During the past day or two the identities of the mysterious “Sky Sources” have been uncovered – in a café in Wigan. “Sky Sources” are usually the origin of any story Sky aren’t 100% sure about but want to be the first to report just in case, in true glorified tabloid fashion. It has recently been leaked that these sources consist of Dave Whelan. Whelan has excelled in his role of late, appearing regularly on Sky Sports’ 24 hour advertisement channel, otherwise known as Sky Sports News, as a primary source for many of the breaking stories of the day. He has kept close tabs on Roberto Martinez, who he affectionately calls “Roberto”, as Liverpool’s owners interrupt the Read more..
The world of football is more exposed than ever thanks to the internet. The global game has become increasingly more accessible, and the amount of people following the game online multiplies each day. Elementary translation services provided by services such as Google, or Bing, mean foreign texts can be badly translated and taken out of context; and every club, nation, manager, and player is covered by some blog, tweet, journalist or podcast somewhere in the ether. Football fans have never had it so good, as the overpriced TV channels show leagues from all over the globe, and even if you can’t access these the internet allows you to keep up with results and news in Read more..
Moneyball has been a buzzword in soccer football during the last year or so. Since John W Henry and the Fenway Sports Group took over at Liverpool FC, a lot of the attention surrounding the “Moneyball” method has focused on the exploits of the club, their scouting team, management, and of course the players. They have been the guinea pigs for a Moneyball experiment in football. John W Henry’s links with Moneyball/Sabermetrics are well documented, and he was even portrayed in the excellent recent film version of the Moneyball book written by Michael Lewis. Since mentioning in a previous article that these so called “new” methods could be simply common sense football management rather than Read more..
Liverpool are said to be in the process of signing Portuguese youngster Joao Carlos Teixeira. The midfielder has been imaginatively compared with Deco, and is a product of the Sporting CP academy in Portugal. Sporting are eager to receive a fee for their player, as his contract runs out at the end of this season, and as with many clubs in the current climate their financial problems mean that they are willing to sell young prospects to help balance their books. Having not played for the first team in Lisbon, Liverpool are likely to give him a start in the youth or reserve teams with a view to promoting him to the first team squad Read more..
Liverpool FC’s conduct during the Luis Suarez case has been embarrassing, misguided, and amateurish. Actually, no. An amateur club would have dealt with a situation like this with much more dignity. We have to accept that what Suarez said was wrong, even if we go off his evidence alone in which he admitted using the term “negro” once. Accept it because it was wrong, not merely because we have to accept it. For whatever reason, you will offend people if you refer to their skin colour, and we’ve recently found out that this applies at the opposite end of the spectrum, when Labour politician Diane Abbott found herself in hot water for using the term Read more..
Luis Suarez has been in double trouble recently; firstly over an alleged racial insult aimed at the French Manchester United full back, Patrice Evra, and secondly because of a middle finger salute he gave to the Fulham fans after Liverpool’s recent defeat at Craven Cottage. Negrito Suarez has claimed that the term he repeatedly used towards Evra – “negrito” – is a friendly term used in South America, Uruguay, and some other Spanish speaking countries, for someone who is of slightly darker skin tone and is a friendly nickname which is used even amongst team mates. Plenty of people have moved to back this theory up, and it has emerged during the past few weeks Read more..
Participants in the popular fantasy football game over at fantasy.premierleague.com will notice that Charlie Adam picked up some points for an assist from today’s clash of the English titans between Manchester United and Liverpool. It was certainly a case of a free kick won, rather than a free kick conceded, but it was an example of Rio Ferdinand going in for a challenge when perhaps he didn’t need to, of which there were many in this game. Luis Suarez was somewhat stifled in the first half by a Manchester United team containing four players who, if playing in what would be considered their best and most natural position, would be centre backs. Manchester United looked Read more..
Liverpool FC have been linked with yet another player (still interested?), Uruguay’s Copa America star Sebastian Coates, who currently plays for his home town club, Club Nacional de Football in Montevideo. Liverpool have been in the market for a centre back for most of the transfer window, having been linked with Phil Jones, Gary Cahill and Scott Dann amongst others, and the Uruguayan is very much in the same mould. The defender, who won the Best Young Player award, as well as his winners medal at the Copa America, would probably be keen to link up with his national team mate, and that tournaments MVP, Luis Suarez. With the Greek man mountain that is Sotirios Read more..
Liverpool have been tracking the progress of Mexican prospect Marco Bueno, and have decided to offer the player a 10 day trial with a view to securing a permanent transfer. The striker has performed well in the recent Under 17 World Cup, where Liverpool will have had their scouts tracking the progress of their own prospect Raheem Sterling, as well as assesing the quality of some of the other players on show. The striker will no doubt be lazily compared with Manchester United star Javier Hernandez, due to his nationality and the position he takes up on the pitch, as they are both the same – Mexican striker. The club have also been linked with several players Read more..
All these intellectual football blogger types love a new Liverpool signing. And, let’s be honest, everyone at the moment loves a new Liverpool signing. But whereas most will laugh in derision at the fee spent in relation to the quality of player, or compare the player with someone they recently signed for less, the football bloggers promoting via twitter – will mention Moneyball. First things first. Liverpool’s signings are loved by most other football fans either because their team has already signed Ashley Young, or their team hasn’t signed Stewart Downing. It seems only Aston Villa lose out in this, but if they manage to sign Charles N’Zogbia they might be laughing too. According to Read more..