Football, Sport

Rooney who?

Having spent a surprisingly sunny Sunday afternoon watching the England match, one of my friends commented would England have done better if we gave strikers like Defoe the same recognition and hype we give to players like Wayne Rooney? Defoe is undoubtedly goal poacher, and his hard working attitude and goal scoring record make a valid case for a regular position in England’s attack.

Defoe’s current England stats leave much to the imagination, when compared with Rooney’s. But if we take both players’ statistics and held them up together, many of us will be thinking what if?

First of all, Defoe has only played 1,346 minutes of international competitive football, scoring 13 times in the process. On the other hand, Rooney has played 5,877 minutes, scoring 39 times. Having played considerably less time, Defoe has averaged a goal every 106 minutes, compared to Rooney, who on average, has scored every 151 minutes.

On these figures, you can’t help but think if Defoe played more often would he have a somewhat similar or even better goal scoring record than Rooney?  You never know, but judging by his performance today and his performances for Sunderland, it’s hard to argue against it.

Jermain Defoe

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Sport

Tis the season to be jolly. Or not

Christmas is fast approaching and even though it’s normally a time for cheer, if your a manager it’s normally the time you start to pull out your hair or you realise the bags under your eyes have grown excessively.

If you’re an Aston Villa fan the news of Sherwood’s sacking may have been sweet joy to your ears, and now you can try and patch up the wound left by boring football. If you’re Chelsea fan, I’m guessing your head is sore from all that scratching. We’re all lost for words on with last years champions, and with all that’s gone on we are wondering how long will Jose last and can he actually turn things around? I’ll leave you to answer that question for managers at the bottom of the table it can be a time to review the cv, spruce it up, as they might find themselves without a club come Christmas.

No doubt it’s stressfull, but that’s what makes it entertaining, unless your a villa fan of course. But there is no doubt that managers feel it the worst. 

Rarely do we feel sorry for them, it’s a hard  job in reality, but to us we all think we can do it. Rather than worry about keeping your team up, is normal folk are debating where we are going to sit at the table during Christmas dinner, and which film will be the best to watch as we recover from the feast. But just try to remember the ones who didn’t last. 

Tim Sherwood was sacked but he’ll never be forgotten, even if he does look like a PE teacher.

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Bodybuilding, Weightlifting

Kai’s definitely not feeling Greene

Kai Greene

Kai Greene

To those bodybuilding enthusiasts who scroll through YouTube to find a video which will give them advice for tomorrow’s gym session, I am guessing you will have heard the news about Kai Greene’s inability to compete in the 2015 Olympia. The news came as a shock but it underlines something more alarming for the sport.

What was once an almost ‘free for all’, and by that I mean ANYONE who put the hard and drilled work in to get a physique like Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler or Phil Heath could arguably be a bodybuilder dependent on them qualifying. Now, it seems as if the large injection of money has given the sport somewhat of a top down hierarchy.

In his video, Kai is brought to tears but face it, he’s never been one to hide his emotions. His video does show his anguish. Having dedicated around 25 years of his life to bodybuilding it’s no surprise that that he was upset when told he wouldn’t be competing. Stated by some as the #2 in bodybuilding behind Phil Heath, the Olympia is certain to miss something that only Kai Greene can bring.

In light of this his message was simple. Behind all the words and the politics of not being able to say what was really going on, was his urgency and decision to keep on going.  Although it may been a devastating blow to not be competing in the Olympia, for Kai Greene bodybuilding is much more the Olympia.

Bodybuilding has had a massive resurgence in the last five to ten years, and with has come all the money that for some will have made the sport unattractive. For enthusiasts that are upset, the thing to concentrate on is the raw love for the art of bodybuilding not for all the money, fame and trophies.

Bodybuilding should be something personal and for most it is, but it seems the object of money has diluted the sport making it shallow and elitist.

Phil Heath and Kai Greene

Phil Heath and Kai Greene

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Sport

Drugs and football. There’s more to it!

Drugs in Football

“I should have realised that he was in trouble and in a dark place, but you carry on and just think he’s lost a bit of form,” were the words of Hull City F.C’s manager Steve Bruce, when he discovered the real reason behind his ace’s drug test.

Away from the highs, glitz and glamour of football are the lows. It the football or somewhat macho environment we tend disregard the issues that many footballers face, passing them off as people who don’t face such problems and if they do, they should be strong enough to carry on and not let it affect the on the pitch performances.

