Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Football Round-Up

BBC: Liverpool 3-0 Bolton: The hosts take the lead on the hour when Jermaine Pennant's cross is turned in by Peter Crouch

A report in London's Evening Standard says that Fulham, who have already tendered an offer to American Clint Dempsey, are also going to sign Oguchi Onyewu from Standard Liege for a transfer fee of 1 million pounds. The best thing that can come from those signings is the chance for those two great young Americans to learn from the workhorse of the US National Team, Brian McBride. McBride is never the fastest or the most skilled player on the field, but he works the hardest. If Dempsey and Gooch can learn to Be Like Brian, this will be a match made in footie heaven. (via DuNord, football365 readers have ranked BMB the '4th most underrated player' in English football. Some good end-of-year soccer lists are linked on DuNord, too. It's the best football site out there.)

Stevie G. an MBE. Soon enough we'll be calling him 'sir'. About time -- he should have gotten it after the Champions League win in 2005, but we'll take it for the FA Cup heroics.

Crouchie (pictured above) had another bicycle goal on Sunday against Bolton. How can Rafa sell him? Plus, it would break Coach Mom's heart. Even before we met him in the elevator in Chicago, she's been a big fan.

I guess Britain has its own version of "Punked", with Rio Ferdinand as Aston Kutcher. Who Ate All The Pies has a segment where he messes with Shaun Wright-Phillips (aided and abetted by John Terry).

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