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Twenty More Questions

1. Sir Alex Ferguson asked for more protection for Cristiano Ronaldo this week, fearing that a serious injury may be impending. So what are his opinions of a kicking a player called Jose Reyes took at Old Trafford a few years back?

2. If Pompey go on to win the F.A. Cup, Jermain Defoe will suffer the ignominy of playing for both domestic Cup winners without landing a winners medal. Has this happened before?

3. Does Dave Kitson feel slightly silly now?

4. Is Flamini Fabregas a better partnership than Vieira Petit?

5. Has a player`s decline ever been so steep and as noticeable as that of Gilberto Silva?

6. Can Pascal Chimbonda please take all of Tottenham`s penalties from now on?

7. Did Paul Robinson have a bet on PSV to win on penalties? The solitary penalty save he did manage occurred because he dived the wrong way too slowly!

8. Was the awful penalty decision given against 'Boro this week a consequence of Steve Gibson`s entirely correct F.A. rant? Or am I just paranoid?

9. Blackburn were charged for failing to control their players this week after Morten Gamst Pedersen was man handled and set upon by the Newcastle coaching staff. Is this the worst ever case of a club`s reputation proceeding them? Is the F.A. capable of getting bloody anything right?

10. With all English sides progressing through to the last eight of the Champions` League, there has been much self congratulation surrounding the Premiership with punters and pundits alike queuing up to laud it as the greatest league on earth. Yet all remaining Premiership sides tumbled out of the UEFA Cup. Does this not just prove that, beyond the big three and Liverpool, the Premiership isn`t as good as everyone thinks it is?

11. What are the odds on a 4-0 victory for Blackburn at Upton Park tomorrow?

12. Did it never occur to Michael Owen that Newcastle being shit isn`t the reason his England place is in danger, but perhaps it`s because he is shit?

13. Is the situation at Gretna a stark warning to Chelsea?

14. How much is a flight to Liverpool?

15. Why am I not surprised that the Champions` League draw worked out to make an all English final as unlikely as possible?

16. Will Jeremie Aliadiere make us sorry?

17. Despite my earlier indignation, I would like to reiterate to the F.A. that if you want to really punish Steve Gibson, you should probably instruct tomorrow`s referee to give Arsenal a penalty or two. Any chance?

