambitions to become one of the leading sports websites around so it’s a great experience for me and I hope I can put some good work on the site!

3)My Xbox – Now this may seem like a massive waste of time to some people (except for hardcore gamers!!) I’m not a hardcore gamer by any sense of the word, but I’ve had my Xbox since December 2008 and haven’t really had much time to play it because of having uni work to do, so I plan to give it the attention it deserves!!

4) New Music – I’ve been getting into some new music recently, mainly British bands. I went to see My Vitriol (who were incredible by the way!) a week or so ago and picked up 2 new bands I liked from the support, Burn The Fleet (http://www.myspace.com/burnthefleetband)  and The Xcerts (http://www.myspace.com/thexcerts). The Xcerts especially were fantastic and I really liked the lead singers vocals as you could still hear his Scottish accent coming through which I really enjoyed. Through their myspace pages I got into two bands off of Walnut Tree Records – Portman(http://www.myspace.com/portmanuk) and Waiting for Sirens (http://www.myspace.com/waitingforsirens). Portman’s debut album is£1 off of the Walnut Tree Records site and includes 13 tracks and is a great debut album which I haven’t stopped listening to, so a complete bargain! The Waiting for Sirens 5 track EP was also £1 and again is fantastic. The Excerts, Portman and Waiting for Sirens CD’s have been in my CD player for weeks now and the only reason Burn the Fleet hasn’t been is because their EP is sold out!! So i think this period of time off will be a good chance to get into some more up and coming bands! Check out the bands I mentioned on their myspaces!

5) The Gym! I’ve been going to the gym for a fair few months now but haven’t been as often as I’d have liked because of uni and part time work commitments, so with 3 months off I’m going to draw up a programme and make myself look like one of the blokes out of Men’s Health magazine, well something like that anyway!! 

6) Politics – Most people would view this as a boring way to spend some of my summer but I’d like to learn and understand a bit more about politics and political issues etc, so I intend to learn some more!

That’s pretty much it for now, however as number 1 says I intend to keep this blog up to date! So I will be writing again soon! In the mean time, check out my football blog at www.sportsnewsliveuk.co.uk , I will have a new blog posted up this Wednesday!

Tottenham completed the re-signing of Robbie Keane today to join Jermaine Defoe and Pascal Chimbonda as players who have gone back to Spurs in the January transfer window.

After  a largely disappointing 6 month spell at Liverpool, Robbie Keane has returned to White Hart Lane for £12 million pounds and with Chimbonda lasting around 6 months at Sunderland and Defoe almost a year at Portsmouth, the reunion of Tottenham old boys makes a complete mockery of the transfer system.

The signing of ex players is fine by me depending on the time length between the two spells,  but I feel there should be some kind of transfer ban or rule against players joining clubs they left after such short spells. The players should give their new clubs a real chance and be loyal to that club, instead of the club that decided to cash in on them 6 months earlier. Although, it is Tottenham who have cashed in on Keane, making around £8million profit after selling Keane for £20 million.

There seems to be more of a loyalty to managers than to clubs in this footballing era as Defoe went back to Tottenham to work with Harry Redknapp once again who had coached him at West Ham and Portsmouth before he too jumped shipped and joined the Tottenham revolution. This is the same with El-Hadji Diouf who has left the Sunderland after a short 6 month spell to re-unite with Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce, who was his manager at Bolton Wanderers. Diouf joined Sunderland when Roy Keane was the manager and revealed he was happy to join Sunderland and signed a four year contract!

I think a transfer ban, or a rule against players moving after 6 months or a year as it just creates a total lack of respect for the contracts which many of the players earn substantial wages. Players should be loyal to their new clubs and new managers who pay their wages and to the people who pay to see and support them whilst following their clubs. The supporters of football deserve more from the players, a sense of loyalty and appreciation for them coming out in times of financial crisis and still spending money to support players, who it can be argued are very much over paid.

So with Keane, Chimbonda and Defoe back at Spurs, when are Sheringham, Ferdinand and Linekar coming out of retirement to don the white shirt of North London?

Following a weekend where all of the top four failed again to win (for the 2nd time this season), they have all been given very tasty champions league draws!

Last weekend, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool & Chelsea all drew, perhaps signalling that times are changing in the premier league and that perhaps it is becoming more of an open league. Is this the year the big four finally becomes the big five? For years now there has been debates about who would join the illustrious ‘top four club’, over recent years Spurs have been mentioned, Blackburn pushed for it, and this year Aston Villa look like a very determined side in a quest to break into the top four.

