Tuesday, 27 March 2012

My Top 10 Goals

Here is a rundown of what I believe to be the top 10 goals I have witnessed, entry to this top 10 is through virtue of technique, originality and importance. It was hard to pick only 10 as you can imagine, we see great strikes in the Premier League every week and it took all my strength to not just have the top 5 made up of Spurs goals versus Arsenal, in fact David Bentley and Danny Rose both came very close to making the list for their stunning volleys, but this is what I decided upon, enjoy...


Karel Poborsky v Portugal Euro ’96: This goal was the inspiration behind thousands of players on a Sunday morning starting to try and lob the ball over a ‘keeper when one-on-one, often accompanied by a shout of ‘Poborrrskkky!!’ As an eight year old I would dump my three year old brother in front of our goal in the garden and continuously attempt to ‘Poborsky’ him, some questioned the intention of the Czech international to lob the on rushing Vitor Baia, but he proved this was intentional by repeating the feat for Benfica in a domestic match versus FC Porto, scooping the ball over, once again, Vitor Baia!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

A Long Way From The Vetch Field Days

A member of the Spanish press said of Barcelona’s recent form: ‘If only they could play more like Swansea City’.

Big praise indeed for the small Welsh club who have come a long way in the last 10 years. A club who nearly fell out of the Football League on the last day of the 2002-2003. Only a 4-2 victory on the last day of the season against Hull City earning them a reprieve at the crumbling Vetch Field.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

First Goal Wins?

When watching the Arsenal v Newcastle game the other night I wondered how significant the first goal is within a match…… Does scoring first in the game provide the golden nugget that more often than not leads to victory? So this left me on a mission to raid the internet in an attempt to find some data that would support my thoughts...

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

El Diego

Since I’ve been old enough to appreciate his wizardry, El Diego has fascinated me. The fact he even made one, albeit testimonial, appearance for Tottenham Hotspur made me fall in love with him. I’ve read several biographies documenting his life, but I was too young to ever see him play live, one bumbling appearance in a charity match at Old Trafford aside, at which I still got excited when he slotted home one of the worst penalties of all time. Despite this there is a certain aura that lingers around the names of players such as Pele and Maradona and until recently they were widely regarded as the greatest players ever to grace this earth, one was regarded as the model professional, the other a passionate, raw talent. A comparison summed up best by Maradona himself.

"If Pele thinks he's the Beethoven of football, then I'm the Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and the Bono of football, because I have so much passion.”

Monday, 19 March 2012

JC... A Bad Advert For Scottish Tourism

Jamie Clark is an angry 17 year old with a lot of things on his mind. He hates two things; The speed in which he is going bald, and Scottish football...

The Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Sounds boring?

It is boring.

Friday, 16 March 2012

The MLS is Back!

Our resident Geordie, Michael Hindhaugh, gives his thoughts and analysis on all things 'soccer'... 

MLS is Back!

This week saw the return of the MLS (Major League Soccer) and there were some sure signs that this season could turn out to be the best since it began in 1993. I’ll be the first to admit that I was not familiar with the MLS while I lived in England, other than the big teams and big names, but never would have thought it had as much to offer as it does!  A few facts for those of you who are unfamiliar with the MLS:

A Few Good Men

As a non football fanatic, I sometimes wonder about players’ motives. I say non-fanatic, I’m not even knowledgeable. Couldn’t even tell you how many squares there are on the back of one of those goal nets, me. But I’d guess at 3612. We all want to do well. From the absolute rock bottom level with cold showers, car-park changing and dog shite dodging wingers to the very top of the Premiership, players move from club to club to try and be part of the highest standard that they possibly can. I admire that.

But I don’t always understand it...

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Bysouth's Top 10 Iconic Kits

Bysouths  Top 10s:

Iconic Kits:

After some recent banter at training and what has been named a ‘clobber off’ between certain players on our team, looking to wear the most outrageous, iconic or retro outfits to impress (wind up) the gaffer I’ve come up with my list of what I perceive to be an iconic kit, to qualify for my list the shirt or kit must either represent a special team or period of time, look to bend the rules or challenge the styles at the time, or it can just be utterly outrageous!

Monday, 12 March 2012

Moyes and His 10 Year Miracle.

10 years ago Bill Kenwright took the decision to appoint David Moyes as Manager of his beloved Everton. Oh how those times changed since David Moyes took charge. In the season of 2001/’02, the Championship was called Division One, topped by Manchester City and MK Dons were still Wimbledon. 8 of the teams in the premier league are not there today, Leeds United the highest profile. ITV Digital went into administration and the financial world of football changed.