Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday Backpasses: All the news is bad

The Sun has a breakdown of Joey Barton's community service [The Sun]
Brazilian player killed in weird setup by girlfriend [SI]
Red Star fans continue to show support for another fan who murdered a policeman [Reuters]
Berbs' dad a convicted rapist [The Sun]

Platini, on the advice of his dad, takes back his comments on Wenger [Guardian]
Vasco da Gama to fine overwight players [Reuters]
Euros confirmed for 24 teams in 2016 [Daily Mail]
Some new women's league is sprouting in England [Soccernet]

And, finally:
Rafa wants Bale. Feels the Welsh emo contingent in his team is not large enough [The Sun]


Mike Georger said...

dont like the expansion at all. one of the charms of the euros was that it wasnt a quarter full of togos and paraguays and americas, teams that cant compete. if you want to open up a spot for a good team get rid of the retarded joint host shit.

plus if you have an extra knockout round you have less of a chance of a turkey or greece getting through on momentum alone

im sure its just a ploy for more money, but now there wont be any intriguing stories like england missing the tournament. terrible terrible decision.

Phil said...

Well Benitez has had so much success with the last player he stole from Spurs, so why not? Plus, like Ramos he'll probably decide Bale is a winger, and waste his talents in an attacking role.

In all seriousness, though, Benitez can feck off. Leave Spurs alone.

Andrew said...

@ Georger: I agree. Not having every power - if you consider England a current power - in the Euros makes for more exciting football. More than anything I like these scrappy, undermanned, but talented teams making deep runs. The football seems to be better . . . two teams with everything to gain are a better match-up than two who have everything to lose.

So why expand to 24? I'll quote "Why Hip-Hop Sucks in '96" by DJ Shadow . . . "it's the money."