The Third Shift


  1. theworldsgame:

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his FOURTH goal of the day against England. From an overhead bicycle kick. From 30 yards away.

    Good Lord, that’s just so fantastic it’s almost a shame it was scored in a friendly.

  2. ☛ Rio Ferdinand still has the power but is cast out by Roy Hodgson's England | Daniel Taylor | Football | The Observer

    Daniel Taylor, despite observing that Gareth Bale made an absolute mockery of Rio Ferdinand at Old Trafford today, still thinks Ferdinand should be back in the England squad now that John Terry has retired instead of face the FA’s decision on his racial abuse of Ferdinand’s brother Anton.

    He has the exact same lack of pace as Terry and is on the treatment table much more. It is quite possibly one of the most galling displays of hackery by Taylor because one of the commenters pointed out that Taylor pretty much laid out the reasons why Ferdinand shouldn’t be an England international a year ago — most coming from the mouth of Lord Ferg.

    Ferdinand’s tune about playing for England now should be along the lines of another Mancunian: "I know it’s over, still I cling; I don’t know where else I can go."

    Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, and Joleon Lescott are a decent start of a new CB supply for England — and they should be fine by working in Steven Caulker, Phil Jones, and Chris Smalling.

  3. eclipsed:

‎”The only way Pirlo’s penalty could have been better is if he’d had a cigarette in his mouth while taking it.”

Goddamn Andrea Pirlo, what a fucking cheeky genius bastard. Football will be worse off when he retires. May he have at least two more years in Serie A and a spot on Italy’s squad should they qualify for Brazil in 2014. 
As for England: that Montolivo miss made it worse because it gave England hope. It’s not the despair that kills, it’s the hope.

    eclipsed:

    ‎”The only way Pirlo’s penalty could have been better is if he’d had a cigarette in his mouth while taking it.”

    Goddamn Andrea Pirlo, what a fucking cheeky genius bastard. Football will be worse off when he retires. May he have at least two more years in Serie A and a spot on Italy’s squad should they qualify for Brazil in 2014. 

    As for England: that Montolivo miss made it worse because it gave England hope. It’s not the despair that kills, it’s the hope.

    (via emmanuelnegro)

  4. bendawson:

theworldsgame:

The England squad for Euro ‘12 was named today. Here is the list. 
Thoughts?

IT STINKS!

Terry picked & Ferdinand out (I would have taken Jagielka and told both Terry and Ferdinand to sit at home). Glen Johnson but no Micah Richards. Stewart Downing, flop of the season in Liverpool. Another attempt to shoe-horn both Lampard and Gerrard in midfield. James Milner as impact sub. Jermain Defoe gets a spot why? How is Jordan Henderson even a stand-by? Why can’t Grant Holt get a sniff instead of Defoe?
This selection really does stink. Trouble is, I don’t know if Hodgson could have picked any better. But this is most of the same squad England takes to every tournament when it needs to do something different.

    bendawson:

    theworldsgame:

    The England squad for Euro ‘12 was named today. Here is the list. 

    Thoughts?

    IT STINKS!

    Terry picked & Ferdinand out (I would have taken Jagielka and told both Terry and Ferdinand to sit at home). Glen Johnson but no Micah Richards. Stewart Downing, flop of the season in Liverpool. Another attempt to shoe-horn both Lampard and Gerrard in midfield. James Milner as impact sub. Jermain Defoe gets a spot why? How is Jordan Henderson even a stand-by? Why can’t Grant Holt get a sniff instead of Defoe?

    This selection really does stink. Trouble is, I don’t know if Hodgson could have picked any better. But this is most of the same squad England takes to every tournament when it needs to do something different.

  5. this may be the highlight of my “career” so far as an amateur soccer/football blowhard.

    Right after England’s women remembered they were English and choked the game away on a penalty shootout, I tweeted:

    My waggish comment prompted this reaction from…

    Danny Murphy’s WAG.

    Cheers, Ms. Taylor.

  6. Breaking development: apparently France’s Louisa Necib (14) is pretty. Pretty enough dudes who I know don’t like soccer are noting this on Facebook and watching the England-France match.
(Not that I disagree, but I’m not exactly watching soccer to scout for dream girls.)

    Breaking development: apparently France’s Louisa Necib (14) is pretty. Pretty enough dudes who I know don’t like soccer are noting this on Facebook and watching the England-France match.

    (Not that I disagree, but I’m not exactly watching soccer to scout for dream girls.)

  7. I was watching USA-ALG, but we gotta give some dap to Jermain Defoe for coming up big large for Queen and country in a 1-nil win over Slovenia to come in second in the group.

    I was watching USA-ALG, but we gotta give some dap to Jermain Defoe for coming up big large for Queen and country in a 1-nil win over Slovenia to come in second in the group.