Danny's Football Bluff

March 26, 2012

March 26th, 2012

The English Premier League is turning into a chokers paradise, with three top teams all dropping points in vital matches this weekend. Chelsea & Tottenham played out a groin grabbingly dull 0-0 draw on Saturday, followed by Manchester City drawing with Stoke City. As if to prove that they are still relevant as a top team, Liverpool followed suit and lost to cellar dwellers Wigan Athletic. The winner being scored by Gary Caldwell, who holds the Champions League record for most own-goals. It’s all set up for Manchester United to claim a Steven Bradbury like waltz to the Championship. They play Fulham Tuesday morning Australian time.

Things are getting very interesting in Italy, with Juventus and AC Milan battling it out for the title. Only four points separate the two clubs, which put Milan fans in the very odd position of cheering on their arch rivals Inter when they played Juve yesterday. Inter have had a shocker of a season, and weren’t going to find form just to please their neighbours. They duly lost 2-0.

The A League final round played out yesterday, with only one real surprise. Fox Sports tried to market the last few matches as ‘Super Sunday’, but to no real excitement. Sydney FC saw off Newcastle with ease, Brisbane dismissed Gold Coast after an early scare, and Central Coast defeated Wellington. This gives the Mariners the Premier’s Plate, which is the trophy awarded to the team who finishes the season on top of the ladder. This is how the championship is decided in all the big football leagues, but not in Australia, as we need a grand final or else we don’t understand who has won. The only surprise was that the A-League forgot to take the Premier’s Plate over to Wellington, so the trophy was not awarded. However credit to the people of New Zealand who fashioned a makeshift trophy out of an Esky and Central Coast were awarded the ‘Champion’s Chillybin’ of 2012.

By the way, if you ever want to test how much of a football fan someone is in Australia. Ask them how long a league is, as in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. If they know it is about 5.5 kilometres then you know they are a fan. See every time you do a google search for A-League, it tells you how long a league is.

Here are next week’s finals:
Major Semi Final leg one – Brisbane v Central Coast
Elimination Final One – Wellington v Sydney
Elimination Final Two – Perth v Melbourne Heart

Have a look, they should be great matches. Well, except for Perth v Heart, sorry Jambos fans but I think Perth will thump you. Will be happy to be proved wrong.

Goal of the week –

January 16, 2012

January 16th

Brisbane Roar achieved a small sense of revenge against Sydney FC on Saturday night. Sydney FC were the first team to defeat the Roar this season, ending their unbeaten run and beginning their catastrophic string of defeats, however in the rematch Brisbane scored two injury time goals to snatch victory 2-1. Roar striker Besart Berisha was so excited to score the winner he accidentally grabbed the shirt of his opponent Pascall Bosschaart and attempted to celebrate with him. This misunderstanding was sorted out with a traditional all-in melee.

The A League transfer window begins tomorrow, with rumours abounding of trades and deals. Apparently the strong Australian dollar is being dangled as a carrot in front of many big names, although the Fox Sports website is taking ‘big names’ rather literally, naming both Bryan Bergougnoux and Julio Cesar Dailey Leon as possible A League signings.

Arsenal & Liverpool continue to frustrate the hell out their fans by not being able to win matches against smaller teams. Liverpool have a forward line worth over 100 million pounds yet could not score against Stoke. Arsenal lost to newly promoted Swansea overnight with the returning prodigal son Thierry Henry involved in an altercation with a fan after the match. Henry was quoted afterward as saying, “Why would fans abuse us? We have won every trophy possible in the last few years and yet they abuse us… Merde! I meant to go back to Barca not these losers!”

Inter Milan took the honours in the first Milan Derby of the year. If AC Milan had have won they would have taken top spot in Serie A. However Juventus remain on top despite dropping points against Cagliari. This blog doesn’t follow the Serie A too closely, but often goes with the assumption that Juventus are on top as they have the horrible cheating Fabio Grosso who dives his way to victory. Maintaining the rage since 2006.

Goal of the week: from the Egyptian league;

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