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UEFA Champions League 2011-12: Time for something completely different…

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Feb 142012

I know this won’t be Spurs-related (until next season!), but I thought
you might like to see the preview I wrote for the last-16 of this season’s Champions League.

We don’t have a premier league game yet, the FA Cup’s not until the weekend, so why not take the time as a neutral to take in a bit of Champions League football:

If you read it, thank you and enjoy!

Apr 252011

During the Old Firm match yesterday McGregor (Rangers’ goalkeeper) saved a penalty. It got me thinking that he could be Gomes’ replacement. Now saving a penalty doesn’t warrant much considering Gomes saved a penalty against Chelsea but he gave away that penalty. He has been impressive all season for Rangers and he doesn’t make dumb mistakes like Gomes.

I believe Cudicini’s contract expires at the end of the season and it doesn’t seem like Spurs will offer him a new one. That leaves Gomes and Alnwick. There is also Shay Given who we’ve been linked with. I would be happy to see either Given or McGregor at Spurs next season.

Now since we only need to sign one keeper I would take McGregor. We could probably get him for less than Given and his wages would be less and he’s also younger than Given but, I think Given is a more likely option considering we don’t know how well McGregor would perform in the prem.

Tell me what you think and who would you rather have if we were to sign one of these two players. If anyone that watches Rangers reads this I would like to know how well he performs considering I’ve only seen one Rangers match.

 Posted by at 20:56
Apr 182011

When I first saw that Bale won the PFA award I was happy for him. A lot of people like myself didn’t think he did enough to deserve it, but after thinking about it he does. Obviously, he was playing great but then his performances weren’t very good. Partly because of his injury but also because ‘Arry wasn’t resting him. Against Madrid he played very well with some runs.

Since all the players vote they are probably given criteria to consider. If you think about it he has conducted himself very well off the pitch. Unlike a certain Rooney. He hasn’t done anything he shouldn’t be doing (as far as I know). He is a very good role model and I think that’s why he won.

Looking at the rest of the nominees, Charlie Adam in my opinion hasn’t done enough yet. It’s his first season in the top flight so the other teams don’t know how to defend against him as well as they do against other players. Nasri hasn’t done anything since Christmas. Parker is a decent player but then again pretty much all the West Ham players either don’t care or are crap so they would make him look better than he is. If we were sign him and he plays very well then we know he is a good player but otherwise he’s the best player on a crap team. Tevez. Well on the pitch he is great. If it was based only on stats I think he would have won but off the pitch, well not the best person. VDV. Great before Christmas. Lost his form. Not sure if he isn’t fit or if he has a slight injury or what. If he wouldn’t drop so deep maybe he would have won from the goals and assists he could be getting. Last but not least. Vidic. Great player but off the pitch I don’t know much if anything about him so I’m not going to say anything.

Opinions are welcomed as I’d like to see what people think. Don’t criticize me too much as this is my first blog here. I have a few more I’m going to do throughout the week.

 Posted by at 20:02
Aug 112010

The World Cup exploits of England this year have been rather dismal. The only teams who have had as much of a dismal campaign as us were France and the 2006 champions – Italy. Both of the aforementioned teams were knocked out at the group stages whilst England got some payback for ’66 via a 4-1 humbling against Germany.

Following the tournament in South Africa, questions were then raised about how well the top-flight clubs were getting their English youth talent exposed to their fans and more importantly, Fabio Capello himself. The 2010 World Cup squad was full to the brim with old warhorses like Ferdinand (pre-injury), Gerrard, Lampard and Heskey. All four of those players are over 30 and may have played their last World Cup. A rather embarrassing curtain call on their international careers I would imagine.

The Premier League took action and altered the regulations concerning squad selection. One of them states that at least eight ‘home-grown’ players in a 25-man squad unless of course injuries ravage the team.

Sadly, this rule does not help one bit. Here’s why.

It doesn’t help to nurture English talent!

