The Barclay's Premier League teams have submitted their squad sheets for the 2011/2012 season. But for those who are not aware of the rules that govern the selection of players here are the rules.
Thursday, 25 August 2011
The champions league group stage draw was done today. The draw was done in Monaco Thursaday evening and the seeding were very interesting.
Pot one: Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Porto, Inter Milan.
Pot two: Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Villarreal, AC Milan, Valencia, Marseille, CSKA Moscow, Benfica.
Pot three: Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester City, Olympiakos, Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, Basle, Lille, BATE.
Pot four: Borussia Dortmund, Dinamo Zagreb, Napoli, APOEL, Genk, Trabzonspor, Otelul Galati, Viktoria Plzen.
All of Europe's current elite are in pot 1 (yes even Arsenal) and each will be grouped with one team from pot 2 ,one from pot 3 and 4.
The draw took place and football fans are in for a treat this season. Here are the results of the draw:
Group A: Bayern Munich, Villarreal, Manchester City, Napoli
Group B: Inter Milan, CSKA Moscow, Lille, Trabzonspor
Group C: Manchester United, Benfica, FC Basle, Otelul Galati
Group D: Real Madrid, Lyon, Ajax, Dinamo Zagreb
Group E: Chelsea, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Genk
Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Olympiakos, Borussia Dortmund
Group G: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St Petersburg, APOEL Nicosia
Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, BATE Borisov, Viktoria Plzen
And there they are, the teams that will be fighting to be crowned champions of Europe.
The most eye catching group is of course Group H. Barcelona will face AC Milan, but eyes will also be on big wage paying, money spending, we buy everything Manchester City. Manchester City will face a tough task against the likes of Villarreal, who are no push over, Bayern Munich, they speak for them selves and if City sit back too much, they can just ask Manchester United what happen to them when they played Bayern. And last Napoli, the Italians have been on the rise in recent years and will be looking to impress.
Manchester United and Inter Milan have been handed relatively easy groups and should progress to the Knock-Out stage, not to say it is a given but these two teams stand miles apart from the respective group members.
Real Madrid will once again face off with Lyon. And the most open group would have to be Group F, as Arsenal (still considered one of Europe's eilte) will have to fight for all there wins in this group.
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
Saturday August 20, 2011
Sunderland vs Newcastle
These two teams both drew in their first match, versus Liverpool and Arsenal respectively; and they will be looking to secure all three points this week when they face off at the Stadium of Light. In the last 13 meetings Newcastle had the upper hand, with only 1 defeat to the Black Cats, but Sunderland may want to set it right this time around.
Arsenal vs Liverpool
Liverpool are tipped to kick Arsenal out of the top four spot this season and this match may yet prove vital come May. Liverpool comes into this match on the back foot, with only one victory over Arsenal in their last 11 meetings and that victory is not among the last 8 matches.
With both teams drawing their first match they will be looking to go all out for three points to keep up with the early table leaders.
Aston Villa vs Blackburn
Aston Villa has lost only one of their last 9 Barclay's Premier League matches. And Alex Mcleish will want to win his first home match to win over some of the Villa fans.
Everton vs QPR
QPR’s first outing ended in a bashing by Bolton, and the task does not get easier as they travel to Goodison Park. Everton's first game was postponed last week, so with an undefeated record in their last Barclay's premier League match, Everton will want to continue.
Swansea vs Wigan
Swansea was the first team to face ManCity's millionaire team and paid the price heavily last week. But they may look to bounce back against an already struggling Wigan side.
Chelsea vs West Brom
West Brom faced the Champions last week, only to go down by a late winner. Chelsea's new boss, Boas, may just be realizing how tough of a task it is to manage a Premier League team when his side drew blanks last week. However, he will be confident the Blues can repeat last year’s 6-0 rump of West Brom.
Sunday August 21, 2011
Norwich vs Stoke
Norwich started their campaign in a convincing fashion, mounting a comeback to draw with Wigan. Stoke also delivered a strong opener when they denied Chelsea three points. This time however they may be looking to secure all three points from the new comers.
Wolves vs Fulham
The wolves were on the hunt last week and they got their prize, all three points. This week the hunt will be on as they take on Fulham. Fulham start to the campaign was not a very convincing one as they squandered numerous chances, which lead to a draw against Aston Villa. The squandered chances leaves much to be admired of Fulham’s forward line.
