Phew!

23 06 2010

OK, 1-0 got us through.  Not top of the group though, which means that we will probably be playing Germany.  Still, it’s better than not being in the last 16.  Right, relax until Sunday.

Well done to USA too.





Belief

23 06 2010

Can England get any worse than their miserable 0-0 draw with Algeria.  I certainly hope not.  The country hopes not.

How will Fabio Capello get the best out of the demoralised bunch of Prima Donnas that played so poorly, while still sticking to his 4-4-2 formation and forcing Steven Gerard to play on the left where it doesn’t suit him.

I think that it will all come together, but then again Nostrodamus I ain’t!





Terrible, Terrible, Terrible!

19 06 2010

I can only be talking about the horrible looking draw played out  between England  and Algeria in Cape TownAlgeria. In what has been the worst game of the World Cup so far, it was also one of the worst England performances for years.

It appears that the team had under-estimated Algeria (A team that knocked out African Champions Egypt in the Qualifiers) and some badly timed comments from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerard along the lines of we can beat them if we don’t play our best, really didn’t help!

The simple fact of the matter is that we were rubbish. The formation was wrong, there were no attacks down the wings, Rooney may as well have been playing in midfield the amount of times he was in his own half. Englands so called Talisman, was more of a millstone around the neck of a team that had no ideas. Were it not for his reputation he would have been taken off if he had played like that for his club team.

I don’t really have the heart to say anything about Emile Heskey, he looked like a broken man when he was substituted. I would mention how badly Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole played, but for large parts of the game I wasn’t actually sure that they were playing.

It was good to see that David James got a work out, admittedly only from dodgy backpasses (John Terry, please stand up) rather than Algerian play.

The England fans booed at the end of the game, much to the disgruntlement of Wayne Rooney. I am sorry, but how were they supposed to cheer that performance. If you are worried by a bit of criticism, you are in the wrong sport. The fact is if you over-paid and over-hyped had pulled your fingers out and actually looked like you were trying we wouldn’t have booed you, or if you were sat in my living room, mocked and in one case, fell asleep.

I don’t really have anything else to say, apart from the fact that you had better buck your ideas up. Well done to Algeria though, you deserved your point.





Come Alive

18 06 2010

The world cup has finally come alive. After a cagey set of first round matches, Germany and the Swiss (what a great victory against Spain)excluded, the games have perked up a bit.

Uruguay were looking good agianst South Africa, and Should go through with Mexico, who outshone the dire Fernch side for the whole game. The pace and attacking on the break should have brought them more goals, but a 2-0 victory means that they only need a draw with Uruguay now to go through.

Argentina did look outstanding, with Leo Messi on form and Gonzalo Higuain bagging the first hat-trick of this World cup.

Still, just because some of the teams have picked up the pace doesn’t mean to say that they all will. England play Algeria tonight, and this is where they need to get a convincing win in order to silence the critics.





World Cup Moan!

15 06 2010

I haven’t commented on the England Vs. USA game before as I didn’t really know what to say. Now it turns out that I do. I felt that we played OK and that I was right all along that Emile Heskey should not be playing for England. ( Why have we taken a striker who can’t score?).

Ledley King was always going to be a liability and that was proven after 45 minutes.

I also don’t think that Robert Green did too badly and it was a freak goal. Even David Seaman, Peter Shilton and Gordon Banks had their off days.

I don’t want to jump on the bandwagon of saying that Capello should get the sack after this one result, but he has made some bad choices for this World Cup, not helped by injuries. Time will tell, but I don’t think that we will get to the Semi-finals.

I hope that today brings around some excitement as so far only Germany, helped by a dodgy sending off have looked convincing. Portugal, Brazil and the Ivory Coast are all in action today and all 3 could do well. So far most of the games have been uninspiring, so I am hoping for a bit of Brazillian flair, or as much as I hate to say it, Christiano Ronaldo to do something good.

Still, you never know, anything could happen. North Korea for the Win anyone? Its currently 22/1 at paddypower.com (other betting sites are available, its just the first one that came to my non-betting mind).





World Cup Fever

11 06 2010

I wasn’t in the least bit excited about the World Cup until I heard World in Motion by New Order, the best England Song ever. Fact!

