Wednesday, August 20, 2008

MUGG OF THE WEEK




UBG will now choose his weekly MUGG of the Week, and we will discuss it further. Now this is UBG'S choice. He has been there, He watches the games, He can only judge.
This weeks MUGG by UBG is Wayne Rooney. I asked UBG WHY?
He said "Svooosh, da Man Utd owes alvays say he World Class. " Vat Vorld Class, Juste Fontaine vas vorld class in my day"

So the Mancs are always raving how great Rooney is. But he is not World Class. I have to agree with UBG. Also UBG states that Rooney has done nothing lately. Sports Pundits are also saying that Rooney looks bothered and out of sorts.

Again Mancs We are not saying that he is sh#e. He is just the Mugg of the week, in relation to his and his teams performance.
Then again, Punisher you mite hate me for this but Now can we pose teh question is Crouch better than Rooney.
Look whatever Rooney deserves to be the Mugg. Although Azee UBG has been researching Pieter De Villiers thsi week so dont be surprised De Villiers is the next MUGG
FRIENDLY NEWS
Regarding England, they were lucky to escape from defeat last night as Joe Cole scrambled in a late equaliser again. Once Again England turned out an unconvincing performance. Again. As the debates and comments are raging on in this post. What seems to be the problem. Why are England Struggling
ITALY VS AUSTRIA
I coudlnt fathom when Italy went 2-0 down against Austria. And the Italians fielded a pretty strong team. Del Piero was bad according to Goal.com stats and so was Barzagli. Gatusso and pirlo were all flat. De Rossi was the only outstanding Italian Player all night. At least Lippi didnt open with a defeat. Liverpools Dossena was cited as one for the future and was good in attack ,with good runs and crosses.
Anyways Forza Azurri
Wel see them in 2010.
Spain had a great 3-0 victory. Encouraging for Liverpool Fans again was the performance of Xabi Alonso.He scored twice and thats great news for Liverpool. You must know if Rash Cassim who is not a fan of Alonso says that he is in good form.
The other major nations also enjoyed good results on the Night
In transfer news ,Silvestre has signed for Arsenal. Thats a surprise. is poke to Cisse and we said Is Wenger losing the plot.Maybe its a good thing. I dunno. MANCS and Arsenal Fans,please comment

74 comments:

  1. Well said UBG!

    I never rated Rooney and I still don't(although his passing abilities are good).

    He should be given mugg of the season.He has serious attitude problem,yet Punisher and Seth will moan about how great he is week in and week out.

    "GO" get a striker that scores!

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  2. How aboosh mugg of the week coz I don't think he knows what a mugg is.
    I don't think Rooney did anything wrong or the Manc's were humiliated in any way-if anything make the owner's of livertwats mugg of the week for refusing to give benitez funds to buy players-that is a shame coz benitez can really buy shite players and that is a scandal in its own, so overriding UBG's decision as mugg of the week-it's actually the livertwats owners rather than Rooney!!! the livertwtas know how to embarass their own staff!!!!!!!

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  3. How about swoosh being mugg of the week coz I don't think he knows what a mugg is.
    I don't think Rooney did anything wrong or the Manc's were humiliated in any way-if anything make the owner's of livertwats mugg of the week for refusing to give benitez funds to buy players-that is a shame coz benitez can really buy shite players and that is a scandal in its own, so overriding UBG's decision as mugg of the week-it's actually the livertwats owners rather than Rooney that's mugg of the week!!! the livertwtas know how to embarass their own staff!!!!!!!

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  4. UBG,

    IS CARRICK BETTER THEN GERRARD?

    WEST HAM 4 EVER

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  5. UBG.

    IS DARREN FLETCHER BETTER THEN GERRARD?

    tHERE IS ONLY 1 DARREN FLETCHER! 1 DARREN FLETCHER!

    SCOTSMAN 4 EVER

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  6. ubg, are the glazers better then gillet and hicks?

    yankee 4 ever

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  7. hey swoosh u recall elana meyer in the 10000m at barcelona 92?

    and what about danie visser in tennis apartheid robbed him of greatness?

    Marty McFly
    "back 2 the future"

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  8. UBG asks who is Englands best striker ??

    Crouch
    Rooney
    Defoe
    Owen
    Bent
    Heskey
    Johnson

    Looking at the above list.. They all "B" grade to me.. Not one of the above can compare to the likes of Torres, Henry, Tevez, Klose, Adriano, Van Nistelrooy.. Hell even that MUGG Luca Toni is better than the English lot.