Richard Scudamore’s big idea was to ultimately bring new English talent to the surface, yet the rule implies that any young foreign player can be imported and placed in an academy for three years during their teens, thereby maintaining the trend of buying cheap foreign imports rather than looking closer to home. This ridiculous loophole still allows teams like Arsenal and Chelsea to tap up young French-African players or in Arsenal’s case pass off players like Almuniaand Fabregas as ‘home-grown’. What’s the damn difference!!??

Well done Scudamore; you have successfully wasted time, money and resources on making a rule which doesn’t actually achieve anything different, you plum!

The new rule is really only a [lenient] cap on how many experienced [foreign] players can be transferred to a single squad rather than a minimum number of young home-grown English players, the latter being a more effective idea.

As long as EPL clubs keep tapping up/signing players from abroad, English players who may have equal or even greater talent won’t get a look-in which is detrimental to any plan to win the World Cup any time soon.

All Scudamore has done is lit the touchpaper for a panic-buying of young players (‘stockpiling’) to ensure that clubs stay within the new rules for the required three years of teenage players’ development.

This liberal approach to allowing foreign players into EPL teams is how room for young English players to flourish was reduced in the first place!! Nothing has really changed!
It’s like when you have a problem with a single burnt-out fuse in one of your plugs at home. The simple act of looking at the actual problem (the broken fuse) is replaced by some aimless, knee-jerk reaction (e.g. ripping out the cabling). The latter doesn’t solve the problem and may make it worse.

Here’s what the REAL problem with English talent-nurturing is:

The real problem is the pricing of English players compared to foreign players.

English players are allegedly much more expensive to buy. Some would say they are overpriced. Considering England’s recent efforts at a World Cup campaign, those people are correct to say so. The stupid thing is, all players in actual fact are worth NOTHING! The only place where the monetary value comes in is if the player has a contract with a club. The transfer fee is the cost of breaking that contract (release fee). What if there were no money-induced contracts? Then clubs would have entire squads of English players without problems.

Alternatively, clubs should simply push THEIR OWN youth players through to the senior team quicker than they currently are.

I don’t want to make the issue sound like a politically-driven, xenophobic rant; and I’m not against foreign players in teams, but the large influx of foreign players into the Premier League since its inception has greatly reduced managers’ trust in younger, English talent to carry their teams through.

Scudamore-the big cheese at one of the most well-known football competition boards-fails to see this and instead makes an ineffective rule which basically leaves everything as it was.

The rule Scudamore made should’ve stated the following instead:
– All teams must have at least six home-grown players AND must be ENGLISH. Simple as.

If not that, then –
– All teams must have at least six home-grown, ENGLISH players with at least FOUR who have been in the club’s own youth academy for the ENTIRETY of their youth career.

I hate it how the Premier League have pussyfooted around the English youth talent issue for fear of being labelled xenophobic. It’s not xenophobic to want a greater proportion of English players in your teams in order to give England’s national team a better selection of players and a better chance in international competition. If it is, then Spain, France, Brazil, Germany and Italy must be complete racists……Oh, what a world!

And before you start quoting EU employment regulations to me on the comments, the UK have only wanted to dip their feet in the tepid water of European allegiance rather than swim in it completely (following whatever suits them). We don’t even have the Euro!!!

I propose the UK either join completely or back out completely in order to save English football. It’s not fair on other European nations in this little cabal and it’s not fair on England as a footballing European nation either!

Jul 032010

Tottenham Target Diego Forlan has spoken out over a move away from Athletico Madric. Forlan is currently at the World Cup with Uruguay where they await a semi final clash with Holland.

Forlan who has been in great for for Madrid and has now carried his form into the World Cup told reporters

“I am very happy in Madrid and I have three years left on my contract with Atletico. I will not go.

“Now I want to have another season as good or better than the one just completed.”

