Recently I was reading an article in lifehacker.com, “Top 10 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging You (and How to Beat It)” — you know, a little light reading before bed and all that — when I was struck by the similarities between the 10 ways and the way that managers handle their transfer dealings.
There weren’t many surprises during this week’s internationals, as most teams are just kicking off their preparations for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa later this year. But we’ve managed to learn a few things that we should keep an eye on.
The Premier League kicked off this week, and despite a sense of general excitement, you have to feel a little bit bad for fans of Liverpool, Aston Villa and especially Everton, whose weekend was probably ruined by bad results. You’ll often hear football pundits talk about preseason matches and how you can’t take them too seriously as predictors of a team’s chances. Well, I think the same could be said for the first game of the season. Here are three reasons why I think we should take the results of Week 1 with a grain of salt.
OK. Here are my, admittedly amateurish, predictions for this season of the Premier League. Feel free to comment and call me crazy, or pronounce my genius. At the end of the season, I’ll do another column and we’ll see just how wrong I was. 2009-10 Champions? Chelsea.
Diego Maradona’s lawyer has claimed that the Argentina manager is in talks with Portsmouth to take up a position as a “global ambassador”. Forgetting the Portsmouth point-of-view for the moment … I love this idea. Thank you Sulaiman al-Fahim. Please, take him.
The transfer activity by Real Madrid and Manchester City has created the false impression that the transfer market has been quite active. Actually, the opposite may be true.
…or should that be, why Manchester United is good for Michael Owen? There are several reasons why signing the former England striker makes sense for the defending Premier League champions, who should have a very different look to them next season.