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Arsenal Could sink Like Nottingham Forest

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In the 1975/76 season, Brian Clough took over as manager of Nottingham Forest. Before his arrival the club had finished 16th in the second tier of English football. 
In the season when he took over they managed to rise to 8th. Forest were promoted into the England’s first division a year later.
The fans already loved him but couldn’t be prepared for what happened the next season. Forest became one of three teams that have been promoted into Division 1 and then won it the following year in 1978. They placed second behind Liverpool the next season, but won the European Cup. 
In 1979/80, although placing 5th in the league, they yet again triumphed to another European Cup, beating Hamburg in the final in Madrid. Now who could have thought that a club that have won two of the most prestigious awards in world football could get relegated under the same manager?  
Clough revolutionised Nottingham Forest. Yes, Clough won the league title, something no Nottingham Forest fans could have dreamed of. But, if your club is beginning to under-perform to your expectations, your manager needs to go. Forest were relegated in 1993, finishing bottom of the Premiership.
So how does this relate to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. 
Wenger is held in extremely high regard to all football fans after coming third in his first season and then winning the double in his second. In 2003/04 he led Arsenal to an unbeaten Premier League season. 
In 2004/05, Arsenal won the FA Cup, beating Manchester United on penalties.
Since then, he has failed to win anything apart from a place in the Champions League. Arsenal have not finished higher than third since the 2005. 
Is Arsenal's expectation to be a good team in England or the best? The fans want to win the league, so why hasn’t Wenger gone?
Now who could have thought that a club that have won two of the most prestigious awards in the world could get relegated under the same manager?
The best way to predict the future is look at the actions of the past.

Sources: Article: GiveMeSport | Pic: Telegraph.

THIS MAN LAMPARD:THE BEST



Frank Lampard is one of the greatest midfield goalscorers of his generation.

Since joining the west London club in 2001, the England international has gone on to break record after record at Stamford Bridge. His performances at club level have filled Roman Abramovich's vast trophy cabinet, which now includes three Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, and the holy grail, this year's against-all-odds triumph in the Champions League.

But, as an individual, Lampard has distinguished himself as a truly world-class performer. In tribute to one of Chelsea's best ever, let us look back at Lampard's career so far, and pick out some of the highlights.

Premier League Player of the Decade

According to the statisticians at Opta, Lampard was the best player in the Premier League from 2000 to 2009. The award is some achievement considering the competition he faced, as Lampard was often sharing the pitch with Theirry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs The Chelsea star boasted the most games, the most wins, the second-most assists and the fourth-highest number of goals across the ten-year period.

The Chelsea legend has been a league-leader in assists in three seasons, while he regularly tops the charts of top Premier League midfielder goalscorers. In fact, Lampard is the only player to score at least 10 goals in nine consecutive seasons in Premier League history.

That £11million Claudio Ranieri paid in 2001 now looks like one of the best bargains in football history.

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Lampard holds the record as the midfielder with the most goals in Premier League history. Chelsea's third highest goalscorer sits just behind Kerry Dixon and Bobby Tambling on the all-time list and just ahead of Blues legend Didier Drogba, but no midfielder comes close to Lampard.

Not bad for a player who only scored 15 goals in his first two years at Stamford Bridge. With a couple more seasons under his belt, Lampard could be well-placed to challenge Tambling's magic tally of 202 goals.

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Between 13 October 2001 and 26 December 2005, Lampard did not miss a single Premier League match. 164 consecutive appearances broke the English record previously held by Brad Friedel, a remarkable achievement for a box-to-box midfielder.

These kind of records usually belong exclusively to goalkeepers - rarely do midfielders avoid injury or suspension for long enough to put together such a run - but Lampard is a unique player.

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During the 2006/07 campaign, Lampard broke the record for the highest number of appearances during a single season. The ever-present England international was coming off the back of a difficult World Cup, but the Chelsea star was quickly back to his best for his club side.

Under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho, Lampard cemented his reputation as one of the world's premier midfielders, making the World XI in 2005, receiving the Premier League Player of the Season award in 2006 and the UEFA Midfielder of the Year trophy in 2008.

Every year under Mourinho, from 2004-2006, Lampard was voted into the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

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The former-West Ham player also holds the record for most penalties scored for Chelsea. 42 times Lampard has stepped to the mark and scored, demonstrating his coolness under pressure and his fantastic ball-striking technique.

Perhaps his most important so far was taken this year. Lampard's penalty against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final was an absolute belter, smashed high into the roof of the net past a despairing Manuel Neuer. No matter what the occasion, the Blues can always count on their talismanic midfielder.

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Lampard's form for Chelsea inevitably led to him becoming one of England's most important players, and the Blues star holds the record for most number of international caps by a Chelsea player. And when playing for his country, Lampard's form has often been as good as his performances in the blue shirt for Chelsea.

In 2004 and 2005, after breaking onto the international scene with standout performances at Euro 2004, Lampard was voted England's Player of the Year.

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Against Derby County in 2008, and then again against Aston Villa in 2010, Lampard matched Gianluca Vialli's and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's record for most Premier League goals in one match.

