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Mordern Day Slavery, Blatter’s Version

According to Sepp Blatter, aka Sepp Blatherer, a slave today is someone is being paid a hefty six figure salary and who is recognised as the worst cry baby of today’s footballing generation. It never seizes to amaze how an individual who runs the biggest supporting organization can spew such nonsensical stupidity and still keep his job. The sad thing we in the footballing world have come to expect this from him and just learn to ignore him or laugh at him or even do both simultaneously. His comments on the Ronaldo transfer saga was unwarranted and only serves as a mere reminder to his daftness and his ever growing list of gaffes as FIFA President.

So it is with quite good accuracy that Chris Toy portray Sepp Blatter’s lunacy with his latest comic strip (see below). He does a funny job of showing us how Mr. Blatter tries to validate his comments by equating Ronaldo to Jesus himself and even comes off more aloof.

Sepp Blatter_Slavery

Sepp Blatter_Slavery

Huntelaar in Old Trafford?

Alex Furgerson has hinted at Manchester United not getting involved in the buying spree which the big four normally partake in during the off season. But the gaffer cannot ignore the fact that his side does need one more player added to the roster. To be more specific a centre-forward, to be even more specific Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Last year he was on my wishlist of player I’d like to see in a United shirt, but instead we got Tevez and while Tevez is a talented lad but my main issue with him is that he is essentially the same player as Rooney – both in build and in style of play. Huntelaar on the other hand will bring a different attacking mindset to the United side, a person who is predator in the 18-yard box, who handles the long ball/crosses very well and most importantly is an out-and-out goalscorer. Putting Huntelaar into the United attacking system will bring back the glory scoring days, from a forward, like those of Rudd Van Nistelrooy. Plus, there hasn’t been a season ever more evident to United’s dire need for a consistent striker as last season:

PLAYER (GOALS)
Cristiano Ronaldo (31)
Carlos Tevez (14)
Wayne Rooney (12)
Louis Saha ( 5)
Ryan Giggs ( 3)
Nani ( 3)

Quite telling when a winger was out scoring our two top strikers combined last season and even worse when our top foward was severly off pace with the gunners’ Adebayor (24)…yeah that’s piss poor. We need our own version of Torres, our own version of Yakubu, our own version of Santa Cruiz and Huntelaar is the ideal buy to fill that role. Here’s hoping!

Strip of The Week

This is a new installation on The Spirit Within where I post up a funny sport related comic strip. This week’s comic strip comes from the genius that is Chris Toy over at Studs Up. Enjoy!

American Tourist @ Euro 2008

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A Transfer That Benefits England

With the Euro tourney done, the tabloids can now garner up their fullest concentrations to doing what they do best…printing up all manner of transfer rumors. One in particular that caught my eye recently was the supposed move of Barry from Villa to Liverpool. Now while I’m not a fan of anything Anfield I must say that I was pleased with this move and I do hope it goes through even though the buy is sort of redundant when looking at Liverpool’s roaster. Let’s for a second forget the fact that Mascherano, who in essence plays the same role as Barry, had a stella outing last season and instead remind ourselves of Rafa’s rotational system.

I said I supported this move earlier mainly because I am a England supporter. With Barry and Gerrard training and playing together, their understanding of each other’s play on the pitch will only improve and any fan of England, unless you are Lampard, should be excited at what this means for the Three Lions. Most importantly the debate of who should partner Gerrard in the middle would hopefully stop, especially when everyone on a regurlar basis sees how both work well together.

With World Cup qualification approaching Capello needs to start penciling down his final starting IX and formation soon. The quicker he settles on a striking partner for Ronney, a right winger (Golden Balls is not the answer, if we’ve learnt anything from the Euros it is that youth & hunger breeds a winning team) and who partner’s Gerrard in central midfield the better our chances of moving foward into a new era of football in England.

Sexy Football And LA GALAXY, A Rocky Relationship

After a full recovery from my binge drinking celebrating Manchester United’s League triumph and FC United of Manchester’s third consecutive promotion, it’s time of some LA Galaxy hating. They’re due one, plus I’m in a good mood and Lalas is still there fucking up the organization.

