Otsemobor strikes late to win bitter grudge match
Whether it was intentional or not — it looks like the 29-year-old thought the whistle had blown — Jon Otsemobor’s last gasp winner ended a game filled with a little bit of everything, including verbal jousts between fans, a pitch invasion, Ian Wright looking incredibly uncomfortable and more. It’s been 10 years since a controversial decision that saw AFC Wimbledon move to Milton Keynes, a 56 mile move north. AFC Wimbledon became the MK Dons. Their original fans did not follow, choosing to start over from the bottom. Today was the first meeting between the two clubs. Apparently time does not heal all wounds.
German model bangs the drum for club, country and the people’s game
In this morning’s Guardian, David Conn champions the success of the Bundesliga. While the league has grown in quality, German clubs have held on to tradition. Tickets prices remain reasonable (£8.95 to watch Borussia Dortmund is pretty damn good) and outside of two teams — Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkeusen — the club model remains in tact. More importantly, large investments in funding youth academies has created layers of superstars waiting for their turn. While seven players on the Dortmund team that dizzied Manchester City were German, Joe Hart was the only English starter on City. The article is worth the read.
FA Cup third round draw delivers juicy matchups
Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal will all play on the road against EPL opponents when the third round of the FA Cup begins. United travels to Upton Park to take on the Hammers while Chelsea face Southampton. Arsene Wenger’s beleaguered side draw Swansea — the team that defeated the Gunners 2-0 at home yesterday. Other enticing pairings include Fulham v. Blackpool, Sheffield Wednesday v. MK Dons and Aston Villa v. Ipswich Town. You can find the full list here.
Cavani and Inler star as Napoli thrash Pescara
Gokhan Inler and Edison Cavani each netted two goals while Marek Hamsik added another, leading Napoli to a 5-1 win over Pescara on Sunday. With the victory Napoli keeps pace with leaders Juventus, who emerged victorious from yesterday’s Turin derby. The Partenopei remain two points behind Juve.
Rafa Benitez is not ’100 percent’ sure his job is safe at Chelsea
Breaking news. Chelsea fans have acted like spoiled children, Roman is extremely impatient and the results — small sample size! — have yet to come. “I would say that it depends on the things that we can do on the pitch. So, if we improve on the pitch, it will be easier for everyone.” Pretty much.
Lampard lined up for shock switch to Arsenal as Wenger abandons youth
The best headline writers in the business, the folks at the Daily Mail need to take a bow. According to the Sunday Mirror Wenger sees the Chelsea stalwart as someone who can add experience to his struggling side. The comment section on this article is wonderful. My favourite: ‘If this story is true, I will never use the Internet again for as long as I live.
MLS Cup was Omar’s show as Galaxy beat Dynamo for repeat title
Beck’s ascension to footballer heaven — also known as retirement — was the takeaway from the Galaxy’s second consecutive MLS Cup win. Jason de Vos was on TSN 1050 yesterday, speaking about what Beckham has done for the league. He mentioned that professional athletes are only people that die twice. When their career is over they’re removed from our subconscious. He’s not done yet — my money is on Japan — and he’ll be back in some capacity to help the game grow in North America but de Vos’ candid remarks will stick with me.