City vs. Arsenal. Upsetting scenes. Image: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been left tramatised and jonesing for cheese by events on Super Sunday.
But it’s without doubt the most visually arresting.
Is a winter break something the EPL should consider introducing? It’s a popular debate at this time of year, so we casually followed the exploits of Bayern Munich & Schalke last week, both of whom shipped out to Doha during the annual Bundesliga hiatus. Would English clubs see any benefit from a week mucking about with sandpits and straps in the sun?
Well, if the friendly result at the end of the week was any evidence, no. Both teams more or less replicated their league form in the game – Bayern subjecting Schalke a 5-0 arse kicking – but on the plus side, it provided watching paps with all manner of novel photo opportunities. That’s all we care about really.
Consider us massively in favour.
If you’re in a bad mood today, we suggest that instead of reading the Premier League section of this post, you should stare at the photo of Eintracht Frankfurt and their mascot above until you remember how much fun football can be when everyone behaves themselves.
You can then proceed directly to Lionel Messi’s happy place, unhindered by negative energy and a desire to start watching rugby.
Ten years ago today, Bastian Schweinsteiger made his Bundesliga debut in Bayern Munich’s game vs. Stuttgart.
Since that time he has picked up five league titles, five German Cups and two League Cups, but arguably the most important thing he has learned is that too much fake tan and Sun-In in one’s youth can lead to embarrassment when someone whips out the commemorative photos.
Robin van Persie is a striker. So is Carlton Cole, on occasion. Fernando Torres used to be one, while Luis Suarez is a really good one when he’s not banned/rolling about on his back with his legs in the air.
There are few superlatives you can shower upon Zlatan Ibrahimovic that he hasn’t already liberally bathed himself in.
Still, like everyone else with a vague interest in football and a deadline to meet this morning, we’ll give it a go.
Like many other football fans, we’ve been variously perturbed, amused and bewildered by Arsene Wenger’s duvet coat.
Having seen this photo, we would like to retract all negative statements regarding his matchday attire, and offer thanks that the Arsenal manager does not employ an ‘Owen Coyle’ approach to touchline wear.
Shudder. The knees cannot be unseen.
Image: AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov.
England fans turned out for a friendly fixture vs. Ukraine last week wearing t-shirts supporting imprisoned former Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
There’s no particular reason to publish this, other than it’s one in the eye for those who believe that English football fans represent the worst of the ill-informed, apathetic masses the country has to offer.
They don’t. Although I’m prepared to concede the point that wearing chain mail to play football is the behaviour of a lunatic.