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SUPER TUESDAYS ON SWOOSH0018.COM

Super Tuesdays on Swoosh0018.com and lets see what my writers have to say. Both gameweeks for both Liverpool and The MANCS. We are now looking for a writer for a Cricket Column. So if you can mail your post once a week on a Monday or latest Tuesday Morning. Have your name etc. Be consistent. And email me swoosh0018@gmail.com. Il protect your identity. The same applies to Rugby and Formula 1. So lets get in to it

FROM THE KOP END
By Ejaz Khan

ONE PLAYER TEAM I BEG TO DIFFER

Liverpool continue there blistering form with a solid thrashing of Bolton at the weekend. The players have been playing out of their socks for their embattled Manager as he continues his quest to have the final say in who comes and goes at Anfield. Rightfully so, because inevitably, he will the one working with the players on a day to day basis, and the players have joined in the chorus of his importance to the Liverpool cause, with Fernando Torres stating at the post Bolton press conference that he will have to plan for the future elsewhere if Rafa is shown the door.
A lot has been said in recent weeks by rival supporters about United being Liverpool’s benchmark. And after Bolton killed off The Red Devils last week, I was shaking with nervous anticipation that Liverpool were going to lose 1- 0 to Bolton, because of course, Man Utd are our benchmark. Luckily, this myth has been given the attention it duly needed, and then of course, REALITY kicks in.

December 16th.This is what You MANCS will see .The pic on your left

While 4 -0 may reflect that it was all a bit of one way traffic, the reality of it all is that it could easily have been 8-0, Such was the consistency of the Anfield attack. Harry Kewell, starting only his second premiership game of this season, showed he is worthy of a contract extension as his deal runs out at the end of this year.
The telepathic connection he shares with players like Fernando Torres, Peter Crouch, and of course the Captain Steven Gerrard, show that he is an all important component in Rafa’s plans for a solid title push. While Ryan Babel is a rising star, one for both the future and present, he could learn a lot from Harry Kewell. At age 29, Kewell is in the twilight peak of his career, though just returning from injury, he needs to get more starts to hit full stride. With his long absence due to injury, it feels as if Liverpool have signed a new player, and with the new owners miserly approach, the Reds might have to imagine him to be !

Another source of continues irritation is the label that Liverpool are a one man team, and that if Gerrard were not playing we would struggle. Quite contrary. While it is the envy to every team in the world to have Gerrard pulling the strings, the Reds have proven that they can wreck up string victories without him. Most Man Utd supporters seem to suffer from short term memory loss and there envy and jealousy seems to cloud their judgement. The label one man team could not be more truer than with the Devils’ themselves. Ronaldo United has scored another brace last night. He was rested against Bolton, and, they lost. He started against Sporting Lisbon, and scored the winning goal in extra time. Last Night he scored the opener, and well, the closing shot. Wayne Rooney, is good no doubt, but judging from last night, one has to ask the age old question….Is Rooney the most over rated player in the world ? Apart from those two moments of Cristiano magic, Fulham were bullying United for large periods, and the real one man team was plain for all to see…

Back to a club in full flow, Liverpool saw Sami Hyppia score his 1st premiership goal of the season. But the highlight was a 50 yard through ball from Steven Gerrard which saw Fernando Torres out-run his marker and duly slotting the ball home with a deft dink over Jussi Jaaskeleinen. Gerrard scored from the penalty spot and, Ryan Babel is proving to be the super sub of note, he has now scored three goals coming off the bench this season. All in all, a great result, keeping in mind due to United benchmark standards Liverpool were supposed to lose 1-0

Here are few statistics to close the case with:
Liverpool last three games goal distribution Newcastle 0-3 Liverpool ( Gerrard, Babel, Kuyt )
Liverpool – Porto ( Torres (2),Gerrard, Crouch )
Liverpool 4- 0 Bolton ( Hyppia, Torres,Gerrard,Babel )
Man Utd 2-1 Sporting Lisbon ( Tevez/own goal? , C.Ronaldo last minute winner )
Bolton 1- 0 Man Utd ( C.Ronaldo rested )
Man Utd 2-0 Fulham ( C.Ronaldo, 2 Goals)

