Barry the Traitor?

July 19, 2009
Barry the traitor?

A taste of what he'll have to endure next season

Gareth Barry has recently come out and defended his move to Manchester City, as fans and media alike have continued to crucify him for leaving Villa.  He’s being portrayed as a traitorous player who has abandoned his boyhood (joined when he was 18) club for a fatter paycheck – the ultimate ‘no no’ for English football and its fans.  Rafa Benitez, who was in hot pursuit of the player last summer (lest we forget), sums up the feelings of the press and fans quite nicely as he labelled Barry a “mercenary” and accused that money was the only reason behind his decision to move.

Everybody (especially Rafa) sounds a bit bitter to me.  And here’s why.

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“Stratospheric” Offer to Get Things Rolling?

June 29, 2009
Etoos transfer could spur other teams to dip into their warchests

Eto'o's transfer could spur other teams to dip into their warchests

The summer transfer season has yet to really heat up.  Ok, there were two mammoth deals involving two of the three best players in the world and the transfer-record was broken twice in a week.  But that’s really it.  Pretty dull for most of us.

Man City have been most active thus far and it is their pursuit of Samuel Eto’o that could soon catalyze the market into some action (as if the £136 spent by Madrid on Kaka and Ronaldo wasn’t enough).

According to Joan Laporta, Barcelona President, City have presented the Cameroonian striker a “stratospheric” offer which would make him the highest-paid player in the world (before Cristiano Ronaldo’s 1st annual wage increase).  Laporta conceded that it would be hard for Eto’o to refuse such a “monster” deal, especially as his contract with Barcelona is set to expire in 2010 and the African Cup of Nations will cause him to miss 6 weeks of next season.

If this move goes through (but let’s face it, in this day and age, nobody has any idea of what is really going to happen until pen is put to paper: see the  Cristiano Ronaldo saga of 2008), it could jumpstart the transfer market and provide some much-needed excitement for an otherwise dreary summer (England’s qualifying matches against Andorra and Kazakhstan didn’t quite satisfy the hunger, although the USA’s run to the Confederation’s Cup final was a pleasant surprise).

The deal will also ignite the talks of City breaking into the lionized ‘Top Four’, but that is for a different article.

Click on to see how the Eto’o deal would provide a boost to the transfer market.

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England have Great Success with 4-0 victory over Kazakhstan. Very Nice!

June 7, 2009

With the three lions picking up an easy victory in Almaty (where?), they are left needing one victory from their final three games of qualifying to assure them of a place in the Finals next summer.  As you can see, Captain John Terry was very excited at the prospect of competing in a summer tournament after missing out on the last one – and we need not go there.  Gareth Barry gave City fans a preview of what is to come next season as he scored a goal and bossed the midfield.  Both Capello and Terry were extremely optimistic in their post-match interviews, with the latter even mentioning Spain in the same sentence as England! 

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