Bolton vs Manchester City
The Barclay's Premier League current first and second place face off with each other. They both disposed of the opponent last week with the same score line, 4-0. This week they will both want to continue they impressive start to the campaign. Bolton, however may be a much more of a challenge for the millionaire 's though.
Monday August 22, 2011
Manchester United vs Tottenham
The Champions will kick off the second match against one of the teams tipped for a top four finish and even the Premier League title. This will be Tottenham's first match of the campaign as their first was postponed last week. Tottenham will be on a high after crushing Scottish rivals hearts 5-0 in mid-week.
The champions will be looking to secure three more points this week, but will be wary they may actually just get one.
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Manchester United's defender Rafael da Silva has been sidelined for up to 10 weeks with a shoulder injury. The defender was making his stamp in defense after the departures of John O'Shea and Wes Brown. But it was not be as a training ground incident saw his shoulder dislocated and Rafeal unavailable for up to 10 weeks.
A statement on United's official website read: "Rafael will be out of action for around ten weeks
after dislocating his shoulder in training ahead of the trip to West Brom."
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
Arsenal new boy Gervinho was showed his marching orders due to controversial decision by the referee. He (Gervinho) was man handled by Joey Barton and Gervinho reacted with a slap to Barton's face, Gervinho saw red instead of Barton's face being red. The absence of Arsenal's Nasri and Fabregas was well noted as the Gunners never left first gear for the entire game. No creativity, no vision, a flat and disappointing performance.
Newcastle had they chances but didn't take any, most of them coming through "bad boy" Barton.
Liverpool 1-1 Sunderland
No doubt the most exciting match of the Saturday games. Suarez missed a penalty, then his eye for goal gave Liverpool the lead before being pegged back a possible goal of the season from Sunderland's Larson
QPR 0-4 Bolton
Welcome to the Premier League, that was the intention of Bolton, a 4-0 drumming of QPR. Bolton had control for majority of the game and their top flight experience show throughout the match.
Wigan 1-1 Norwich
Unlike their fellow debut ants Norwich's Wes Hoolahan goal was enough to give them their first point of the Premier League season.
Wigan took the lead after just 21 minutes played when Ben Watson scored from a free kick. The lead only lasted until the last minutes of the first half, when Hoolahan slotted home into a empty net due to an error by Ali Al Habsi
Fulham 0-0 Aston Villa
In a game of chances, atleast one of these two teams should have won. John Arne Risse, Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora missed a host of chances. Another guilty party is Aston Villa's Emile Heskey who missed two (if not more) clear chances.
Blackburn 1-2 Wolves
Premier League debutant Mauro Formica scored his first goal for Backburn as they lost to a very resilient Wolverhamton side. Wolves were level minute later when Mathew Javis cross was met by striker Stephen Fletcher, who's header was unstoppable. Wolves took the lead minutes after the restart when Kevin Doyle's missed penalty rebounded and Stephen Ward was at hand to finish what Doyle had started.
The Barclay’s Premier League is back for another season, and it starts off today with six matches. Earlier this week, the Premier league kick off was in jeopardy as officials were considering postponing matches due the unrest in parts of London. Only one match was eventually postponed, Tottenham vs Everton, all other matches will start at their scheduled time.
Thursday, 11 August 2011
One of Arsenal's longest transfer saga is about to end according to “The Sun". Cesc Fabregas is on the brink of returning to his boyhood club, he only has to splash out 4.5mil of his own cash to add to Barcelona’s 35.9 mil. The Gunners are set to agree to the 35.9 mil fee and add-ons which includes Fabregas paying Arsenal £900,000 (all this from his pocket) a year for the next 5 years.
Sunday, 7 August 2011
New season, young players, same old story! Manchester United beating Manchester City. This derby is always interesting and never short of excitement. Remember Michael Owens’s late winner back in 2009? Wayne Rooney’s jaw dropping winner in 2010/2011 season? And now, Nani’s twinkled toe eye popper!
Thursday, 4 August 2011
So its finally back, "The Champions League" return and for all football fans, its another year of smiles and cries. 2006 runners-up Arsenal, 2010 runners-up Bayern Munich, french big boys Lyon and La Liga's Villarreal will all feature this Friday seeding for Champions League play-offs.
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
This is a personal phrase of mine and I first stared saying it in the 2009-2010 season (if memory serves right). I started saying it because my friends were constantly questioning my loyalty to 'the arsenal' ( this due to me continual rants about arsenal short comings in important matches), and to avoid the back talking and debates, i would simple reply "to be a gunner".