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After a rather a lengthy hiatus Sunday headlines is back. What better time than the International break to catch up on interesting stories from around the globe.

Zeph Thomas: St Kitts international football to call centre in five months

For most young players, an international call up is confirmation. You’ve made it. That wasn’t the case for St Kitts international Zeph Thomas. After working his way into a possible first team selection for Scottish club Cowedenbeath, Thomas left for the Caribbean. Thomas qualified for eligibility through his grandfather and went to play for St Kitts in the qualifying round of the Caribbean Cup. When he got back his career as a footballer was left in flux.

“Upon his return to Scotland he found himself out of favour. He picked up a groin injury and was released by the team, nicknamed Blue Brazil, in January. Blue is probably the operative word to sum up Thomas’s mood since. He has been working for bookmakers William Hill in a Rotherham call centre while trying to find a way to continue his football career.”

As someone who worked in a call centre I can attest to their ability to destroy souls. Add in the fact that Thomas was a professional footballer before and that makes it even worse. Thomas awaits the results of an MRI scan, which will determine whether his career as a footballer is over.

Van Persie: I’d settle for the double

Robin Van Persie set a goal and failed to achieve it. For the rest of us that happens on a weekly basis. Not so much for the prolific Dutch striker. Speaking with the Daily Mirror, Van Persie revealed he wanted to win the treble in his first season with Manchester United. “I wanted the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup.” He’ll have to settle for for two. That wasn’t the high point the interview however. Van Persie is hopeful United can seal the league title at home against Manchester City or at Arsenal. For Gooners still unable to forgive and forget that has to hurt. That wasn’t even the worst part. RVP was targeted by Ferguson as a youth at Feyenoord. The scout sent to watch him saw Van Persie get sent off.

“Sir Alex mentioned that to me when I arrived at United. He felt I was not yet ready for a move to a big English club all those years ago – and he was right. I said to the boss ‘you were right then, but I am ready now.”

Ummm, what? Arsenal was a big club when he got there. He was ready a few years ago, when he was playing for a big club and getting hurt all the time.

Multinational Watford look to top flight and a solid financial future

Led by manager Gianfranco Zola, Watford are closing in on a trip to the Premiership thanks to revolutionary management ideas–at least in England– introduced by their new owners. The Pozzo family, who also own Udinese and Granada, bought the club last June, and implemented the system that has made the Zebrette modest powers in Italy. Currently Watford has 14 players on loan, nine from Udinese alone. Critics argue they’ve used a loophole in the rules to their advantage. Clubs are limited to having five loan players on their matchday squad of 18. Since players on loan from other countries have to sign until the end of the season, they are considered permanent transfers.

“Fielding so many loanees has created the impression that the famous old Hornets have become a subsidiary training operation for Udinese, peopled by a temporary squad. Most outspoken has been the Crystal Palace manager, Ian Holloway, who described what is happening at Watford as “ludicrous”.

The Pozzo family has worked wonders with Granada, who were in financial trouble when they bought the club in 2009, and dealt with Udinese’s loan problems. Watford now have a £9m budget for football, including wages. David Conn’s article is superb, read it.

Fickle England fans only harm themselves

Over at ESPN FC, Mark Payne says Rio Ferdinand deserves credit for even speaking to the FA and Roy Hodgson. At his age Rio can’t play in every game, at least not if his team wants to win –that’s the argument made by the defense, anyways. I agree with Payne, however.  The vilification of Ferdinand is extremely over the top. Doing television work in the Middle East means nothing. Stop acting like idiots.

Boris Berezovsky’s last interview: ‘There is no point in life’

The death of Boris Berezovsky, a man who had various ties to football, continues to spur suspicion. A man who once found himself in  Vladimir Putin’s inner circle lived out his final days in England suffering from severe depression. Friends of the former Oligarch continue to suggest Berezovsky may have been the victim of a hit. Those some friends claim his life was destroyed by losing a £3 billion legal action against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. In his last recorded interview, Berezovsky didn’t sound like a happy man.

“I’ve lost the point… there is no point [or meaning] in my life. I don’t want to be involved in politics. I don’t know what to do. I’m 67 years old. And I don’t know what I should do from now on.”

Whether we find out what really happened yesterday remains to be seen. Stay tuned.

Comments (21)

  1. hmmm. After reading that, is it possible that RVP is a bit of a dick?