Last year when Frank Yallaop was unfairly ran out of LA by Galaxy’s management I became interested as to whom his replacement was going to be. I was intrigued because of Lalas’ comments stating that they were looking to bring in an outside-the- MLS big name coach. So I especially wanted to know who the hell was lunatic enough to take up the joke that is being called the LA Galaxy coach, where you have no say on personnel being brought in or traded, where you have argueablely a very weak roaster – talent wise, and oh yeah, the media frenzy surrounding Ol’ Golden Balls. So I wondered, which self respecting international calibre coach is Lalas capable of bull-shitting into signing the dotted lines at LA? Enter Ruud Gullit.

Appearrently Guillt was not doing much television watching or research during his two year hiatus from coaching. How else will would you explain him signing for the Galaxy and only after a few months into the season he’s whining about how he can’t play sexy football due to the lack of talent and then just recently bitching about how the team lacks leadership. All these things didn’t just manifest overnight, they’ve been part of the LA Galaxy since inception but rather than address those stiuations management were far more concerned with filling the stadium seats with soccer moms and their children who want to droll over golden balls. If Gullit thinks times are hard now, I’d love to hear him when golden balls, landy cakes and ruiz (his three most productive players) are called up for international duty. With just earning eight points out a possible twenty-one Ruud Gulliet needs to find a way to get production out of his frindge players because playing golden balls and landy cakes every minute of every game is definitely not a season long solution.

For All That Is Pure & Good…

…about the game of football. This is what F.C. United of Manchester represents and their continued ascension through the English league structure is a testament to the fact that a club doesn’t need to sell its soul to succeed in today’s football. Yesterday, FCUoM beat Skelmerdale 4-1 in the playoff final to earn promotion, their third successive, to the Unibond Premier League. This recent promotion now puts them two leagues away from Conference League and who knows with the rate that these lads are going could be in the Premier League ten years from now *knock on wood*.

With their solid fan base and fantastic management/board F.C. United of Manchester success should continue and with that bring back what is lost in football today, especially in the Premier League, or the very least remind us of the days when football was just that…Football – pure in the beauty of simplicity.

Image From Andy Barker

Thoughts on The French Friendly

Becks get subbedI must admit, when I saw the starting line up for England before the friendly against France I was a bit dissappointed because it reminding me of the McClown reign. But I will refrain from the Cappello rants because I’m still giving hime benefit of the doubt and also remembering that Rome wasn’t built in one day.

Instead I’d imagine that Cappello was using this game a means to identify which ol’ guard to drop and what formations best utilizes the players he has on hand. Now England performance wasn’t dreadful but it wasn’t inspiring either, they managed to keep ball possession (for the first half anyway) and were a bit structured. But what was quite evident was the lack of width and creativity from the England side and this I think should let Cappello know that the reign of Golden Balls has is neigh. Becks lacked pace, it said a lot when Wes Brown was overlapping him down the flank,  as well as the ability to taken on oppossing defenders one-on-one. Sure his has great pinpoint passing but when you standing around pinging passes you and your team mates become predictable therefore very easy to defend so those passes pose no threat to the opposition. Terry’s performance was quite as forgettable, which is uncommon for the lad, his man-marking wasn’t consistent and his mental lapses occurred more than usual. Micheal Owen in my book shouldn’t be in an England squad again, plain and simple. On the formation front, Cappello needs to drop the lone striker formation business. England does not have an out-and-out center forward and should starting looking to partner Rooney with someone. And what was more telling this that most team in today’s football are more adept and defending lone-striker formations especially when you don’t have a scoring threat from midfield.

So I’m looking to see quite a few changes in terms of personnel on the pitch and formation for the friendly against USA. Speaking of the USA friendly, I was happy to see ol’ golden balls get his 100th cap against France because, to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to the media frenzy/arse kissing ESPN would be engaged in towards golden balls had he gotten that cap against the USA.