Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Grab: 06.19

Er, Seoul . . . we have a problem . . . . I just shat out a ball . . .
The Blues and Fulham are tussling it out to see who will land Korean international Lee Chun-Soo. With experience in La Liga during a spell at Real Sociedad, it may be worth whatever Roman's willing to splash out just to corner a little bit of the Asian market, as Manchester United have done with Park Ji-Sung. (When's the last time you've seen him start a game?) Known for his willingness to talk smack about former colleagues and the salty language of Guus Hiddink, if the pacy midfielder does come to Stamford Bridge, you'd have to think you'll see Jose Mourinho's squad touring Asia at some point in the near future. [Daily Mail]

Just a few days after securing their first La Liga title in four years, Real Madrid don't waste any time in shoring up their problematic back line. Los Merengues confirm their first move of the offseason was to acquire Christoph Metzelder, an imposing centre/right back, from Borussia Dortmund. Not a flashy signing, but a smart one, as the German international is nearly 6'5" and is impressive in the air as well as in tackles, so much that Sir Alex Ferguson considered him as a replacement for then-Red Devil Phil Neville when he was once competent. [ESPN Soccernet]

The cost of competent defensive players has gone through the roof, no thanks to teams like Arsenal and Chelsea as they duke it out to see who can land Valencia right back Miguel. The 27-year old has won a Portuguese Cup and the Portuguese Championship with Benfica before moving to La Liga two years ago. But $26M? As a Gooner, I hope Arsenal's able to get twice that much for Thierry Henry, but alas, that won't be the case. Chelsea fans will see this as bargain in their relative terms, since Khalid Boulahrouz and Geremi and Paolo Ferreira are most likely on their way out. [This Is London]

What's this? The sweet strains of the EPL will change next year. I hate to admit it, but the playing of the anthem before games gives me quite a thrill, as long as it's not Wigan v. Man City or something equally as meaningless. I also feel the same way about the Champions League anthem, that is, until I've seen my sixth Heineken commercial, although the CL tune isn't quite as sinister sounding as the EPL's. [EPL Talk]

The ladies over at Kickette give us a little rundown of a wedding-mad weekend for some of the world's top players and their perma-tanned, arbiter-of-bad-taste accessories, also known as WAGs:

WWE: The Afters
Mrs Steven Gerrard
Hello? Is it OK You’re Looking For?
Mr. and Mrs: The Terrys [Kickette]

Now that you're probably sufficiently disgusted, attempt to bring back some meaning to humanity by watching some of the greatest goals of the season. [101 Great Goals]


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