Capello Bites Back, World Cup Round-Up With Incomings
A day when the bitten bit back. John Terry was firmly put in his place yesterday by Fabio Capello and roundly humiliated when he turned out to be a false prophet of doom. Nobody publicly backed him in his revolt – or is it just revolting behaviour – and he found himself talking to the media contritely. He is, I think, fortunate that Ferdinand is not fit for a spell on the bench may have been his reward had another centre back been available for tomorrow’s match with Slovenia.
Elsewhere, it was a veritable goalfest yesterday. Well, for Portugal anyway. The seven goal margin of victory over North Korea may have been a harsh reflection of the match but it all but ensured that the Iberians and their former colony will qualify for the knockout phase. Ivory Coast has to match the Portuguese win and hope there is no connivance in the other match, from which Brazil would be expected to emerge victorious.
Despite proving the naysayers wrong off the pitch, the organisation being as good as any other tournament from a distance, it has been a miserable tournament for the African nations on the pitch. Beset be strife, Cameroon are already out, South Africa likely to become the first hosts to fail to progress beyond the group phase unless they hammer France and Uruguay or Mexico hand out a sound beating in the other game.
Algeria and Nigeria both could qualify if results go their way as well as winning their final group games. The latter will progress if that happens and Greece do not upset the applecart by defeating Argentina whilst Ghana are in the best position to get to the knockout phase but need to avoid losing to Germany and hope Serbia do not get a scoring draw or better against Australia. The organisers nightmare of no continental representation in the rest of competition is a realistic possibility.
Spain found their scoing boots and should have won by a greater margin than the two goals David Villa scored. Defeat Chile and they avoid Brazil in the next phase but Portugal will still provide tough opposition. Cesc emerged into the one-sided fray with twenty five minutes to go and almost scored, his shot cleared from almost on the line by the Hondurans. It was a gentle introduction to the competition and one he will have been reasonably pleased with, perhaps not enough to win a starting place in the final match against Chile though.
As we’re talking about Him, They are changing faces but the old ones are still repeating their mantra. Taking a break from packing his belongings into a black dustbin liner and giving the security guard the slip for a few minutes, Joan Laporta reckoned Arsenal will give in evenutally but is resigned to it not happening on his watch, a point confirmed by his mouthpiece in chief, Joan Oliver:
Arsenal have told us only that in principle they are not interested in the transfer…He’s a player under contract in force with another club, but has publicly expressed interest in leaving. The key is that Arsenal change its current stance that is not to sell the player.
I thought that the rejection of the offer was not so much ‘in principle’ but a pretty definite ‘bugger off‘. Must just be me reading too much into the situation. A clue to Barcelona’s curious definition of market value comes in the cost of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The assumption has been that it was a straight swap for Samuel Eto’o; not so, insist El Mundo Deportivo. The true cost was €20m valuation of Eto’o and €48m in cash. Having been sold a pup by Internazionale, they are determined not to do that again with Cesc.
Other ‘news’, if you can call it that, was the admission by Christian Gorcuff that Laurent Koscielny is likely to join Arsenal next week whilst Joe Cole is going to join Manchester United. Or Arsenal. Or Tottenham. Or Manchester City. Whatever. Expect this little frenzy to pick up pace next Wednesday when his contract expires. Incoming is Rob Green once more and a new one is Ranet Yanabev who is replacing Gael Clichy when Barcelona finally get around to making an offer. As he can also play right back, maybe it’s a ruse and Barcelona are really after Bacary Sagna?
Posted on June 22, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip, World Cup 2010 and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip, World Cup 2010. Bookmark the permalink. 196 Comments.