Nuff Said,

Over to You, Laal Chevroh, I mean Laal Chavil ( Colourful Food names confuse me)

THEATER OF DREAMS BBY LAAL CHAVEL (RED RICE)
Inside the Theatre – PETER SCHMEICHEL: THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT
This week TOD brings you an interview with Peter Schmeichel courtesy of the Red View News Letter. Schmeichel without question one the greatest goalkeepers of all time. His impressive list of medals includes winning the Euro championship with Denmark in ‘92 where they knocked out Holland in the semis & Schmeichel saved a Marco Van Basten penalty. Added to that his brilliant displays for United winning almost every medal in the book. I was disappointed he left United after the treble success; I suspect he was having problems with SAF. He still had a few good seasons left in him & ended up turning out for Villa & Man City after a successful stint in Portugal for Lisbon. What really pissed
me off was his allegiance to City turning out in a Blue jersey in the Manchester Derby, I understand his son Kasper was representing City but seriously man was he trying to throw dirt in the face of the United fans that backed him & the club where he made his name?
Nevertheless he remains a legend, lets see what he had to say to Red View…
What have you made of United so far this season?
I know they lost against Bolton but I’d rather lose that game and lose it now. Defeats give you a reality check and United know they need to keep working hard. Yes, Arsenal are three points ahead with a game in hand, but I’d sooner lose now than in March or April. Traditionally United are a stronger team come the latter part of the season, and I think things look good.
Sir Alex said recently that this is the strongest squad he’s ever had. Do you agree?
The current squad did brilliantly to win the title last season and they have a great chance to go on to big things, but they have history on their shoulders as well. 1999 is one hell of a year to compete with. The manager has got to say the current squad is the best he’s had. He has to make the players believe that and that’s a good way of doing it. He’s said it in the past when I was there and after I left. What he’s basically saying is I’m extremely happy with what I’ve got and I love to work with these players. That’s exactly what they need to hear.
Do you think the lack of a second European Cup niggles away at Sir Alex?
The fact that he only has one European Cup is definitely something that niggles away at him. There’s no reason why he couldn’t have won a second one, but once you get down to the last four, like United did last season, it becomes a lottery. United have a great chance to win the Champions League every season and I’d love to see them do it this time around.
Should United sign anyone in January?
My main concern is when the big players are absent. I don’t believe we can play without Wayne Rooney or Nemanja Vidic. They are too important for us. Carlos Tevez is a great signing and one year down the line he and Wayne will be perfect together. But I still believe we need another striker.
Prospects
SAF has stated that January transfers are “unlikely”, given the depth of the current squad I think an addition to the midfield will upset the balance as current players are getting used to the combinations. Personally I feel Hargreaves & Anderson are very effective, with Anderson in a more attacking role & Hargo sitting back winning the ball & spreading the play.
Last Game – Vs Fulham
Ron the DON definitely deserved his hat trick. SAF came out blasting the ref for accusing Ronaldo of diving. Niemi no doubt conned the ref but let’s look at the positives… Ronaldo’s finishing of late has been world class. His first goal of the night an instinctive volley which left the visitors stunned. His second a well taken header, however United’s overall performance on the night looked a bit lazy after the first goal they stepped off the gas, but the lity Anderson is really starting to impress. His industrious skillful displays will make it very difficult for SAF once Scholes returns. That ex scouser Murphy had me nervous at times, dis oke haunted us when the misery siders used to steal 1-0 victories & came close twice.
Next Game –v Derby
At home to Derby but lets hope Newcastle can do everyone a favour on Wednesday night so we start closing that gap.
THE LAAL CHAVIL

