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can't be bothered doing a big one.
I'd love it if Michael Owen goes to Everton though
He's been linked with Leeds too.
that'd be brilliant. It'd be nice if Owen realised he could still do a job and dropped down a level though
Still not sure about it and ibthink Liverpool would want nearly all their money back if he came here. Hes not a £20-35m player
I can't see how he'd fit in your current system or why you'd want to change it. Of all the clubs linked, I think VIlla makes the most sense. Can't see them paying it but it makes the most sense.
1.Michael Owen to Leeds
2.Joey Barton to Sheffield Wednesday
3.Craig Gordon to Bristol City
If all three of these came off (I'm sure the last almost definitely won't), who do you think'd be getting the worst value for money for their ex-Premier League star?
Joey Barton would be fantastic at that level.
Michael Owen would be great if not for his injuries
Whilst I'd previously have said he's a great keeper, he can't be that good if he's genuinely being linked with us (still not sure if this is an internet rumour to be honest) as it would mean at least 40 English clubs who I'm sure he'd rather join hadn't come in for him.
So my suspicion is that he's too good to sign for us but, if he signs for us, he probably isn't. Which is a fucker.
on another board I went on (years ago admittedly), a Hearts fan who was in his 40s said he was one of the best keepers he'd seen. Massive hyperbole obviously but still.
And also, how many Premiership teams really need a new first choice keeper
- not as good as he thinks he is
- a total cunt
hopefully will provide competition for Boggers.
Elsewhere Tahiti have qualified for the Confederations Cup, some dude from Bangor City is on the UEFA player of the year longlist of 32 and Sheff Wed are keen on Barton. Doubt his ego will let him drop to the Championship though.
Agüero (Man City),
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid),
Balotelli (Man City),
Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund),
Casillas (Real Madrid),
Coentrão (Real Madrid),
Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua),
Falcao (Atletico Madrid),
Hart (Man City),
Ibrahimovic (AC Milan),
Kagawa (Man Utd),
Kompany (Man City),
Ozil (Real Madrid),
Ramos (Real Madrid),
Raúl (al-Sadd Sports Club),
Ronaldo (Real Madrid),
Rooney (Man Utd),
Silva (Man City),
Y Touré (Man City),
Van Persie (Arsenal),
spot the odd one out
where the feck is Gareth Barry?
He's identified by two words rather than one.
What do I win?
It's a common Dutch addition to names but part of the surname whereas Xabi is actually a shortening of the first name Xabier.
it was because one journalist in Wales voted for him, which is a bit odd
Torres for the win
to be a current European champion at both club and international level ...
Personally I'd say give it to either Drogba or Casillas. Probably better players all year round than both but they'd make the best stories.
Just you wait.
because he is an Ivorian playing in China shortlisted for European Player of the year
1) Pirlo, 2) Silva, 3) Ronaldo
Did anyone watch this, and if so was it any good?
but I'm pretty sure you can imagine what it was like
Which is potentially worrying.
GREAT TAKEOVER SO FAR BOYS, KEEP IT UP
Can see someone like Glen Hoddle getting the job, guiding Forest to about 14th, getting his P45 and the oil men doing a bunk, tbh.
Twats though they both are, they should probably just go for Warnock or Holloway.
there's no way we're finishing below 14th.
Bring back David Platt, that's what I say.
He essentially manages City's squad on a day-to-day basis, and has proved an absolutely vital figure at the club.
I used to have an unexplainable dislike of him, but from watching him in interviews it's clear he has an excellent understanding of the game, and from training, the complete respect of the players.
I think he'll go on to be a very good manager.
And he looks weirder than ever now.
Try not to get relegated (again)!
Even when he was playing for us I thought he was a fucking tosser. Also his head looks like a rugby ball on a kicking tee.
Anybody got that gif of his aborted celebrations at Newcastle? Too good.
