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Monday, July 30, 2001

Just to annoy me

NTL have decided to delete all my website's files from its server. Luckily I had the foresight that they would be so courteous and I saved most of my files which I have now uploaded to a new server and (hopefully) everything should be working OK. If you can read this it's an achievement. It would be a good idea to make sure that, if you have saved my site as a favourite, it is as and not any of the old ones ( etc).

A bit of footie as well to keep you going - Arsenal beat Real Mallorca 2-0 in Austria today, an own goal set up by Dennis Bergkamp and Giovanni Van Bronkhorst's first for the club were the highlights of the game. Along with Sol Campbell's first outing in an Arsenal shirt. I'd tell you more about the game but I was stuck on a train for most of it.

Belgian/French midfielder Steed Malbranque will sign for Fulham in a deal worth around £4.5m - Arsenal are among clubs to have made a bid for him a couple of years ago but the youngster wanted to wait until he'd got some experience before making a big move from Lyon. A sensible policy I say.

Rangers/Celtic to join the Premiership? who knows, there's a lot of factors involved not least of which would be a hefty trip to Hampden/Parkhead for visitors. There's also the reluctance of UEFA/FIFA to approve the move but I'd like to know how they could justify such a stance with Monaco playing in the French league and Cardiff/Swansea playing in England.

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Monday, July 30, 2001

Mind Games and Friendlies

Liverpool finish bottom of their table in the Amsterdam Tournament after losing 3-1 to Ajax. The english team were torn to shreds by an average Ajax side and led Houllier to remark,

"Just ask anyone who will win the title this season and everyone will say Manchester United. I think the competition will be tougher for United in the League but I still think they'll win it."

Just because your lads won't be challenging Gerrard it doesn't mean their won't be a challenge :)

Very little must be going on in football at the momet - a major headline from more than one media today has given me 'Yorke saves the day for United'. Now although beating Thailand 2-1 in a friendly is I'm sure an achievement of some kind, I'm not sure if it warrants quite the amount of attention it has been given.

In contrast to Houlliers comments Arsene Wenger has stated he believes Arsenal can go one better than the last three years and show the rest of the Premiership how it's done. Here's hoping anyway, if only to relieve the monotony.

Newcastle have signed French winger Laurent Robert for a fee of around £10m but things are not all rosy on Tyneside. Kieran Dyer looks like he'll be leaving St James' Park. He has expressed his dissapointment at Newcastle's 'progress' over the last few seasons and is determined to make his mark as an international. Leeds have been interested in the 24 year old for a while now - and my guess is that Dyer will be at Elland Road next seaosn. O'Leary has spent heavily in the last 12 months though so I would imagine someone will have to leave too.

I know updates have been few and far between, please excuse and bear with me.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Soon BT Will Come

And then maybe this site will be updated a little more often than the shambolic / inexcuseable / disgracefully infrequent visits by my good self. As you will are no doubt aware (if you read the last news item) I've been having problems with my phone line so no internet. Now I've started work as well so I have next to no free time and when I am free there's no bleedin' phone line! Just bear with me for now, I promise lots of updates as soon as possible.

I'll stop whinging now and get down to footie as usual.....

Paulo Wanchope has been hailed as one of the finest strikers on the world stage by the South American media after his 5 goals in the Copa America. Man City look set to lose him to Boca Juniors for £5m. If you didn't detect a hint of disbelief/sarcasm in those sentances, you should have.

Frank Le Boeuf has confirmed he will move to Marseille for around £2m, does he like Vialli or Ranieri?

"I would like to thank three persons chairman Ken Bates, managing director Colin Hutchinson and my first coach Ruud Gullit."

Ohh, handbags.

Bruce Grobbelaar is going to launch an appeal to try and clear his dirty, matchfixing name. He has been granted the right to appeal to the House of Lords and will attempt to later this year.

Italian former-giants Sampdoria and smaller club Salernitana look as though they will miss the Serie B season this year. The clubs have not been given admittance to the league due to excessive debt. They are lodging a legal appeal but their fates should be known for definate within the next few weeks.

And finally.... after a 2-0 loss to Honduras in the Copa America, the worlds most revered footballing nation is out of the continents major, if devalued, international competition. And the one piece of information I'm happy to have learned from reading about the experience? The Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's nickname is........... Big Phil.

