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Why the hell did Chelsea fire Ray Wilkins?

Posted in Chelsea, England with tags , on November 13, 2010 by Grant

I rarely write about Chelsea in this space anymore because there are hundreds of other places on the Internet that cover English football. But I do keep reasonably abreast of what’s happening at Chelsea through the usual channels: UK media, blogs, online forums, etc.

Like many Chelsea followers, I was immensely puzzled by the sudden departure of assistant manager Ray Wilkins this week. Up until about a year and a half ago, the unexplained departure of a member of the coaching staff – ie. the manager – would have simply been par for the course. That’s the kind of reputation you get after five managers in five years. But the Carlo Ancelotti era had ushered in a strange, almost boring period of calm. Until now.

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Begovic, Chelsea and a question of loyalty

Posted in Canada, Chelsea with tags , on August 10, 2010 by Grant

Chelsea want Begovic as back-up to Cech. Fuck. That was not a headline I wanted to stumble across as I scanned the Guardian football page this morning.

I flirted with this particular disaster last season when there were rumblings about Jonathan de Guzman possible joining the West London side.

For anyone who doesn’t already know, Begovic and Jono de Guz are two young, reasonably talented Canadian footballers who at one point said they would play for Canada internationally and then didn’t. To say they are unpopular among the hardcore Canadian national team support would be kind of like saying gay marriage is unpopular among evangelical Christians.

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Sunday roundup: Begovic blitzed, someone besides DeRo scores

Posted in Chelsea, England, MLS, TFC with tags , , , , on April 26, 2010 by Grant

Chelsea slam five goals past the hapless Asmir Begovic, demolishing Stoke 7-0 in the process. So the question to Liverpool supporters now becomes whether they’d rather have fourth place, or Manchester United win 19 titles? You’ll all be secretly cheering on Chelsea next Sunday and you know it.

Julian de Guzman heads the charge as TFC win in the wind and rain at Fortress BMO (that’s a 100% record through two homes games, thank you very much). I was kind of hoping that DeRo would score every single TFC goal this season, but I guess the victory is the most important thing.

In case you missed it, and I most certainly hope that you did, here’s a classy shot of Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbing his crotch in the direction of a Xerez player during Barcelona’s 3-1 victory on Saturday. But Ibra did more than grope himself, he also scored the third goal.

Check out the performance of Canada’s newest goalkeeping hope – Ligue 2 keeper for Nimes, Haidar Al-Shaibani – in this weekend’s match against Angers. He gets the 1-0 shutout with a notable save in the 60th minute.

Is the Big Four about to become the Big Three?

Posted in Arsenal, Chelsea, England, EPL, Liverpool, Manchester United with tags , , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by Grant

On Sunday the Guardian reported that the Premier League is considering implementing a playoff to determine its fourth and final representative in the Champions League.

Fascinating? Pedestrian? Unlikely to happen? What do you think?

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Dispatches From Scallywags #4 (now with women!)

Posted in Arsenal, Chelsea, EPL with tags , , , , , , on February 7, 2010 by Daniel Squizzato

Welcome, one and all, to our fourth installment of Dispatches From Scallywags, wherein Squizz documents the slow, inevitable unravelling of his co-authors’ psyches as Arsenal and/or Chelsea compete in a big match, live from our local watering hole. Today, it’s the Gunners and the Blues in a Premiership matchup with massive implications in the title race. Should be a good one.

New for DFS #4: an actual live blog! (Not just text that I post afterward!) And… both Grant and Jamie have brought along some, ahem, special ladies to “enjoy” the experience with them. Here’s hoping they both have damned good plans for next weekend in order to make up for this mess. Enjoy!

The archive of Dispatches From Scallywags #4

Coming this Sunday: Dispatches From Scallywags #4!

Posted in Arsenal, Chelsea, EPL, Other with tags , , , , on February 5, 2010 by Daniel Squizzato

That’s right, folks. Arsenal v. Chelsea. Titanic Premiership showdown. Two storied clubs fighting for the top of the table. Two storied Canadian soccer bloggers trying not to fight each other. It must be time for a new edition of Dispatches From Scallywags.

The clash between the Gunners and Blues will be live on The Score at 11 a.m., so while you’re relaxing and tuning in, why not also fire up your laptop and head over here for our live blog of the action? And by “the action”, I mean a running commentary on my two fellow bloggers, Jamie and Grant, losing their minds as their respective teams do battle. As the name would suggest, the fun emanates from Scallywags, one of Toronto’s foremost soccer pubs, where things often get a bit heated during big games.

And as a special bonus for our fourth edition, we’ve got a few special guests. Yes, Jamie and Grant will both be dragging bringing along the special ladies in their lives, who I’m sure would love nothing more than to spend their Sunday morning cooped up in a pub with a bunch of footie weirdos. While the action unfolds on the pitch, will there also be explosive action at a booth in midtown Toronto?

Who knows? But you’ll have to follow to find out. So head back over here for 10:45 on Sunday and follow us live. Leave some comments on the live blog or, if you’re in the area, drop into Scallys and say hello. It should be a hoot.

Begovic plays best EPL game yet

Posted in Chelsea, England, Portsmouth with tags , , , on December 16, 2009 by Grant

I hope I wasn’t the only Canadian soccer fan watching in disgust today as Asmir Begovic – filling in for the injured David James – stood on his head and then some to almost nick Avram Grant a point on his return to Stamford Bridge.

I know it’s psychologically unhealthy to keep harping on about him, but it’s pretty hard to ignore when he’s right in front of you in the pub on television.

Doing double duty as a Chelsea supporter made Begovic’s performance all the more excruciating to sit through. I’ll post the reliable highlights when I find them, but he made at least two and perhaps three outstanding saves in the second half. I was at work for the opening 45 minutes, but he apparently did well there too.

Begovic also managed a clean sheet against Burnley on December 5th for those keeping track. On the strength of today’s showing I might just hand him the starter’s gloves ahead of Calamity James. And my opinion is relevant, because according to the ramblings of lunatics postgame chatter on Chelsea fan blogs my managerial skills (absolutely none) would be approximate to those of Avram Grant anyway.

The last word on that goes to Matt Hughes in the Times:

Some Chelsea fans are clearly labouring under the delusion that they reach the Champions League final on a regular basis, rather than once in 104 years.