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What The Soccer Guys Are Reading

ESPN Soccernet – Serbia hits rock bottom

Serbian hooligans force Italy, Serbia Euro 2012 Qualifier to be cancelled. The disturbances and violence lasted throughout the day.

ESPN Soccernet Blogs Do Sparsely Supported Teams Deserve Their Place in the Premier League ?

Interesting question, but a really simple answer – yes.

The Guardian – Which clubs’ fans have unlikely friendships with their rivals?

A list you won’t find Celtic and Rangers on.

The Herald (Scotland) – The absence of Scott Brown raises some big questions for Celtic

With Celtic midfielder and captain, Scott Brown, out for around 10 weeks, questions are aroused about the club’s talent.

Zonal Marking – Ireland 2-3 Russia: Irish outpassed & outclassed

The Boys in Green dropped their Euro 2012 Qualifier to a Russia team that outplayed them for more than 90 minutes.

Zonal Marking – The tall tale of Peter Crouch’s aerial abilities

Pundits and coaches alike say that Crouch is a better player with his feet than his head, but the stats tell a different story.

Sky Sports – Henry – We’re here to win

New England Sports Venture and its chief owner, John Henry, finally completed the takeover of Liverpool, and he has already stated his intentions to win.

The Independent – Robinho: ‘I would never protest against being on the bench’

But do I believe the talented Brazilian forward? No. He knows he is too good of a player to be watching from the sidelines.

The Independent – Mourinho rules out January spending

This can’t be true. Mourinho will be looking to wheel and deal some underachieving players (Karim Benzema for sure) for players that fit his team’s style and mold.

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What The Soccer Guys are Reading — Sept. 22, 2010

Wesley Sneijder was sold by Real Madrid last summer to make way for Kaka and Ronaldo, now he could be on his way back to Spain if Jose Mourinho has his way. Courtesy Paul Blank

The Independent — Serie A strike called off

Good news for Italian soccer fans: The player’s union and Serie A have come to an agreement and there will not be a strike this weekend. Players will play, and this weekend’s round of games will go on as planned. The player’s union and the league came to an agreement on six of the eight points of contention in the talks over a new collective bargaining agreement. The two sides will try and hash out the details for the remaining two issues at hand in the near future.

BBC — Sunderland’s Titus Bramble arrested over rape claim

Steve Bruce hasn’t had much time to celebrate his team’s miraculous, 1-1, draw with Arsenal on Saturday. Today, Bruce had to wake up and open the newspaper and see one of his summer signings topping the headlines. Titus Bramble has been brought into police custody because a woman has charged him and his brother with rape. Bramble moved from Wigan this summer to the Stadium of Light to bolster Sunderland’s defense.

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What The Soccer Guys Are Reading – August 25, 2010

Claudio Pizzaro (center) celebrates with teammates after he scored in the 105th minute against Sampdoria on Tuesday to send Werder Bremen through to the Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League. (Photo Courtesy Deutsche Welle)

Deutsche Well – Werder Bremen completes massive comeback to qualify for Champions League Group Stage

Werder Bremen completed massive come back against Sampdoria on Tuesday to earn a bid to the UEFA Champions League Group Stage. After defeating the Italian club 3-1 in the first leg last week, Bremen fell behind 3-0 on Tuesday, which put them behind 4-3 on aggregate. However, a strike in the 93rd minute from Markus Rosenberg tied the clubs 4-4 and sent the match to extra time. In the 105th minute, Claudio Pizzaro scored for Bremen to seal the its place the 32-team group stage.

The Guardian – Robinho refuses to play in Turkey

Brazilian Robinho has turned down contracts Turkish sides Fenerbahce and Besiktas after deciding life in the country was not for him. The forward spent most of the summer embroiled in a struggle to remain with Brazilian side Santos before Manchester City demanded he return from extended loan spell. However, City’s summer spending spree deemed him expendable. After refusing to sign in Turkey, Robinho claimed he prefers to sign with an Italian or Spanish side, as many of his countrymen have succeeded in both nations.
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Blackpool Premier Start a Dream

Blackpool FC's stadium is not your typical stadium in the Premier League. The club has had t rush construction because it was ruled unfit by Premier League officials. Courtesy Simon Povey

By Kevin Koczwara

Blackpool made its triumphant return to England’s top league with a bang after 39 years of dwelling in the lower league. The Seasiders’ thrashed Wigan Athletic, 4-0, at home to open their Premier League season. To say the least, it was an unexpected result but a welcomed surprise for most.