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Thursday, July 19, 2001


After stringing me out for two weeks telling me they'd get back to me about an installation date NTL have finally given up the goat and admitted they can't install a phone line. I take back everything nice I've ever said about them. It looks like it's back to good old BT (I take back everything nasty I've ever said about them.... for now), so I should be sorted within the next week or so and regular updates plus maybe a bit of a redesign on the way.

If there's anything you think I should change then let me know, [email protected] thanks for the feedback.

Back to football.... Blackburn Rovers have made an improved bid of £3m plus £1m after 30 appearances for Liverpool's French defender Djimi Traore. Every time I've seen him play he's looked abysmal so I reckon Liverpool could do a lot worse than cut their losses (even though they'd make a profit on him of £3.5m). Liverpool beet Thailand 3-1 with 2 strikes from Michael Owen making up the difference between the sides.

Remeber Croatian midfielder Robert Prosinecki? here's a lovely picture to jog your memory

Well, he looks as though he'll be joining Portsmouth at the end of the week, an odd move I think but the man tells it like it is "There have been a number of offers but Portmouth's is the best."

Derby's Jamaican international and club captain Darren Powell ahs indicated that the 12 months left on his contract could well be his last with the club, Wolves have been mentioned and he refuses to rule out a move to Molineux.

"Unless something is sorted out in the next few weeks, I can't see I will sign another one. Everyone wants to play in the top division and I am no different but if I had to drop down a division, I would."

Its busy at Upton Park. West Ham are considering a move for young Man United winger/forward Jonathon Greening and they've got shirty with Newcastle for making public a £6m bid for Trevor Sinclair. Paulo Di Canio is now linked with a move to the Magpies and long suffering transfer target Pep Guardiola is the subject of interest from Hammers boss Glen Roeder.

And finally check out the lookalike on football 365 here - it's topical at least.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Slow Progress

Sorry for the lack of updates everyone, I've just moved house and NTL are being unfeasibly slow in coming round to install a phone line. Needless to say getting to an internet connection is not easy, rest assured I'll do my best to keep the site up to date with all the latest transfer news and events in the wonderful world of footie.

Canadian international Tomasz Radzinski has signed for Everton in a deal worth aprroximately £4.5m, he'll be wearing the infamous Alex Nyarko's number 8 shirt next season. Nyarko has failed to turn up for pre-season training and has been fined £30,000 by the meseysiders.

Christian Ziege has passed a medical and completed his move from Liverpool to Spurs for about £4m. Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen has expressed his concern of Liverpool's lack of transfer action over the summer. Jamie Redknapp is back from injury but with him and Gerrard in the middle of the park I can safely say that Liverpool have the most injury prone midfield in the Premiership - cover for that position must surely be in Houllier's thoughts.

Japanese international and rising star Junichi Inamoto looks certain to join Arsenal in a £4m move as soon as the Japanese season finishes mid July. In the meantime Patrick Vieira has reported for training, I'm not even going to try and guess what exactly is going on with him.

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Thursday, July 12, 2001

Schmeichel...Villa...are you having a laugh?

But it's true I tell you.

Juan Veron has completed his British record £28.1m move to Man Utd - I bet Nicky Butt is regretting signing that 5 year deal now.

Lots of contracts have been signed, Freddie Ljungberg has signed a new 5 year contract and Leicester City midfielder Robbie Savage has signed a new 4-year deal.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2001

All Bow to the Real Thing

Forgive the awful title, the sentiment is the important thing. Real Madrid have completed the world record signing of Zinedine Zidane from Juventus for an astonishing £48m. The first thing that I thought was that the money outlayed can surely not justify the potential winnings - Real cannot make £48m from winning the CL and La Liga. Even if it would net them that money they surely wouldn't need to add Zidane, last years team was nearly enough.

Then I realised I was thinking like a businessman, and as football becomes more and more geared towards profit and not trophies we forget what it's really about. The truth is Real have just bought the best player of his generation, a gifted genius who is a joy to watch and (i'd imagine) to play with. The have built a midfield consisting of two of the top 3 players in the world (Di Stefano and Eusebio anyone?) along with a few others who aren't far off. Scary doesn't do it justice.