One of my very favourite things
Dimitar Berbatov (Man Utd) to West Ham
Lewis Holtby (Schalke) to Arsenal
Luc Castaignos (Inter) to QPR, Liverpool, Newcastle, Spurs or West Ham
Michael Owen (free agent, formerly Man Utd) to Melbourne Heart
Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest) to Aston Villa
Robert Snodgrass (Leeds) to Aston Villa or Norwich
Claudio Yacob (free agent, formerly Racing Club) to West Brom, Arsenal or Man Utd
Kyle Naughton (Spurs) to Reading, Aston Villa or Southampton
Jamie Mackie (QPR) to Blacburn
Edinson Cavani (Napoli) to Chelsea
Kevin Mirallas (Olympiacos) to Liverpool
Paulinho (Corinthians) to Arsenal
Michu (Rayo Vallecano) to Swansea, Man Utd or Liverpool
José Salomón Rondón (Malaga) to Spurs
Akos Buzsaky (free agent, formerly QPR) to West Ham or Cardiff City
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) to Fulham
Giovani dos Santos (Spurs) to Malaga
Louis Saha (free agent, formerly Spurs) to Marseille or Lille
Simon Cox (West Brom) to Blackburn
Thorgan Hazard (Lens) to Chelsea
Also, for anyone interested in looking up Paulinho, he's José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior, as there are apparently quite a few Paulinhos. Who knew?
Reading are still negotiating a 2.5m deal
He is well known to possess extreme levels of mental toughness.
Can't see him leaving his stables behind though. It actually makes me a bit mad when players who only have a few years left don't just go abroad and see the world for free. There are teams in North America, Australasia, Asia who would play him whenever he's fit and treat him like a hero. Sod sitting on Everton's bench or whatever.
with his horses running in the Melbourne Cup, in November.
It's youth players who should go and play in America/Oz/Asia and then they can come back when they're 25 and totally, totally shit at football.
because he "wouldn't enjoy that level of football".
Well, FAO Michael Owen :
so I can't take credit for it, but yeah, absolutely classic stuff.
wouldn't it be weird for him going back now?
So far, I *believe* it goes like this:
- Young player playing in lower leagues in France, spotted by our scout wilt on holiday supposedly and out of contract.
- Packs his things up the next week and moves to Southend.
- Plays at centre back in first few games, scoring several times and getting sent off at the ratio of about once per goal.
- Gets dropped from team and goes AWOL
- Returns to team, playing as a centre forward, bags loads of goals (and a few reds)
- Ends up as a local hero and staff fight to stave off bids for him
- Goes AWOL again in sumemr break
- Hasn't turned up for training but is apparently hanging out with a few Premier League clubs having trials. As you do
What a guy.
Such a shame, injuries and never ending sacked managers hampered his progress. He gets lost against the bigger boys but he absolutely bossed Wigan, Swansea and Everton at LR this season. And my god the lad can hit a football.
Hear Forest are after him, would be a brilliant signing. And he's got a fucking brilliant song too.
pick that one out
That said, he's only worth buying if you play to his strengths.
Not sure either us or Chelsea would.
Micah Richards to Real Madrid for £8m!!!
maybe double for an international player
Let it go.
I for one aren't over enamoured, I never massively impressed me last year but everyone seems to love him and he isn't aged 35 so that's nice too
It absolutely wouldn't be a terrible move for all involved.
to us or to Inter, though emphasis is apparently on us. Hope we don't haggle too long and he gets bored and runs off to Inter.
Good because at least he won't be playing for another Prem club, bad because we'll never squeeze as much out of them as we would City.
Either way it'd be nice to just get it sorted quickly and move on, though I'd imagine we've promised he'll be involved in games/events on our Far East tour so nothing will happen until after that.
Juve obviously mean business this summer though, already signed Asamoah and Isla from Udinese, woof!
Would be the football thread of tripping on the stairs and trying to style your stumble into a strutting walk
and they need a goalscorer
Sheffield Wednesday have "thrown Joey Barton a lifeline" and are now peering down tugging on the end of their lifeline scratching their head and cautiously shouting "Joey? Joey?" while Barton gradually emerges from the shadows behind them with his angry face on and prepares to administer a really vicious dead leg with his horrible bony knuckles.
in the Sun Robin van Persie has been left out of Arsenal's "latest online catalogue … which does not even feature him."