Whilst Chelsea fans worry about Thibaut Courtois’ injury woes, and the rest of us enjoy Tottenham’s continual attempts to offload a clinging on, Emmanuel Adebayor, somewhere in the background are footballers who are face testing times.

Having tested positive for cocaine, many spectators will have been quick to jump the gun at former England midfielder, Jake Livermore. Once and still regarded as a talented midfielder some may think the star has had a fall from grace, without recognising the problems he faces off the pitch.

“In this macho industry of alpha males, people don’t want to ask for help,” said Bruce. “Sometimes it takes a bigger man to ask for help and I think Jake has realised that.

Macho men at play

Well done to Steve Bruce, a true manager who has stuck by his player during a testing time, when most people would have jumped ship.  Understandingly and rightly, FIFA didn’t suspend Livermore but the news, draws attention to the problem us as spectators or people in general have when it comes footballers. Which is some of us are guilty of failing to footballers as ordinary people who go through rough patches.

Steve Bruce has continued to back his player, and tipped him to be a big part of the team’s promotion campaign back to the Premier. No doubt, if the team can get there Jake will have a big part, if the team do, maybe managers and the rest of us can learn something from this.

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Sport

£50m… What!

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With the transfer window open and the curtains fully drawn wide we are seeong astronomical prices quoted for this season’s “best” performers.

As Liverpool reject a £40m bid for, in their eyes a £50m player, and with Harry Kane being the subject of speculation, as it is rumored Man Utd aim to make a £40m bid,  no wonder some may feel that British players come overpriced.

I’m sure you all remember Andy Carroll, the most expensive British player to be signed by a British club at £35m and arguably the most expensive flop, who in the end was offloaded to West Ham for a comparatively meager £15m.

Now take England’s under 21, one of the favourites to do well in the tournament, after impressing in the qualifiers. Having suffered a 1-0 defeat to Portugal in their opening game, they now rely on winning their next game against Sweden, who have impressed so far. Sweden’s left-back remarked that British player’s are worth too much, but is this the price British players pay, or clubs pay for being the nation’s top talent? Yes.

Unfortunately this brings with it added pressure, yes the media are to blame, but could this overpricing of the next generation of England hopefuls point to the lack of talent coming through the system. In the Premier League its not often we come across quality British young players, and when we do they’re immediately asked to perform as though they’d been at that level at least 5/6 years.

The point is we put pressure on our own players then moan when they don’t perform, and no doubt this will continue for the foreseeable future.

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Sport

How should football deal with racism

As the tension starts to dissipate over the issue of racism, again we’re back to the question, what is football doing to tackle racism?

The recent story of Chelsea fans refusing to let black man on the train has brought up the topic that everyone steers away from until it actually happens.

Chelsea FC aren’t strangers to this sort of drama as shown by accusations from Ferdinand regarding John Terry’s racial abuse. Racism is thriving in football, and it seems people want to brush it under the carpet. A few match bans and a statement will not cut it anymore, as its been the crisis strategy for dealing with the problem for a while, and it seems this approach is set to continue.

We’ve identified there is a problem with racism. Now the governing body must think of a valid and effective method to dealing with it, rather than treating it with dated tactics.

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#racism #football

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Loan signings are the payday loans of Football

On the front of it a loan may seem amazing.  Bring in a player, don’t spend too much, no need to bother with huge fees and on the surface they seem to be a convenience.

When we take a look at the clubs lower down the pecking order – clubs that can’t afford astronomical fees they seem more likely to loan players. However in the hope that these loans might be successful, the joy is short lived.

If a player performs well on loan, there is no doubt that his parent club will take him back and refuse to sell the player even though they contemplated letting him go in the first instance.

Take Joe Hart, at Birmingham City he became a fan favourite and really made a name for himself. However, if you were to ask a city fan how did Hart make his name I bet they’d disregard the spectacular season he had at Blues.

On the other hand if a loanee fails to impress at the club, the team have basically wasted there fees on paying for a player whom they hoped would help but didn’t and we’re all left looking at the ground.

Its fair to say loans definitely leave clubs feeling shafted, as if they’ve been robbed. It is however a cycle; small clubs will continue to loan just to survive another year in their division and fall into the trap. Don’t do it!!

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