I don’t know if he means it of if this is just one of those things a footballer says all the time but if I am honest with you I hope he means it because Forlan is now 31 and we would pay well over the odds for him and if he fails in English football again then we would be lucky to sell him for even half of what we would pay for him. A fee of around £12 million for a 31 year old is just not good business and Daniel Levy knows that, but if Redknapp really wanted to sign Forlan how can Levy say no after the job Redknapp has done. I personally would rather see Klaas Jan Huntelaar join Spurs over Forlan. For the next few days at least, it looks like attention will be diverted to signing Joe Cole on a free.

 Posted by at 17:43
Jul 012010

Well, following up from Coxie’s article yesterday on our top 10 players from the premier league era, I decided to continue the theme and take a trip down memory lane to revisit some of our most memorable goals from around the same period.

When deciding on my final 10 I took into account not only the finish itself, but also build up play and the occasion/match in which it featured. There’s also an appearance for an effort that didn’t even count but the disgusting officiating that caused it to go unnoticed coupled with the opponents that evening, make it worthy of it’s place – i’m sure you’ll agree!

Anyway here goes : (Video at foot of article)

10 : Freddie Kanoute vs Everton – A stunning 35 yard volley from the Mali international.

9 : Tom Huddlestone vs Dinamo Zagreb – Thud drills in a sweet drive on the volley from the edge of the box in our UEFA Cup tie.

8 : Steve Carr vs Man Utd – The full back finds the top left corner with a screamer against title chasing United.

7 : Pedro Mendes vs Man Utd – The goal that never was – How far over the line?

6 : Jason Cundy vs Ipswich – Did he mean it or not? – Who cares, it’s a 50 yarder!

5 : Paul Gascoigne vs Arsenal – “That is … one of the finest free kicks this stadium has ever seen!”

4 : David Bentley vs Arsenal – Scoring from 40 yards is always special, even more so when it’s against your old club … and even more still when your old club happens to be that lot down the road!

3 : Erik Edman vs Liverpool – A 45 yard screamer finds the top right corner and stuns Anfield!

2 : Peter Crouch vs Man City – Not the prettiest goal in the list but maybe the most important – The goal that secured Champions League football at the Lane for the first time next season!

1 : Danny Rose vs Arsenal – What a debut for the young man, a superb strike and yes … it’s against that lot again !!!

So, do you agree? … Think I’ve missed anyone out? … Post any suggestions below !

 Posted by at 12:45
Jun 302010

Tha agent of Roma forward Julio Baptista has today revealed that he is to open talks with Spurs officials this week over a possible move to N17. Forward Baptista who is currently part of the Brazil squad still challenging for World Cup glory in South Africa, had a loan spell with north London rivals Arsenal in the 2006/7 season. Unable to convince gunners boss Arsene Wenger to offer him a permanent deal, the then Real Madrid man moved on to Italy with Roma where he has experienced similarly mixed fortunes.

Talking up a move to White Hart Lane, Baptista’s agent Juan Figer announced :

”Julio wants a team who will let him play more. He is now at the World Cup and when that it is over we will decide his future.

“He has a contract with Roma but everything is possible. He had a good first season but this year he has played less – although being at the World Cup at the moment with Brazil puts him in the shop window.”

This news comes soon after another of Baptista’s agents -Alessandro Lucci – denied that his player was set to leave the Rome giants : “He has many admirers, but no one has spoken to us or Roma.”

Valued at around the £8m mark, Spurs apparently face competition from leading Greek, Turkish and German clubs for the former Sevilla players services.

Would the former Arsenal man fit the bill for Harry Redknapp’s side or are there better alternatives available at the money?

Would his past Gunners links be enough to put you off?

Is he any better than any of our current crop of strikers?

 Posted by at 15:04
Jun 302010

Following England’s lame efforts in South Africa, unsurprisingly, Fabio Capello’s tenure as national boss could be brought to an abrupt end. I’m not surprised or even bothered by this as managers are quite rightly judged on results and the those achieved at the World Cup were simply not good enough. When you talk about potential successors however, one name is repeated with worrying frequency …… our very own ‘Arry Redknapp !!!