Chelsea's all-time third top goalscorer has been at the top of his game for more than a decade, and Stamford Bridge has been treated to some memorable performances, both in the Premier League and in Europe.

Although Lampard has missed out on what would probably have been his final major international tournament at Euro 2012, the 34-year-old is sure to be gracing the Stamford Bridge turf for years to come. And when Lampard plays, he's usually breaking records.

>>>>GMF

I AM RETIRING FROM HARAMBEE STARS

One of my readers asked me why I have been quiet about Harambee Stars lately,when they have been so involved in recent weeks.

I kept quiet.

You see,you cant keep defending a loser.I love the Stars,its my National Football team.But I cant go talking about them,drawing attention to our shame.You cant go announcing "come see my love's wet bed"

We all associate with winners,that's human nature-unless,of course,you are an Arsenal fan.Even if your child keeps tailing in their class,you dont go telling them off in public..you go silently,and rebuke them accordingly.Unless they tail for many times consecutively,then you consider seeking help.

I dont know what to say about this kid Harambee..he is a certified loser.I think its time to get him from school and see if he has other talents,such as carpentry,mechanic...anything that can help him in life.

In one month,Harambee is condemned to having to wait for at least 2014 to compete again.We got eliminated from Africa Cup of Nations,and World Cup is now a pipe dream-only mathematical possibilities remain.

I am disappointed,we all are!And I think international football isn't our thing.Lets use the money where we have returns-athletics,volleyball,rugby,or better,develop an entirely new cream of players.

We lost hope.

I am tired of disappointments and I might retire from international football,too!

2010/2012 English Premier League Fixtures

Next season's Premier Leagye Fixtures are out!

Check goal.com's run down and analysis here http://m.goal.com/s/en/news/3182338

Success to your team,as for mine,Chelsea,this will be an exciting season.Our fixtures

See you in the stadia,your TV.

posted from Bloggeroid

SAKATA BALL:WHY THE 'F' IN FKF DOESN'T STAND FOR FOOTBALL


I had just seen my email invite to the Safaricom Sakata Ball Launch...happy and excitedly!Ready to attend the spring of Kenyan youth football.

Making a ground check on the event on the net,I see headlines to the effect that Sakata Ball Season 3 launch has been postphoned...I go back to the email..This is Season 3 alright....back to the news..its today's date.

I think its a joke and I RSVP that I will attend.

Then I get a reply,confirming my fears..followed by the Press Statement cancelling the whole thing!

And the reason?Sad,but not shocking..... In part:

This follows a last minute move by the national football governing body, Football
Kenya Federation (FKF) to impose new requirements on the running of the
event through a letter to event organizers dated 30th May 2012. In its letter to
Safaricom, the FKF demanded to be paid 20% of the total sponsorship cost of the
Sakata Ball tournament as administration fees half of which was to be paid prior
to its launch, failing which it would disown the event.

 That's FKF,the body proposing to be the protector of Fottball interests in Kenya...alll for one reason..MONEY!

Lets take a background check on Sakata Ball:This tournament started in 2010 primarily involving children teams from all over the country in a progression set up from the grassroots to the national level.

In 2010,it saw 1057 boys’ teams from six regions around the country participate and expanded in 2011 to cover eight regions and include 1526 boys’ and 533 girls’ teams. Today, ex-Sakata players comprise 90% of the U 20 girls’football team while others like Abdi Malik have played for both the U-20 team and Harambee Stars.

Now, that's a genuine effort to foster the growth of Kenyan football into the future..a mission with results.

Now,tell me what we can call a person against this noble mission if not an Enemy of the Game,and State? Intriguingly, this enemy is the same one tats is charged with the duty of doing that-growing football in Kenya.Well,they failed to do this-they didn't even try..and now they are fighting anyone who tries to do it...all for money!

Earlier in the week,the Vice Chairman had pointed out pressing issues in FKF..endemic corruption,abuse of power,extortion,empty promises,misuse of funds,among others..and you are left wodering..if the caretaker destroys the house,who will take care of it? There were elections the other day in a bid to sweep such things..and now its worse.

All I say...FKF doesnt represent the interest of Kenyan football..the Fs in the abbreviation don't stand for Football!Telol them I said that-because I don't think they will read this-I doubt they read any football commentary,even in the papers.Otherwise they would know we don't approve their selfish ways.

If this continues,the future is quite bleak.

God Bless Kenya.

CHELSEA:WHY I AM NOW BLUE!


Simply,I am happy..I could easily be the happiest man on Earth!

That's right...You got it!

CHELSEA WON THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!

The journey has been very dramatic...trencherously tasking...The Valencia group scare,The Napoli mountain..then came an excruciating Benfica,and we were doomed when the mother of all ogres came along..Barcelona!

Somehow,the 'Pensioners' found themselves in the final(what my Arsenal friend Martin Motomoto Nkumbu calls witchcraft) against another unlikely Bayern Munich at their home stadium!

It was such a terse game...the ass-hardening type..keeping a draw till the 83rd minute when the night's Blank Shooter Muller scored the possible winner-I almost walked out of the pub...Then the Talisman Drogba evened at 88".My ass almost tore the seat....