  2. Re RVP: Gooner’s sulking over RVP leaving is getting old. It happens every year in football, this was not a special situation. RVP clearly doesnt give two shits abiut Arsenal. Arsenal may have been a bigger club when he joined but they have basically regressed steadily since then. He left a mediocre team for a much bigger and more competitive team. Sure money was involved but Arsenal are/were not going to get him close to CL title, if that’s what he wants then he made the right move. Spurs lost Modric, Suarez will leave. These things happen, just because they played for a certain team doesn’t mean owe life long loyalty. Trophies and money are much more important than any fictitious club loyalty you may share with your fellow fans but is virtually non existent among players. Clubs like Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool can’t provide either money or trophies, therefore good players are never going to want to stay there. Cheers.

    • “Sure money was involved but Arsenal are/were not going to get him close to CL title, if that’s what he wants then he made the right move.”

      You know that Man Utd lost in the round of 16, right? Same as us? Maybe edit your comments before posting.

      • Yea, they both fell out at the same time…uniquely different circumstances in each tie which I won’t get into, but selecting a club going into the Champs League, you had to think United gave him a better shot at winning it, no?

        • Man U definitely gives him a better chance to win now, but I’m pretty sure he was on the team when Arsenal were in the final vs Barca

      • Don’t be delusional. Yes Arsenal and Man U went out in the same round but did anyone think Arsenal had any chance of winning this tournament. Probably not. Man U are viable contenders to win and will be again next year. That hasn’t been said about Arsenal for some time and won’t next year whether they qualify or not. Perhaps turn off your Arsenal vision and think logically. RVP left for a better team.

  3. RIP Van Persie was really a big ingrate. If he had been in Man U all this time he was getting injured, Ferguson would have done away with him but Wenger was patient and u he was ready to deliever, he suddenly grew bigger than Arsenal. I cannot blame those who wish he has a career ending injury. I will also wish he would sustain a career ending injury and particularly at the Emirates where he was transformed into a world class striker should also be where he would end it. I wish him and ingrates like him disaster on the field. He lacks decorum and I doubt if he has a family than can call him to order.

  4. RIP Van Persie was really a big ingrate. If he had been in Man U all this time he was getting injured, Ferguson would have done away with him but Wenger was patient and when he was ready to deliever, he suddenly grew bigger than Arsenal. I cannot blame those who wish he has a career ending injury. I will also wish he would sustain a career ending injury and particularly at the Emirates where he was transformed into a world class striker should also be where he would end it. I wish him and ingrates like him disaster on the field. He lacks decorum and I doubt if he has a family than can call him to order.

  5. I’m pretty sure RvP would’ve settled for two trophies at Arsenal. Even just a League Cup.
    I also think he wants United to win it at Arsenal so that Gunners fans can see what it’s like to watch a team celebrate an accomplishment- assuming, of course, that most Arsenal fans don’t consider fourth place an accomplishment.

  6. Just a little error in the part about RVP. United plays at Arsenal but the game against City will be at Old Trafford.

  7. Not impressed with the way RVP has decided to piss off the rest of the few remaining Arsenal supporters who were sympathetic to his move. But then again, he must be tired of being told he moved just for the money, so perhaps this is his way of airing his frustrations.

    • didn’t know anyone fully mental capable was sayin rvp left for the money. that argument is discredited when you turn down man shitty

  8. I don’t see where when or how he insulted Arsenal football club, he definitely didn’t call them a small club, he said fergie said I wasn’t ready for a big club after getting a scout report of him being sent off. you sound like the guy who got dumped by a 10, a 10 you put in the work and commitment for, but regardless a 10 you got dumped by. now you’re checking her facebook statuses and tweets and telling yourself how every comment is her directly insulting you. Nah man, she forgot what you look like. move on. worse than a cavs fan, and no way is rvp to arsenal what lbj was to cleveland.

    now your amateurism shows in not supplying the full quote. I doubt any of this quote is true, there isn’t really an honest paper in britain besides the guardian, but here it is:
    “Now we only have the double and, yes, I think we could win the title at Arsenal or even against Manchester City. But I really don’t care where we win it. I just want to grab that league title. ”

    sounds like he was answering the question, can you clinch the title at the emirates or at the etihad?

    #whittal you guys could have hired lukas pankari

  9. I think the watford udinese thing is great. its more like one team with three branches, if they can sign better players for cheaper in italy or spain then loan them to themselves its great, also it means they have a higher level of scouting in spain and italy than arguably everyone. I love it.

  10. RVP …… Shame on you

  11. rvp leaving was the best move for his career. players play for money and titles. He’s getting both at United. Players usually have a short playing time, unless you’re at Milan or United. He spent a lot of time at Arsenal injured, true, but he’s also seen us fuck around title chase one after another and come up with comical defending, year after year.

    there is only so much a professional can take. He’s put himself in a better position to win trophies year after year. Disappointing to say, as an Arsenal fan, but we gotta move on and focus on the squad we have, hope better coaching will make our squad better defensively and get us more points.

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