18. Is it just me that thinks John Terry looks like a stereotypical lesbian?

19. Anyone else becoming really quite genuinely suspicious about Chelsea`s draws in cup competitions?

20. Will Fenerbahce ask Barnsley for tips? (Cheers Lou).LD.




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The Journalist

Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 14 2008

Time: 3:10PM

Your Comments

The last three are just silly!!
Fan of Blues
Alliadiere is supsended. Not only am i supicious of Chelsea's Draws but also of Arsenals. We never get an easy draw
paul_ownz
I'm just suspicious. Period.
Rocky7
Not sure your meant to say "*****" in a vital footy article...but a good read and a great laugh none the less gooners!
LUFC1
the big three...and liverpool....
bootoo
Funny how you say 'big three and Liverpool' when in the past two seasons, Liverpool have finished in the top three, ahead of Arsenal. That might not be the case this season but in the past when Arsenal finished fourth, I bet you still referred to it as the 'big 4'.
Aamir
I think it was a friendly jibe, Aamir. Most Gooners like or at least respect Liverpool (certainly more than Man Ure or Chelski at any rate). I am more than suspicipus of Chelsea's cup draws, IT IS A FERKIN' FIX AND NO FERKIN' MISTAKE!!!
Moorish
I know. Mine was a friendly reply. :) I like Arsenal. A little bit. Sometimes. :)
Aamir
1. Or look at the reverse Eduardo situation where Rooney challenged Krancjar. A side question would be: had it happened the other way around, i.e. Krancjar challenged Rooney with that scary tackle which Rooney narrowly escaped, what would Sir Red Nose have said? 6. (b) Why didn't Malbranque take any penalty? 10. Yeah I find that quite amusing too. So the English league is the strongest when the top 4 get into CL QF's. Money factor and high tempo the press have talked about. But how come they seem to forget that this season we don't have Bayern Munich (who'll win the UEFA Cup now it seems) and Juventus in the tournament, and the likes of Werder Bremen (who can't beat Rangers because of cr@p defence), Valencia and Real screwed up, while Sevilla were unlucky? Fail to see all these just mean it's a cup competition, added to the 'strength' of the PL, which contributed to this 4-in-8 scenario? 16. Some sites say Aliadiere's back from suspension. I lost count of how many games he's been away. 19. Yes I am. 20. Welcome. And the Barnsley story's useful to us too, ahem.
Lou the Gunneress
"Most Gooners like or at least respect Liverpool (certainly more than Man Ure or Chelski at any rate)." It's the same with us regarding Arsenal Moorish.
JohnDoe
lol lou @ reply to q20. and SSN said aliadiere served his final match ban vs villa. hope not.
ian7
Mmm.. Im sure at the time people said his 4 game suspension included us. I guess i am mistaken. I was tricked damn it.
paul_ownz
Er, I have nothing better to do than check it up online. Aliadiere has served his ban against Reading, Cardiff and Villa after picking up a red card in the Liverpool game. Arsenal will be his 4th, so he shouldn't face us. But I wonder how come the press could forget that controversial (and funny, I have to say) one game added to his original 3-match ban?
Lou the Gunneress
15 - You can say that but actually - I don't think it does. The favourites are Manchester United and Barcelona. Yes, only one of them can reach the final. And only one of them is English. But we expect that to be the semi-final. We also expect Chelsea to beat Fenerbahce. That would mean that there is already one guaranteed English team in the final. And since bookies give United 3/1 and Barca 4/1 then United have to be favourites to go through. Therefore an English final IS likely.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
Any other English team with Barcelona and the odds would say that Barcelona would go through. I'm using them as a base because we would all argue in reality that our team is better. Chelsea/Liverpool/Arsenal are joint at 5/1. This means that the bookies don't think we'd beat Barca.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
I think Barca will slaughter Man United. Though they have kept winning, they haven't been playing great, and they certainly haven't played anybody to the standard of Barcelona!
Rocky7
Wow UEFA even answered questions about a possible 'fix': http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11945_3303099,00.html
Lou the Gunneress
Sorry off topic again, Bobby Pires is a true legend: http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/sport/topstories/display.var.2122254.0.gunners_legend_laughs_off_links_with_spurs.php
Lou the Gunneress
Did somebody mention a fix?, Goofle posted this on the forum... strange how people were posting the draw at 10:30 this morning and bookies were refusing further bets.....http://forums.liverpoolecho.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=33755
nikolaijns
Yeah Niko... I'm starting to believe it the conspiracy theory..
Lou the Gunneress
Of course its a fix, I was talking with a mate about it only last night. They don't want an all English final. Blatter takes every opportunity possible to slate the Premier League (remember his World Cup bid comments based on the PREMIER LEAGUE'S 39th game idea). Anyone remember the England v Scotland Euro 2000 play off when the dude making the draw announced that he's drawn Scotland out ofthe hat when TV pictures showed that he was holding the paper the wrong way around and cannot have seen whose name was on it.
