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I apologise for lack of content on this post guys..loadshedding has hit. But tonight When In Rome do As the ROMANS do.

NESCAFE TOMORO NIGHT
LIVERPOOL VS ARSENAL

THEATER OF DREAMS
BY LAAL CHAVEL (RED RICE)

INSIDE THE THEATRE – Who Will Succeed SAF
The burning question burns brighter still, SAF hinted he will step down in 3 years but you just get the feeling it might be longer. This job was made for him, his no nonsense character, footballing passion & belief in the fundamental principle of football that all good things start with youth has transformed United from its slumbering past after the reign of Busby to its current glory. Twenty years & counting at the helm of the most well supported & profitable club in world football. Who else could do such a job? He has brought 3 great attributes with his management style which surely is the benchmark for any aspiring manager: Stability, Trust & Success.

Although Bobby Charlton recently commented it should not be a former player, many would disagree cos a former United player or someone that has worked long enough with SAF to understand the United culture should succeed him. Here are my candidates in order of merit:
Carlos Quieroz – if he sticks out another 3 years he has to be the number one candidate. With the influx of Brazilian & Portuguese talent at United & Quieroz’s own experience & success with youth, why not he speaks 4 languages, he already runs most of the training & he is SAF’s right hand man.
Mark Hughes – “Sparky” managed to transform Blackburns fortunes from strugglers to a force to be reckoned with. He has experience at International level with Wales & spent glorious years at United as a player.
Roy Keane – the fiery Irishman brought Sunderland from the depths of division one heading toward division two back to the premiership. He done it in style by winning Division One(The Championship). Sunderland look to be safe so far from relegation & Roy has benefited from Uniteds youth system signing players like Richardson, Spector, Bardsley & Evans.
Steve Bruce – brought Birmingham to the Premiership twice on a limited budget & is currently impacting Wigan.
Brian McClair – currently heading up Uniteds youth academy, never really left United after his playing days & went into coaching the reserves where he achieved a lot of success. The clever Scotsman, holds a degree in teaching.
Bryan Robson – captain marvel, a born leader – spent his best & worse years with Middlesborough brought them up from division 1, could have done a cup double with Boro but didn’t have much luck. Most notably saved West Brom from relegation in 2005 on the last day of the season.
Verdict: It would ease the United faithful if SAF’s successor was named whilst he is still in management & made to work with him for a smooth take over – that’s Carlos, but Sparky & Keano are United Legends in with a great chance.

PROSPECTS
A couple of injury worries, Darren Fletcher picked up a injury whilst on international duty, quite a shame as this lad was on the form of his life since we dished out the Arsenal beating. He’s out for about 6 weeks, unlikely he will feature again this season, unless we make it to Moscow…
The injury prone Louis Saha is recovering from a hamstring injury, whilst Van Der Sar might not feature against Roma due to a groin strain (Kuszcak was superb against Villa).Gary Neville has declared he is still way off first team sharpness & will delay his first team come back till next season. You get the feeling retirement is just round the corner for Neville.

GAMES
Last Game vs. Villa
What a tremendous game. After a performance like this every team in the premiership will be awe struck. The power, pace, skill, finesse & sheer ease of Uniteds attacking play left Villa dumb struck. Ronaldo the catalyst in almost every attack, his cheeky flicked goal started the rout. His all round play simply stunning as he took up the playmaking role reminiscent of the Cantona days. A classic all round display. Rooney was clinical in front of goal grabbing a double but should have netted a treble. Ron the DONS magnificent solo run deep in the second half beating about 5 players was just unbelievable. Good to see Tevez on the score sheet always in the thick of the action. Bring on Roma….



Next Game – vs. Roma (Tonight 9:30 Etv)
After the weekends display we should be pretty confident going into this match. Away in Rome for the first leg. It don’t matter what injuries they have cos we’ve dealt with the best they had to offer before. Uniteds abundance of young talent are already be a European force to be reckoned with.
vs. Middlesbro (Sun 6 Apr Kickoff 14:30 SS3)
These guys played well against Chelsea & should have snatched a draw. We play away at the Riverside & need to be wary of players like Downing.

Chavilinho _

SUPER 14 UPDATE BY A BABE CALLED
ZK

Sorry but this will be a short post for the mere fact that I just got back from a super long holiday at home (which turned out to be crazy – what with wedding season and things).

All you Stormer fans should be proud of the boys seeing that this weekend brought in their third win on the trot…now back to SA and maybe even a home semi-final. Who would have thought at the beginning of the season? Rassie Erasmus has turned this team around – a semifinal berth is def on the cards with the way they have been playing.
Western Force 16 – 32 Vodacom Stormers

Poor Bulls had it bad from the referee and some decisions should just not have been made. An improved performance from the defending champions, but still not enough if they want to retain their crown.
Blues 23 ??

