You’ve got to give it to this kid, even though he pokes himself in the eye – he carries on anyway!
Whether you love or hate him, it’s impossible not to have an opinion on Manchester City’s Italian striker. Here are just some of the reasons why we think Balotelli is brilliant…
- He’s had over £10,000 in parking fines
- When stopped by police and asked why he had £25,000 in cash with him, replied “Because I am rich”
- While under contract with Inter Milan could often be seen wearing an AC Milan shirt
- Incapable of putting his own training bib on
- Picked a fight with Micah Richards. Have you seen the size of Micah Richards??
- When filling up a petrol station decided to buy everyone’s petrol
- Had a fireworks display in his own bathroom
- Threw a dart at a youth team player because he was bored. No one likes youth team players.
- Went into a university to use their toilets and stayed for 20 minutes chatting to the students
- Won £25,000 in a casino and gave £1,000 to a tramp outside
- Took his younger brother to a women’s prison to ‘have a look around’
It appears that it isn’t just André Villas-Boas and everyone else in England that think Fernando Torres is bang out of form, Vicente Del Bosque, manager of the Spanish national team has left Torres out of his latest squad too. With Euro 2012 just months away El Niño might want to think about booking himself an extended summer holiday, because anything less than a miraculous return to form wont be enough to book his place in the squad.
After their dismal performance in the 2010 World Cup, the pressure is on the England team to lift their game for Euro 2012. But the sudden departure of Fabio Capello has thrown their preparations in to disarray. The question on the lips of every England fan is – can a new manager slot in to place and boost England’s chances of a successful tournament or does Fabio’s departure sound the death knell for England’s Euro 2012 prospects?
Despite being slated by the media following England’s lacklustre showing in South Africa, Capello had turned the England team around. From failing to qualify for Euro 2008, England was undefeated in Euro 2012 qualification, under Capello’s leadership. His unexpected resignation followed his public clash with the FA over their removal of the captaincy from John Terry. His departure was greeted with messages of disbelief and support from his players. Despite occasional clashes when he had to impose discipline, Capello was clearly respected and well-liked, making him a hard act to follow. (more…)
Manchester United striker Michael Owen gave Piers Morgan a taste of his own medicine last week. Morgan attacked Owen on Twitter calling him a pretend footballer, Owen however was quick to respond and took a photo of his trophy cabinet and tweeted it back…
This week the pod discuss Arsenal’s dip in form, the ongoing saga at Chelsea, review all last weeks football matches and hear a classic Dean Windass story…
After failing to capitalise on his run in the Chelsea starting line-up while Didier Drogba was away at the African Cup of Nations, Fernando Torres is set to be dropped by manager André Villas-Boas for Chelsea’s Champions League match against Napoli this week.
Torres has been nothing short of a disaster since signing for Chelsea in January 2011. 3 league goals in 35 appearances is a horrendous goal return, particularly when you consider John Terry has scored 6 in 75.
For Chelsea fans it’s a case of history repeating itself after Jose Mourinho had similar problems with Andrey Shevchenko, another signing largely down to that of owner Roman Abramovich. It is however a little harder to understand with Torres as he is still young and should have his best years ahead of him.
Here at football-banter.com we predict that Torres will never be the player he was at Liverpool for Chelsea, he may find his feet again but not for the blues.
Everywhere you look there’s a story about player power these days and the fact that managers have lost the respect they once had. We take a look at 5 managers that command the respect of their players through their unparalleled success…
As Manchester United celebrate a victory over Ajax in the Europa League, all looks well on the surface for the Manchester Club. Dig a little deeper though and the cracks are starting to show.
AC Milan put an impressive performance in at the San Siro last night that did as much to showcase their talents as it did to highlight the weaknesses of Arsenel Wenger’s current crop of players.
Rarely have Arsenal been so dominated in European competition. It was a case of men against boys and the tie is all but over unless Arsenal can find one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history. (more…)