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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.

Mental meanderings on a moribund Monday

Posted in Montreal Impact, Other with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2010 by squizz

I’ve recently gotten a job that has me working some weird hours, so as my body struggles to adjust to the new circadian reality, I’ve been asking myself some bizarre questions about the beautiful game. Among them:

  • Is it possible that the abominable play of the Toronto Maple Leafs over the past three years has been an intentional ploy by the owners at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to divert attention towards their newest product, Toronto FC? Call it overly conspiratorial if you must (and probably should), but the Leafs’ absence from the NHL playoffs during each of TFC’s first three seasons certainly hasn’t hurt the Reds in their pursuit of mainstream attention and support in the city. Continue reading

The Reserve Squad Briefs: March 17, 2010

Posted in The Reserve Squad with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2010 by squizz

David Beckham has left a Finnish hospital after undergoing surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles tendon. When asked why he would travel to Finland, of all places, to have the operation performed, Beckham said, “I remember hearin’ these tourism songs for the country when I was a boy, and always wanted to come here. It’s quite far from Cairo, and I hear they got some nice pony-trekking. It’s the country where I want to be. Well, ‘cept for England.”

John Terry is in the news again, this time for hitting a security guard with his car. Said the Chelsea captain in a statement: “I sincerely regret the incident and apologize to the fellow who got in the way of my car. I didn’t realize I had run over a security guard until later. I was pretty sure I was just driving over a bridge.” Continue reading

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 squizz

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