Wenger’s Last Chance – Football Banter Podcast

After Roy Hodgson sent us all to sleep with England’s drab performance against Denmark we reflect on a World Cup with Roy in charge, debate whether Adam Lallana really is that good. We also cover Cheryl Cole’s arse (not literally), Arsene Wenger’s last chance to win a trophy and get annoyed with other countries for stealing players.

Alan Pardew Hate Him or Hate Him – Football Banter Podcast

How could we talk about anything else this week? Pardew dominates but we start to show a slight bit of interest in the World Cup too…

England’s Psychologist – Football Banter Podcast

On this week’s podcast a streamlined team take a look at Mourinho’s lack of decent strikers, Porto’s pathetic defeat, The FA’s latest problem and England’s sports psychologist. We get a little bit excited about our one and only fan and speculate on how England can get good at penalties? We have a couple of ideas that Mr Hodgson might want to consider…

Barcelona Must Be Cheating

Andrés Iniesta, Futbol Club Barcelona's player...

Andrés Iniesta, Futbol Club Barcelona's player, during the match FC Barcelona-Atlético de Madrid. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sitting down to watch Manchester City v Barcelona on Tuesday evening I was expecting a decent game of football. Sure I expected Barcelona to win but I thought City might make a game of it, I was wrong – and despite the somewhat distorted view of the game by City’s very own hot air balloon Vincent Kompany, City were never in it.

No Contest

I simply cannot understand how Barcelona manage to strangle the contest out of almost every game they play in. I’ve never really enjoyed watching them play, it’s not that they don’t play well – it’s that all their games are so heavily one sided. They dominate possession to such an extent that it’s hard to actually call their matches a game. It’s like cat playing with a mouse, I struggle to see the entertainment value. City too could ordinarily be accused of dominating games, but when they do it, it’s very different – there are shots, there are goals – the exciting things that Barcelona seem to forget. (more…)

Felix Magath The Best Manager In The Premier League – The Football Banter Podcast

After responding to a critic there’s lots of talk about managers this week as Jose starts to take his humour to new levels, Wenger takes a fall and Felix Magath quickly installs himself as the pod’s favourite manager.

 

Try Before You Buy?

The latest transfer window included the high profile transfer of Juan Mata from Chelsea to former Premiership rivals Manchester Utd. However, this window, like many in more recent memory is more synonymous with a string of loan deals, both domestic and international.

In the early years of the Premiership the majority of transactions within the division and overseas were completed as permanent deals. Perhaps it was the initial influx of television revenue that resulted in teams being less fiscally conscientious but since the birth of the Premiership, the record transfer fee for a player has steadily risen and been broken on a regular, usually annual, basis. (more…)