Little Dutch
im not convinced about the conspiracy
JakeB
but our home first-leg path to the final is a bit suspect
JakeB
to al the blues on here, i can't wait for Kezman to score the winner in extra time at the bridge after 0-0 draws!! (jibes aside, how do you lot feel towards him? can't remember the circumstances of his departure)
JakeB
JakeB, yeah I was thinking about Kezman too. But then it dawned on me that Anelka'll be playing against (one of) his former club(s) too.
Lou the Gunneress
yeh that's true possibly twice in succession. i realised after i posted that it's probably going too far back for most chelski fans ;)
JakeB
Yeah possibly, and how about us beating Pennant, Cashley, Anelka, Steve Sidwell (remember him?), and then Thierry? And Cesc beating Barca? Kolo beating Yaya? :)
Lou the Gunneress
JakeB - the circumstances of him leaving is that he was rubbish...
The_Legend_Of_Zola
ok Zola but was it bitter? will you boo or applaud him?
JakeB
yeh Lou, lots of booing to be done on our part, except for Titi - anyone booing our greatest scorer would be very unforgiving. but we're getting ahead of ourselves...
JakeB
Yeah I know. Time to come down to Boro. :)
Lou the Gunneress
where the hell is my comment?
k_chelski
Ooh, gee...it's in the other article...where It should be, *sneaks out .....*
k_chelski
JakeB, I don't think we'll boo ANelka that much because we'll be busy booing Cashley. And he's become a different person it seems: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/sport/football.html?in_article_id=534168&in_page_id=1779&ct=5
Lou the Gunneress
And I have a question: Is Anelka the only player who's played for half of the clubs in the CL QF? (If only Real qualified too, it would have been 5 out of 8.)
Lou the Gunneress
It might well be Lou. And I don't really think Kezman will be treated any differently. I won't be booing or applauding him. There might be some in the Bridge who boo him but to be honest, can't really see why - not like he's likely to score :P (Disclaimer: I'm joking, I know Kezman is alright - just not English top club quality)
The_Legend_Of_Zola
As a Goalkeeper myself, Robinson is a steaming load of horse manure when it comes to saving penalties! Not that I'm complaining mind :) and yes John Terry is a big fat raving Lesbo! Speaking of lesbos, I saw some awesome lesbian kissing the other night, two girls started making out which then turned into a threesome lesbian kissing! I wish i had brought my camera with me. *sigh* thought I'd share that...
itsup4grabsnow
LOL @ kevin
anonymous
Guys I got a question. If Pompey wins the F.A cup, does that mean they qualify to the champions league instead of the team that wins fourth place this year ..??
.::EgyptianGooner::.
Tim Stillman, can you get in contact with me jonathan@vitalfootball.co.uk as you've been shortlisted in a writer comp and I need you to send me 3 of your favourite articles. If anyone knows Tim, send him an email for me please as I don't have one on record.
The Fear
Oh congrats LD!
Lou the Gunneress
EgyptianGooner, I was wondering about the same thing too. Since now both the FAC and CC are won by non-top7 teams, they'll compete in the UEFA Cup as Aamir said, then only the 5th team get into UEFA Cup as well. Top 4 stay in CL. We talked about how Villa and Blackburn could get into Europe through their league positions but now it seems Everton is the only one likely to do so. Villa and Blackburn might get into UEFA Cup through Intertoto Cup.
Lou the Gunneress
Er, Pompey are in top 7, but they could also qualify through winning the FAC I mean.
Lou the Gunneress
Contact has been made with the fear.
Little Dutch
EgyptianGooner, where do you live in Egypt?? (I'm an Egyptian too)
Fan of Blues
Congrats L.D and fan of blues I'm in Cairo ;)
.::EgyptianGooner::.
Me too. :)
Fan of Blues
What part of Egypt are you from dude, I'm in Nasr City ...
.::EgyptianGooner::.
No offence Tim, but could you stop posting these "20 question" posts? If my memory serves me right we HAVE NOT won a league game since you started posting them!!! It started before the Birmingham game and continued at a weekly basis, and during that period we have drawn four games and lost 4 points plus the top dog position in the Prem. league...
stukazufuss
*8 points... dang that's a lot, if you do the math we might as well be 6-7 points off ManUre now, not 2 behind with a game more...
stukazufuss
Oh no LD, it's not only Manu "Samson" Ade's hair and Simmo's optimistic predictions now lol.. Yes let's try everything possible!
Lou the Gunneress
funny how the ref didn't give a penalty against middlesborough yesterday ain't it !
PUREGOLD
EgyptianGooner, I'm in Masr El Gedeeda.
Fan of Blues
Heh, I live in Cairo too (bar temporarily). If living in Katameya actually counts as Cairo... :)
Cheese.
Fan of blues, maybe we should see the Chelsea Arsenal game together, know any good cafe's or somthn ..?? Cheese how are you enjoying your stay in Egypt, and whats your team ..?? And L.D stop with the questions just for 1 game and we'll see what will happen ..
.::EgyptianGooner::.
 

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