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…)
This week the pod discuss Fabio Capello’s resignation, last weekend’s Premier League results and take a look at Aaron Ramsey’s bizarre connection to Whitney Houston’s death.
It’s hard to get excited about The FA Cup these days, the big clubs don’t take it seriously, even some of the small clubs put out weakened teams and no matter how hard the BBC try to tell us it’s full of romance, we can’t help but think the romance is dead.
We have however found a way to at least add some interest to The FA Cup. Gambling. The FA Cup does throw up some interesting fixtures and the opportunity to make a few quid from your predictions, here are the value bets from this weekend’s fixtures…
Following yesterday’s debacle at Old Trafford, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish and the man at the centre of the storm Luis Suarez have issued apologies for their actions.
In statements released on the club’s website, Suarez said “I have spoken with the manager since the game at Old Trafford and I realise I got things wrong.”
“I’ve not only let him down, but also the club and what it stands for and I’m sorry. I made a mistake and I regret what happened. I should have shaken Patrice Evra’s hand before the game and I want to apologise for my actions. I would like to put this whole issue behind me and concentrate on playing football.”
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre also felt the need to release a statement condemning the actions of the Uruguayan and stating that the club had been misled by Suarez who had previously stated he would shake Evra’s hand.