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Friday, February 24, 2006

"He has the brain of a refrigerator."

Bits and pieces in TDH's brain today:

1. Toon fans would have had that sinking feeling as they watched the first half ticking to a close in the Marseilles v Bolton match yesterday. Yes, any Toon fan would have easily recognized the dark cloud that glides over the pitch when a seemingly-in-control team is about to concede just before the end of a half. And concede Bolton did, with soft defending and 20 seconds left in the first period. Bye-bye, Bolton - somehow Boro made it through, and you didn't.

2. Hey, Florrie, are you trying to drive away the Evil Eye? The Madrid supremo has told the press that he's sure Va-Va-Voom will stay with The Goon Show for the forseeable future. Well, he'd better, hadn't he, if the Merengues are to have any chance of a title in the next few years....

3. Speaking of Spaniards, they've descended to the lowest level of international football squad-stacking by pulling Brazilian-born Marcos Senna into la seleccion. Doesn't Spain's proud history pre-empt such ringers? Evidently Spain's trophy-less history doesn't.

4. Tomorrow's match against Everton will be a good test of Roeder's managerial prowess. The Sticky Toffees are resurgent, and, lacking players, he'll have to use tactics to disrupt them. Another home draw simply will not do, as Dodgy will tell you.

5. Once more, with feeling: come on, you Latics.


Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...


btw - Spains b*llocks with Senna is nothing new. I believe Di Stefano, a man as Argentine as handball, turned out for their national when he was in his pomp for Real.

2:09 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

According to Wikipedia, di Stefano played 7 times for Argentina, 4 times for Colombia and 31 times for Spain, but without ever appearing in a match in the World Cup finals.

For some reason, Di Stefano's record doesn't bother me as much as the recruiting of Senna. Obviously, times change. But at least Argentina and Spain speak the same language. Picking up a Brazilian is just such a generic cop-out...even Tunisia's done it.

7:59 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

I find it's a bit desperate-scrabbly as well. But what really pisses me off is players like Salomon Kalou. The guy is Ivorian. He was born there, grew up there and his brother plays for Cote d'Ivoire. But because he's been playing in Holland a few years, and they like him there, he's decided to refuse CIV call-ups in the hope that he'll get Dutch citizenship soon.

The only reason he's doing this is to get a better chance of winning a trophy, but for effs sake - its not club football. You play for your country. I could understand if he'd been raised in Holland, but my understanding is that he only moved there to play football well into his teens.

11:04 AM  

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