The Big Football Debate

March 24, 2009

England Squad to Face Slovakia & Ukraine

Filed under: Football — Nerdfly @ 1:25 pm

Here is the England squad that Fabio Capello has picked for the friendly game on Saturday against Slovakia and the World Cup Qualifying game against Ukraine on 1st April.

Goalkeepers

  • David James (Portsmouth)
  • Robert Green (West Ham)
  • Ben Foster (Man Utd)

Defenders

  • Leighton Baines (Everton)
  • Phil Jagielka (Everton)
  • Joleon Lescott (Everton)
  • Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
  • John Terry (Chelsea)
  • Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd)
  • Glen Johnson (Portsmouth)
  • Matthew Upson (West Ham)
  • Ledley King (Tottenham)

Midfielders

  • Gareth Barry (Aston Villa)
  • Michael Carrick (Man Utd)
  • Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
  • Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough)
  • David Beckham (AC Milan)
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City)
  • Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)
  • Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Strikers

  • Carlton Cole (West Ham)
  • Peter Crouch (Portsmouth)
  • Emile Heskey (Aston Villa)
  • Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)

What do you think of this squad? Are Ledley King and Leighton Baines good enough to play for England, should Ashley Young and Agbonlahor have been dropped, are there to few players from the ‘big four’?

Please feel free to comment below.

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March 20, 2009

UEFA Champions League Draw

Filed under: Football — Nerdfly @ 1:20 pm

Champions League Final 2008

The draw for the UEFA Champions League was made today at 11am (BST), the draw was for the finals stage including the quarter finals, semi finals and the final itself. Here are the results of that draw.

Quarter Finals

Villarreal

V

Arsenal

Manchester United

V

FC Porto

Liverpool

V

Chelsea

Barcelona

V

Bayern Munich

Semi Finals

Manchester United/FC Porto

V

Villarreal/Arsenal

Barcelona/Bayern Munich

V

Liverpool/Chelsea

The home team in the final will be from Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea or Liverpool.

Being a Manchester United fan myself I am quite pleased with this draw and I only hope that we make it to the Final along with Liverpool so that we can rectify our poor performances in the League against them. Liverpool and Chelsea must be sick of the sight of each other in the Champions League as they always seem to meet, this being the 5th consecutive meeting in the competition.

Based on the draw who do you think is most likely to end up winning the trophy?

February 6, 2009

Premier League Fixtures Game Week 25

Filed under: Football — Nerdfly @ 12:07 pm

So Lawro won last weeks prediction challenge but still trails by 15-13. There are a couple of interesting games this week and a couple that will definitely be hard to call.

The game of the week in my eyes will be the London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal, with the last game at the Emirates finishing 4-4 i would recommend everyone watch on Sunday.

 

Game

Date

Time

Nerdflys Prediction

Lawro’s Prediction

Actual Result

Nerdflys Points

Lawro’s Points

Man City V Middlesbrough

07-Feb

12:45

1-1

2-0

Blackburn V Aston Villa

07-Feb

15:00

0-1

1-0

Chelsea V Hull

07-Feb

15:00

3-1

2-0

Everton V Bolton

07-Feb

15:00

0-0

1-0

Sunderland V Stoke

07-Feb

15:00

2-1

2-0

West Brom V Newcastle

07-Feb

15:00

2-0

2-1

Wigan V Fulham

07-Feb

15:00

1-1

2-1

Portsmouth V Liverpool

07-Feb

17:30

0-0

1-1

Tottenham V Arsenal

08-Feb

13:30

2-1

1-1

 

West Ham V Man Utd

08-Feb

16:00

1-1

0-2

February 3, 2009

January Transfer Window

Filed under: Football — Nerdfly @ 12:45 pm

Transfer Window

The January transfer window has now closed and Premiership clubs spent a record £160 million, this figure could rise if any more deals come through today though. 

Out of all the transfers that happened in January, who do you think got the best deal?

January 30, 2009

Premier League Fixtures Game Week 24

Filed under: Football — Nerdfly @ 3:06 pm

Now that the blog is now back online, I think it is time to carry on with my Premier League predictions and my competition against Lawro from the BBC. The scores from the last round were 10-7 in my favour. So can Lawro claw back some points this week or will I extend my lead. Well lets find out!

 

Game

Date

Time

Nerdflys Prediction

Lawros Prediction

Actual Result

Nerdflys Points

Lawros Points

Stoke V Man City

30-Jan

12:45

0-0

0-2

1-0

0

0

Arsenal V West Ham

30-Jan

15:00

2-1

2-0

0-0

0

0

Aston Villa V Wigan

30-Jan

15:00

1-1

2-1

0-0

1

0

Bolton V Tottenham

30-Jan

15:00

0-2

1-1

3-2

0

0

Fulham V Portsmouth

30-Jan

15:00

1-1

2-1

3-1

0

1

Hull V West Brom

30-Jan

15:00

2-3

1-0

2-2

0

0

Middlesbrough V Blackburn

30-Jan

15:00

0-0

1-1

0-0

3

1

Man Utd V Everton

30-Jan

17:30

3-0

2-0

1-0

1

1

Newcastle V Sunderland

31-Jan

13:30

1-2

1-1

1-1

0

3

Liverpool V Chelsea

31-Jan

16:00

0-0

1-1

2-0

0

0

January 29, 2009

Blog Back Online!!!

