Kenwyne Jones of Southampton celebrates scoring a goal during the Championship match between Southampton and Southend United at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday. Southampton’s 4-1 victory ensured that they finished the season in sixth position. They now face Derby County in the play-offs.
[Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images]
Can Arsenal stop Chelsea today? Not if Jose has anything to do with itâ€¦
Something for the Chelsea fans to have nightmares over tonight!
Villa’s new crest (on the left) actually looks older than the one it replaces (shown on the right). Brand new retro, you might say. EPL Talk has the lowdown on the new crest:
‘The star signifies the one European Cup that Villa won. ‘Prepared’ is the club’s motto. The use of ‘AVFC’ to signify Aston Villa Football Club also is very retro as more and more clubs these days avoid putting the words ‘FC’ into their crest (the best example is Manchester United).’
Leeds United have been relegated to League One after being deducted 10 points for going into administration. The 10-point deduction means Leeds will finish the season bottom of the Championship, below Southend and Luton, the other two relegated clubs.
On the positive side, Leeds will not lose any points for the start of their first season in League One. Administrator KPMG has already agreed to sell the club to a newly-formed company led by chairman Ken Bates.
Plymouth boss (and the only Football League manager to tell us to go swivel - so far!) Ian Holloway has been having a good moan about women in shorts in his latest BBC column. Ollie was responding to a question about the new Kate Moss range at Topshop.
I’ve been reading a lot about Bojan Krkic in the last couple of weeks. He’s a 16-year-old striker on the books of Barcelona and there’s every chance he’ll break into Barca’s first-team squad next season. He made his debut for Barcelona’s first team in a friendly against Al-Ahly in Cairo last week, and scored, prompting head coach Frank Rijkaard to praise Krkic’s ‘great talent, coolness and class’. His scoring record at Barca is incredible â€“ he has scored 889 goals in seven years. This clip hints at his supreme finishing prowess:
To all Liverpool fans who have argued that they’d rather win the Champions League than the Premiership (and I’ve read more than a few such arguments in the last couple of days), that’s fair enough if you genuinely believe that, but don’t for a minute think that you’re suddenly a better side than Man Utd or Chelsea: you’re not. No way.
Sevilla 2-0 Osasuna
Sevilla, conquerors of Spurs in the quarter finals and current UEFA Cup holders, deservedly reached the final with a comfortable win against Osasuna at home. Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, they should have won by more than a two-goal margin, but Freddie Kanoute left his shooting boots at home for once.
Highlights of Werder Bremen v Espanyol after the jumpâ€¦
EVERTON TO BEAT PORTSMOUTH (Evens)
An overreaction to back-to-back defeats (in the most recent they were 2-0 up against Man Utd) has seen Evertonâ€™s price become extremely attractive considering they are playing a Portsmouth team that is hopeless away from Fratton Park (nine without a win including defeats at Watford and Wigan).
Ahead of this month’s Champions League final, Milan dynamo Rino Gattuso has taken a pop at Liverpool’s long-ball dinosaurs: ‘All Liverpool try to do is defend together, with everybody behind the ball and just one strikerâ€¦ All they do is play long balls â€” every ball is a long ball. It is very different to Manchester, who are a real footballing team.’
We continue on a theme of YouTube videos featuring Italian footballers, specifically Rino Gattuso. I assume this is a video taken from a flight around the time of the last summer’s World Cup. Anyway, Italy’s captain Fabio Cannavaro gives Gattuso and Daniele De Rossi a close shave mid-flight. As you do.
It’s a week since we unearthed a clip of the Chelsea squad looking very sheepish when asked to name their best-looking team-mate. In that week every man and his blog has covered the video, culminating in an appearance on Radio One the other day (they overlooked the fact that they are perhaps not best-placed to share videos with their audience!).
Ouch! Precious goalkeepers might be fond of protecting their personal space, but when you kick a player in the head that is a red card whether you wear gloves or not. Take the case of Velez Sarsfield keeper Gaston Sessa. Incensed by the presence of Boca Juniors’ Rodrigo Palacio within his five metre safety perimeter, [...]
One for our Italian readers, ’cause I’ve got no idea what the bloody hell is going onâ€¦
‘Dundee United have the orange t-shirt, you knowâ€¦’ What a lovely twinkle in his eye Rino has. He’s our new favourite player in the worldâ€¦ ever.