Sir Alex can’t be blamed for bitter Berbatov

September 4, 2012 in Premier League

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“I said goodbye to the people who deserve it, I couldn’t say goodbye to Ferguson,” said the former United number 9 on leaving Manchester for London. He went on to say, “I know he’s the boss, but he has lost, to some extent, my respect because of the way he treated me.” So obviously, with this parting shot at his former boss, Dimitar Berbatov feels that he was mistreated by the Manchester United manager but was he, really? I’m not so sure.

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A Drop Of Claret And Blue: West Ham vs Fulham preview

August 31, 2012 in Features, Premier League

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Welcome to A Drop of Claret and Blue. At the time of writing this article, West Ham United have announced the signing of Andy Carroll from Liverpool on a season-long loan deal. The 23-year old striker had been linked with the East London club for the best part of the transfer window, and whilst it looked like the move was unlikely to take place, the Gateshead-born forward has finally put pen to paper. We at Ballsy Banter would like to wish him all the best at his new club.

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So Berbatov Picked Fulham over Juventus

August 31, 2012 in Premier League, Serie A

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Being a kid in the 90′s without Sky Sports was a cruel existence. Live football was a sparse and rare thing, often confined to Champions League on Wednesday nights, and even that was always Manchester United, something a young Man City fan like me would rather not be put through. So aside from the occasional FA Cup game, I found my refuge in Football Italia, Channel 4′s non-repeated foray into football broadcasting. Presented by James Richardson, reborn these days as the celebrated football weekly podcaster, it would show one live game from Serie A every Sunday. And at the time, this was no small thing. Serie A was the best league in the world, it had Ronaldo (the fat Brazilian one), Zidane, Cafu, Del Piero, Shevchenko. It made the Premier League look immature, positively park-like in comparison. Well, today, Dimitar Berbatov chose to sign for Fulham instead of Juventus. The line has been drawn in the sand, the final page of the book closed on Serie A’s status as a league that mattered.

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Season Preview: Fulham

August 13, 2012 in Premier League

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Mohammed Al Fayed’s takeover in 1997 proved successful for Fulham as his financial backing allowed the club to reach the Premier League in 2001. They have maintained their league status ever since, and even managed to reach the Europa League final (losing to Atletico Madrid) in 2010, managed by Roy Hodgson. Despite Al Fayed pumping cash into the club, they still struggle to keep up with other clubs in terms of finances; last year, the club announced a loss of nearly £17 million, which is something that will need looking at, even though Al Fayed has insisted that he will continue to invest in the club.

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Oh Danny Boy!

June 26, 2012 in Championship, Premier League, Transfers

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“I am absolutely delighted to be signing for Blackburn Rovers. When meeting Steve Kean, I soon realised the passion, enthusiasm and ambition he has for the club and how much he wants the team to bounce straight back up to the Premier League”.  So said Danny Murphy, who will officially become a Blackburn Rovers player on June 30th.

If you haven’t seen the news coming out of East Lancashire yesterday, you won’t have realised that Blackburn Rovers have been caught up in a ‘fantastic signing for the club’ saga. Yes, we finally have positive news to report from my beloved Rovers. The club may be in the Championship, they may not have a manager the fans want, and they may have appointed a new Director of Football (or as Venky’s call it, ‘a Global Advisor’) that few had heard of, but that hasn’t deterred 35-year old Danny Murphy dropping down to the second tier of English football to ply his trade at Ewood Park.

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