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  1. Rafael Benitez In Tears At The 22nd Hillsborough Anniversary

    Top flight football and indeed the game in general is so much about money today so although sad it gives hope there are still some that really care about the teams and fans they have worked for a fact that Rafa showed on his departure from his job by giving a three figure sum from his pay off to...
  2. Gary Neville

    Couldn't put it better myself Oliver Kay On Thursday 3rd February 2011, @OliverKayTimes said: A 1,000-word tweet dedicated to Gary Neville, the great overachiever ... There was, it is fair to say, a lively response last night when, in tribute to Gary Neville, I called him "one of world...
  3. Slipperduke

    Bafana Bafana Stand Proud

    South Africa 1-1 Mexico SOUTH AFRICA STAND TALL IN FRONT OF THE WORLD They called them the weakest hosts in the history of the World Cup. They said that they would be outclassed, that they would never progress from the group stage. They were wrong. After months of training camps and practice...
  4. Slipperduke

    England Flatter To Deceive

    NOTHING FOR ENGLAND TO SHOUT ABOUT Forget about the result, this was not a good night for England. Fabio Capello has much to ponder before he makes his final squad selection for the World Cup. A 3-1 victory over a side of Mexico’s quality is a fine result on paper, but the performance that went...
  5. manor15


    Mexico Manager: Javier Aguirre Captain: Rafael Marquez FIFA Ranking: 17 Group A Background: The Mexican football team have always struggled for success on the International stage, having only won one official International tournament, the FIFA Confederations Cup 1999. El Tri also compete in...
  6. The Storm on Stamford Bridge

    When John Terry was jeered off the White Hart Lane turf by the Tottenham faithful, it marked what could become a tense and altogether uncomfortable climax to the season. As they pray for a similar fate to befall their title rivals next weekend, however, a far greater storm awaits on the horizon...
  7. Real Outclassed in El Clasico to Forget

    Lionel Messi and Pedro Rodriguez sealed a dominant win for Barcelona in El Clasico, seemingly deciding the La Liga title race as Real were left out thought, out fought and out classed. This will, by no means, go down in history as an El Clasico to remember. Barcelona entered the contest coming...
  8. Can of Worms Opened, Europe turns on the Premier League Bully Boys

    Like the Headmaster at a School, FIFA are now rounding up the bullies of the football world and taking them to task... Manchester City the latest club to be investigated for illegal transfer activity. When Lens were succesful in their pursuit of a just punishment for Chelsea FC over the Gael...
  9. Slipperduke

    England Not That Good

    Never let it be said that England's footballers are selfish divas, unwilling to lift a finger to help others. In Amsterdam, in front of 50,000 witnesses, these much-maligned millionaires generously donated two goals to their Dutch opponents, an act of charity that they'd prefer went entirely...
  10. Slipperduke

    Ruthless United Stun Arsenal

    There is a reason why Manchester United are the best team in the world. They don't lift all those trophies simply because they have better players, or smarter tactics. They succeed so frequently because Sir Alex Ferguson has built himself a team of winners, professional and ruthless, indomitable...
  11. Slipperduke

    I wish I'd Gone To Hayes

    Barcelona 0-0 Chelsea So was it Guus Hiddink's tactics or Petr Cech's saves? Was it the referee and his failure to spot a late tug on Theirry Henry or was it Barcelona's inability to take their chances? Chelsea fans won't give two hoots. The net result of this rather grim affair was a scoreless...
  12. Slipperduke

    Return Of The Old Guard

    How very retro. There was a time when any game between Arsenal and Manchester United was epoch-shaking. They were the two giants of the domestic game, battling out their own private war while the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and, this'll make you laugh, Newcastle could only look on from the...
  13. South Bank Hank

    Supporting a club like Southend United

    As I sat high up in the Shed End at Stamford Bridge enjoying our moment in the sun on the greyest of winter days, soaking up the Blue Voice inspired atmosphere, taking in the flag-waving travelling Shrimper army bedecked in yellow and coping with the perforation of my ear-drums from an incessant...
  14. Slipperduke

    Clough and Ready

    He didn't pick the team, he didn't give the teamtalk and he didn't mastermind the tactics, but the mere presence of new manager Nigel Clough at Pride Park seemed to inspire Derby County to an unlikely, but fully deserved victory over Manchester United. Clough may be following in his famous...
  15. Slipperduke

    Back In Business

    The roar, when the whistle finally came, was loud enough to shake the stadium to its foundations. A late Rafael strike and six minutes of injury time almost proved too much for the Arsenal fans who were in anguish at the prospect of another late capitulation, clutching their heads in their...
  16. Vange Shrimper

    Is Crouch worth £15m?

    Discuss. Benitez seems to think so..... Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has hinted Peter Crouch can leave should the club receive £15m for the striker. Benitez also confirmed that midfielder Harry Kewell and first-team coach Alex Miller would be leaving Anfield. "Crouch wants to play every...
  17. Napster


    List of top 20 longest-serving managers. Only takes 2 seasons to be in top 20. Tilly doing well. 1. Sir Alex Ferguson appointed Nov 1986 duration 22 seasons club Manchester United 2. Graham Turner appointed Aug 1995 duration 13 seasons club Hereford United 3. Arsene Wenger...
  18. Xàbia Shrimper

    Tissot Manager's League

    1. Steve Coppell (Reading) 2. Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) 3. Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) 4. Rafael Benitez (Liverpool) 5. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) 6. Paul Simpson (Carlisle United) 6. Neil Warnock (Sheffield United) 8. Colin Calderwood (Northampton Town) 9. Adrian Boothroyd (Watford) 10...
  19. overseas shrimper

    Who are you?

    I am Rafael Benitez! http://quizilla.com/users....e%20you
  20. Xàbia Shrimper

    Football Rich List

    France Football Magazine has issued its annual Football Rich List and the Real Madrid star David Beckham and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho head the list of players and coaches. Their figures are based on estimated annual earnings from wages and commercial endorsements PLAYERS 1. David Beckham...