Rafa Benitez

Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Comical Colin losing his seat could mean Match Of The Day 2 losing much much more

It could be argued that watching football on television has become a full-time endeavour. Well obviously for me it is because each week I force my rambling and churlish thoughts on the subject on to your computer screens in a senseless demonstration of puerile envy. But for all of us now, it ...


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Not-so-safety Hazard means the game’s integrity takes another kicking

There just aren’t enough programmes on TV that include adults kicking children are there? Since the good old days of exploitation and corporal punishment were deemed “unacceptable”, we’ve slowly evolved into a culture in which little toe rags run around doing whatever the hell they please. Sm...


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A weekend of woe for Walters as the BBC put him centre stage

Do you remember the glory days of Saturday night TV? That wistful time before Simon Cowell was given the keys to the kingdom and filled the weekend evenings with a symphony of garish fairy lights, screeching teenagers and Louis Walsh. Things were so much simpler before: you knew where you we...


Tuesday, 08 January 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Big Sam Hammers home his credentials as the FA Cup heralds Joe’s return

“On CV, who is there to beat me?” was the question. “Sir Alex?” came the reply. “Arsene; perhaps Rafa?” Not the bullish claims of Mourinho as you might expect. Not the mad rantings of Neil Warnock either. No these were the lofty claims of Mike Bassett… erm, sorry Sam Allardyce on Saturday ev...


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Michael Owen ensures we’ll remember, remember the fright of Movember

When the wise Jedi minds of future generations look back at the metrosexual, iPad-obsessed, self-serving era we currently reside in, they will quite rightly grimace and ask just what the hell we accomplished. We allowed Piers Morgan to prosper when he really shouldn’t have; we created and fo...


Monday, 01 August 2011

Five transfers we knew would end badly

Each summer, when football ceases to exist for two months, we get to speculate over who’s going where and for how much. Contracts end, players are transferred and over-the-top amounts of cash are spent. But how about those moves that you just feel will not be positive in any way? We’ve listed o...


Sunday, 21 November 2010

Villa fans should beware of 'next big thing'...

An integral part of Arsenal’s 2003-04 invincible set-up has returned to England as Gerard Houllier attempts to stabilise his new squad, and if any Villa fans are uncertain of Houllier’s 37-year-old coup they should glance back ten years or so for comfort. Robert Pires may be in his twilight but he ...


Thursday, 11 November 2010

Tottenham reach end of ‘that’ ten year cycle…

Bournemouth F.C. escaped dropping out of the football league in 1993, the man responsible for this was Harry Redknapp. This same squad also shocked Manchester Utd in the FA cup that season by converting the holders into also-rans. Tottenham were considered more a cup team before Redknapp took charg...


Saturday, 26 June 2010

Should ‘Woy’ lead the Anfield revolution?

If reports on Friday’s BBC Football website are accurate then Roy Hodgson, currently fulfilling punditry obligations in South Africa, is being lined up as Liverpool’s big summer signing. But is that a positive signal of intent? Hodgson enjoyed an enchanted last season but is the Fulham boss really t...


Monday, 21 December 2009

Liverpool: A Reason to Cheer

Unlike Forest Gump I do not think life is like a box of chocolates, a veritable medley of shocks and surprises. If you sell Xabi Alonso and play Lucas Leiva in his place for a substantial part of the season, it is actually quite predictable that the team’s performances will suffer. Lucas Leiva isn’t...


Thursday, 26 November 2009

The end of my Liverpool grieving process

Im beginning to get over it now. The midweek thing. Im always being told to get over it, so I am. Its ok. Really. We can concentrate on winning the league now were out of the European Cup. Theres a stat somewhere that suggests winning the league is more do-able if youre out of the European cup ear...


Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The morning after 'Pool

The morning after. Usually for me the worst come down after a night like that. Being a Liverpool fan Ive not had THAT many disastrous nights, so have to take it on the chin and let the other minnows have their day-like every dog. So all the good deeds that I carried out before the match went to wast...


Thursday, 27 August 2009

Merseyside: Dark Cloud Overhead?

There must be something in the water in Liverpool. The Reds and The Blues have accumulated just three points from a combined 5 games, it has been a grey start on Merseyside.David Moyes and Rafa Benitez are two Premiership managers feeling the pressure. Last season both were being congratulated for s...


Friday, 07 August 2009

Summer Departures: Who Will Cope Best?

With Xavi Alonso’s contract at Real Madrid finally penned, the eye of the storm finally arrived over Anfield. And with Cristiano Ronaldo lauding it up in the Spanish capital as the most expensive footballer on the planet - many Premiership clubs face the ‘life after…’ syndrome. This season brims wit...


Thursday, 28 May 2009

Can Liverpool Finally Close The Gap?

Slightly contradictory it may be, but barring the ridiculous Rafa rant and the bare fact that Liverpool ended up trophy less, strangely, it can still be perceived as a good season for the Reds.Following nine months that has shown much promise without direct reward, the players now believe they can w...


Wednesday, 25 February 2009

What Liverpool Must Do Next

So, that’s it then: another year’s title challenge has faded away. Well, at least this year it really was a challengee. Trawling through the message boards, you’ll find many who want a clean sweep which includes getting rid of the manager. It is an understandable, if far fetched reaction, but in rea...


Thursday, 05 February 2009

Liverpool - January 2009 Transfer Wrap

For many clubs January is the month of hope, a time when they get to dream about that potential signing that could make or break their season. At Liverpool, however, that isn’t the case. Certainly not this year where the hope of winning the league title has been slipping away with each game and d...


Friday, 16 January 2009

Liverpool: January 2009 Transfer Window - Week Two

Hah, and you all thought that Liverpool weren’t going to do any business this time round! You thought that Benitez didn’t have any money and no one would be coming in unless Jermaine Pennant decided to shift his unwanted backside elsewhere? Hah and hah again! You’ve fallen for the old ‘no, we won’t ...


Friday, 16 May 2008

Liverpool: A Different Kind of Brilliance

There is something reassuringly familiar about Lucas Leiva, a style of play that recalls happier days for Liverpool. Get the ball, pass it on to the nearest red shirt and then move on in readiness to get it back: that used to be the Liverpool way and that is how Leiva plays his football. In a w...


Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Liverpool: How To Handle Riise Issue

By Paul Grech It might not be a problem that Rafael Benitez would have envisaged taking up much of his time in the run-up to the Champions League semi-final return leg but deciding who he plays at left-back against Chelsea has suddenly become a serious issue. It all stems from Riise’s unfortunate,...


Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Liverpool: The Reasons Behind Rafa's Strange Choice

by Paul Grech He’s not yet a Liverpool player – and he may never be on if his recent comments hold any truth – but Philip Degen has already split the fans into two. Well, the split is actually 70 – 30 with the majority unable to shake off the feeling that Deggen has been targeted not really becaus...



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