Speaking of the Champions League, it was great to see another Larsson, wearing a number seven shirt, scoring against Rangers at Ibrox. This time it was Daniel of Swedish side Malmo, rather than Henrik of Celtic, who put the Gers to the sword. I am sure a few thousand Celtic fans had a pound on their hero’s namesake to score the winner. Let’s hope he scores in the second leg too.
Chelsea and Manchester City should be renamed Chelsea ‘03 and Man City ‘08 to better represent their current standing in the game. Neither club in its current form is representative of their history, which predates their purchase in 2003 and 2008 respectively by foreign investors. Chelsea and City are now multi-national corporations that will do anything and everything to be successful. Fans of the two clubs might disagree, but their teams have lost their soul and represent everything that is wrong with the modern game.
Manchester United were clinical in dispatching the MLS All-Stars at Red Bull Arena last Wednesday night, although the 4-0 score line flattered them to a degree. The Red Devils will still be a formidable foe in the upcoming English Premier League season, but the center midfield pairing of Michael Carrick and Anderson, who both started in New Jersey, will not secure their 20th league title. Signing a creative midfield player is a must if United are to retain their title. Let Soccer Banter be the first to suggest that Alex Ferguson should sign Luka Modric.
It is despicable that Chelsea’s, Yossi Benayoun was subjected to anti-Semitic abuse while playing for his club against a Malaysian XI last week. Chelsea complained to the Malaysian FA about the abuse and received an apology, although not an admission of guilt. I don’t condone the abuse of the Israeli international, but I find Chelsea’s complaints to be hypocritical. Just ask Spurs fans about the anti-Semitic abuse and reference to the Holocaust they are subjected to by Chelsea fans when the two clubs play.
Did you know that July 17 was the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Founder Members Agreement? What is that you say? It is the agreement that changed the face of world sport. The FMA was the initial declaration by England’s top clubs establishing the basic principles for setting up the FA Premier League. Soccer and sport have not been the same since.