I don’t know what it is with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp but why does he not want to play Giovani Dos Santos and continuously loan him out instead?! When he can show how much talent he has like what is shown in the below video, some team is going to greatly value from him.
“I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer. We are building a team for the future to consistently play at the highest level and retaining quality players is crucial to that.
“In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club.
“We made our stance on this issue abundantly clear in writing to Chelsea. They chose to ignore it and then subsequently made the offer public.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, let me reiterate that we shall not enter into any negotiations whatsoever, with any Club, regarding Luka.
“We now consider this matter closed.”
I think it would be foolish for anyone to blame Robert Green for the major mistake he made for England vs USA in yesterdays World Cup group stage game, after Clint Dempsey’s shot. It’s easier for people like Heskey or Rooney to get away with mistakes, which indeed they did. Though because Green is the last line of defense his errors are made more visible.
Instead of blaming Green perhaps ask the question, why didn’t England score more goals? The answer in my opinion is that England are a totally overated team and USA are probably on par with them. Think about the FIFA rankings, USA are 14th and England are 9th, so not much between them. In addition in 2006 USA were actually ranked 4th in the world.
Whether Green is picked for the next game or not people should getbehind him and get his confidence up, focus on the positive, not the negative.
Despite hampering England’s World Cup preperations with Rio Ferdinand’s leg injury, it has given Tottenham’s Michael Dawson a deserved place in the England World Cup squad. Dawson was instrumental in Spurs’ charge to 4th place in the English Premier League and his inclusion is totally deserved. In fact you could argue that despite Michael Dawson being uncapped, both him and Ledley King should really be the England central defensive partnership, especially in terms of form. They play together at Spurs and are far more use to each other than playing one alongside the out of form John Terry.
The news about England football manager’s new initiative, the Capello Index, is sending questions around the media about Fabio Capello’s exact motives for introducing this system. Capello Index website describes the index as “The Capello Index was created in order to benefit all those football lovers that rarely have the opportunity to use an in-depth, objective and understandable analysis system.”
However the main question on this that many people have is why would Fabio Capello introduce a system that he will use to rate his England players during the World Cup? Okay, it creates some sort of authority for Capello in that this is a business venture for him to position himself as the person and index that rates the players in the most effective way. However, if he rates his England players in a mildly negative manner, how will they react? Will there be a backlash in the sense of public humiliation?
The interesting aspect of this is that the ranking doesn’t include the ‘mentality’ of the players, so really selection isn’t just about the performance that a player has (which is what the index is based on), but it is also important that the value they bring to the team is thought about. so that could even be down to the influence the player has as a spirit in the dressing room / morale. Fabio Capello mentions that the index isn’t the only measurement of including someone in a team as “If I just relied on the index I cannot select the Liverpool players because their performance was not that high”, Capello outlined.
Go and have a look for yourself at the Capello Index on the link below. For the football enthusiast it’s extremely insightful and thorough and currently covers the English Premier League, La Liga in Spain and Serie A in Italy.
Fabio Capello’s Capello Index website – www.capelloindex.com
I found this really interesting from the BBC website where they’ve managed to gather some statistics on where the players who play for the English premier league teams come from. They’ve done a comparison on the 1989/90 season of the English top flight (First Division back then) and the 2009/10 Premier League season.
The images below paint a good picture on how Premier League teams over the years have increasingly looked to outside of the UK for talent. Much of this is influenced by the cost of players, and well as the strength and talent required!
Further to my previous post on the song / video “Oh Africa” (see blog post from last week or click here)I’ve this week discovered that the song “Oh Africa” by Akon and Keri Hilson is infact a Pepsi song that was recorded as part of a plan to undermine Coca-Cola’s World Cup 2010 sponsorship!
With it’s football theme, it has Pepsi Brand Ambassadors Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres in the video. I found this out from Marketing magazine in the UK. See image below!