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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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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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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