1. Goal of the day
2. Tweet of the day
Only one team in Premier League history has had fewer than 10 points after six games and gone on to win the title – Man Utd 2002-03.
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) September 29, 2012
They’ve done it before, so that’s good, but there is a big difference in the quality and depth between then and now. It would be ridiculous to write off Manchester United just yet, but can they really beat Chelsea and/or City?
3. Bizarre story of the day
Barcelona invited an Israeli soldier to one of their games this year. In response Hamas called for a boycott of the club. Football is the last place where peace in the Middle East should be contemplated – we’re a bit unhinged as it is. In an attempt to smooth things over the club proceeded to do this:
Barcelona has invited three Palestinians to attend its Oct. 7 match against Real Madrid in response to Hamas calling for a media boycott of the club after it gave a complimentary ticket to an Israeli soldier.
At the risk of offending wide swathes of the footy blog readership – sports and politics can mix, though too often it’s done poorly – is this really the best way to handle a boycott? It’s a genuine question worth considering. I don’t think it is.
4. Rant of the day
Was this a penalty? Probably not. In fact I’m willing to say it was not even close. As we watched today’s epic at Old Trafford, we made the same gripe thousands of football fans have made before us – players are rewarded for embellishment far too often. The only way this will stop – it never will is my guess – is if referees actively punish the actors. Then we get to points where Luis Suarez would have to be actually shot in the box to get a penalty. Gah. There is no easy solution, but something must be done. It’s quite ridiculous.
5. Sub of the day
In a team chalk full of stars, Edin Džeko goes unnoticed at times. Which is a shame because all this guy does is produce. Without the historincis of your Tevez’s and Balotelli’s, the Bosnian international is a – cliche alert – big game player. Lost in the craziness of Sergio Aguero’s title winning goal last season was the work Džeko did to tie the game. After being subbed on in the 86th minute – not exactly a lot of time for a player to feel out the game – in today’s game at Craven Cottage, the striker scored the winner one minute later. There’s something to be said about being in the right place at the right time, but clearly a pattern has emerged. You could argue there are more important players on this team – Yaya Toure etc. – and that’s an argument you would win. But Edin deserves some more pub. The guy is awesome.