    Now swoosh.. DOnt just call Rooney a MUGG.. England as a whole are MUGGS when it comes to a nation.

    orig UBG

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  9. Hey Marty

    Do u remember Moses Kiptenoui

    UBG

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  10. Who gives a shit as to who's Englands weakest front pair.

    The only thing to worry about is getting the 100m and 200m sprint double..

    Last achieved by Carl Lewis in '84..

    "go" Bolt "go"

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  11. LOL @ this article swoosh

    hahaha


    http://www.goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=826653

    Lippi: Del Piero The Italian Rooney
    Marcello Lippi admits that he wants to model his Azzurri attack on Manchester United, and reportedly considers Alessandro Del Piero as the Italian Wayne Rooney.
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    Lippi returns to the Italy bench tonight in the friendly against Austria in Nice, as he hopes to repeat the glories of his first reign when he led the Azzurri to World Cup success at the 2006 World Cup.

    The early signs are that Lippi plans to use a 4-3-3 formation where possible, and the reference point will be European club champions Manchester United and their three-pronged attack of Cristian Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez.

    “It fascinates me to have a national team with three attackers who can make themselves available for the team like Wayne Rooney did for Manchester United in Rome [in the Champions League last season],” said Lippi.

    It is reported in the Italian press that Lippi sees Del Piero as the player to replicate the role that Rooney carries out for Man Utd, and he will test out the Golden Boy tonight in Nice.

    Indeed the Azzurri will line up with a 4-3-3 against Karel Bruckner’s men, with Alberto Gilardino and Antonio Di Natale tipped to complete the forward trident.

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  12. ...Lol......

    ABR..I have to hand it to you for pulling that one out...

    anyways heres my comeback

    Del at Rooneys age...Chalk and Cheese.

    Lippi, and Ferguson are thicj bras, thats why Lippi likes Rooney. Lippi may think Rooney is World Class, But I dont think so.

    Yes, Rooney is good, But as I always say in this day and age, there are World Class strikers.

    Villa, Torres, Klose.....

    Rooney is like Robbie Keane...

    But good one ABR in context of the situation

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  13. Oh and further more ..It was Lippi and Zoff that used Del Piero in the tri-quarista (the hole behind the front two). Ar role that Totti and Del perfected....years ago.

    3 strikers. Two upfront..one behind them in the hole

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  14. blog logic :

    DEL = ROONEY
    therefore
    DEL = MUGG

    I agree with you when you say Rooney is not world class.
    But its the English Media that messed Rooney up.
    How dare they call him the next Gazza.

    Lets see how Penaltino deals with the media this season.
    I still vote him as a Mugg.
    Ever heard an Indian toppie say :
    You eat my food but shit in my plate... thats what he did with the whole Madrid saga.


    ABR

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  15. Classic, ABR

    Want to see what the Man u guys have to say. He fucking stabbed them in the back and is now smiling at them. what a kant Penaltino is

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  16. Glory, glory Man United and the livertwats are the mugg of the season already-nominated, signed and sealed, you will see your torres will run out of steam coz all the spanish players do when they come to england!!!!!

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  17. What a kenyan middle distance runner kiptanui was!

    what about wilson kipketer? ran for kenya and denmark?

    and please refrain from shit talk about england, we had linekar geoff hurst, alan shearer, so please stopp talking shit. i got 1 idea, put ABR in a time machine so he bever return to this blogg!

    Marty McFly
    "back to the future"

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  18. del at rooneys age was shit! what you mean chalk and cheese? swoosh i am going to fu*k u up!

    rooney rooney rooney!!!!! the lad is claas his ability on the ball is class. he has had a drought in front of goal, lack of confidence thats it! he will be back

    "I'LL BE BACK"

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  19. AI SALO DEL BOU KARAAP RAME!
    YEH TO BAIRY JEWU RAME!

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  20. Kipketer was my trainee Hezeikel Sepeng's greatest rival..

    And also Marty.. If u rate the English of the past.. Charlton and Best apart.. The others were not the best of their generation.. Shearer was in class "B" compared to Romaria, Batistuta, Klinsmann, Cantona etc He was shite..

    True legend Kipketer was tho

    UBG

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  21. ubg toe bou kaka bolech! oe tane maar wano che!

    remember i taught u all u know!

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  22. Ay swoosh bhai. Who is this other UBG bhai..

    Fact of the matter Swoosh bhai.. Eng players r kachraa bhai.. SKY and BBC make them big bhai. They are all mediocre bhai..All of them.

