The Premier League Season Prediction Extravaganza – Part 5: Champions and the Chasing Pack

Continuation from Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. 4 Liverpool I know the joke about Liverpool fans spending 20 years saying “this could be our year” has run its course now, but there is a definite optimism surrounding Anfield this season after the appointment of budget tiki-taka master, Brendan Rodgers. There has been a decent outlay […]

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Unfortunate timing or consequence of action?

While it might seem unfortunate timing for Liverpool that one of their fans has been arrested over alleged racist abuse, there are bound to be arguments that the club’s behaviour over the past couple of months fueled the situation.  The staunch defence of Luis Suarez – a player who admitted to and was found guilty of […]

Who is United’s biggest asset?

Is Wayne Rooney set to join Paul McGrath, Norman Whiteside, Jaap Stam, David Beckham, Roy Keane and Carlos Tevez in the discarded pile? That’s what today’s Independent is suggesting. It follows a difficult 15 months in his relationship with manager Alex Ferguson. Rooney flirted covertley with Manchester City in late 2010 following a reported fall […]

Hey Luka, let’s take a walk

Hey Luka, let’s take a walk Bit embarrassing for Spurs to see the phrase ‘Levy threatened me’ in the headlines today.  Luka Modric insists that not only has Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reneged on an agreement to consider any bid from a “bigger club”, but he also “threatened” to leave Modric in the stands or […]

As sure as night becomes day

It’s disturbing that it’s as easy to write about off-the-pitch stories as it is about those on it.  Fifty years ago footballers were taking public transport and cycling to 3pm games on a Saturday afternoon.  Now their Bentleys and Ferraris would almost run over the  fans just to ensure a few extra minutes walking around […]

Five things: Coyle, Sir, Leeds, ‘Arry, Europa

1. Coyle springs in to action Is it a sideways move for Owen Coyle to join Bolton from Burnley, a stepping stone to bigger things (Aston Villa, eventually?) or is the young manager destined to bounce around teams like Burnley, Bolton, Blackburn and Birmingham until he joins long-term unemployed such as Roy Evans, David O’Leary […]

Five things: County, Sol, Wiley, Rafa, FIFA

Luvfooty brings you what we hope will be at least a new weekly feature where we make a brief analysis of five current football stories out there.  We’re good like that. 1. Notts County reveal the man who wasn’t there Pakistani businessman Anwar Shafi has denied any involvement with League Two side Notts County in […]

Premier League Preview 2009/10 [Part 1]

As is traditional – sometimes – here is part one of a rundown of how I see the Premier League panning out this year. 1st Liverpool Last season: 2nd Transfers in: Glen Johnson (£18m, Portsmouth), Alberto Aquilani (£20m. Roma) Transfers out: Sebastian Leto (£1.3m, Panathinaikos), Jermaine Pennant (free, Zaragoza), Sami Hyppia (free, Bayer Leverkusen), Alvaro […]

Welcome to Manchester

It appears Alex Ferguson has lost his sense of humour somewhere along the way.  Yes, the lovable uncle who brought us running jokes like “flexible added on time when United are losing” and “signing crap midfielders” has been lashing out repeatedly at his now-rich footballing neighbours, (Manchester) City. Last week he gave his opinion on […]

Watching the Premier League Bizarro World

Although we are only midway through the off-season, the Premier League’s big guns are definitely feeling the pressure. While not quite asset-stripping, between them they may have lost the services of Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo, John Terry, Xabi Alonso and Emanuel Adebayor within the next two weeks – with very little quality going the other […]