Today, the champions league was drawn and the big English clubs really are in for a test this year . With Liverpool facing Real Madrid (although their league form is quite poor at the moment, they are boasting a side full of quality as usual), Chelsea will face Juventus, an ageing side that still possesses enough quality to test Chelsea, Arsenal face Roma which is a very nice draw for them and Fergie’s United will face Mourinho’s Inter.

Fergie versus Mourinho, an absolute battle of the titan’s, something which I for one miss since Mourinho’s depature from Chelsea. The mind games, the touchline battles and the fierce contest on the pitch make for a great spectacle, let’s hope Mourinho’s Inter can produce the same contest that we used to get with his old Chelsea side.

This really is a test of the Premier League’s status as the best league in the world, with the top four struggling to pick up 3 points every week, and facing argueably some of the biggest teams in Europe, it should turn out to be an outstanding contest.

Having spent my saturday night, watching bits of X-Factor and Match of the day, it made me question a few things. First of all, It made me question the contestants on X-Factor. Me and my housemates were texting people at the time and all of them were raving about how good the contestants were, they were “AMAZING” and “Star quality”…comments which came from 3 different people, but we just couldn’t see it.

Now maybe its because we’re into a different type of music to what X-factor offers, but when the contestants sang with the real singers, like beyonce, westlife etc they were outclassed. Thats understandable you might think, but if these people are challenging for a record deal to compete with the likes of Beyonce etc what chance do they have?

Leona Lewis last year was a worthy winner, her debut album broke records and was highly rated by most. But apart from that i fail to see what x-factor has produced? If these people were really good enough, would they not get a record deal on the fact that they are good enough, instead of on a television competition? Maybe i’m just naive to the wonders of X-factor so if anyone can point out to me what i’m missing please do….

The other thing I noticed last night on Match of the Day, was “world class footballers” crumbling under the pressure. Dimitar Berbatov, £30 odd million Manchester United paid for him, and what did he show his former employers at White Hart Lane yesterday? Ok, he had flashes to show how good he is, but apart from that he was lacklustre. I’m sure as a premier league manager, when you spend a cool £30 million on a player you expect me to handle pressure?

We’ve seen what Cristiano Ronaldo did when he was booed constantly for getting Rooney sent off when playing England, he turned it on, took it up a notch and proved his class, proven again as he won the Ballon d’Or this year. This leads onto liverpool, £20 odd million on Robbie Keane, left on the bench yesterday against Hull, hasn’t really produced the type of performances many were expecting from the former Spurs hitman.

Now, I’m sure these players will make me eat my words and turn fantastic and win all sorts of praise from the footballing world. But, when you compare these sorts of prices and performances with the price paid for Ashley Young (just over £9 million) and his current performances, it does make you wonder what the managers and scouts see in these players that they think justify a fee of 20, 30 million pounds!

Now all we have to wait for is someone to pay £70,80,90,100 million on Kaka or Messi or Ronaldo…

The 2008/09 Coca-Cola Championship got under way this week, and looks set to be as exciting as ever.

Along with the 25 goals scored, the Championship included its usual excitement, surprises, controversy and shock results, aspects that in my view make the Championship one of the most exciting leagues around.

The biggest shock has to be Doncaster’s 1-0 win over a new look Derby County, leaving Derby without a win in an incredible 10 months and 23 days. Derby have been touted as promotion favourites in the run up to the big kick off, however Championship new boys Doncaster had different ideas on Saturday.

The weekend saw numerous debuts, including a trademark Kevin Phillips goal on his Birmingham debut, it also saw a miracle return for Southampton centre half, Michael Svensson. The new Southampton captain returned at the heart of Southampton’s defence in their 2-1 defeat away to Cardiff City.

The pick of the results has to go to Sheffield Wednesday who crushed Burnley 4-1. This demonstrated the surprise of the Championship, as a team who battled bravely against relegation last year, kicked off their new campaign with a fantastic result.

Another surprise was the results of the 3 newly promoted sides. With the exception of Swansea, both Nottingham Forest and Doncaster picked up points and started their seasons well. It looks as though picking the promotion and relegation favourites might not be as clear cut as it was once thought. This makes the excitement of the league as it is so tightly contested at both ends of the table, something which other leagues sometimes lack (take the Premier League and the Scottish Premier League as two examples.)

With the Championship now under way theres only one thing left to do; sit back, observe and enjoy!

A.F.C Totton have been crowned the champions of the Sydenhams Wessex Premier League 07/08.

With one game left to play against second place VTFC, Totton have won the league by quite a margin.

This is great news for the club, who have made real progress in recent times. The Stags finished runners up of the F.A. Vase trophy at the new Wembley.

Exciting times for the ever improving Totton team who are going to the next league with silverware. Congratulations A.F.C Totton!