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I had been meaning to put this up since last week, when I saw it in the Guardian, but have only gotten around to it now. Seeing as how the WWFU is staffed by supporters of Liverpool, Manchester United, and Arsenal, it was convenient that the players of all three of these clubs have, at some point in history, recorded some absolutely awful songs. Of the three, I have to say that the Liverpool one is the best, and not because I am a Liverpool supporter but because they seem to know that they are terrible. Any song that features people drunkenly singing about how funny foreigners’ accents are is alright with me. As for the other two, they bring to mind images of leather and hot pants (especially the Arsenal one).

The Anfield Rap

Move, Move, Move (The Red Tribe)

Hot Stuff (Arsenal)

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The Great Exodus

Summer time is always a period of great speculation and madness.  Oil prices increase dramatically, futures are patched together in the blazing heat on a graduation ceremony, and betting pools form speculating how long it takes before it is revealed that MG does not know how to fly fish.  One trend this summer that seems to be following the Arsenal is that it seems quite in fashion to be leaving rather than coming.  Liverpool seem to attract some quality with their European performance this year, Manchester United have the premiership behind them, and Chelsea always have their money.  However, Arsenal having come up with nothing but the FA Cup (Ladies), are faced with what appears to be a mass exodus at this point.  Baptista has already been told his load won’t be extended and the boys in North London are looking for somewhere else to dump Reyes.  Speculation is strife about R. Van Persie being sold to Bayern and Lujnberg looked to be on his final legs this past season.  On top of that, with David Dein gone, the likes of Wenger and Henry are in doubt.  With Marsailles in the Champions League next year, Wenger’s boy crush Ribery might look like he is going to stand us up.  On the 17th of May The Daily Mail reported that Arsenal could let up to 11 players go.  This would result in yet another team building year for Arsenal.  Hopefully the women can keep bringing home the bread while the Gunners purges its ranks.  In times like these one must turn to wise Seneca who once said, In Arsene speramus…

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I am surprisingly not as gutted as I would have expected to be after having just finished watching Liverpool lose in the European Cup final. The fact that Milan’s first goal was a handball, or that the referee–under whose watchful eye Milan have not lost a Champions League game, and Liverpool have never scored a goal, who was picked by a committee headed by an Italian, a representative of a league that has never been known to be corrupt–blew the full time whistle at least a minute too early does not bother me. This is because Liverpool did not deserve to win this game due to Carlo Ancelotti doing his homework.

The Milan boss must have watched game film from the Premier League games as opposed to Liverpool’s European campaign, because this played out exactly like the typical Liverpool League game. Liverpool dominated possession, created numerous chances, yet were found lacking in the final third. Meanwhile, “beautiful” Milan were almost Bolton-esque, nicking a goal from a set piece that came against the run of play and then getting another (albeit an extremely well crafted and well taken one) while Liverpool were chasing the game at the end. I’m sure many of the ill-informed pundits and casual observers will blame Liverpool for this game not being up to snuff entertainment wise, as that seems to be the repuation that everyone clings to, but this one was not our fault.

On a positive note, I got my name mentioned over at DeadOn, which is a site I highly recommend. Also, Liverpool’s loss has removed any temptation I may have had to celebrate, thus leaving me primed for the Lost season finale. My prediction is that Desmond dies in Charlie’s place, but is somehow reborn in another parallel universe. Or something.

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As the end of the Premier League season comes into sight, so to does the start of what has been termed “silly season.” This is the time of year when the message boards are packed with all sorts of ridiculous proclamations–Henry and Villa to Liverpool for £50 million each, Sheva to Reading, and everybody to Newcastle. I’d like to ignore that sort of thing, and instead try to throw out some names of players that you might not be aware of yet. Today’s player is GremioLiverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva

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Salon Chat

Something has been bothering me for awhile and I feel no better place to get it off my chest then right here on the web.  The other day I had an epiphany.  Well, it was more like the other night after a heavy night at bars.  I returned home empty handed and after browsing the internet for a short 3-6 minutes became heavily involved in transfer news and gossip.  It was in this content state that I began to wonder, what the F**** am I doing?  I thought to liken myself to a silly woman stuck in her hair salon all day being like, “Ooh, Trish! Did you see that Adriano?  Powerful figure, he is.  Wouldn’t mind rubbing butter on his chest at the Arsenal.  Tasty!”  It has been gnawing at me for awhile now that I constantly find myself reading the gossip & transfers section like a teenage girl reads people magazine.  Perhaps all the angst only comes from the fact that Wenger never really does any real buys and I’m just sitting around feeling, well… a bit jealous.

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A big stink is being made by Argentine legend Jorge Valdano, who says that Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho are ruining football, and that the reason for this is that neither of them made it as players. Valdano, who once compared himself to Borges, even went as far to say that the recent Champions League semifinal at Anfield resembled “shit on a stick.”

While it may be true that the recent semifinal was not an exhibition of pure footballing skill, to say that it is indicitive of the game’s ruin is a bit absurd. There is plenty of skill on display by champion jugglers, but most of them do not play at the game’s highest level. In a game between two sides that have met 14 times in the past 3 years, to expect it to be anything but a tense, hard-fought affair is to delude oneself.

As for the assertion that Benitez and Mourinho are ruining the game, I say that it is a knee jerk reaction to one specific game. Both Liverpool and Chelsea are capable of, and have demonstrated to this effect, playing free-flowing football. I cannot speak for Jose, but Rafa’s Valencia teams, although often slated as boring by the pro-Madrid and pro-Barca Spanish press, were often a joy to watch. Here is a video of them absolutely dismantling Liverpool in the 2003/2004 Champions League.

One more thing. MarkalmGlazer, where are you? Your team just won the Premier League and nary a peep from you.

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As the end of the Premier League season comes into sight, so to does the start of what has been termed “silly season.” This is the time of year when the message boards are packed with all sorts of ridiculous proclamations–Henry and Villa to Liverpool for £50 million each, Sheva to Reading, and everybody to Newcastle. I’d like to ignore that sort of thing, and instead try to throw out some names of players that you might not be aware of yet. Today’s player is Independiente midfielder Gastón Machin.

This picture does not do Machin’s hair justice. Since this picture was taken, his hair has evolved into the most awe-inspiring mullet I have ever seen. If he does not drive a Camaro while listening to whatever the Argentine equivalent of Sister Christian is I would be shocked. But, as if the sheer comedic value of his hair is not reason enough to sign him, he can play a fair bit of football as well.

I recently caught the Independiente v. River game on FSC’s Argentina game of the week. Machin was everywhere. Each time Independiente needed somebody to make a play, there he was. He scored a goal off of a rebound, made an absolutely ridiculous move that made the defender look so silly that the announcer speculated that he may have dislocated his hip (and he was serious), and broke up his share of River attacks. He’s not a flying winger in the Joaquin/Simao mold, but he appeared to me to be a very effective right-sided midfielder. Some mid-table Premier League side would do well to pick him up. Of course, this won’t happen because these clubs generally like to fight for overhyped English players and Machin will probably end up in Spain somewhere. This is too bad because he looks to be a pretty physical player who I think would adapt well to the Premier League; plus, I love his hair.

Here is the only video I could find of him; it’s nothing too spectacular, but still a well taken goal.

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