"Now the £30m-rated Dutch striker is demanding fresh talks with boss Arsène Wenger," reports the Sun straight after the bit about the "online catalogue", as though drawing a direct correlation between the two and sketching out a scenario whereby Van Persie is at home searching excitedly through the latest "online catalogue", clicking and scrolling and with an increasing sense of disbelief, before turning to his entourage ranged in a respectful semi-circle behind his aluminium sliding computer desk, his face wet with tears, and saying "… they've … left me out of the latest online catalogue. I want – no, I demand – fresh talks with boss Arsène Wenger."
Andy Carroll is still being marched around the death star in a pair of binders roaring and raging and tossing his mane while imperial guards peer at their clipboards and say things like "Where are you taking that … thing?" Hraaaaaaunrrrggggggght!!! According to the Daily Mail, Carroll is "paving the way" for a return to Newcastle, where he once knew happiness. Wraaaarrrghgtggtgt!!! In the Sun, Carroll can go wherever he wants as long as Brendan Rodgers gets £20m to spend on a replacement. An initial bid of £12m was "laughed out of Anfield". In the Mirror, West Ham and Fulham are still hovering around in the background looking eager and friendly. Now. Will somebody get this great walking carpet out of my way?
in the pub after the Newcastle friendly on ESPN last night they showed Portland Timbers play LA Galaxy in the MLS.
When Kris Boyd (yes, The Kris Boyd) scored the opener for Portland a man came out pitch side and amongst a flurry of smokebombs and flares proceeded to chop a slice off the end of a giant log with a chainsaw.
It was very very BASEketball
That thing that happened after they scored started after an actual lumberjack called Timber Jim started doing it
They're the best MLS *Franchise* by a mile, their formation in the first NASL days is a really interesting story, they had a week to get a squad together and appointed some ex Villa manager who hastily assembled a squad which played second fiddle to the New York Cosmos and their star power.
DIFFERENT LEAGUE, SAME CURRENCY!
Which is one of my favourite bits of amusing commentating by an American.
God Bless the USA :')
what amazingness if true.
Materazzi going to Swindon
this is Marco's half-brother - ie not the aging Zidane baiting superstar. The below also alleges his trial's over and he's not made it.
COME HOME ANDY
If not we should do it, or at least get one of our Croatian mates to have a go.
Ignore. Going home now.
i'm glad i didn't ignore you steve
the law's really moving into MOWO territory, huh.
ohh it's all got a bit trickay!
Local police investigate. It's a perfectly sensible way for the law to proceed.
Why the tweet came about, the media coverage and the (likely) provenance of most police complaints are the daft thing.
it's not really that racist is it. It's saying the black guys are the goodies. Except ashley cole who isn't a goody cos of false consciousness.
Uh yeah.. im sure you could legally argue it's racist but anyone that actually gave a shit on race grounds is a bit weird imo.
and that any black person who fails to abide by that unspoken code of how black people 'should' act isn't really a black person.
I'd suggest any white person who claimed to be offended was being a bit silly (are there white people claiming to be offended) but, at the same time, it is basically proscribing how people of a certain race are supposed to act and questioning the legitimacy of anyone who doesn't act that way. In so far as it limits and straitjackets expectations of black people, it's probably reasonable to construe it as racist.
It's one of few racial slurs that stereotypes and demeans both black and white people.
I just thought it was a silly thing to say but it doesn't massively upset me whereas I'd have thought there might be some black people for whom comments like that are genuinely damaging.
Probably not really all that bad to use a term that implies black and white people are inherently different and exist in opposition to each other.
but wants him back.
he couldn't even get into the England first XI.
that can't be true can it?
not sure i've ever seen anyone pull this off down the park, let alone in professional football
quite surprised by this. he was definitely one of the better pundits. for sure