With this mornings reports stating that Roy Hodgson is set to take the reigns at Anfield by Wednesday, effectively ruling out the only other viable English candidate, the likelyhood of the FA turning to our man is increasing by the minute ! What’s even more worrying is when the bookies install him as favourite for the job, as they do tend to have the uncanny knack of getting these things right.

We can hope that the top dogs at the FA are deterred by the ongoing tax scandal and that the impending court action would be seen as unwelcome media attention for a man in the most scrutinized job possibly in world football, however you can’t help but think (and worry!) …… who would we turn to to replace Harry?

When you look back at our recent managerial history, (Ramos, Santini, Hoddle, Pleat, Graham, Gross ….) only big Martin Jol is remembered with any great fondness, not only due to the lack of success they brought but because they failed to instill any belief into us, the fans and the players, that they they were the right men to help us move on and step up to the next level.  A job that Redknapp has done with great aplomb !!

Looking to a future without Harry is even more worrying when you consider the options for a replacement ….. Guus Hiddink – possible but unlikely , Tim Sherwood – Got Harry’s seal of approval but no thanks! , Teddy Sheringham – Hopefully one day but not yet, Martin O’Neill – Mmmm? I have heard that Fabio Capello could be in the market for a new job soon though!

Possibly the only event that could ease the pain of a Harry departure would be the return of Big MJ? Remember – ‘He’s got no hair but we don’t care!’

Who would you like to see appointed if the worst was to happen?

Do you think Harry is the right man to lead England into the next World Cup?

Can Levy get in first and convince him that his future lies at the Lane?

Feel free to post your thoughts below.

 Posted by at 13:39
Jun 292010

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has today claimed that Spurs have won the race to sign highly rated duo Simon Kjaer and Edinson Cavani.

A 35m euro deal has apparantly been agreed for the pair who have been heavily linked with some of the top clubs in europe in recent weeks. Defender Kjaer, 21 was a rumoured target for several other premiership clubs, as well as Bayern Munich and Juventus, while German top flight club Wolfsburg had been linked with striker Cavani, 23.

Speaking to Sky Italia , Zamparini said :

“Tottenham have bid 35million euros, an offer we cannot refuse, seeing as the two players have both said they want to leave.

“We will reinvest the money for these players. The midfield is my biggest concern, whereas in defence and attack we are fairly covered.”

If these reports are true then we appear to be signing two top quality players – players capable of pushing us on to the next level and helping us to compete on the Champions League stage. While the Cavani deal appears to be a straight forward replacement for the outgoing Robbie Keane / Roman Pavlyuchenko though the Kjaer deal is a little more confusing. With Ledley seemingly ready to appear more than once a week if required and the form of Michael Dawson, coupled with the fact that we still have Woody , Bassong and Younnes Kaboul to come in to the side when needed – the question that needs to be asked is ‘Do we need to spend that kind of money on another centre half?’ ….. anyway, if these are the types of player we’ll be bringing in this transfer window then we have an exciting summer ahead !!!

 Posted by at 13:23
Jun 282010

Don’t blame it on the sunshine,
Don’t blame it on the goalline,
Don’t blame it on the Germans,
Blame it on the Blatter!

England started off brilliantly against the old nemesis Germany; plenty of possession, but a cheap route-one pass from German keeper Neuer to Miroslav Klose left haplesscentrebacks John Terry and Matthew Upson for dust as Klose scrambled his way to the ball and knocked in a goal. It was heading very much downhill from there as England’s confidence was immediately knocked as well.

The unthinkable happened and Lukasz Podolski scored another, but not so cheaply this time. It looked all but over for England now. But in reality it wasn’t. Matthew Upson, my own human Marmite jar, went from shocking to almost heroic when he pulled a goal back for England. Then, the game was about to turn to England’s favour once more when Frank Lampard blasted a shot which ricocheted off the underside of the crossbar and into the goal, but bounced out again.

