Week 25: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Manchester United’s defence, David Beckham, South American teams and serious allegations all feature in this week’s good, the bad and the ugly – the review of the football week on languagecaster’s football podcast. Click on the links below to find out more on all of these stories.


Manchester United keep a clean sheet for a record eleventh time in a row and maintain their irresistible form in 2009. This run and the latest victory with a clean sheet, 5-0 over West Brom, came despite an injury hit back line. Wes Brown, Rio Ferdinand, Evra, Neville and Rafael have all had to miss games. Well done to Manchester United and their goalkeeper van der Sar who could claim another record this week: if he shuts out Everton for 72 minutes, he will set a new British record for the length of time without conceding a goal, currently 1, 103 minutes set by Reading’s Steve Death.

David Beckham scores with a trade mark free kick in AC Milan’s draw with Genoa. Not good for the Milanese team, as rivals Inter win and stretch their lead at the top, but good for the veteran England midfielder who has now found the net twice in three competitive games. With Beckham, 33, doing well at the European giants rumours abound that his loan deal may become a permenant transfer at the end of March. A move would certaily be good for Beckham, but I’m not sure how LA galaxy fans would feel.


Bad for all the Argentinian club Newells Old Boys. The team from Rosario, who finished fifth in the Apertura season, had their offices broken into by an armed gang. The gang, some with guns and others with baseball bats, threatened staff, smashed things and fired their guns. It is believed that the gang were a group of fans angry at the recent Presidential election held last month. Let’s hope things have settled down before the Clausura season kicks off on February the eighth.

A bizarre ‘goal’ in a game between Botafogo and Boavista in a Carioca league game (the Rio de Janeiro State competition) is bad news for opponents of video technology. Officials awarded a goal when the ball ended up in the net after a header by a Botafogo player. However, the ball had actually hit the side netting and gone through a hole in the net. The Boavista players complained, the officials talked, the goal was given again, there were more complaints and after ten minutes the goal was finally disallowed.  Bizarre!


Violence returns to the football grounds of England as Millwal fans clashed with Hull city supporters in an FA Cup game last week. 12 people were arrested after trouble before, during and after the game. It seems that a group of Millwal supporters had planned the violence and started the trouble when they ripped up seating and started throwing it at the Hull supporters. Ugly indeed and let’s hope the FA acts to stamp out this behaviour.

Some ugly allegations against Manchester City and Brazil playmaker, Robinho, have been made by an eighteen year old student. The woman alleges that the player sexually assaulted her in a Leeds nightclub on Wednesday. This follows Robinho being investigated by his club after he returned to Brazil from a training camp in tenerife without permission. However, the club has given him their full support over the sexual assault allegations he played for them last night in a 2-1 victory over Newcastle. Ugly if the allegations are true, but even if they are not true he cant be enjoying his stay in the Premier League.

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