? 21 Vodacom Bulls

I caught the Sharks match after the final whistle (thanks to dstv recorders) and I was highly angry, p’d and disappointed in the Sharks. Sure the second half they were able to find their way out of a hole they seemed to be digging deeper and deeper. But god no bonus point yet again – which means that even with a game in hand and being second on the log it we in a sticky situation with only one bonus point compared to unbeaten Crusaders who have five. Yicks what a match that will turn into. The Reds defended impressively but the Sharks need a hiding for missing out on beating a team that other South African teams had manhandled.
Sharks 22 – 10 Reds

A second half comeback could not save the Cheetahs from yet another loss.
Waratahs 23 – 19 Vodacom Cheetahs

Chiefs 39 – 24 Highlanders
Hurricanes 13 – 20 CrusadersWellington

1. Crusaders 33
2. The Sharks 25
3. Blues 24
4. Hurricanes 19
5. Western Force 19
6. Vodacom Stormers 18
7. Chiefs 18
8. Waratahs 17
9. Brumbies 15
10. Reds 12
11. Vodacom Bulls 9
12. Auto & General Lions 7
13. Vodacom Cheetahs 6
14. Highlanders 5

Other News:
New Zealand won their first Hong Kong tournament in seven years and the Springboks lost their first ever final in the seat of Sevens rugby on Sunday in 2007/08’s fifth IRB World Sevens Series tournament. The All Blacks won 26-12.

LA LIGA UPDATE

Is Villa-Real title challenges?

Irfaan Adam

So which way did the title tilt towards to this week? Another week and another favourite. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Villarreal were all in action last weekend, and yet again the battle for the top spot took more twists and turns.

Real Madrid stretched their lead at the top to 6 points after a 3-1 win over Champions League hopefuls Sevilla at the Bernabeu.

Gabriel Heinze got his first ever Madrid goal (doubt there’ll be many), after a good ball from Wesley Sneijder. Freddie Kanoute equalized for Sevilla after countrymen Seydou Keita set him up. Kanoute now has 11 goals for the season.


Interesting fact, at the 1999 World Youth Cup Keita was voted Player of the tournament ahead of a certain Ronaldinho.

Sneijder had other ideas and in the 39th minute he once again turned provider, This time for captain Raul, who now must be kicking down the door to be included in the national team.

Sneijder: Set Up Two
The game was put beyond doubt when Argentine youngster Gonzalo Higuain scored the hosts 3rd giving Real a 6 point gap and leaving Sevilla in 6th.

Barcelona must be thinking how could they have let a 2 goal half time lead slip away at Real Betis. Bojan and Eto’o gave Barca the perfect start, putting 2 in by 15 minutes in a first half totally dominated by the visiting Catalans.

Betis were in no mood to sit back and get bullied by their more illustrious counterparts and midway through the second half, the home fans saw a goal by Edu, a missed penalty and the equalizer.
Brazilian Edu then rounded off a remarkable turnaround for the hosts when he powered home a powerful drive from the edge of the box with 12 minutes remaining.
The result sees the pressure continue to climb on Dutch coach Frank Rijkaard, and there seems little hope of him keeping his job this summer if his players continue to let down so badly.
Rijkaard:WTF??


Villarreal meanwhile took full advantage of Barcelona’s slip up and cruised to a 3-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
The Yellow Submarine’s have now won their last four league games in a row, and are unbeaten in nine overall. The result moves them to within three points of Real Madrid.
Santiago Carzola opened the scoring after some fine work from Robert Pires.
Turkish International Nihat added 2 more to his tally this season to wrap up the points for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

Turkish Delight for Nihat
Atletico will surely be kicking themselves after missing out on the opportunity to cement their Champions League spot.
In the transfer rumour mill this week, La Liga’s top scorer Luis Fabiano has been linked with a move to England with Man United, Tottenham, Newcastle and Man City all reported to be interested. Rafa Benitez to Barca? Hmmm interesting. But even more interesting is Xavi to Chelsea and Sol Campbell to Villarreal.
Oh and how can I forget Ronaldinho to everyone, even Tottenham and Middlesbrough have been linked recently.

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Comments (18)

  • Ta^KiLLa
    April 1, 2008 at 8:17 am Reply

    Anarchy – I Tell You…

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    Bulls given the boot
    Super 14 | April 1st, 2008
    The Spears will replace the Bulls in next year’s Super 14.

    This is according to re-elected Saru president Regan Hoskins, who recently promised to revive the Eastern Cape franchise. However, no-one expected the Spears to make such an early Super Rugby debut, and at the expense of the defending champions, nogal.

    “Everyone tells me that the Spears will be thrashed in the Super 14, but they can’t do worse than the Bulls have this year,” said Hoskins on 1 April. “And even if the Spears don’t do that well, at least they will field a lot of black players, which will please the ANC tremendously. The Bulls should also look on the bright side. They will be able to field a very strong Vodacom Cup team and could win the competition in 2009. I’m sure Frans Ludeke would love some silverware.”

