Week 26: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Transfer Window, Asia Cup final and Luis Suarez

Week 26: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Transfer Window, Asia Cup final and Luis Suarez

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The transfer window has finally closed and over £200 million pounds worth of players moved among English clubs, the Asia Cup also came to an end though not as glorious as the hosts would have hoped. You can listen to these and other stories on our weekly podcast.


What a difference a manager makes. Liverpool look a different side. Despite being made up of the same players that Hodgson had at his disposal, the Reds have now won their last three league games while not conceding. More than that, they have played dynamic, passing football with full backs that actually cross the half way line. The new manager, King Kenny, has set the team up to play confident attacking football, brought younger squad players in for regular starts, and so far it’s been working. Add to that the purchase of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez for the price of Babel and Torres last week, about 58 million pounds, the lighter mood around Anfield and Meireles’ goals and things are looking good on Merseyside again.


It will be interesting to see how Liverpool perform against a resurgent Chelsea this weekend. Now for my bad I am going to talk about the Asia Cup final that was held last week in Qatar and which Japan won of course. However, with the world watching to see how the hosts Qatar would perform it turns out that 3000 fans were unable to enter the stadium because they arrived late. It seems that the organisers had little sympathy with these stranded fans as Jassim al-Rumaihi the tournament organiser said “They should plan this earlier so that they come to the stadium with no hassle.” Strange words indeed considering that attendances during the competition had been so poor.


The financial downturn does not seem to have affected the world of football, or at least the English Premier League, with over £200 million of deals done during the transfer window. Damon has already mentioned the transfer drama at Anfield with Carroll and Suarez moving in and Torres moving out but Chelsea also added £25 million David Luis, while Aston Vila bought Darren Bent for £18 million and Manchester City snapped up Edin Dzecko for £27 million. It is almost as if everyone has simply decided to ignore UEFA’s financial guidelines that will come into place at the start of the 2012-13 season – guidelines which mean that teams have to break-even or else they will face penalties. A story that could get pretty ugly indeed.


concede: let in a goal, to allow the opposing team to score

King Kenny: the nickname for Kenny Dalglish, ex-Liverpool player and now managing the club for the second time

resurgent: Improving

these stranded fans: The supporters were unable to get into the stadium


I was born and brought up near Chester in the north west of England. I have always loved playing and talking about sport, especially football!
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