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Lassana Diarra: a season review

Look up the word “indomitable” in the Oxford English dictionary and next to the definition you’ll probably see the smiling face of Lassana Diarra, such is his skill at overcoming setbacks that would wreck the career of many a professional footballer.

Indomitable: –adjective- that cannot be subdued or overcome, as persons, will, or courage; unconquerable: ie. The warrior was indomitable like Lass.

Things looked to be rosy for Lassana in 2005 when Chelsea signed him for £1 million, citing him as “the next Claude Makelele” but things never worked out for Diarra, …

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has completed a double swoop by signing Dele Adebola and Paul Anderson.
Adebola, 33, joins on a free transfer from Bristol City and Anderson, 20, signs permanently from Liverpool for a fee of £250,000 after a successful loan spell last season.
Anderson, who has put pen-to-paper on a four year deal, made 26 appearances in the Garibaldi Red last campaign and thinks Forest are going places.
He told the club’s official website: “Everyone’s ambition is to play in the Premier League and play at the highest level possible …

THEO WALCOTT
 

 
Age – 20
Team – Arsenal
Nationality – English
International Caps – 8
 
 
PREMIER LEAGUE
 
After a relatively decent 2007/08 season, expectations at Arsenal were high for Theo Walcott in what many hoped would be his breakthrough season in 2008. The club clearly signalled the standards they expected Walcott to meet after assigning him former star Thierry Henry’s number 14 shirt.
 
However, it took Walcott until the 18th October before he opened his goalscoring account for the season in an impressive 3-1 victory over Everton. The win was much needed at the time as the club had suffered a …

As John Aloisi struck the ball into the top right corner of the net (perhaps the only useful thing he’s ever done in his career, if not his life), an almighty roar rose out of the now named ANZ stadium in Sydney, Australia. The joyful cheers of the commentators in the background filled the speakers of those watching on TV at home, as Aloisi sprinted down the sidelines, exposing an unnatural amount of body hair that a footballer this day and age should have, to both 75,000 fans and the Uruguayan team. …

 

Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Southampton striker David McGoldrick for £1m.
The 21-year-old former Notts County man has signed a four-year deal at The City Ground and becomes manager Billy Davies’ first official summer signing.
He could be the first of many to be leaving the Saints following their relegation to League One last season and their growing financial troubles however McGoldrick is delighted to be returning to his hometown of Nottingham.
He told the club’s official website: “I’m a Nottingham lad and to get the chance to come back home where my family and friends are …

Yes you did read the title right. As the FIFA Confederations Cup ended last night with the slightly predictable win of Brazil in a decidedly unpredictable tournament, you could have bet your bottom dollar that Harry Redknapp enjoyed the tournament immensely. Never one to shy away from a bargain, Redknapp will have enjoyed watching the talent on display, especially as many of the better players are valued well in Tottenham’s price range.
Anyhow, this article was meant to have been wrote in true “Bargain Hunt” style so, without further ado, here’s …

When I chose Lionel Messi, I thought that the task would be easy and that I could finish it off quickly but then I realised that you can’t  write an article, just about how amazing someone is. This gave me quite a problem as there is not much wrong with “Leo.” I came up with two ideas; he is small and he wears a mid-range football boot, the F30i. Neither of these helped me though. Firstly, I am very small so why would I write about him being small and his height clearly does …

The next candidate for the right-back position is a Mr. Linvoy Primus. The 35-year-old remains the current longest-serving player at the club. He remains an icon in the Portsmouth area and in my opinion just remains one of the nicest and humblest blokes in football. His work in the community is second-to-none. There’s a phrase in Portsmouth which states, ‘If you haven’t met or seen Linvoy, you haven’t lived in Portsmouth for very long’, or at least something along those lines.
Many have doubted his playing ability over the years, …

Answer: they’ve all been, somewhat bizarrely in Adam Johnson’s case, linked with Real Madrid in the last few hours. You might even still be wondering who on earth Adam Johnson is. Well, he’s Middlesbrough’s 21 year old left winger, capped by the England U21’s 16 times. Former Madrid boss Juande Ramos declared his interest in the player way back in December, but a deal failed to materialize. Now, new Real Madrid gaffer Manuel Pellegrini has reignited Real’s interest, and the Spanish giants could offer around £12 million for the youngster. …

When Glen Johnson completed his £17.5 million signing to Liverpool this week, it was the start of a new journey in what has been a very eventful career for the young player. At 24, he has already won several honours, including the FA Premiership and the FA Cup. He has had 2 big career moves, although it seems a long time ago when a young Johnson became the first signing of the Abromovich era at Chelsea when he moved from West Ham in a £6 million move. After the first …