HEROES ARE REMEMBERED, LEGENDS NEVER DIE

By Swoosh.
I coudnt wait for this weeks post, Obviously when we talk about Centre Backs we talk about Italian Centre Backs past and present. Solid in the air and on the ground. How often do we hear of the Italian defences standing tall. I remember watching Nesta ,Cannavaro,Maldini and Co diving into tackles and putting their bodies on the line. Making timeous and vital tackles when their team needs it the most. We saw Cannavaro at his best at the World Cup and to me is argueably the best Centre Backs in the modern game. Then theres Nesta.Who shadows Cannavaro for Cover. This man lies in the same mould and class. Tackling and diving and throwing their bodies around. What a priviledge to see these two defending their hearts out for Italy. Then their are Centre backs that are worthy. Guys like Roberto Ayala, Jhon Terry, Carlos Puyol and even Kolo Toure spring to mind. World Class Defenders. Not your f#4cken Rio Ferdinands and many other kids on the block. This is Now.
But if we go BACK in the past….Geez the list is again Long but distinguished. You will see why I use Ferdinand as an example because you cant mention this MUGGS name in Elite Company like this. Oh they were greats like Alan Hansen. Hansen was a rock in the LIVERPOOL team of the decade. Class & Composure. Now we ask ourselves WHAT IS CLASS? And What constitutes a GREAT CENTRE BACK?. Lets take Baresi. Cool, Calm and Collected. Yet HARD like a Rock and he reads the game like many great Centre Backs. They Command their area and Give 300% in every game they play. They are f#4ken leaders.

There were guys like Laurent Blanc, Lillian Thuram, Steve Bruce and Gary Palister that deserve a mention. These guys as I say.DID the JOB time and time again ,week in and week out.

I met some toppies the other night. We sat and debated WHO IS THE GREATEST CENTRE BACK OF ALL TIME. Each and every TOPPIE , Including my father who watched the 1974 World Cup Final in Munich for a mere R1000 believe it or not, SAID THAT WHEN IT COMES TO THE BEST, THERE IS NO CENTRE BACK BETTER THEN THE KAISER. Franz Beckenbaur. They said thats why they call him the Kaiser. I asked them what diffrentiated Beckenbaur from other Centre backs. A lad called Shafee who was a centre back himself said “OH THE KAISER WAS CLASS” He immediately knew what to do and when to do it. he was composed. He knew that if an attacker was left-footed and coming at you. He would just stay on the Left foot, and give him no options. It was said that THE KAISERS mental strength,composure and tactical awareness made him great. I did a You Tube search on Beckenbaur and agreed with SHAFEE, But to me its still Fabio Cannavaro.El Kapitano.Look at this video of FABIO CANNAVARO AND YOU WILL FIND OUT Why he is to me EL KAPITANO.

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Comments (21)

  • Anonymous
    December 4, 2007 at 9:28 am Reply

    These Liverpool owes talk S#$e. Swoosh we cant wait for the Jihad.

  • C.Ronaldo
    December 4, 2007 at 9:40 am Reply

    The truth hurts
    Eish why did they have to use stets to make my bra’s Rooney and Tevez and Anderson look pap ?
    Haai sannie we can’t even challenge them, they slaat us binne

    Eintlik honde

  • Anonymous
    December 4, 2007 at 9:43 am Reply

    2 goals…. BUT
    He still got a yellow card for diving…. lol

    We have the the talent, but still we lie, we cheat, we steal

    Why does Ronaldo do that?

    ABR

  • C.Ronaldo
    December 4, 2007 at 9:51 am Reply

    Eintlik My owtie its becoz sometimes when you den doing eeeeevery ting aleen, you mos use alles det is available to use.
    I tought if I dive maybe
    Rooney will den get a chance for shot at the paalers, he mos forgot where it is , he only know how to spiet, 1 mile offside and he wanna bliksem da charo linesman(Looney Rooney).Too much Nike adverts and pie’s for ou “Tsekeleke”

  • SWINE
    December 4, 2007 at 10:38 am Reply

    Why was he booked? Ronaldo was booked for the alleged indescretion! his a f@#kin diver!
    its a shame that he continues with these acts of being unprofessional

  • Anonymous
    December 4, 2007 at 1:36 pm Reply

    fuck off u swine

  • Anonymous
    December 4, 2007 at 2:58 pm Reply

    just a thought! isn’t Ijaz wrIting a Liverpool article? Why is he always comparing MUFC or discussing them in his articles?

    DROGBA

  • Anonymous
    December 4, 2007 at 4:31 pm Reply

    Drogba

    I totallly agree

    Swoosh you ask us to take it easy on your writers but when Ejas writes shit like this how do we spare him

    With the charity weekend this past weekend and in the spirit of charity i’m going to leave him on this.