Then the extra time started on the back foot...Drogba gave away a penalty...up stepped the one Robben..I thought I would faint..Cech saved the team..and me!

Memories of 2008 Final came to the fore when the final whistle blew..and Penalties it was...I looked away.Mata did just what I expected..lost it!I was still transfixed till Drogba stepped up to take the final Chelsea...the winning penalty.I started seeing The Africa Cup of Nations image of Drogba blowing it!...I said a prayer-he also did!

Nuer was beaten!And that became my revelation....everybody recognized me in the pub...Its like I was in the game!Drogba himself wasn't happier than I was,lying on the floor with my legs up.

Its at that moment that I realized I really love Chelsea!

Need I say more?I won lots of bets!


PSST:Big up my Chelsea Villagers on twitter(we are planning a party):  @mwende89 @Joanonguka @cyrusville @chelsistkib @TozKamau @DanNgayo @Mwendwachelsea @EZRAwaCHELSKI 

THE CHELSEA VICTORY JOURNEY:IN PICTURES!


The Blues completed one of the most astonishing resurgences in football history by claiming the Champions League in Munich. 

What a journey?

UEFA Champions League: FC Bayern München - FC Chelsea, Chelsea celebrating
AT LAST!



Good start | 
Ballack couldn't hold off his former club as Chelsea won 2-0 in group opener
Remember me? | Mata returned to Valencia to help Chelsea earn a 1-1 draw at Mestalla

Five-star show | Meireles and Torres scored the first three goals in 5-0 victory over Genk

Late shock | Leverkusen netted a 90th minute winner to shock the Blues 2-1

Waltzing through | A 3-0 win at Valencia in the do-or-die clash sent Chelsea into last 16

Naples nightmare | Lavezzi and Cavani crushed Chelsea 3-1 in the last 16


Revival begins | Di Matteo guided the Blues to stunning 4-1 comeback win over Napoli

Torres thunder | El Nino inspired Chelsea to victory at Benfica in the quarterfinal first leg


Settle down | Meireles' late strike against Benfica sealed Chelsea's place in the final four


Drog day | Drogba stunned Barca at the Bridge with the only goal of the first leg


Lifeline | Ramires sparked Blues' comeback as he pulled a goal back against Barca

Who me? |
Terry cost himself a place in the final by getting sent off

Adios | Torres rounded Valdes to end Barca's challenge at Camp Nou

Agony and Ecstasy |
Lampard reveled in Chelsea's triumph as Messi was left stunned

Blues brothers |
Chelsea celebrated passage to Munich

Mullered |
Chelsea stared at defeat when Bayern scored seven minutes from time

Didier drama |
Drogba sent the final into extra time with an 88th-minute equalizer

Cech mate |
The Blues keeper saved former teammate Robben's penalty in extra time

Spot on |
Drogba rolls home Chelsea's winning penalty in the shootout

Celebration time |
The Blues celebrate on the pitch after beating Bayern 4-3 on penalties

Kings of Europe |
Chelsea lifts the Champions League trophy for the first time in the club's history

Source: GOAL.COM

OUR UNDERDOGS STORY CONTINUES!


Laugh First
I said here that football is a shocker,its a game played on the field,and not in microphones and compter keyboards(unless its PlayStation).

This is turning to be a month of surprises in football.You know what I mean!

Background information:
I am a perennial Chelsea fan,its the club I have stuck up with in the Premier League.People tell me I a Chelsea fan because I only started watching football when Chelsea had started rising under Abramovich,and I always answer yes,its true.You see,I am not that old,actually I don't remember Arsenal win a trophy(that's why I honour Birmingham than Arsenal).

Back to Chelsea,I have watched the 'Pensioners' grow old and borne the disdain from fans of 'young' Arsenal.Many,including Chelsea fans had shoved them from the game.The Drogbas, Terrys, Lampards, Cechs and others had outgrown the game,so a younger manager than some of them was hired to revitalize the team.Roll back its years.Make it younger.

Andre Villa Boas failed miserably,and got himself fired.

His assistant,De Matteo rose to his position,and in came the pensioners again.They brought back with them more experience than the coach.And he was wise to listen to them.They turned the season around.Got back in contention for top four,Overturned a Champions League round of 16 deficit,qualified for FA Cup Final,and qualified for Champions League Finals.

How they did that,will remain in our minds in a long time.The opponent was the 'Best Team Ever' ,the 'Super Favourites'and had 'the World's Best Player'.This,without a captain,down to 10 men,without centre-backs.Its the best victory so far in my football fanaticism!



The written-off pensioners did that.The written-off Torres scored the confirmation.The underdogs were  really barking that night.Even commentators like Gary Neville helped them bark.



The other Semi final was a given conclusion that Real Madrid would triumph over Bayern Munich..and go ahead to win against a further weak Chelsea in the final.

That didnt happen.Christiano and Kaka were too predictable for Nuer,and Sergio Ramos decided to score the clouds.Bayern won.

And barked all the way to finals-in their home-ground.

A Real Madrid Vs Barcelona turned into a Chelsea Vs Bayern Munich final.
Wonders will never cease when the village rooster crows in the city.