It is the best because it has a rap by John Barnes. It was also the England song for the first world cup that I remember, Italia ’90. Roger Millar Dancing, David Platts miracle volley (still not sure how he got that in) and Toto Scillachi scoring an absolute belter were the highlights. Obviously, Gazza crying wasn’t too good.





Oh Calamity

25 03 2010

I am having a good few weeks.  Last week I had the flight, Last night I was given a Free Ticket to Pompey V Chelsea at Fratton Park.  It wasn’t the best night to go really as an understrength (when I say understrength I mean pretty good but missing a few key players) Chelsea team absolutely slaughtered us. 

It didn’t help that David ‘Calamity’James lived up to his nickname and missed a clearance giving Didier Drogba the easiest chance he will ever have, which he then scored.  Controversy ended the first half as Florent Malouda elbowed Ricardo Rocha in the face and the defender was then stretchered off.  2 minutes later the same happened to Michael Brown who was elbowed by Daniel Sturridge and left with a bloody nose.

In the second half things got progressively worse.  Malouda scored 2, Drogba got another one and Lampard got the 5th.

The moment of the match came when Chelsea substitute Patrick Van Aanholt came on for Jiri Zhirkov and the whole crowd went “Whoooo!”.

With our 9 point deduction through administration there is no way we can avoid relegation now.  On the form we showed last night I don’t think we would have stood a chance of escaping anyway.





The Saga Is Nearly Over

6 10 2009

4 days ago I wrote this about Pompey and the takeover deal from hell.  Now we have been taken over again by Ali Al-Faraj, another Saudi Billionaire (can we see some money this time please) who has bought a 90% stake in the club with Suliman Al-Fahim keeping 10% (my guess is that they will use his building and development firm to build the new stadium) .

So the players will have their wages, which is nice, and administration has been put to the back of peoples minds.    Apparantly Mr Al Faraj is keen to invest heavily and wants to redevelop the training ground and stadium.  Good luck to him, we have been trying to do that for about 10 years and everytime planning permission goes in one of the councils involved gets in the way.

But for now the average Pompey fan can dream about signing Kaka, Ribery and Messi in the January transfer window.  Thats one better than yesterday when we were having nightmares about 15 point deductions.





New Plans Look Great

18 06 2008

Pompey have ust released the latest pictures and plans for our new stadium, and it looks amazing.  The first design looked good, but that was shot down by the Navy bceause it encroached into their water.  This one will be built entirely on Navy owned land, but this time it will have their permission.  Have a look at the pictures here.  Hopefully the council will sort out the planning and allow this to be built, it will also have a conference center and arena, so hopefully a decent music venue.

Anyway its designed by the same people that have designed the Allianz arena Munich which is currently the best looking stadium about.  Until this is built anyway…





Cowering Behind A Cushion

8 03 2008

I have just spent 45 minutes cowering behind a cushion on the sofa watching the FA cup quarter final between Man Utd and Pompey.  For the neutral fan that must have been a good game to watch, for most of the 2nd half for me it was painful.  Still for Man Utd fans, the next couple of days will be quite bad with the amount of stick they will get.

Sorry, but I feel the need to put a few stats on here:

Possession

Man Utd 64%-36% Pompey

Shots on Target

Man Utd 10-4 Pompey

Shots Off Target

Man Utd 10-2 Pompey

But the only one that really matters is

Final Score

Man Utd 0-1 Pompey

Honestly you cannot take anything away from our defence, they were amazing.  Sylvan Distan making an almost impossible intervention on the line, David James again making an outstanding save.  Diarra seemed to be everywhere in midfield.  OK, we probably should have lost the game, but we had luck on our side.  But as we all know its only the goals that count.

In the pre-match interviews Alex Fergusson said “I can’t name a strongest team. I could pick four different starting XIs and say every one is as strong as the other.”  Now thats showing off a bit. 

But what I really loved is what Harry said about our team:

“We’ll go there with exactly the same system that has won us so many games away from home. Two wide men (Utaka and Kranjcar) who can’t defend to save their lives and a striker up front (Kanu) who can’t run around that much. That is it really.”

Also I love the fact that we have wiped that smug self satisfied grin off Fergies red face.

Now I am looking forward to getting tickets for the semi’s and seeing Pompey come out at Wembley.