There are bound to be a few more twists to this year’s transfer season, especially if someone remembers where they put Carlos Tevez’s ownership papers, but new TV money and the arrival of more glory hunting billionaires means there’s been plenty of action.
Here’s what we think are the ten best deals done so far:
1 Robbie Fowler to Everton
It would certainly interesting to see the childhood Evertonian lining up in a Merseyside derby against the club where he is known as God. Fowler is available on a free transfer, but a drop down to the Championship or a move to Australia or the States seem more likely than a move to Goodison Park.
Word up, Pies posse. This week’s Tuesday 10 celebrates rapping footballers. We really shouldn’t be able to compile a list this lengthy but, alas, we can and we have. Shout out to John Barnes – grandfather of the UK football/hip-hop scene!
Pies is not sure whether one of its wealthier readers has a spare stadium knocking around, but if anyone has (and a few million for wages to spare) we can put together our Pies Free Transfer XI. It’s enough to bring a tear to the eye of Jean Marc Bosman!
Our friends at 101GreatGoals have compiled a list of their 101 best goals of the 2006/07 season. We highly recommend you check it out. As a taster, here’s one of our favourite goals from their excellent list, scored by Man Utd transfer target Fabio Quagliarellaâ€¦
1 Stefan Kuntz
The former German international was a key figure at Euro 96 for both his team and the British tabloids.
2 Milan Fukal
The Czech defender was once on trial with Leeds and linked with a move to Manchester City but has since gone on to do Fukal. He now plays for hometown club FK 97.
Alexei Lalas, general manager of LA Galaxy, has said that MLS is one of the most competitive leagues in the world: ‘It’s insulting to us and to our sport to say [David] Beckham is on his way to Hollywood when he is coming to play in one of the most competitive leagues in the world,’ the deluded ginger said recently. ‘There are a lot of stars in European football who would struggle over here.’
Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov has been named as the best transfer buy of last season by university researchers. Pies has already given you its transfer flops of the season, but now Professor Tom Cannon, of the University of Buckingham, is informing us where the wise money was spent last summer. The analysis ranges between the blatantly obvious and the alarmingly random!
Reading fans are the most stylish in the country, according to a survey carried out by Brylcreem. The haircare firm interviewed fans from all 92 Football League clubs to find out their taste in hairstyle, clothes labels, drinks, holidays and nights out. The Royals fans came out on top, narrowly pipping Northampton Town supporters.
Our weekly lists looks at 10 footballers who stupidly had at least one too many before getting behind the wheel. Far too many to choose from for this category, but here we go… 1 Tony Adams
Football’s most well-known drink-driver was jailed for three months in 1990 for drink driving. Already Arsenal club captain at the time, Adams was sent to Chelmsford Open Prison after crashing his car into a wall while four times over the legal limit.
The Times’ football boffin, Daniel Finkelstein (the man responsible for the brilliantly named Fink Tank column), has ranked every Premiership player based on some impossible-to-comprehend mathematical formula. It’s ‘a multivariate Poisson log-normal model’, if that means anything to you at all.
1 That must be the first time a match at Wembley has been held up while the President of a country snogs each of his players!
2 With David Beckham back in the fold, surely Alan Smith can’t be allowed to play as well. England’s bottle blond quota is met. We will soon be looking like the Romanian squad at Euro 2000.
Welcome to the Pies Transfer flops of the season XI sponsored by Freddy Shepherd. In fairness to Freddy he does not have any representatives in the side. Chelsea and West Ham fans, avert your eyes now! Everyone else, click below.
1 ‘Everyone’s very comfortable on the ball and almost all of them are athletic. We play what I call “orgy football”: the other team know they’re going to get it, but they don’t know from whom or where from.’
Cardiff’s ex-chairman Sam Hammam takes a wrong turn at metaphor junction.
1 AC Milan shouldn’t have been in the competition to begin with – they were initially kicked out for their part in the Italian match-fixing scandal. 2 The referee promised a minimum of three minutes injury time. He played 2mins 40secs, including a lengthy Milan substitution.