July 28, 2006

Paulo Maldini to Join Bolton?!

Ah, the pre-season. Where the rumor mill goes in extra time and penalties. Getting a bit tired of waiting for the first match. Ok, then, let's make some predictions. Not putting my money on any of them yet, though.

  • Wenger buys some pint-sized unknown African teenager from a backwater French /Belgian second division club and soon, after just 4 matches labels, him the next Vieira / Bergkamp / A.Hole.

  • Ipswich qualifies for playoffs. And loses. Again.

  • Man U pays exorbitant amount for overpriced and overhyped striker to fill the gap and partner sickboys Saha / Rooney / Solskjaer.

  • Chelsea says they have enough new signings for the season. And goes and buy another 20million player to warm the bench for the whole of next season. (Well, look at it this way, this time next year, the other clubs can buy him off at cut rate price because he 'wants regular football' and 'wants to enhance his England chances'.)

  • Mourinho says it'll be tougher to win the championship this year as the other top teams have close the gap between them. And them proceeds to win the league 34-3-1 again. (Yeah, I know, it pains me to say it.)

  • Glenn Roeder gets @$$ fired after sometime in February after dismal first half of campaign due to serious injury problems and 'European qualifying chances in jeopardy'. Shearer's name is again kicked about like Owen during the World Cup. Not to mention Martin O'Neill's.

  • Wigan / Watford / Reading / Sheffield gets good run in League Cup, prompting tired cliches from press like 'fairy tale run' and 'cup magic'. Only to get crushed by Man U / Chelsea / Liverpool / Arsenal reserves in final / semis.

  • Sordid details of Steve McClaren's one night stand with meter maid back in 1984 exposed in newspapers. After 3 weeks of silence, FA backs McClaren as 'still be best man for the job'. (Ah? Scolari? Who?)

  • Paul Jewell moans about difficulty of small teams to get a penalty at Old Trafford.

  • Sam Allardyce signs one of the following during the January transfer window: Ali Daei, Teddy Sheringham, Ray Parlour, Andy Cole, Paulo Maldini (wait, scratch that last one).

Okay, fine. Most of them won't come true. But it's a slow day for me.

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