In more mundane transfer news, Gareth Southgate has moved to Middlesborough to join his old teamate Ugo Ehigou. Villa's keeper David James also looks set to leave the midlands club for West Ham after agreeing a four year deal with the Hammers.

Steven Gerrard is injured (again) and will be out for about six weeks after turning his ankle in training. It looks as though he'll miss the first game of the Champions League, should Liverpool negotiate the qualifying round in August. Sol Campbell of Arsenal is also still injured and likely to miss most of the Gunner's pre-season games.

And finally..... congratulations and a big pat on the back for Goran Ivanisevic I've never seen a man so happy in my life at winning a sporting trophy and it's gone to the most deserving competitior. It's good to see a proper character in the game....

"When my alarm goes at 9:30 it's OK, get up Goran, watch the Teletubbies. You have to watch that programme."

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Saturday, July 07, 2001

Wright On

Richard Wright signs for Arsenal, Alan Stubbs completes move from Celtic to Everton, everyone and his dog signs extended contracts with Man U even though half of them won't get a game if Veron signs - which it looks like he will.

Important - New Transfer Rules

Coming in to force on all contracts signed from 1st September this year....

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Wednesday, July 04, 2001

Sol-ong Spurs

Firstly, I've shamelessly nicked the headline from the subject of an e-mail sent to me by a mate, cheers Andy. Secondly - hahahahahahaha.

I still think he's over-rated, a bit of a liability and dodgy in the air but it's worth the £200,000 a week or whatever just to see the faces of spurs fans when he lines up in a red and white shirt. Enough taunting, lets be professional.

Charlton have completed the £4m signing of Jason Euell from Wimbledon, the striker scored 20 goals for the Dons last season and is Charlton first signing of the summer (the siging of Shaun Bartlett wascompleted in the close season).

It looks like a world record transfer of, the best player in the world in my opinion, Zinedine Zidane from Juve to Real Madrid for £46/50m (depending on who you believe) will be completed soon. Representatives from Real including the club's president Florentino Perez and general manager Jorge Valdano are reported to have flown out to meet their Italian counterparts to seal the deal over the last few days.

On a slightly less glamorous note (but, I hasten to add no less important) West Ham are interested in making a £1.5m move for Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris-Bart Williams.

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Monday, July 02, 2001

Busy, busy, busy

I've just moved house and have no internet connection so updates will be pretty sporadic for the next few days, just a warning.

And now for the news...

Patrick Vieira has apparently apologised to team-mates after insulting them, saying his remarks were taken 'out of context'. It looks as though the damage has already been done though and Vieira may well be on his way. In the event, Wenger has a contingency plan - with a £15m bid for West Ham youngster Michael Carrick ready to push across the table.

Alex Ferguson has been chasing a hammer too, with Italian maverick Paulo Di Canio the object of the Scotsman's affection. The Londoners are thought to be demanding £6m for the Celtic, Lazio and Chelsea target - a fee Ferguson knows all too well the United board will not approve for someone turned 30. Fergie was going to offer Dwight Yorke in part exchange but Yorke has dug his heels in and refused a move.

Gianluca Vialli has targeted United full back Denis Irwin, out of contract and yet to sign a new deal with the Premiership champions. He would join recent signing Ramon Vega in the Hornet's defence. Middlesborough manager Steve McLaren is also interested in the Republic of Ireland international and Irwin's admiration for the ex-United coach is not a secret.

Manchester City are in pursuit of Australian international Simon Colosimo, the South Melbourne defender is best remembered for being the player Andy Cole nearly crippled in a friendly two years ago.

Gareth Southgate is making a move to strike, the player does not want to play in Villa's Inter-Toto cup games as this will cup-tie him for any European matches if he moves to another club. In the meantime Paul Merson has volunteered himself as first team coach after Gregory's number two Steve Harrison moved to Middlesborough earlier in the close season.

And finally.... black armbands and a minutes silence for Joe Fagan, the ex-Liverpool manager has died at the age of 80 following an ilness. He took over from Bob Paisley following the legends' retirement in 1983 and led Liverpool to a cup treble in '84 of the Championship, League Cup and European Cup. He retired after the Heysel disaster in 1985 after leading Liverpool to a second successive European Cup final.

Joe Fagan 1921-2001

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