    Remember Swoosh bhai.. 66 was a great year for Eng football.. Eric Cantona was born..

    real UBG

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  23. The English of the past and the English of the present in terms of firepower are worlds apart.

    Shearer, Lineker, Owen even Teddy used to the job.

    now theres Heskey, Defoe, Crouch, Rooney perhaps the only one that stands out.

    Marty what about former English greats like kenny Samson, Glen Hoddle, Waddle, Trevor and Gary Stevens, Digger Barnes, Terry Butcher, Robbo, Trevor Francis, Brooking, Wilkins, Steve Hodge, Platt, Gazza, The Govnor. The lads were decent.

    Even in the sticks, guys like Shilton, Woods, Seamen, quality

    Martin Tyler

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  24. bUT WHAT ABOUT HICHM EL GOROUG AND sERGEI bOUBKA?

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  25. Gazza in Euro 96.Fantastic with the blonde hair do

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  26. TA TA TATA.....................

    WE SINGING 4 ENGLAND!

    WHO THE FU*&K GAVE YOU THE GAME OF FOOTBALL, CRICKET AND RUGBY?

    THE OKES OF THE PAST WERE CLASS BUT WHAT ABOUT THE LIKE OF BECKS, GERRARD, OWEN, NEVILLE, CARRICK, ROONEY TERRY FERDINAND,

    WE GOT A SOLID SQUAD!

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  27. My all time English x11 would be

    1. Shilton 2. Gary Stevens 3. Butcher 4. Adams 5. Samson
    6. Ince 7. Beckham 8. Robson 9. Hoddle 10 Shearer 11. Lineker
    Manager: Bobby Robson

    T.Q.S
    The Quwatul Saatie

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  28. Carrick.

    F#4k Off. compared to Midfields of yesteryear. Gazza, Guvee, Robbo, Hoddle, Waddle, Digger Barnes.

    f#4k Carrick. If Carrick is all Englands got, then there will be no singing in 2010 and no YOBS fighting in the Shebeens

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  29. cARRICK IS BETTER THEN GERRARD!
    BROWN BETTER THEN CARRAGER!
    FRAZER CAMBELL BETTER THEN TORRES!

    PETER BEARDSLY

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  30. What about Micheal Jhonson, Dirartu Tulu,Florence Griffith Joyner and Jackie Joyner Kersey

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  31. IS SWOOSH MORE BIASED OR ABR?

    GN NAIDOO

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  32. Oh now Beardsley was class. But there were some guys Azee that just couldnt do it when the three lions was worn. At club level they were fantastic

    viz. Digger Barnes, Beardsly, Hoddles son,Anderton

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  33. What about Matthiew Le Tissier from Potties. A god given talent with the football. If he were black, The SA crowds would jive to the skill

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  34. FLO JO! AND JACKKIE JOYNER KERSEY!

    LINFORD CHRISTIE WAS SHEER CLASS BECOZ HIS BRITISH! AND SIR STEVEN REDGRAVE 5 GOLD MEDALS IN ROWING AT 5 DIFFERENT OLYMPICS, TELL PHELPS TO WIN GOLD AT 5 OLYMPICS !

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  35. DARREN ANDERTON COULD NOT DELIVER SAME LIKE IAN WRIGHT ANDY COLE AT ENGLAND LEVEL!

    BUT ENGLAND ARE THE BEST AND DELL IS SHIT!

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  36. To the anonymous guy,Bais aside. Apart from Azurri, England are my second team.

    I remember in 2006, I foned Azee and Guvee,they wee gutted after the clash with the Portuguese in Baden Baden.

    They said "Always we go out like this"

    I was also down. In that game I blame Rooney. He cost England with his temper. He stamped on Carvalho and put England on the backfoot.

    Unforgivable

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  37. i BLAME DEL 4 ALL THAT HAS GONE WRONG IN SWOOSH'S LIFE!

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  38. you right he is pathetic...what? only 21 years old? yeah he got no future, totally over the hill. no time left in his football career to improve. not like ronaldo, when he came to utd he was young and he got better over time, but rooney is too old to improve....

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  39. Argentina to win 2010 world cup. Glory, glory Argentina, glory glory Argentina!!!!!! Argentina for Beijing Olympics!!!!!!!

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  40. When Swoosh is Mugg of the week there is no comment because everybody just seems to agree

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  41. What about me?

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  42. To the anonymous Rooney lover.

    Why dont you tell us who you are?

    Astala Vista Baby!

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  43. Eric Cantona played alongside me at LEEDS.Boy was he class.

