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So Final-ly it all comes down to this. The “FIFA World Cup” is on its way home to one of the two European bigwigs. Two nations with huge history, that have produced as many legends of the game, as any other country. Two teams that have embraced their own style of the game, be it the Total Voetball or the Tiki Taka. They boast of some of the world’s best academies in Ajax and Barcelona, that have churned out players of rare breed for decades. And yet when it happens that their best achievement have been limited to European championships, its only fair that these two will be vying for the coveted trophy this coming Sunday.

Hup Holland Hup or Vamos Espana?

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Blackburn Preview

It’s only when stonewallers of penalties like that are not given that we manage to beat Blackburn. Else their manager always outwits ours. True Story.

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Johnson to de Jong, Barry, Barry brilliantly nutmegs the young rookie Eastmond and finds Tevez with a beautifully weighted defense splitter, Tevez flicks one back to Adebayor, Adebayor runs around Silvestre three times, Holds him off with a palm to his forehead while he juggles the ball with his left foot and blows cigar smoke into Campbell’s face. Adebayor passes to FABIANSKI? Fabianski collects the ball (crowd lets out a stunned roar of approval) and promptly throws the ball back into his own net; 4-1 Citeh.

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Ducky’s Note: The volcanic ash and its havoc on air travel in Europe has thrown up a lot of opportunities for the European big boys to make some much deserved road trips across Europe. Hence, in spite of being the Manc on this site, I simply had to take this opportunity to nod to one of my favourite bands, RHCP and their immemorial song – Road Trippin. So here goes, Rafael Benitez’s version of the song, while on the 1200-mile trip to Madrid.

Note 2: For best results, play the original song and sing along, like a Karaoke. Allow for some minor meter corrections though 🙂

Road trippin with my no favourite allies??

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It was not so long ago, 7 months ago to be precise, that I was sitting in a room in Calcutta filled with to-be-managers of India Inc., watching Manchester United’s latest No.7 write yet another chapter in that bestseller ‘United’s late, late goals’. This T-shirt moment below might have passed out of most of our memories, and that’s precisely why it needs to be brought up again.

Do the Double

 That night was an indication of how the Manchester Derby would shape up for the rest of the season, and for seasons to come. A lot has passed under the bridge since then(pun unintended) – the man of that day’s moment has got himself crocked as usual, our man of the season is probably crocked for tomorrow as well, and Man Shitty have proved that money can indeed buy everything Mastercard promised. (more…)

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Festivities

Famous Arsenal fan

Every team goes into a new season with ambitions befitting their status. The newly promoted sides attempt desperately to stay up, the stragglers of the previous year hope to secure a place mid table, the decent but not great sides aim for the UEFA Cup or the Europa League as it has been rechristened, Arsenal, United, Chelsea and Liverpool shoot for the league and the Champions League. (more…)

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Ducky’s Note: Swaroop is back with a look at what could be for what’s left of Arsenal’s season. Starting with the return from the dead of Robin van Persie, just in time for what is probably Arsenal’s closest run-in in half a decade.

As Thierry Henry scored a 94th minute winner against Man. United at the Emirates some threey years ago, Martin Taylor’s voice rang around the Emirates as if he swallowed a speaker: “The Biggest of games, the biggest of names. It’s Henry who has flattened Ferguson.”

Ultimately one of the high points of a very disappointing season that year, Arsenal could yet have their “Henry flattens Ferguson moment” when another man steps on the field for the first time in five months.

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