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Video review of the week – 10 stories from World Football over the past seven days

1. Roy Keane walked out on Sunderland. It wasn’t the first time he has walked out on someone as the rest of the Republic of Ireland squad from World Cup 2002 can testify.

Did he leave because he felt he had taken the club as far as he could and he thought it was in the best interests of Sunderland, or did he leave because he just didn’t like failure?

2. Just forty-five days after being booted out of Tottenham, Juande Ramos was unveiled as the new manager of Real Madrid. He said he was pleased with how his career had turned out.

I bet he is! After the complete and utter mess he made of things at White Hart Lane he must have been close to being unemployable. Then, out of the blue, he gets one of the world’s top jobs. Still, I suppose Steve McClaren got another job so anything is possible!

3. Celtic never lose a game in Scotland other than to their old firm rivals Rangers. That’s why it was such a shock to see them go down 2-0 at Hibernian at the weekend. Their normally reliable goalkeeper Artur Boruc had an absolute horror show letting in a 45 yard effort.

It’s worth watching. You can see it HERE.

4. The amazing TSG Hoffenheim took their Bundesliga lead to Bayern Munich last week. A victory there would have certainly announced the new guard taking over from the old.

As it turned out a last minute Toni goal gave Bayern a 2-1 win and drew the old masters level on points with the young upstarts at the top.

5. Chelsea are not the same side without Didier Drogba. They were huffing and puffing in their potentially must win Champions League game with Cluj on Tuesday until he entered the fray following a string of injuries and suspension.

Within seven minutes of coming onto the pitch Drogba had scored an excellent goal and ensured Chelsea’s qualification. He really proved why he is one of the best.

6. The issue of booing your own teams players came up this week following unusual scenes at The Emirates.

Emmanuel Eboue is coming back from injury and came on as a substitute. He had a stinker and was himself substituted later in the game. The Arsenal fans gave him some terrible stick.

This incident leads me to ask two questions. Firstly, is it ever right to boo your own players, and secondly, if you do, what exactly is it that you hope to achieve?

7. Some weeks after the alleged racist and/or homophobic abuse directed at Portsmouth’s Sol Campbell by Tottenham fans, the Police have released photographs of sixteen Tottenham fans they want to trace and question.

If these men turn out to be guilty then let’s hope they are found, questioned and banned from football grounds for life.

8. Cristiano Ronaldo was deservedly awarded the Ballon d’Or on Sunday evening. You can’t argue against 42 goals, Premier League and Champions League winners medals and a string of individual awards.

Whether or not he is the best player in the world is not relevant. He definitely achieved the most last season and is a worthy winner.

9. Whilst Real Madrid were losing their third game in four and sacking their manager, Barcelona were demolishing title contenders Valencia 4-0 at the Camp Nou. They showed that they are the best team in Spain by miles.

They might yet prove they are the best team in Europe.

10. Tuesday evening’s 3-1 defeat at home to Liverpool was confirmation of the demise of PSV. They sit fifth in the Eridivisie and are now totally out of Europe.

What a shame for a club who won the Champions League twenty years ago, were quarter-finalists in last season’s Uefa Cup and have won their domestic league for the past four seasons.

Fri 12 December, 2008
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1 Comment:

  1. mensah victor says:

    i,m chesea fan.
    we will win english premiership this time or season.
    we will punch man.united in their home next year.

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