August 4th, 2009

darcy doesn;t sparkle


The prodigy who dared to turn down Chelsea

Jonjo Shelvey, a 17-year-old midfielder, turned down the chance to join Chelsea for £3.5m

Jonjo Shelvey is a 17-year-old midfielder who became the youngest first-team player in Charlton Athletic's history towards the end of the 2007-08 season, and the club's youngest ever goalscorer last January. He stands 6ft 1in, plays box-to-box, as they say, and has represented England at Under-16 and Under-17 levels. And last week he turned down the chance to join Chelsea for a fee of £3.5m

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What do you think? Personally I think more kids should do this. You might as well stay at a team that gives you regular first team football which builds your skills and allows you the chance to show off your talent than go to the big teams and never once see a premier league game, just to get released a few years later.


some of you would rather forget about this, but it's fascin8ing 2 me

Spotted at:

I suggest you read about it in a bit more detail at the site but here it is in a brief.

The new book to be released this week, “Why England Lose & Other Curious Football Phenomena Explained,” by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski, has an interesting take on the penalty shoot-out between Chelsea and Manchester United at the 2008 Champions League final. I haven't read this book yet but I might pick it up if they have other kewl things like this.

They claim that Nikolas Anelka and not John Terry is the one to blame for Chelsea's loss that night in Moscow.

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it's probably BS and ppl will live the rest of their lives telling terry jokes anyway, but it's worth a look
Xabi; Start Thinking Purple

food for thought

True and Blue: Man City Fans’ Lament
Published: August 4, 2009

What is the role — and what are the rights — of the fan who follows a soccer club religiously from birth until death?

“City until I die” is the terrace chant of Mancunians whose team is, and always will be, Manchester City rather than United. But those fans, local and far off in other lands, are having to come to terms with the reality that they are no longer gallant losers, no longer indigenous poor relations to Manchester United’s global wealth.

City’s new purchasing power is matched in the world only by Real Madrid. And while Madrid is heavily indebted to the banks, City can pay cash for whatever player it wants.

In 12 months, City has recruited 12 players from 10 different nations. The total cost, about £195 million, represents about $330 million in petrodollars, paid by Sheik Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi's Minister of Presidential Affairs.

Since the sheik bought out the previous owner, the transient former Thai prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, in August 2008, the wage bill has soared toward the £200 million price for the whole club, lock, stock and barrel.

What was impoverished City became Thaksin City, and is now Abu Dhabi City. The only constant has been the fan who, because of his or her tribal allegiance, has nowhere else to go, no color other than blue in his heart.

They are far from what you might call the common fan.

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lol @ "rooting for United is like rooting for Exxon"
boy i really hope that 20 sheiks for 20 teams prophecy doesn't come true D: