Football Editorial http://www.footballeditorial.com Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:20:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Liverpool FC has launched the most cringeworthy website in history http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/08/liverpool-fc-launched-cringeworthy-website-history/ http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/08/liverpool-fc-launched-cringeworthy-website-history/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:12:15 +0000 http://www.footballeditorial.com/?p=166 Set your cringe to full – Liverpool FC has created a new website that tries to be Buzzfeed and fails spectacularly. The Liverpool Xtra website is affiliated with the main Liverpool website but includes the ‘listicles’ type of posts that have made Buzzfeed one of the world’s biggest websites. The new Liverpool effort includes reason [...]

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Set your cringe to full – Liverpool FC has created a new website that tries to be Buzzfeed and fails spectacularly.

The Liverpool Xtra website is affiliated with the main Liverpool website but includes the ‘listicles’ type of posts that have made Buzzfeed one of the world’s biggest websites.

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The new Liverpool effort includes reason why your cat should support Liverpool, drawings of Liverpool players by children (criticised by an art critic), how to dress like a Liverpool player and a slideshow featuring criticism of the site’s design.

These critical posts include posters stating their ‘eyes are bleeding’ and stating the website is ‘catering to the lowest common denominator’. But you can almost picture the scene. A team of marketing ‘gurus’ around a table, shouting out ideas such as ‘cats’, ‘going viral’, ‘edgy’ and ‘Buzzfeed’ until the club’s web design team vomit up this hilarious piece of internet history.

Liverpool’s response? It posted this image with the message all of the commenters have now been blocked after their IP address was tracked.

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You can see the site in all its horror here:

http://xtra.liverpoolfc.com/

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Kneejerk: Arsenal ‘fans’ want Arsene Wenger dead http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/08/kneejerk-arsenal-fans-want-arsene-wenger-dead/ http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/08/kneejerk-arsenal-fans-want-arsene-wenger-dead/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:48:06 +0000 http://www.footballeditorial.com/?p=163 In a new series of posts we’ll be collecting some of the best kneejerk reactions from the weekend’s games and posting them up for you to discuss. Poor Arsene Wenger. Not only does he face a constant battle with his infamous and crafty coat, he is also having to endure the taunts of his own [...]

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In a new series of posts we’ll be collecting some of the best kneejerk reactions from the weekend’s games and posting them up for you to discuss.

Poor Arsene Wenger. Not only does he face a constant battle with his infamous and crafty coat, he is also having to endure the taunts of his own fans – something Gary Lineker decided was a terrible thing to happen to the Arsenal boss.

So we’re hoping he hasn’t done a search on Twitter for some people who claim to be Arsenal fans, but actually want to see the boss of their greatest ever team die in order to relinquish his position.

Welcome to the first of many kneejerk posts.

 

At least there’s one person sticking up for Wenger, while wishing death on other people.

Meanwhile, here’s two Arsenal fans rowing after their 3-2 defeat to Stoke City on Saturday.

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Liverpool FC’s Anfield expansion begins on Monday http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/04/liverpool-fcs-anfield-expansion-begins-monday/ http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/04/liverpool-fcs-anfield-expansion-begins-monday/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:12:12 +0000 http://www.footballeditorial.com/?p=159 Liverpool will finally have a ‘spade in the ground’ on an expanded Anfield stadium, but confusion still reigns over exactly how many seats will be included in the redesign. Work on the stand will begin on Monday after several months of clearing the local area and removing houses from alongside the stadium. The first stage [...]

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Liverpool will finally have a ‘spade in the ground’ on an expanded Anfield stadium, but confusion still reigns over exactly how many seats will be included in the redesign.

Work on the stand will begin on Monday after several months of clearing the local area and removing houses from alongside the stadium. The first stage will see a major extension to the Main Stand, but planning permission for expansion to the Anfield Road stand has not been submitted yet.

The Reds have already been working to clear houses around the ground in preparation for the development, which will see an extra 13,000 seats added to the main stand and Anfield Road end.

With the fabled spade going in the ground within days, the work is expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2016-17 season – Liverpool Echo Facebook Page

Last month, Football Editorial reported Liverpool bosses have not confirmed expansion of the Anfield Road will take place because they want to see if the first phase sells out amongst Liverpool fans, who often bemoan the fabled waiting list for season tickets.

If it does come to fruition, the new Anfield Road stand could include homes built within the stadium – and they could be the most prestigious football-related homes in the world when they enter the market.

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Financial Fair Play? Manchester City’s amazing accounts revelation confirms turnaround http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/03/financial-fair-play-manchester-citys-amazing-accounts-revelation-confirms-turnaround/ http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/03/financial-fair-play-manchester-citys-amazing-accounts-revelation-confirms-turnaround/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:10:30 +0000 http://www.footballeditorial.com/?p=155 Manchester City could be one of the most financially stable clubs in the Premier League within the next decade, after revealing astonishing improvements to its accounts. The club, which has been bankrolled by Sheik Mansour for a number of years, now has one of the lowest wage bills as a percentage of turnover at just [...]

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Manchester City could be one of the most financially stable clubs in the Premier League within the next decade, after revealing astonishing improvements to its accounts.

The club, which has been bankrolled by Sheik Mansour for a number of years, now has one of the lowest wage bills as a percentage of turnover at just 59% – a fall from 86% last year and an incredible turnaround for a club that believed paying nearly £40m for Eliaquim ‘the striker has got in behind him’ Mangala.

The club attributes this to a rise in revenue to £347 million, the first time the club has breached £300m. It received £133.2m from TV rights (up 51%), £47.5m from match days (up 20%) and commercial revenue of £165.8m (up 16%).

Amazingly, despite a £16m fine from UEFA for failing to meet financial fair play criteria, the club made a loss of just £23m in 2013/14 and says losses have been reduced for a third consecutive year.

Key drivers of increased revenue in 2013-14 included the new Barclays Premier League television deal, extended campaigns in the UEFA Champions League and Capital One Cup, the retention and recruitment of a variety of regional and global commercial partners and the hosting of additional events at the Etihad Stadium.

Significantly, wage costs have been stabilised and the wage-turnover ratio now stands at a healthy 59% (2013:86%).

 

City stand on the verge of becoming one of the game’s biggest clubs, with a 55,000 capacity stadium on its way after expansion, a new youth and training complex and, according to the accounts, a promise the ‘commitment’ made in 2009/10 in transfer fees does not need to be repeated.

The report also shows Manchester City Women’s team has benefited from £256,000 in donations from the club in one of the most impressive initiatives it has undergone, with £308,000 paid out as a loan to New York City FC to help with set up costs.

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World Cup or witchcraft? Premier League injury crisis continues http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/03/world-cup-witchcraft-premier-league-injury-crisis-continues/ http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/03/world-cup-witchcraft-premier-league-injury-crisis-continues/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:57:01 +0000 http://www.footballeditorial.com/?p=151 The Premier League’s injury list is edging closer to triple figures, as fans bemoan crippling injuries to their teams. Wayne Rooney’s injury for Manchester United was the latest in a Premier League injury crisis that has seen 91 take to the treatment table this week. And Newcastle United topped the injury table, according to Physio [...]

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The Premier League’s injury list is edging closer to triple figures, as fans bemoan crippling injuries to their teams.

Wayne Rooney’s injury for Manchester United was the latest in a Premier League injury crisis that has seen 91 take to the treatment table this week.

And Newcastle United topped the injury table, according to Physio Room, with ten first team players out with various ailments including Sammi Ameobi, goalkeeper Tim Krul, Fabricio Collocini, Gabriel Obertan, Siem De Jong, Davide Santon and Ryan Taylor. Meanwhile, Jonas Gutierrez continues his recovery from cancer and youngsters Aarons and Good are also sidelined. Despite the lengthy injury list Newcastle managed a 1-1 draw with a resurgent Burnley last night.

Manchester United are currently suffering from nine injuries and Arsenal from eight. Stoke, Aston Villa and Everton also have several stars out injured in the run up to the Christmas period.

At the other end of the scale, Chelsea have Diego Costa suspended for the match against Spurs but have just one other injury – 19-year-old Nathan Ake. Hull City (Snodgrass) and Swansea City (Fernandez) are the other teams with a single injury.

But what is to blame? Some fans think the World Cup’s exertions are taking their toll.

While others disagree:

Others blame the managers:

One even blames witchcraft:

What do you think? Is the Premier League suffering from an injury crisis or is this par for the course? Leave a comment below.

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He’s back! Emile Heskey training with Championship club http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/03/hes-back-emile-heskey-training-championship-club/ http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/03/hes-back-emile-heskey-training-championship-club/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:00:10 +0000 http://www.footballeditorial.com/?p=147 Former England and Liverpool striker Emile Heskey, the cult hero who has been plying his trade in Australia in recent years, could be on his way to a sensational return to English football. The goal-shy striker, who made his name at Leicester City, is reportedly training at Bolton Wanderers in a bid to win a [...]

