Monday, May 5, 2008
Starting Eleven Football Blog Roundup
A juicy collection of stuff from the football blogosphere today, including comings and goings at Arsenal, MLS news and previews of Chelsea's must-win game against Newcastle today.
Top of the 18 reports that Flamini's rumored departure from Arsenal has legs, and those legs have landed in Milan. The Telegraph, meanwhile, expects Flamini to sign a four-year deal today. After four years with the Gunners, it appears Cesc Fabregas will be a bit lonely in the Arsenal midfield next year. Arsenal, meanwhile, has lost only twice with Flamini in the lineup, three times without him. More from Arsespeak Gunners Live and Football Unleashed on Flamini's departure.
MySoccerBlog has two interesting notes. Clint Dempsey is staying put at Fulham, relegation or not; and Eric Wynalda is heading back to competitive football? Hmmm.
More from MLS: It isn't quite a rumor, but MLS Rumors has an interesting entry on the seeds of hooliganism being planted in Toronto. Shame if it's true; Toronto seems to be one of the few communities truly behind its MLS franchise.
No doubt, still-in-mourning Oh You Beauty recaps Liverpool's 1-0 win over Manchester City. There's always next year...
Benfica, meanwhile, is resigned to fourth place in Portugal after a 0-0 draw with Amadora. Sporting, meanwhile, climbs to second with its road win at Pacos and Guimaraes' draw. Read more at Talking to the Doll. BTW, lots of Freddy Adu questions after this one; and who will coach at Benfica next year?
One of the best reads of the day comes from The Soccer Weblog. They're tossing some cold water on the conspiracy theorists' claims that West Ham tossed in the towel against United, heaping a bit of pressure on Chelsea today at Newcastle. Chelsea needs to win to keep pace with United with a week to go in the Premier League's title race. Read more on the Alan Curbishly-Avram Grant drama.
Here's more on today's Chelsea-Newcastle showdown from The Chelsea Blog.