Archive for November, 2006

Premiership results 29 November 2006

Manchester United 3-0 Everton ( Cristiano Ronaldo, Patrice Evra, John O Shea)

United made as many as 5 changes and still managed to maintain their lead at the top. 3-0 belied the fact that the game was largely an even affair. Everton would be disappointed at the way they conceded their third though.

Bolton 0-1 Chelsea ( Michael Ballack) 

Tough game for Chelsea, but they got the points they needed from a Ballack header just before the lemon break. Jaaskelainen produced some splendid saves, but Bolton’s strikers didn’t convert their chances.

Fulham 2-1 Arsenal ( Brian McBride, Tomas Radzinski/ Robin Van Persie) 

Shock result in the London derby. Two goals within the first twenty minutes sealed the fate of the Gunners. Van Persie’s freekick ensured they pulled one back, but Fulham hung on.

Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester City ( Darius Vassell, Joey Barton, Sylvain Distin/ Gavin McCann) 

First away win for the blue side of the city of Manchester. Villa had a terrible first half, and Vassell scored once again against his former club. City played three upfront, and Villa found themselves being attacked time and again.

Liverpool 0-0 Portsmouth 

Bad result for the Reds, especially as the game was at Anfield. They battered the Pompey goal, but the men from the South Coast defended resolutely.

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Hanumant Singh dies

There are rumours doing the rounds that the Prince of Kolkata, Saurav Ganguly, will make a comeback to the Indian test team. But yesterday, Indian cricket lost another of its Maharajas- the Maharaja of Banswara- Hanumant Singh.

Singh was one of the most prolific batsmen in Indian domestic cricket and is best remembered for his century on debut against England. He was only the fifth Indian to achieve that feat. His footwork was immaculate, something quite lacking in the players of today 😛 . It is however quite shocking that the man, with all his talent, went on to play only 14 tests for India. He was a victim of the weird powers who rule Indian cricket, who omitted him from the tour of Australia, when he was at the peak of his career.

He was also a match referee, and officiated in quite a few tests and ODI’s. He also coached Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy and was taken ill when he returned to Mumbai to watch the Champions Trophy final. He was in intensive care for close to 20 days, and renal and lung failure finally resulted in the death of one of Indian cricket’s legends at the age of 67.

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Spurs to swap Defoe for Bellamy??

According to various sources in the print and electronic media, Tottenham Hotspur are considering swapping Jermain Defoe for Craig Bellamy.

Defoe has endured some very frustrating times on the bench at Spurs, with Mido, Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov and him all fighting for the top two spots. Martin Jol has preferred to tinker around instead of sticking to a duo, and that is considered as one of the reasons for Spurs’ inconsistency.

Defoe is recognised as one of the best finishers in Europe, and was recently in the news for all the wrong reasons- for biting Javier Mascherano. He has also reportedly dated David Beckham’s sister 😀

Bellamy hasn’t managed to secure a permanent spot at Anfield either, with Crouch and Kuyt being Rafa’s preferred men upfront. Bellamy’s hardworking nature may fit in Spurs’s scheme of things, but he isn’t guaranteed a first 11 spot at White Hart Lane.

Let us see how this one goes 😀

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Fabio Cannavaro wins Ballon D’ Or.

World Cup winning Italian skipper and Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro has been named  ‘ European Footballer of the year” by France magazine.

Cannavaro was one of the architects of Italy’s surprise triumph in Germany. Zinedine Zidane, who beat Cannavaro to the World Cup Golden Ball, finished 5th in the poll.

Cannavaro is the first Italian to win it after Roberto Baggio in 1993, and is the first defender to win the award since Matthias Sammer in 1966. For the uninitiated, Sammer was one of the best German defenders in the 60’s . He has also managed Dortmund.

Results:

1.) Fabio Cannavaro

2.) Gianlugi Buffon

3.) Thierry Henry.

4.) Ronaldinho

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Rahul Dravid out of ODI series

I apologise for not updating this blog for quite a while. My internet wasn’t upto scratch 😀 and although it has been only 4 days, I feel its been ages since I blogged.

India’s loss to South Africa puts further pressure on them. I thought that there was no variation attempted by Pathan and Co. in the late overs. That made things easier for the burly Kemp- for all he had to do was hit through the line and wait for the ball to sail over the rope.

Coming back to the topic, Dravid has been ruled out of the series with an avulsion fracture  on the middle finger of his right hand. VVS Laxman has been called up as his replacement.Given India’s poor state of affairs in the batting department, the absence of Dravid could hit them badly, as he is one of the few players ‘ in form’.

Let us see whether the stylish Hyderabadi manages to silence his critics with some good innnings.

And Ashwell Prince will replace Boeta Dippenaar for the remaining two ODI’s. Dippennaar hasn’t figured in the first three ODI’s in this series, having lost his spot to Loots Bosman.

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South Africa kings at Kingsmead

To cut a long story shot, all the Indians did at Durban was ” hop around”. The weather Gods didn’t come to their rescue too, and the final result was a 157 run thrashing from the Proteas.

The Durban pitch is one where the South Africans have an excellent record. For India, it is the same pitch where Ashish Nehra demolished England with a 6-23 spell in the 2003 World Cup. The game belonged to two men- Jacques Kallis and Andre Nel.

Kallis anchored the South African innings after Graeme Smith fell to Zaheer Khan in the second over. He took close to 27 overs for his 119, a bit slow by modern standards. Abraham De Villiers batted extremely well, and the duo attacked Harbhajan Singh, India’s main spinner. They did not allow him to settle and therefore forced Dravid to look at other options. Tendulkar did his job extremely well, going for little less than 4 an over. The dismissal of De Villers at a stage when the Proteas were looking set for 260+ reminded me of the CT semifinals. Some lusty hitting from Nel and Kallis towards the end took them to 248.

As for India, nobody barring Dhoni, Dravid and Tendulkar got into double figures. They lost their last 8 wickets for a mere 29 runs and ordinary bowlers like Nel and Kallis looked as if they had been sent from hell for a mission.

India have to do some serious soul searching if they have to answer their fans back home. I read today that the Indian Parliament bayed for Chappell’s head.

And by the look of it, the English are facing the same problem in Australia. 😀 Maybe an association for ” Batsmen mentally traumatised by bouncy pitches and fast bowlers” would do . 😛

If India capsize @ Capetown, pressure will mount on Dravid and Co. Lets see how they perform on Sunday. Keep the series alive, India

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Freddy Adu currently on trial with Manchester United

Some of you might already know this 🙂

American wonderkid Freddy Adu is on a two week trial at United. He is however ineligible for competitive games as he does not have a work permit.

Adu is the youngest USA player to be capped at international level, making his debut at the age of 16 against neighbours Canada.

According to certain media reports, Chelsea reportedly rejected the offer to sign him.

Edit- Manchester United have reportedly rejected him after the trial. Guess the lad goes back to America to play for DC

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