Filed under: Football — Nerdfly @ 2:34 pm

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the lack of posts recently but i have moved home and have been without the internet for a while. But it’s back now so hopefully from tomorrow i will get back to posting some articles for you all to read and enjoy.

Thanks

December 8, 2008

Everton and Aston Villa Serve Up a Sunday Treat!

Filed under: Football — Nerdfly @ 11:27 am

Villa celebrating their late winner

Villa celebrating their late winner

Aston Villa beat Everton 3-2 in yesterday’s live game on Sky Sports. The game was one of the best games of the season so far and both teams deserve credit for this, and it was a shame that their had to be a loser.

 

 Aston Villa went ahead in the first minute thanks to a goal from Steve Sidwell, who smashed the ball in from 20 yards, after a neat bit of play from Luke Young and James Milner to set him up. Everton looked shocked but they carried on fighting and applying pressure on Villa searching for the equaliser. It eventually came in the 31st minute from Jolean Lescott, a tap in from 5 yards from a perfect Mikel Arteta cross.

In the second half Villa agian took the lead after a dreadful passback from Phil Jagielka was played right into the path of Ashley Young who finished impecablly past Tim Howard. Everton again piled forward in search of another equaliser and eventually got reward in the 2nd minute of stoppage time. Lescott again finding the net from close range but this time with an exceptional overhead volley.

Everton thought they had secured the point they desrerved with this goal but 20 seconds later Ashely Young turned Lescott inside out and placed a curling shot pat Tim Howard to win the game for Villa.

It truly was an exciting game and the best of the season so far. Do you agree?

December 5, 2008

Premier League Fixtures Week 16

Filed under: Football — Tags: , — Nerdfly @ 1:11 pm

Here are the Premier League Fixtures for this weekend and my predictions for the results.

I have decided to make it a bit more interesting and compare my predictions with Mark Lawrenson’s predictions from the BBC website. (Thanks to soccer blog for this idea) Lawro’s predictions are the one’s in green.

Saturday 6th December

Arsenal  V  Wigan  15:00  (3-0)  (2-0) (1-0)

Blackburn  V  Liverpool  15:00  (1-2)  (0-2) (1-3)

Bolton  V  Chelsea  15:00  (0-1)  (0-2) (0-2)

Fulham  V  Man City  12:45  (1-1)  (2-1) (1-1)

Hull City  V  Middlesbrough  15:00  (0-0)  (1-1) (2-1)

Man Utd  V  Sunderland  17:30  (4-0)  (3-0) (1-0)

Newcastle  V  Stoke City  15:00  (2-2)  (2-0) (2-2)

Sunday 7th December

Everton  V  Aston Villa  16:00  (2-1)  (2-2)  (2-3)

West Brom  V  Portsmouth  15:00  (1-0)  (2-0)  (1-1)

Monday 8th December

West Ham  V  Tottenham  20:00  (1-1)  (1-2)  (0-2)

So all the results are now in and I have decided to follow Monkey magazines point scoring allocation of 3 points for a perfect match, and 1 point for a correct result.

So after the first week of predictions the scores are as follows:

Myself:   10pts

Lawro:     7pts

December 2, 2008

Ronaldo Scoops Europen Player of the Year Award

Filed under: Football — Tags: , , — Nerdfly @ 2:42 pm

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted the best player in Europe by France Magazine this morning in Paris. He is the first Premiership player since Michael Owen in 2001 to win the Ballon d’Or.

The award is given by a poll of 96 journalists, each voter names five players on their final ballot, awarding five points to their first choice and one point to their fifth. Ronaldo’s was the only name to appear on each of the 96 ballots, polling 446 points out of a maximum 480.

His goal scoring feats from last season helping Manchester United to the Premier League Crown, and the European Cup ensured Ronaldo would be the winner of this award. Lionel Messi finished in second place and Fernando Torres of Liverpool in third.

Do you agree with the judges and think Ronaldo was a deserving winner, or do you think another player deserved the award more?

Feel free to comment below.

November 25, 2008

The ‘Big Four’ Fail to Score!

Filed under: Football — Tags: , — Nerdfly @ 11:01 am

dejected_arsenal.jpg

This weekend for the first time in 16 years not on of the Premierships so-called ‘big four’ managed to find the net. Chelsea and Liverpool were both held at home 0-0. Man United were also held 0-0 away at Aston Villa, whilst Arsenal were beaten 3-0 away at Manchester City.

Do these results prove that the Premiership is getting better and that the other teams are slowly catching the top teams, or was it just a freaky weekend in football?

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