    I recently met the oke and he said to me " Gordon do you remember my kung -fu kick?"

    I said " Oh definately Eric! But wasn't it Manchester against Palace?"

    Eric said "Yeah it was!Bloody scumbag said there is a guy so shite going to come to UTD and he will be ugly Shrek,called a stiker ,yet not score and "the Gaffir" won't get rid of him!"

    Eric said " I couldnt take this 'wahi' so I kicked him!

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  44. Dont talk shit Gordon.

    Eric kicked the fellow coz he said Leeds were shit!

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  45. shrek to get 20+ goals this season and create 50 more!

    go you good thing rooney go!

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  46. Rooney is an asset to any side.
    The commitment & fight that he gives is second to none.

    Livertwats wish they had rooney instead of keane

    "go" BUY QUALITY & NOT QUANTITY

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  47. OOH AAH "GO" GHORA !

    I SEE YOU FINALLY GOT A GOOGLE ACCOUNT.


    DEFINE A QUALITY STRIKER GO?(INNIT A "GO"AL SCORER)

    "GO" DEFINE A STRIKER!
    "GO' FIND THE NET!
    "GO" GET ANGER MANAGEMENT
    "GO" GET VODACOM CONTRACT
    "GO" SEE HAZRAT FOR THAT!
    "GO" FIND ANOTHER TALENT!

    OH AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST
    "GO" GRAB A GOOD TIME "GO" GRAB A WIMPY BURGER NOW!(YUK)

    AZEE REMEMBER BRIAN MITCHELL?(WHAT A BOXER)

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  48. Azee.What about Piet Crouse and Dingaan "The Rose" Thobela

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  49. What about Linda "Mercedez Benz" Bhutelezi or Dennis "Kentucky Fried Chicken " Modise

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  50. Gerrie Coetzee, Remember Him. World heavy Weight Champion....SUBLIME.

    Azee and the likes and Marty What about Jan Wilkins in the red trunks.

    F#4k Jhon Cena. Young Wilkins was the man

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  51. This is Mr boimerang, Fani Madida. Or Zaaaaakhaaaariyah the Computer. EHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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  52. EMILE HESKEY ?
    DJIBRIL CISSE ?

    bet its the club that messed them

    "go" WASTED TALENTS

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  53. Swoosh what about Gillian Van Houten?
    What about Salvatore Schilachi? What about Burachaga, what about Socrates, Zico!!!!!! And Tiger Jeet Singh!!!!!

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  54. And Scot Scot and Darren Scot

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  55. What about When Raj Bansi got a smack from that AWB owe and his status in society was reduced from a Tiger to a Cub

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  56. And how can we forget Bruce Fordyce.

    Uncle Bai Gora used to play chasingtjies with Bruce Fordyce

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  57. And what about the Table Tennis Playing Khan bros Marty, Jansher and Jahangeer and Vijay Amritraj who played at Wimbledon and ended up in James Bond Octopussy

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  58. Can someone please confirm if Berbatov has signed for Man Utd.
    I heard he just did?

    Yildary Bashtuk

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  59. Nope, never sign yet. Berba just signed a Man United T-shirt for a fan and spurs are up in arms about it!!!

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  60. Imagine, even your freedom of signing is also restricted these days. What else are we going to hear next!!! I can't take it anymore!!!!!

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  61. The Jhan brothers played SQUASH anonymous bhai..

    ur facts are screwed up bhai..

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  62. Swoosh

    What bout Frans Botha?Remember the fight against Iron Mike?


    Remember Matts Wilander?(Great Tennis player)

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  63. Stan ChristadulouFriday, 22 August, 2008

    what about lee chapman mini? class!

    Kallie Knoetzer, Jimmy Abbot, Corrie Sanders, harold volbrecht, vic toweel we had some great boxers!

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  64. what about Klaus Augentheiler?

    does any mugg know who he is?

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  65. Rumour has it that Uncle Bai Gora is the Head Coach for the Chinese, thats why they lead the medal count

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  66. Stan

    Lets not forget Tony Dorigo,Gary McAlister(current man incharge),David Batty,Gary Speed,etc to name a few!

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  67. (Courtesy -Guardian UK)

    In an essay in 1977, Stephen Heath, one of Britain's more important academic film critics, suggested that a movie could never be taken in the isolation of its viewing. "It has also to be seen that a film must never end, that it must exist – and even before it begins, before we enter the cinema – in a kind of englobingly extensive prolongation." He then talks of the epiphenomena that influence our perceptions, "from trailers to remakes, from weekly reviews to star magazines, from publicity stills to mementos". As the song tells us during the final scene of the Sopranos*, the movie never ends; it goes on and on and on and on.

