Manchester City’s Signingless Summer

August 3, 2012 in Premier League, Transfers

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Manchester City are the only Premier League club yet to sign a new player. They have done some vital business in the window, like securing the signing the long term services of manager Roberto Mancini and captain Vincent Kompany. But City fans, since the sea of cash revolution of 2008, have come to expect a little Hollywood to their summer. We’ve come to revel in the disapproving glances and condemnation of football folk when we spend £25 million on someone or other. Last summer, it was Nasri and Aguero for a combined £60 million (for the record, you could get two and a half Olympic opening ceremonies for that shit), and just because we like the notion of throwing our money down the drain now and again, £10 million for Savic (argh). But this summer has been a rude awakening; outspent by Norwich, Swansea and West Brom, we spoilt ones have had to watch everyone else’s excitement and optimism that comes with new arrivals, and remember the glory days of summer ’11. Admittedly, a title win has eased this process somewhat.

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Everything Burns: Why United’s golden age COULD be over

June 22, 2012 in Premier League

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I know, I know, never write United off. To say that they won’t be competing for titles is to say that Clark Kent isn’t Superman. Old man Ferguson is probably still the best manager in the world even now, and his canny ability to get the best even out of lesser players is probably unmatched in the history of the game. It strains credulity to the point where it might as well be magic. And to say that this is tempting fate is a massive understatement. Tempting fate would taking a picture of Phil Jones next to a headless chicken and saying that they could basically be twins, tempting fate would be to say that Jonny Evans feels like a profound long-term bomb that Ferguson will stick with long after he should. No, this is basically slapping a lion in the face with its paw, asking why it is hitting itself. But fuck it, my team just won the Premier League for the first time, and there’s never been a time to make a sweeping statement you’ll probably regret like now. I think the second best team in Manchester’s Golden Age ended when City won that title on May 18th. I think their time as the definitive top dog in British football is over. Not to say they won’t win titles, or even win next year, but that overlord status, the default Premier League winner being United? Yeah, that’s part of history now, I think.

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Euro 2012: The Last Real European Championships

June 9, 2012 in Euro 2012, Europe, International

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We fade in to a busy conference room, journalists of all European nationalities have packed the room to breaking point, all staring at an empty table at the front of the room, marked brazenly with the UEFA logo. All of a sudden, to the audible excitement of the room, MICHEL PLATINI, 50′s, living legend, enters the room with kind of grace and confidence that he showed in Euro 84 when he scored nine goals. He takes a seat, and looks to the room. 

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