The Uruguayan officials DENIED the goal.

In the second half, Germany took advantage of England’s misfortune by slotting in two more goals, which literally ‘muellered’ England. Yes, that was a reference to Thomas Mueller taking a brace in the second half.

The final score was 4-1 to Germany, when it could’ve so easily been 4-2 to England like 1966. The Uruguayan officials probably had political ties with Argentina and still felt a bit angry about the Falklands perhaps.

Oh well. We’re not going to know now, hopefully because they’ll soon be fired for negligence of the rules of football.

Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA, was AT Bloemfontein that night and saw with his own eyes a very good example of why he’s stupid to continuously bury his head in the sand when the footballing world cries out for goalline technology.

Apart from pure penny-saving, FIFA have no other valid reason for rejecting every call for such technology to be introduced. I will make holes in every point FIFA haveagainst it so that they eventually look like Sepp Blatter’s native cheese type -Emmenthal for those enquiring further. For even more information on the topic of Swiss cheese with holes in it, google ‘Swiss cheese’ or alternatively ‘Diego Maradona’s liver’.

But before that, let us look at their mission statement and what they stand for, besides profit like any business does (even though sport was never meant to be commercialised):


A) ‘Develop the game…’

HOLE – They have not developed the game much beyond the ‘silver goal’ rule in extra time, as implemented by current president Sepp Blatter.

B) ‘touch the world…’

HOLE – Rather than just touching the world, they’ve poked it in the eye with full force by trying to save money any way they can, notably by rejecting goalline technology.

C) ‘and build a better future’.

HOLE – Any new technology is for the future!!! In the past and in the present, officials have had to bare the brunt of outrage when they get a decision wrong and also have to live with it for a long time afterwards (ask that Soviet linesman from the 1966 World Cup Final for more details).

Introducing technology like this will ensure that officials’ decisions are corrected if wrong the first time and prevent backlash because decisions are final and they can change everything in a game.

…Integrity – They ‘believe that, just as the game itself, FIFA must be a model of fair play, tolerance, sportsmanship and transparency’:

Fair play goes out the window when a legal, above-board goal isn’t given. Tolerance? That’s a funny one, considering that they’re not listening to good ideas. Sportsmanship isn’t there if players are allowed to dive without being disciplined for it by referees being too gullible to deal with weak South American or Ibero-American players in particular. Transparency means you can see what their true agendas are. Judging by their persistence with rejecting goalline technology, one has to ask whether there’s a hidden agenda somewhere. Their reasons which I’m about to blow holes in don’t ring true to me, hence me blowing holes in them.

So here we go then. Fresh from the 124th meeting on March 6th of the IFAB regarding FIFA and their position on technology in football are FIFA’s reasons for not implementing goalline technology. Take everything written by them with a pinch of salt. You certainly will after you remember all the duff decisions made by officials over the years:

POINT 1) FIFA SAY – The universality of the game: one of the main objectives of FIFA is to protect the universality of the game of association football. This means that the game must be played in the same way no matter where you are in the world. If you are coaching a group of teenagers in any small town around the world, they will be playing with the same rules as the professional players they see on TV.

I SAY – It’s still the same rules!!! It’s just with technology introduced to verify officials’ decisions. If they mean ways of officiating the match should remain universal, that is also flawed. Lower tiers of tennis and rugby do not have ‘Hawk-Eye’ (tennis) or audible dialogue (rugby), but even though hawk-eye in professional tennis was initially opposed by purists, Hawk-Eye has now been widely accepted but with the compromise of limited challenges against an umpire’s decision. Technology in professional rugby has been welcomed without the call for it in grassroots rugby. Still, officials presumably confer with each other on giving tries at grassroots level if needed.


POINT 2) FIFA SAY – The simplicity and universality of the game of association football is one of the reasons for its success. Men, women, children, amateurs and professionals all play the same game all over the world.

I SAY – If it’s the same game, it should be the same rules, as in the ball being over the line means a goal, regardless of whether it hits the back of the net or not!


