06 March, 2012

FIFA Caves... Just a Little

We mentioned a few days ago, that FIFA and the European Club Associations were bickering about who was more important, clubs or country.

Well, it would seem we have a resolution for now. Maybe.

FIFA has announced, although nothing is on paper, as usual, that in the next scheduling window for international dates (2015-2018), that February and August international friendlies will be scrapped.

While this may be a good thing, and happening, expect that FIFA won't just give up free money in their pockets for nothing. A few possibilities of what may happen to compensate:

1) International Friendlies increase in other slow times
2) More money is demanded by FIFA of the stadiums (higher ticket prices)
3) The clubs drop the demand that NTs pay insurance on player injuries

Most likely, we'll see #3 happen, with an outside chance of #1. If the increase in off season friendlies doesn't happen immediately, expect it to happen shortly thereafter though, because, we all know FIFA needs money like a prostitute on pimp pay day.

Photo: FIFALink

04 March, 2012

EPL: Newcastle v Sunderland Highlights

How do you know a team has a bad game? You're playing Sunderland and you only score one goal. That said, Sunderland managed to do something not often seen. Not only did they get a red card during the match (Sessgnon), but the idiot Cattermole got one after the final whistle... To quote a favorite Guinness commercial, "Brilliant!".

Video: Fox Sports

EPL: Manchester United v Tottenham Highlights

Yeah, I got nothing here. Rooney scores a brace. Ashley Young gets his 4th of the season. Spurs, while missing a handful of players, give up ridiculously angled or off balance shots. Defoe gets a late consolation goal from 30 out on a flat footed De Gea.

Video: Fox Sports

EPL: Fulham v Wolves Highlights

If you haven't hopped on Fulham's bandwagon, or at least Dempsey's, you should. A hat-trick by Progrebnyak and a brace by Dempsey see Wolves taken out back and summarily shot, so to speak.

Video: Fox Sports

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