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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Younes Kaboul - the exception to the rule

They say in football, as in many other things, that you should never go back. Harry Redknapp is seemingly on a one-man mission to disprove that theory. On arriving at Tottenham, Redknapp re-signed several of Tottenham’s outcast players. Robbie Keane, Jermaine Defoe, Peter Crouch, Pascal Chimbonda and Younes Kaboul all were welcomed back to White Hart Lane
. Keane, Chimbonda and Kaboul had barely left the club when they came back. (The less said about Redknapp’s own flip-flopping around Portsmouth at the moment, the better – at least while the court case is on-going…)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

2012 Resolutions

I've been writing an awful lot over the last few months - but none of it for my own blog. I've been trying to get about a bit, writing with some success on ; thefalse9 ; and

I'm very proud of (most of) my articles, but actually quite ashamed that i've neglected this blog.

Thjis year, I'll be getting some clever ocmputer bod to update to a proper site (not blogspot of wordpress) and I'll get cracking with osme articles. Who knows... I might even let someone else wrtie one for me.

...anyway here's to a successful and fulfilling 2012

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Lee Bowyer - The article I shouldn't have written

Another, like Graeme Souness, who is set apart from the other inhabitants of The Empty room. But whereas Souness’ USP was being a world class footballer, Lee Bowyer’s uniqueness amongst his fellows here is the fact that he has no discernable positive features whatsoever. It can of course be argued that his career in its early stages at Leeds promised much, but that promise was not delivered upon, and therefore the only positive is in fact also a negative.


Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Champagne Charlie - Graeme Souness

Google has many, many uses. It can tell you how Jamie Oliver boils an egg, it can find you the latest starlet’s “accidently leaked” rudey nudey home videos. My third favourite thing about google is the autofill. Type in “scar” for example, and google suggests that you could be looking for “Scary maze game” “scarlett Johansson” or perhaps “scarborough”. It’s brilliantly diverse, I should think it is based on most popular searches or some-such widget. Quite what Scary maze game is, and how it’s been looked for than the wonderfully sculpted Scarlett, is beyond me. If you ignore the autofill suggestions, you put the blinkers on the internet, and you ignore the searching questions posed by your fellow man. Shame on you.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Transfer Deadline Day: Winners, Losers, Users and Abusers.

Joe Cole? He's got his favourite number on 26 his shirt again, and has made the short hop over the channel to France, joining league champions Lille on loan for the rest of the season. Poor old Joe Cole - one of our favourite players here at The Frustrated Footballer, despite his obvious skill. Joey's got what Liverpool aint this season - Champions League football. French football is on the up again. Not because of Joe Cole, well not entirely because of Joe Cole. On a perhaps more sour note, Lille had failed in bids for Chu Young-Park and Yossi Benayoun before landing Cole. Hopefully England's forgotten playmaker will find his feet in France, get a lot of games, and rediscover the form that made him one of the most exciting talents in english football - what? 10 YEARS AGO? MORE? Christ!

Reports that Joe Cole has been quoted saying that Lille are his boyhood club and "it's a dream come true" are as yet, unconfirmed.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Yaya Toure - The most offensive defensive midfielder.

Not offensive as in he’s rude, or inappropriate or anything like that. Offensive as in attacking, I’ve utilised the word more commonly used to describe Grid-Iron, in an attempt to make a catchy title. If you’ve read down to here and leave now, it was still worth it. I live for hits.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Zlatan Ibrahimovic / Samuel Eto'o + £45 million

The big one. The confusing one!
In the summer of 2009 Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved from Serie A Champions Internazionale of Milan to FC Barcelona. The fee, including a £20 million valuation of Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o was around £70 million. It was all done in Euros (They do that over there) but the exchange rate was 1=1.08 or something like that, so a rough figure in Pounds Stirling will suffice here.