POINT 3) FIFA SAY – The human aspect: no matter which technology is applied, at the end of the day a decision will have to be taken by a human being. This being the case, why remove the responsibility from the referee to give it to someone else? It is often the case that, even after a slow-motion replay, ten different experts will have ten different opinions on what the decision should have been.

I SAY – Who says the referee would need to be stripped of responsibility at all? There’s at least two giant video screens at every major stadium which play replays and follow the game on camera. All the referee would have to do is watch a short replay of the issue at hand. Maybe the referee can alert the 4th official who can ask the screen-operator for a replay of the desired event.

I mean, all the 4th official does is hold up an LED monitor at certain points in the match (OOPS, MENTIONED TECHNOLOGY AGAIN. MY, MY, AM I NAUGHTY!). It’d give him something else to do. Seriously though, those LED thingies aren’t seen at grassroots football, yet FIFA and all other professional football governing bodies use them at matches.

What’s more, LED indicators aren’t vital, hence grassroots games getting by quite easily without it. At stadiums, substitutions and injury times are announced on a PA system anyway! That too is technology used by FIFA. So basically, they haven’t lived up to their mission statement of universality of the game. If they truly had, there’d be nothing electronic at stadium matches.

One more thing, technology is made by humans, so technically, human arbitration is always present in football. This type of human-made intervention (goalline technology) in football would help to REMOVE ALL HUMAN ERROR!


POINT 4) FIFA SAY – Fans love to debate any given incident in a game. It is part of the human nature of our sport.

I SAY – THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE’RE JUMPING FOR JOY WHEN OUR TEAM GETS SCREWED OVER FOR A LEGITIMATE GOAL!!! Fans also love to call governing bodies of football money-grabbing fat-cats because it’s commercialising football through countless adverts without caring for the spirit of the sport itself. Fans would still have other things to debate like team selection and individual players. I anything, some fans no longer want to talk about goals/offsides that weren’t or officials that aren’t!


POINT 5) FIFA SAY – FIFA’s goal is to improve the quality of refereeing, making referees more professional and better prepared, and to assist referees as much as possible. This is also the reason why refereeing experiments (such as with additional referees or the role of the fourth official) will continue to be analysed, to see how referees can be supported.

I SAY – ANOTHER WAY TO IMPROVE REFEREEING IS STARING YOU RIGHT IN THE FACE!!! Goalline technology would save an awful lot of earache for referees and assist them as much as possible like they aim to do. FIFA aren’t even prepared to experiment with goalline technology. Despicable stubbornness prevails here.


POINT 6 – PART A) FIFA SAY – The financial aspect: the application [or testing] of modern technologies can be very costly, and therefore not applicable on a global level. Many matches, even at the highest level, are not even televised. For example, we have close to 900 preliminary matches for the FIFA World Cup™, and the same rules need to be applied in all matches of the same competition. The rules need to be the same for all association football matches worldwide.

I SAY – The cheek of it: FIFA have made MILLIONS from international tournaments, enhanced further by giant sponsorship/advertising deals. For the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, ticket prices have been astronomical! It makes Category A ticket prices at White Hart Lane look like a couple of pounds! Take a look at the following link:

Pay attention from here:

As you can see on their site, the best pitchside seats (Category 1) for a group game cost $160 each!!! That’s over £100 per ticket! Taking an average of the South African stadiums in use for the event-with both capacity and attendance considered-they take in 50,000 fans every time. 30,000 of those tickets would be Category 1 (along the pitch) while the other 20,000 would be behind the goals or in the corners (Category 3).

30,000 Category 1 tickets (pitchside seats along the touchline) sold per match at $160 each take in $4.8m (nearly £3.2m) every match. 20,000 Category 3 tickets (behind the goals/in the corners) sold at $80 each (approximately £53) take in $1.6m (just over £1m).

$4.8m + $1.6 = $6.4m ~ £4.2m per game.

