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Saturday, May 06, 2006

"We haven't had a strategic free kick all night. No one's knocked over attackers ad lib."

TDH doesn't usually report on a Friday night, but Eddie Lewis's splendid free kick that sent Leeds into the second leg of their Premier League playoff at 1-1 has to be worth a mention. He really is the American David Beckham!

By the way, TDH contacted US Soccer to find out why Lewis was listed as a defender on the national team's roster. Apparently, though he plays as a winger for Leeds (and always has, while at Preston and Fulham as well), he's been slotting in at left-back for the US. Well, all the more useful, then.

TDH has also verified that England will receive three, not four spots in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup automatically. Strangely, the only FAs that get four are Greece and the Netherlands. So the seventh-place team in the Premier League will go to a two-leg Intertoto playoff for the UEFA Cup. It's still better than nothing, and worth fighting for on Sunday.

6 Comments:

Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

well, gravey won't like me for it, but I'm gutted for tottenham; they deserve more from what's been an excellent season. will be harder for them to hold on to carrick and the like now...

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GETTIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!Newcastle in Europe again....Lock up your daughters. Shambles with the winner as well...Who would've thunk it?

Double joy as well with Spurs falling short of Champions League. let me explain why Spurs don't deserve trhat fourth spot: They have been one of the jammiest teams this season. I have not seen them dominate a match in the last nine months. In fact every televised game I've seen they have been outplayed but won due to some breakaway freak goal. Not quite as undeserving of Champions league football as Everton but close.

And the Toon won in spite of Mike Riley. i think we should get double points for that. Howay the Lads!!!!!!! excuse my illiteracy...I'm a bit excited...Bring on rapid Vienna

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't think I've been this thrilled since we beat feyenoord away to get into the second group stage of the Champions league. Owen and Emre will stay now! huzzah!

7:34 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

er... Owen's going to be so overjoyed with the intertoto cup that he's going to be banging on freddy sheperds door for a new contract?

I'm in a bad mood - Juve won.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New contract? The get-out clause is a tabloid myth mate. Owen's stuck with us, whether he likes it or not...

10:31 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Got back to my apartment after a long and alcoholic Saturday night in Buenos Aires and set my alarm for 10:55 am local (2:55 pm BST) to see if the match would be on.

Woke up, struggled downstairs still smelling of cigarettes and caipirinhas, flipped on the television and Fox 'Sports' was showing some idiots dressed like cheerleaders who were whacking a yellow fuzzy ball around a sandbox. Yelled "Come on the lads!" and went back to sleep.

Woke up a few hours later, yelled "Come on the lads!" again, and checked Soccernet. Hallelujah.

2:18 AM  

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