Why the January transfer window should be abolished
If you believe in pseudoscientific nonsense, you might think that Blue Monday - the third Monday in January – is the most depressing day of the year. If you are a football fan, you might want to push that date back a fortnight. Surely there is nothing more annoying than the January transfer deadline day, that gaudy, jaundiced 24-hour stretch of ticker-taped twaddle.
Beyond the sheer awfulness of it all, there are some genuine reasons to scrap the January window: it stretches the gap between the rich and poor clubs, it disassociates fans from footballers, it holds back the development of young players and it has little to do with the sport. summary: it makes football less competitive, young players lose out on their development, ruins integrity of European competitions, has little to do with football
Chatter from the sidelines
- Rafa Benitez has steadied the ship at Napoli after a rough start
good, I still have a soft spot for him
- Mancini doesn't seem to be doing well in Serie A what say you, Serie A watchers
- Napoli Transfer Window Roundup: Quiet, but effective nice to hear
- Thuram Blames Serie A For Juventus’ European Failures lack of quality at home, is the takeaway
- Giovinco joins Toronto from Juventus early might be good for him. Beef up his English, get accustomed to the weather, etc
- Who Is More Important to Juventus: Paul Pogba or Arturo Vidal? what kind of Sophie's choice...?
- Tim Cahill joins Shanghai Shenhua in China after turning down La Liga one last payday
- La Liga: Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says Gareth Bale is having a 'fantastic season' Bale is becoming a distraction, tbh. Listening to Marca yesterday, that's all they kept quizzing Ancelotti about
- It's not Bayern Munich if they're not throwing shade: Bayern Munich need to learn from Dortmund's downfall, says Guardiola that will be enough, Pep
- David Moyes attends funeral of Real Sociedad fan killed in a traffic accident good on you Moyes
- Sami Khedira reaches agreement to join Bayern Munich Figures
- Emmanuel Adebayor's loan to West Ham collapsed as Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wanted them to match QPR's offer drama, and Levy being Levy. Spurs and West Ham have some serious beef, and with Adebayor not wanting to go to struggling clubs, and Spurs and West Ham only having four points separate them- it just wasn't going to work out.
Fletch (not Felch) has left the building, in the days of social media, it's marked by tweets
Fletch and Herrera
Fletch and de Gea
Good luck, Fletch, although fans at his new club aren't impressed, they consider him over the hill
Aaron Lennon, after ten years with Spurs, decided to go to Everton on loan (Hull wanted him, he didn't want them)
He looks really happy to be at Everton, right?
To be fair, that's just Lennon's resting face. He says that he's happy, and the club has made him welcome. To be fair, I think Martinez will be glad for Lennon's pace, and on his day, he can be unplayable - it's just been longer between those days
Schurrle back in Germany. The move was almost scuppered because Chelsea and Wolfsburg were bickering about who had to play the development deal to Schurrle's starter club. It got worked out, thank goodness
Jogging through snow
Bundesliga : Bayern Munich 1- 1 Schalke 04
A Bayern Munich fan died over the break. People made banners and stuff
Robben stayed on his feet long enough to slot the opening goal home
Howedes shows off his new hurrdo, "What you say? It looks natural? Thanks!"
Neuer hasn't known what not winning feels like in so long, he's has to process his feelings
Bayern Munich got a man sent off, iirc. Was it Boateng?
Trying to find flatting pictures of players from both teams is a futile exercise, and I have errands to run
So here's a picture of trollateng
Alonso giving up on grooming, and that Mueller guy. Moving on!
FA Cup: Manchester United 3- 0 Cambridge
Fair play to Cambridge, they showed up and tried, but van Gaal wasn't having it.
Sent out a strong line up. Mata scored
James Wilson came out and added a third goal. Mercy
FA Cup: Fulham 1- 3 Sunderland
Fulham scored an own goal. That about says it all, tbh
The own goal in question
Gomez for Sunderland shoots and scores!
Coppa Italia Roma 0- 2 Fiorenta
Tch, for Roma
Gomez had two goals for Fiorenta
OP: sorry about truncated post, after the flurry of transfers yesterday, things are quiet today- thank goodness