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Former England and Liverpool striker Emile Heskey, the cult hero who has been plying his trade in Australia in recent years, could be on his way to a sensational return to English football.

The goal-shy striker, who made his name at Leicester City, is reportedly training at Bolton Wanderers in a bid to win a contract and extend an impressive career. The 37-year-old, who had to retire from International duty to prevent a string of panicking England managers relying on him for their plan B, could even form a golden oldie strike force with former Bolton, Chelsea and Barcelona star Eidur Gudjohnsen, who is also linked with the club.

FORMER England international Emile Heskey is training with Wanderers in an effort to earn a deal at the Macron Stadium, The Bolton News understands.

The former Liverpool, Wigan and Leicester City striker, 37 in January, has not abandoned hopes of resuming his playing career despite being released by Australian club Newcastle Jets in the summer.

While there has been no confirmation from the club, several reports this evening claim Heskey has accepted an invitation to prove his fitness with the Whites over the course of the next couple of weeks. – Bolton News

What a time to be alive!

Could Heskey still do a job in the Championship? Leave a comment below.

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Watch: Man Utd’s Fellaini fakes head injury after being kicked in the leg http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/02/watch-man-utds-fellaini-fakes-head-injury-kicked-leg/ http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/02/watch-man-utds-fellaini-fakes-head-injury-kicked-leg/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:39:02 +0000 http://www.footballeditorial.com/?p=141 *Update* It seems Fellaini was not faking an injury after all, later revealing he had strained his neck in the challenge. It seems Football Editorial needs to complete a Tomkins-style apology of its own. Marouane Fellaini on his injury: “My neck twisted a little bit so I felt pain and fell down. They went on [...]

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*Update* It seems Fellaini was not faking an injury after all, later revealing he had strained his neck in the challenge. It seems Football Editorial needs to complete a Tomkins-style apology of its own.

It has been only a week since West Ham’s James Tomkins embarrassed himself by holding his face after a push to the chest by Everton’s Kevin Mirallas – but it seems the trend has well and truly taken hold in the Premiership.

Manchester United’s Maruouane Fellaini is not one to shirk a challenge but when he challenges for a loose ball against Stoke City and gets a kick to the knee for his troubles, he decides to hold his neck and pretend he actually suffered from a blow to the head.

The afro-ed Belgian will probably be a bit sheepish when he sees the collision with Stoke’s Assaidi again. He may even need to go for an apology similar to that of Tomkins.

“As a player, I’m against what I did and I wouldn’t have wanted it to happen to me,” he admitted. “It happened quickly and I reacted but, thankfully, the player didn’t get sent off which would have made it worse. “He did catch my chin when he put his hands up but I wasn’t best pleased with my reaction to be honest. “I wouldn’t want to do anything like that again. I’ve taken plenty of stick about it but it’s behind me now. At the time I probably did want to get him sent off but, looking at it now, I shouldn’t have done it.” – Evening Standard

Fellaini did score in the match, which Utd won 2-1 for a fourth straight win.

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Bankrupt by January? Astonishing rant by Birmingham director http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/02/bankrupt-january-astonishing-rant-birmingham-director/ http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/02/bankrupt-january-astonishing-rant-birmingham-director/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:20:02 +0000 http://www.footballeditorial.com/?p=136 Non-Birmingham City fans, what are your club directors up to today? I bet they’re not anonymously posting on fan message boards labelling themselves ‘superstars’ and declaring the club will go bankrupt early in 2015. That is exactly what has happened at Birmingham, where director and former acting chairman Peter Pannu has sent an astonishing rant [...]

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Non-Birmingham City fans, what are your club directors up to today? I bet they’re not anonymously posting on fan message boards labelling themselves ‘superstars’ and declaring the club will go bankrupt early in 2015.

That is exactly what has happened at Birmingham, where director and former acting chairman Peter Pannu has sent an astonishing rant to the excellent ‘Often Partisan’ website, denying he has been posting as an anonymous user to defend himself and announcing some startling figures.

As for funds, there is 1.8 GBP potential tax liability which is not factored in the UK cash flow yet, which comes from the novation of the funds to HK. If that materializes, funds runs out in Jan/Feb 2015 and I don’t there are any plans in HK as I see it with the failure of 120M HK CB subscription exercise, which the subscribers just dumped and fled with impunity, albeit being a company held by some directors. This of funds and survival….. I am daily thinking of this in HK. Let’s hope the HMRC wont come knocking. – Peter Pannu

Incredibly, Pannu also claim the club is ‘stuck with’ the current owner Bihl ‘forever’ after takeover talks with a potential buyer collapsed due to differences between Carson Yeung and the board.