    Ejas please stop writing shit.

    You trying too hard to get Man United supported to worry what Liverpool are up to.

    Honest we dont give a shit.

  • Anonymous
    December 5, 2007 at 6:02 am Reply

    Liverpool being investigated for match fixing by Uefa for the besiktas game.
    YOU BASTARDS

    HAHAHA

    KOP CLOUT

  • Anonymous
    December 5, 2007 at 6:06 am Reply

    I agree Ejax always talkin bout manu. Khant you write bout liverfools.

    GO stop writing KAK

  • Shakes
    December 5, 2007 at 7:03 am Reply

    Swoosh another quality center back, Ronald Koeman. The guy was cool and calm on the ball no matter what pressure he was under.

    I agree Cannavaro is class, world class, but still the best ever no doubt the Kaiser. He’s defensive ability was top class and he could bring the ball out of defence and launch an attack with ease.

    Vidic is turning into a class act, but you won’t admit it, as for Ferdinand I think he has proved he brings quality to the United backline. He has an excellent first touch, good control and can calm things down by moving the ball out of defence and not just hoof it 20 yards out.

    Swoosh watch the guy play sometime, don’t make your opinions from what you read from anti united supporters.

    Shakes

  • Anonymous
    December 5, 2007 at 7:22 am Reply

    Kop Clout your doos

    Read the reports correctly before pumping your mouth.
    “reports in Germany suggest that Besiktas players, on a fraction of the salaries earned by Liverpool stars, could have been targeted by Asian betting syndicates.”

    Tribalfootball.com

  • Anonymous
    December 5, 2007 at 7:42 am Reply

    Swoosh…cmon how could you forget one of the greatest CB of all time…the ROCK… yeah, Marcel Desailly….cmon…talk about legends!!

    Loks

  • azee
    December 5, 2007 at 8:26 am Reply

    what about franco baresi? as an italian fan i thought you would have acknowledged the guy!a legend he was.

    if you wanted a hard oke they did not come tougher then Collin Henry Blackburn and Scotland. and Steve Bruce.

  • Anonymous
    December 5, 2007 at 8:30 am Reply

    u dont talk about african players?
    Taribo West, Kole Toure, Radebe, Sammy Kuffor, Omam Biyik dont even get a mention.

    DROGBA

  • Anonymous
    December 5, 2007 at 8:52 am Reply

    Europol will be investigating liverpool. stop reading the crap feeder websites you dingbat

    no wonder that Yahud benayoon scored a hat trick no one heard of before him that. & coruches first goal looked susupect the keeper handed it to him on a plate.

    ITS A FARSE & u be clouted out of europe.

    KOP CLOUT

  • Shakes
    December 5, 2007 at 9:51 am Reply

    Azee, Colin Henry? I think Dronky Adams was tougher. That guy took a kick to the head once and got up and continued playing. But Henry was almost as tough.

    Desailly was class, thought in Milan, where else. Baresi was brilliant, but swoosh did mention him, what about Costacurta?
    Nesta is a king also. The famous number 13.

    But swoosh you forgot to mention Phil Babb. He was a goalscoring center back of note, ask David James.

    Shakes

  • Anonymous
    December 5, 2007 at 10:51 am Reply

    phil bab – no where near world class.

    Stuart Pierce
    ronald koeman

    Snakes

  • Anonymous
    December 5, 2007 at 11:52 am Reply

    this year i think Liverpool going to swim through united
    Gerhard on some rampant form
    ronaldo cant win it himself and united this year not so wanting as before

  • Shakes
    December 5, 2007 at 12:11 pm Reply

    Snakes the Phil Babb comment was a sarcastic one. The goals I was talking about were own goals.

    Stuart Pearce was a left back not a center back.

    Shakes

  • Swoosh
    December 5, 2007 at 2:40 pm Reply

    I agree guys, Koeman and Desailly deserved a mention.

    Azee what k#4k are you talking…Collin Hendry. He was solid, but not WORLD CLASS. iF THATS THE CASE What about Gavin Lane or Marc Wright

    Phil BABB was atrocious.How could we have signed the MUGG.It was during the TORBEN PIECHNIK era

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