To say Blackpool FC is a small club in the Premier League is an understatement. The Tangerines’ home ground, Bloomfield Road, has a meager capacity of 12,555 seats — the stadium is in a remodeling phase and the club will add 5,000 or so seats in the future, many of which have already been added.

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What The Soccer Guys are Reading – August 16, 2010

Uncertainty no longer looms over the move of Craig Bellamy from Manchester City. The 31-year-old will be soon celebrating somewhere else. (Photo Courtesy lfotbol)

The Guardian – Manager, player relationship will finally see Bellamy off – Daniel Taylor

The weeks of speculation surrounding Welsh international, Craig Bellamy’s departure from overcrowded Manchester City are all but ended after manager Roberto Mancini banned the striker from all participation with the club. Bellamy is most recently linked with Cardiff City, Sunderland, Tottenham and Celtic.

ESPN Soccernet – Seasiders start dream season emphatically

After a promotion to the English Premier League, Blackpool were picked by many pundits to finish last in the league. But after the Tangerines embarrassed Wigan Athletic 4-0 to start the season, the Seasiders have started off on the right foot while Wigan have to cope with a tough early schedule and internal player issues.

MLSSoccer.com – New singing sees Revs shoot up standings – Kyle McCarthy

The streaky Revolution are currently on a eight-game unbeaten streak currently due to new signing, Illija Solica’s goal that helped the Revs past the Houston Dynamo, 1-0. Coach Steve Nichol praised his newest signing and thinks that more hard work and effort could help the Revs build into a better team perhaps aiding them into the playoffs.

Irish Times – EPL, England need dream team to believe in – Michael Walker

England is still feeling the lingering effects of a World Cup letdown and with a league that already has the top spots guaranteed to only a minority of teams, Michael Walker writes that the league’s ratings could feel the brunt of this lack of excitement. A team from the outside, like Everton, needs to create some drama.

The Guardian – Magpies staying optimistic ahead of Man U date – Louise Taylor

Former Red Devils keeper, Steve Harper and Newcastle teammates maintain a level head before today’s clash against Manchester United. The recently promoted Magpies found some interesting ways to bind together and form a sense of camaraderie that they feel can help them through their trip to Old Trafford and the duration of their season.

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Liverpool Slip (Again) and Madrid Moves Atop

By Kevin Koczwara

Liverpool lost to Wigan this week for the first time in the English Premier League era. It was a sad display from last year’s runner up.With Manchester City, Aston Villa and Tottenham all looking on, they must have been excited to see this uninspired squad.

Liverpool looked flat in their attack. They lacked the finishing touch and didn’t even register a shot on goal.Wigan was playing with 10 men behind the ball, but that didn’t stop Liverpool last year and it doesn’t stop the teams with Champions League aspirations.

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Cattermole and Cana Can

By Kevin Koczwara

Lee Cattermole played under Steve Bruce at Wigan last year. This year, he plays under Bruce at Sunderland, and he is thriving as the holding midfielder for The Black Cats.

The 21-year-old center midfielder was a hot commodity this summer transfer window with the likes of Liverpool rumored to be interested in the England U-21 International. But, Bruce got his man. Snapping up the youngster for a reported £6 million (Wigan made a £2.5 million profit), and in getting his man he has got a skilled, ambitious and strong midfielder.

What else did he get this summer in the signing of the youngster?

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Blue vs Red…Time to Pick Up Pieces

Petr Cechs suspension could have dire affects on Chelseas chances to win on Sunday against Liverpool. His prescene in net is huge for the Blues; he solidifies their strong backline.  (Courtesy Wikicommons.

Petr Cech's suspension could have dire affects on Chelsea's chances to win on Sunday against Liverpool. His presence in net is huge for the Blues; he solidifies their strong back-line. (Courtesy Wikicommons.)

By Kevin Koczwara

What to Watch

Liverpool v Chelsea (Sunday) at Stamford Bridge

The two teams have played enough times in the last few years to know what color their opponents underwear is. This is a clash of defensive minded and strong Chelsea versus the attack and flair of Liverpool. And both teams need to win to keep pace with the surging Manchester City and the steady Manchester United.

If last years Champions League clash between the teams is reenacted at all, then fans are in for a treat. The games ran down to the last minute with both sides powering in goals, tackling hard, and pushing their bodies to limits that were unknown. As a football fan, the clashes between the Blues of Chelsea and Red of Liverpool is a highlight in my schedule every year.

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