Given the political environment in HK/UK and the dog fights with different conflicting directions that the major shareholder and the majority of board members wish to take, I feel stagnation is the only outcome now. – Pannu

Pannu’s bizarre rant comes after the club paid him £2m in consultancy fees. The cash-strapped club remains mired in a relegation fight despite an upsurge in form under new boss Gary Rowett. But with directors like this, that does not look to be improving any time soon.

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A League team scores first hat trick in its history, after SEVEN years http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/02/league-team-scores-first-hat-trick-history-seven-years/ http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/02/league-team-scores-first-hat-trick-history-seven-years/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 13:27:20 +0000 http://www.footballeditorial.com/?p=133 After 194 and over seven and a half years, A League side Wellington Phoenix have finally scored a hat trick. And it comes against the new multi-millionaires of Aussie football. Kiwi side Phoenix battered Manchester City-owned Melbourne City 5-1 this weekend but the result was most notable for Nathan Burns’ hat trick, the first in [...]

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After 194 and over seven and a half years, A League side Wellington Phoenix have finally scored a hat trick. And it comes against the new multi-millionaires of Aussie football.

Kiwi side Phoenix battered Manchester City-owned Melbourne City 5-1 this weekend but the result was most notable for Nathan Burns’ hat trick, the first in the club’s seven-year history. After scoring two in a previous game, he says he was aware of the drought before putting David Villa and Damian Duff’s side to the sword.

“Yeah I did know that. They told me when I scored two against Newcastle earlier in the season and I said afterwards that we had plenty of time this season to score one because our attacking play means we’ll score plenty of goals.”

 

Meanwhile, Melbourne City continue a torrid beginning under new ownership with just one win in seven games. The club, which upset fans of Melbourne Heart when it adopted the City name amid investment from Manchester City’s owners, is below city rivals Melbourne Victory in the league and is struggling for form despite.

And with David Villa, who scored two goals in four games for the club, off to play for City’s other franchise, New York City, it seems things will only get tougher for the A League new boys.

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Bye Bye Leeds! Rivals gloat as owner is booted out http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/01/bye-bye-leeds-rivals-gloat-owner-booted/ http://www.footballeditorial.com/2014/12/01/bye-bye-leeds-rivals-gloat-owner-booted/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:29:36 +0000 http://www.footballeditorial.com/?p=124 Leeds United’s colourful owner Massimo Cellino has been booted out of the club after the Football League disqualified him from the club citing its owner’s and director’s test. The Football League says it has seen new evidence of tax evasion in his native Italy centering around import tax on a luxury yacht and has banned [...]

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Leeds United’s colourful owner Massimo Cellino has been booted out of the club after the Football League disqualified him from the club citing its owner’s and director’s test.

The Football League says it has seen new evidence of tax evasion in his native Italy centering around import tax on a luxury yacht and has banned the owner, who says he has £20m to invest in the club.

The Board of Directors of The Football League has, once again, considered the position of Leeds United President, Massimo Cellino, under its Owners’ and Directors’ Test.

Previously (March 2014), the Board had ruled that Mr. Cellino was subject to a disqualifying condition after he was found guilty of an offence under Italian tax legislation relating to the non-payment of import duties on a boat (which resulted in him being fined €600,000). In April 2014, this decision was successfully appealed by Mr. Cellino at a hearing of the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) chaired by an independent QC (sitting alone).

At its meeting last week, the Board considered the reasoned Judgment of the Italian Court against Mr. Cellino, having successfully applied to the Italian Courts for its full disclosure. The Board considered detailed legal advice and agreed unanimously (with the exception of its Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, who did not take part in the debate or vote having declared an interest*) that Mr. Cellino is subject to a disqualifying condition under the terms of the Test.
Read more at http://www.football-league.co.uk/news/article/2014/football-league-statement-massimo-cellino-2115682.aspx#dfZ0XeagfdVZbiLX.99- Football League statement

 

However, with Cellino set to appeal and a return date of March 2015 likely, rumours of the Championship club’s demise have probably been greatly exaggerated.

That hasn’t stopped fans of rival clubs declaring the end for the side that sits 15th in the Championship table, after decades of often hilarious mismanagement.

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