    When asked why the Cheetahs – currently the worst of this year’s SA Super 14 teams – weren’t making way for the Spears, Hoskins said: “The Cheetahs have scored some pretty good tries this year, and have played far more entertaining rugby than the boring Bulls. For me, the Bulls’ loss to the Blues on Saturday was the last straw. It’s time for the Spears to have a stab at Super Rugby.”

    Defeated presidential candidate Mike Stofile said the Spears revival was an attempt to humiliate black players.

    “Hoskins wants a black team to take a 100 point thrashing, so whites will have evidence that they are better rugby players” said Stofile, also on 1 April. “Having embarrassed me at the elections, he now wants to hurt my black brothers too. I plan to have lunch with Cheeky Watson today to discuss the matter.”
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  • SETH
    April 1, 2008 at 8:22 am Reply

    Killa, the date of your article should tell you something about its authenticity!

    But remember you okes currrently have the worst coach in the history of SA, that d**s destroyed the Lions and now he’s doing a good job on the Bulls.

    But the Spears should probably replace the Lions in a couple of years. For supposedly the richest province to be performing this horribly is unacceptable!

  • Ta^KiLLa
    April 1, 2008 at 8:42 am Reply

    I am also thinkin this is some April fool scam, however if it does happen, people on thes side of the Vaal might get kinda rowdy..

    South African Rugby is more corrupt and a bigger joke than than the Zim elections..

    Seth – True about the Lions.. For a team that won the the 1st 2 of this type of competitions and now to be regarded as minnows is pathetic..

    On MUFC and SAF’s successor..Wat about Eric Cantona..

  • Mini
    April 1, 2008 at 8:56 am Reply

    Swoosh

    Nothing about Barca?….We gona be missing some key players away from home.No Deco,Messi and possibly Eto’o and Ronaldinho definately a cause for concern hey!

    I just hope they pull through coz they not up to scratch in La Liga

  • Anonymous
    April 1, 2008 at 8:56 am Reply

    Red rice lity.u nt making it 2 moscow.punk

  • Anonymous
    April 1, 2008 at 9:55 am Reply

    has ijaz retired?

  • azee
    April 1, 2008 at 10:00 am Reply

    it has to be an april fool story!

    sad what they did to stofile in the elections! the bulls loked good against the blues, habana was awesome.
    The problem with the lions is that we are becoming a feeder province. We develop okes and then they leave like mujati, jantjies, january, schalk brits, habana, wikus van heerden, if you take these okes and had jaque fourie and pretorius been fit, we would have been up there. its sad what has happened since Kitch left the province.

  • Anonymous
    April 1, 2008 at 10:32 am Reply

    where is Baker Boy today. Village Bakery must be very busy today.

  • SETH
    April 1, 2008 at 11:34 am Reply

    Azee

    But previously we weren’t afraid of pulling out the cheque book to sign quality. Nowadays we keep on relying on kids to get us through.

    The Sharks have a decent youth set up but they also spend cash on recruiting top players, Ruan, Jacobs, Michalak, AJ, Ackermann, Jannie du Plesis.

    Guys like Louis Strydom, Doppies, Dusty Noble, the current locks and their props except for Heinke are not near enough to Super 14 standard. Pretorius injury should never be an excuse, he’s always injured so it’s about time that we sign a quality flyhalf, inside centre, some decent props and a top class lock.

  • azee
    April 1, 2008 at 12:18 pm Reply

    you right seth the current squad has too many passengers, guys not up to super 14 level. with the away leg coming its gonna be tough. we are going to be battling to avoid last place.

  • Anonymous
    April 1, 2008 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Bakers bakers bake me a cake for tomorrow liverpool are going to flop

  • Anonymous
    April 1, 2008 at 1:21 pm Reply

    UNITED 3 – LIVERSH1T 0

  • ZK
    April 1, 2008 at 1:31 pm Reply

    killa -> its a fools joke lol

    shame poor bulls how dismal compared to last yrs performance…

    i say keep an eye out on the stormers esp going into currie cup season…

    De Villiers now has official say in the final Bok team so i have hope on the future of SA rugby…

  • Anonymous
    April 1, 2008 at 3:22 pm Reply

    ROMA 2 – gay fuckers 0

    cheers ROMA

  • Anonymous
    April 1, 2008 at 3:24 pm Reply

    ROMA 2 – gay bastards 0

    cheers ROMA

  • Anonymous
    April 1, 2008 at 3:29 pm Reply

    basmati boy u gotta hope in hell.

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2008 at 8:58 am Reply

    it seems like it is

    UNITED 2 : GAY SUPPORTER 0

  • Anonymous
    April 4, 2008 at 6:13 am Reply

    Wazzup Guys

    We opened up a bakery in Ormonde, so I was busy setting up the ovens

    On a serious note
    My company has moved to Ormonde, which I think is one of the most heavily hit areas when it comes to load shedding…sitting talking ball the owens,good stuff…oh yaah and getting paid

    Bake I mean back next Tuesday

    Arsenal 1 – Liverpool 1

    Go Bendtner !

    Ejaz

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