$6.4m multiplied by the number of group games to which this pricing applies (48)
equals a massive $307.2m (around £200.4m) just for that phase of the tournament!

It begs the question of-apart from paying for energy bills (surely not all of the revenue goes towards that) and staff-where does the rest of the money go!?

Surely some of that revenue could be retained for use in experimenting with goallinetechnology at least, otherwise people may get suspicious of FIFA board members simply lining their own pockets. Wouldn’t look very good seeing as their aim is to contribute to the ‘good of the game’, would it?

PART B) FIFA SAY – The experiments conducted by companies on technology in football are also expensive. The decision of the IFAB, after careful consideration and examination of studies conducted in recent years, to give a clear answer on technology in football is also positive in this regard as these companies will now not spend significant amounts of money on projects which in the end will not be implemented.

I SAY – You need to test technology before deciding to implement it anyway! Duuuh!!!


POINT 7) FIFA SAY – The extended use of technology: the question has already been raised: if the IFAB had approved goal-line technology, what would prevent the approval of technology for other aspects of the game? Every decision in every area of the pitch would soon be questioned.

I SAY – What the hell is the difference between investing in goalline technology and investing in LED thingies, earpieces to communicate and signals in the linesmen’s flags which alert the referee of an offside call (the latter three technologies already being in force throughout professional football) besides the degree of usefulness!!??

The flags with signals are the least useful. The referee does have eyes (in theory) and it’s out of line with what Sepp Blatter said about ‘keeping the human aspect of refereeing in football’.

If FIFA wanted to keep refereeing soooooo human-based, why did they need to blow millions on flags that make a sound using one-button signal technology when the referee should be able to see the flag being raised/waved by himself???

Hypocrisy I say!


POINT 8) FIFA SAY – The nature of the game: association football is a dynamic game that cannot be stopped in order to review a decision. If play were to be stopped to take a decision, it would break up the rhythm of the game and possibly deny a team the opportunity to score a goal. It would also not make sense to stop play every two minutes to review a decision, as this would go against the natural dynamism of the game.”

I SAY – Union rugby is a ‘dynamic game’. Tennis is a ‘dynamic game’. I’m guessing whatFIFA mean by dynamic is that it’s fast-paced and would look very lacklustre if it stopped too often. Maybe so, but in football, referees may choose to play advantage on fouls. That’s enough to keep a game flowing as much as possible. In rugby, the game always stops for scrums and throws but that’s one of the rules and fans of that particular sport still maintain enjoyment. Only boring people get bored quickly and FIFArepresentatives sound like that right now.

It doesn’t take a massive chunk of a referee’s life to reconsider and look at a video replay (another good idea in my opinion). In rugby, tries can be reviewed. Can take a while but as I said, fans of that sport do not mind because it’s all in the name of totally fair and impartial refereeing.

In tennis, players can challenge a call (up to a MAXIMUM of three times in a game) and it’s a simple 10-second clip of the ball’s path and point of landing. A substitution of a football player takes longer than that!!!
What do FIFA want to do next? Deny throw-ins because it ‘stops the game’? Are you going to have all the subs just randomly throw a ball back onto the field to keep the game ‘flowing’ or will the game just be abandoned because it ‘slowed down too much’?

Give me a break!


IN CONCLUSION! – Compromise is something FIFA missed out in their mission statement. My proposal would be to introduce it but-like tennis-have a limited number of challenges (I would accept just one as that’s the usual number of controversial goal decisions in a match if any).

It’s not just the ball which had crossed the line on Sunday night, it was the level of FIFA’s stubbornness and unwillingness to discuss the issue with advocates of goallinetechnology. I call it a ‘Blatter problem’. *BDOOM TSSSH*

There is absolutely no point in having rules or professing them if you’re just going to forget those rules, one of which states that a goal is granted if the entirety of the ball crosses the line. Why does the net have to ripple for it to be a goal? You might as well not have a ‘back of the net’ and instead stick a badminton net there!!! At least it ripples immediately when something hits it!


