Thursday, July 27, 2006

Big News in the Footer World

Juventus, AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentia have punishments reduced. Juve still lost their last two Scudettos but now have to play off a 17 point deficit in Serie B next season (they will appeal again). Lazio and Fiorentia are back in Serie A with point deductions while AC Milan may still be allowed into the Champion's League. The big winner from this all is Inter Milan who were awarded last season's Scudetto (their first since 1989) and as a result of AC Milan's point deduction are favourites to finish first in 2006/2007.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy is off to Real Madrid. Happy to see the end of him in the EPL. Man U still haven't bought anyone new this season but that is sure to change very soon. I still see Michael Carrick coming over to the Theatre of Dregs.

Jermaine Pennant is now a Liverpool player. His skill on the wing will be useful but like many fans of the Reds I wonder how both him and Craig Bellamy will handle the off field pressure.

Other moves:

Franck Quedrue - Boro to the Cottagers. A decent pick up for the Londoners.
Damien Duff - Chelsea to Newcastle. Excellent for the Geordies but the Magpies still need a striker and time is running out. The battle for Dirk Kuyt will most likely resume.

Looking ahead - A bidding war for Italian striker Luca Toni. I expect Inter Milan to win this one.
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