Archive for August, 2009

Moments of Magic #4 - George Weah 1

Moments of Magic #4 – George Weah

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Moments of Magic heads to Serie A  to remember one of the finest solo goals ever seen. #4 – George Weah v Verona, 1996 Fourteen seconds is all it took for George Weah to single handedly turn defence into attack and leave a packed San Siro in awe at his individual brilliance. Coming off the […]

Champions crash and Burn at Turf Moor 5

Champions crash and Burn at Turf Moor

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Ed Diggins reviews the midweek Premier League action as Burnley shock reigning champions Manchester United by claiming a 1-0 victory, their first since returning to the top flight after 33 years. Tuesday, August 18, 2009 Sunderland 1 – 3 Chelsea, 19:45 Bent 18; Ballack 52, Lampard 61 (pen), Deco 70 Chelsea, fresh from their opening […]

Kyriakos set for Anfield switch 2

Kyriakos set for Anfield switch

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Greek international Sotirios Kyriakos is poised to join Liverpool from AEK Athens for a fee thought to be in the region of £2 million. The former Rangers defender will undergo a medical at Anfield this week and will provide cover for Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger who are currently out injured. “He is a player […]

Lescott dropped for Europa tie 0

Lescott dropped for Europa tie

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Wantaway defender Joleon Lescott has been dropped from the Everton squad to face Sigma Olomouc in the Europa League play-off first leg amid ongoing rumours that he wants to join Manchester CIty. The England international did not train with the first team today after a dismal performance in the 6-1 defeat at home to Arsenal […]

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One down, thirty seven to go

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With fantasy football up and running, Neil Sherwin reflects back on his team’s opening weekend and tries to field a side for Gameweek 2. The first gameweek of this year’s fantasy football was very much a mixed bag for Ruining Football. There were of course positives – my inclusion of Mark Noble turned out to […]

Arsenal take 2-0 lead at Celtic Park 0

Arsenal take 2-0 lead at Celtic Park

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Celtic 0-2 Arsenal You’d have to wonder what it felt like for Cesc Fabregas being the first in his Arsenal team to walk out onto Parkhead. There are only a handful of stadia worldwide that could be said to generate the same atmosphere when full of fans. Much of the pre-game chatter from pundits centred […]

Norwich appoint Paul Lambert as manager 0

Norwich appoint Paul Lambert as manager

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Norwich City have appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager. The former Scotland international has joined Norwich from League One rivals Colchester United, the team involved in the humiliating 7-1 defeat of the Canaries just over a week ago. Bryan Gunn was sacked as Norwich boss on Friday after only two games of the season. […]

Chelsea agree deal for Matic 0

Chelsea agree deal for Matic

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Chelsea have completed the signing of Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic on a four-year contract for a fee of €1.75 million. The 21 year old had been playing for FC Kosice and was previously on trial with Middlesbrough late last year. “I know a lot about Chelsea, I have been following them,” he told the club’s […]

Fulham complete Duff signing 2

Fulham complete Duff signing

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London side Fulham have signed Irish international Damien Duff from Newcastle United for a fee believed to be about £4m. The 30-year-old joins the Cottagers on a deal believed to match his Newcastle wages of £60,000 per week. He began his career with Blackburn Rovers, where his new boss Roy Hodgson handed him his first […]

Opinion: The Great 3pm Blackout 8

Opinion: The Great 3pm Blackout

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The singular beauty of football, the reason it’s known worldwide as The Beautiful Game, is the sheer simplicity of the sport. Gary Lineker once famously quipped that football “is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.” While the ultimate outcome might not be quite […]