Oh Campione

Oh Campione
The one and onlyyy
we’re liverpooooolll
say our days are numbered we’re not famous anymore
scousers rule the country like we’ve always done before

Cup finals with Liverpool are always exciting and people with heart conditions should probably be warned against watching them – it’s the Liverpool way.  Many of Liverpool’s recent cup finals would not be out of place in a Hollywood script – full of action and lots of drama. If you look back over the past 15 years Liverpool have been involved in some of the most exciting finals that will ever be seen. In 2001 when the club did the treble there was 3 very exciting finals. The league cup that year was very similar to yesterday’s game. Liverpool were firm favourites against a team from a lower league yet struggled and were lucky to win on penalties. The FA cup was another great occasion where 2 Michael Owen goals helped Liverpool come from a goal down against Arsenal to claim the victory. Lady luck has definitely been on Liverpool’s side in recent times and that game was no different. Arsenal thumped Liverpool for most of that game and should have won comfortably. 2001 was a special year for the reds and they also went on to win the Uefa cup win a 5-4 victory of Alves with the help of a golden goal which was actually an own goal.

Istanbul 2005 will probably go down as the greatest champions’ league final ever. From 3-0 at half time Liverpool managed to come back and beat AC Milan on pens with some heroics from Dudek and similarly in the FA cup final of 06 Liverpool had another peno shoot-out victory. The reds were 3-1 down to West Ham but up stepped captain fantastic Stevie G to rescue us and allow us to claim another final victory.

In that time period Liverpool also lost cup final – one European Cup final defeat to AC Milan and a League cup final to Chelsea. As the old cliché goes “you can’t win them all “. Although I’m ecstatic about yesterday’s cup win there is a part of me that is unhappy with the manner in which Liverpool won the game. This should have been a formality for Dagleish’s men yet the performance was poor. Liverpool will need to up their performance level if they are to fulfil the ambitions of a 4th place finish and a FA cup win.


Is the Champions League in Decline?

For some reason I have failed to get excited with this season’s Champions League. As a Liverpool fan I naturally have less interest in the competition when we are not involved but taking all other factors into account I still feel this season has been missing a spark. The quality of football has seriously declined in the past few years. Uefa changed the rules to allow smaller clubs from poor leagues to qualify for the group stages and this has taken away from the prestige of the competition. The group stages have become boring and very predictable (Manchester Utd being an exception this year). At the beginning of the group stages it would have been very easy to select group winners and runners up and the majority of these teams qualified).

In the past there would not be a Tuesday or Wednesday night where I would not be plonked in front of the TV with the Champo League on but this year has been different. Bayern Munich vs. Basel is on tonight and I am seriously considering watching something else instead. Am I the one who has changed or does anyone find this game very unappealing?

The fact that the English clubs have been so poor this year is the only logical answer which I can think of. Manchester City and Utd both exited the competition in the group stages and Arsenal and Chelsea are on the brink. This is a reflection of the decline in the premier league over the past two seasons. The quality of football and especially defending has decreased dramatically this season e.g. Arsenal losing 4-0 and Chelsea being beaten 3-1 by Napoli.

Lets just hope Liverpool can qualify for next years competition and bring back memories such as this:

Football Funnies

The past week has seen many contentious issues in the footballing world which has caused much debate and discussion about the game we all love. Instead about talking about all great goals and excellent performances we have been left talking about racism tax evasion and handshakes. In order to keep my sanity and to ensure that we don’t get carried away by these serious incidents I have decided to dedicate my blog this week to some of footballs lighter moments.
No one can deny that we all love to watch Football bloopers and the below video is a compilation of some of my favourites.
Hope you all enjoy this as much as I did.

Innocent until Proven Guilty!

After staying quite on the issue for the past few months I finally feel I needed to throw my opinion into the mix on the John Terry Saga. This has been the most controversial moment in English Football in recent years and threatens to derail England’s Euro 2012 campaign. The video evidence would appear to suggest that Terry is guilty as charged but I’m yet to be convinced. We have seen this in the past where people are accused of something and the majority of people believe they are guilty but the person turns out to be innocent. Terry has been protesting his innocence so much that there is the possibility that he could be innocent. The verdict of the court case is irrelevant because the public’s perception is what matters and if we take this into account then Terry is guilty as charged.

There have been no winners from the incident: Anton Ferdinand has been subject of a hate campaign from certain areas even though he didn’t make any accusations. This is a police matter yet the QPR defender has received bullets in the post from some narrow minded individuals. Football in general has suffered from this incident and the image of the game has been tarnished. England’s Euro campaign looks like the next thing which is going to suffer because of the allegations. The FA has deemed it necessary to remove Terry as England captain against the Managers wishes. Why is it when ever a major tournament comes around the English try their best to make it difficult for their team to be successful? What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

It’s scary when Joey Barton has been the man talking the most sense about this issue.  The FA handling of this situation has been disgraceful? The have let the situation spiral out of control and have ignored all the rules when it comes to crisis management. Granted this is a police investigation but surely the FA should have acted quicker in dealing with this situation. Could they not have held their own investigation in the immediate aftermath of the incident and try to mediate between the two parties involved? The court case has been moved to the end of the season: this is just prolonging the incident for everyone and brings more media attention of the scandal. They should also have consulted with Capello and brought a united front to the captaincy issue. This situation is getting very drawn out now and needs a quick resolution

If there is one lesson to be learned from this it is that the FA is an organisation that needs to be changed and people with more football knowledge should have power positions rather than the suits who are conspiring to ruin the game for all of us football fans.