It doesn’t need expensive testing (more money in FIFA’s pockets and pensions, ey?), the ripple is more ‘visible’ to even the most Uruguayan official’s eyes and doesn’t involve ‘TECH-NOLOGYYYY’, that word which-when said in the company of Sepp Blatterhimself-constitutes one euro being put into the company swear box.

I bet Sepp Blatter still sends messages to FIFA colleagues via homing pigeon!!!
Get with the future you want to build, not the past which you evidently want to live in.
I am now going outside to catch a pigeon with strong-enough legs to carry this much writing to Switzerland and back…

Jun 282010

With the national side on their way home from South Africa ,tails firmly between legs, silly season can officially begin! As Spurs supporters we’re used to being linked with every player under the sun, be they good, bad or indifferent. This season however with Champions League football on the White Hart Lane agenda, we are starting to be linked with more of the good and less of the bad and indifferent !

Links in recent weeks to players such as Micah Richards ,Luis Fabiano and Joe Cole have made a refreshing change to past transfer windows when we’ve been used by every player trying to negotiate a better contract with their current employers!

Todays whispers are of Mexican left winger Jose Andres Guardado Hernandez who is currently plying his trade at Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga. Guardado as he is better known, begun his pro career at Mexican club Atlas in 2005 before moving to Deportivo two years later for approx. £6m.

A regular starter for the Spanish side, Guardado – 23,  has scored 12 goals in 90 starts, providing 20 assists from his wide left position. It is thought that Redknapp had scouts at all four of Mexico’s World Cup games – with Guardado the focus.

Personally this is a player that I’d love to see at the Lane next season. From what he showed in South Africa he looks like a great talent – quick , good feet and an eye for goal – everything you’d be looking for in a wide man , and if a deal for Joe Cole couldn’t be made Harry could see the Depor man as a great alternative.

You never know quite what to believe at this time of year, but if this one came off I think he’d be a fantastic addition to our squad and with Champions League football on top of an already busy domestic season, we need as strong a squad as we can get!

 Posted by at 13:22
Jun 272010

A few of the papers are reporting that Joe Cole has finally spoken out about his future now England are out of the World Cup. Could he be heading for Spurs? I think so, Nobody loves a bargain more than Harry so you can bet your bottom dollar he will be doing all he can to land Cole. United claim they aren’t interested in Cole and will Arsenal pay his wages?. If you ask me we are firm favourites for his signature.

Spurs Target ColeJoe Cole has blamed “political reasons” for his release from Chelsea and will return to England from South Africa to consider his immediate future, with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal understood to be interested in signing him under the Bosman ruling.

Cole was “devastated” after England’s World Cup campaign came to and end via a 4-1 reversal against Germany in Bloemfontein. But now he wants to turn his attention to where he will be playing next season after the end of his spell at Stamford Bridge. Inter Milan and Arsenal are amongst the clubs being linked with a move for Cole.

“I want to get my future sorted as quickly as possible,” said Cole.

“My season for Chelsea wasn’t great for what I believe were political reasons rather than footballing reasons. Carlo Ancelotti, I love him, I’ve got big respect for him. I don’t want to go on into it now. It isn’t the time.

“It is not financial and it is nothing to do with Carlo. I love Carlo. I think he is a top guy and a top manager. I loved my time at Chelsea, I love the fans but it is a story for another day and I will tell it but now is not the time.”

Cole added: “I want to have a couple of weeks off, want to sort my future out as soon as possible, go on holiday with my family. Next season I want to have a fantastic season for England and whatever club I am out.

“The next contract I sign will be a footballing decision. I want to play in a more central position. I want a manager who has faith in me and I’m talking about club football here.

“It is a big decision for me and my family but I’m open to anything at the moment. I have purposely not spoken to anyone while I’ve been here because that wouldn’t be fair on England.

“My phone has been turned off but now I want to sort it all out.”

 Posted by at 23:15