    The same idea surely applies to any creative pursuit, even football: our perception of a goal or a bad foul, for example, will be altered before we've seen them on Match of the Day by the descriptions on the radio or TV that afternoon. And if Leeds' title victory in 1991-92 was a film, it would be one that has aged very, very badly. So much has changed in the intervening 16 years that perceptions have been subtly, unconsciously altered after the event.

    The main one, of course, is the introduction of the Premier League the following season. When compared to the glitz, glamour and Sky Sports News girls of the current product, the final days of poor old Division One feel almost embarrassingly prehistoric: a time of Elton Welsby and Saint & Greavsie; of bone-chilling, mind-numbing football; of awful pitches and an urgent need for grass in the sky. As the final winners of Division One, Leeds became a symbol of an age mercifully past.

    Even more importantly, as the last English manager to win the league, Howard Wilkinson became the same. It is entirely conceivable that an English manager will not win the Premier League for another two or three decades and, in a culture where it barely requires eye contact to precipitate a serious attack of self-loathing, it makes sense that, given the incontrovertible advances the game has made since those days, we would almost want to wash our hands of such an incident.

    There is also the fact that Leeds made such a remarkable mess of their title defence, failing to win a game away from home the following season and finishing only two points off relegation. They failed badly and humiliatingly in Europe, too, losing home and away to Rangers. Wilkinson's stock began to nosedive before he was sacked in the 1996. So did that of the club off the field. Wilkinson had done outstanding work in reducing the impact of the disgusting minority that had often damaged the reputation of the club, but after he went normal service was resumed. Leeds' fans became untrustworthy again and the perception of their principal characters returned to the days when the likes of Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner and Jack Charlton felt more like Gollums than players. In short, it became not only OK to hate Leeds again, but compulsory.

    There is another reason why their triumph has posthumously been reduced and diminished. The fact that the team they beat to the title in 1991-92, Manchester United, went on to have such unprecedented success furthers the comfortable notion that Leeds did not win the league but that United either lost it or were robbed by a schedule that made them play four games in seven days.

    United did stutter badly, losing three games in a row in the run-in. And Leeds' decisive 3-2 victory at Sheffield United contained so many utterly farcical goals that, had match-fixing been suspected in those days, the long arm of the law would have wanted a serious word with Dame Fortune. It was a fittingly slapstick end to a competition described in this paper by David Lacey as "the league title which nobody appeared to want".

    Yet the fact is, somebody got it. Most things in sport leave scope for considerable argument, but winning a 38- or 42-game competition should be so undeniable that any argument should automatically be concluded by an imperious, David Brent-style "Next!" Even Alex Ferguson admitted that Leeds were worthy winners, both at the time and in his 1999 autobiography, when he wrote: "There were many reasons for our failure to ... win the First Division in 1992, and the most important of them was the excellent campaign waged by Howard Wilkinson's Leeds United, who persevered resolutely and held their nerve well on the run-in."

    That they did, taking 13 points from the final five games to United's four. It is insultingly revisionist to suggest that this Leeds team was not without considerable merit. The most notable was the wonderful midfield of Gordon Strachan, Gary McAllister, David Batty and Gary Speed, who in those days was a marauding, intrepid left-winger rather than the grizzled cruncher we came to know. That midfield had pretty much everything: brain, brawn, youth, experience, wit, grit, class and brass.

    The defence of Mel Sterland, Chris Fairclough, Chris Whyte and Tony Dorigo was greater than the sum of its parts, with Dorigo adding a sprinkling of quality. They had a very decent goalkeeper in John Lukic, who proved his worth especially with a wonderful double-save from Ian Rush and Michael Thomas at Anfield during a crucial 0-0 draw in the run-in.

    Lee Chapman and Rod Wallace, battering ram and bumblebee, were a textbook little-and-large front pair. Wallace produced many cool, chipped finishes, while Chapman was a much better player than we remember: he scored 16 goals in 38 games, including goals away to the rest of the top four (Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal) and was included in the five English players of the year in the reputable European Football Yearbook (think Wisden's Five Cricketers, only these had to be English). When he scored in a live match at Arsenal in March, the ITV commentator Alan Parry described him as "the supreme goalscorer", high praise even allowing for Parry's penchant for getting slightly carried away.

    Then there was Eric Cantona. His role in Leeds' triumph has been a little overstated: he started only six of his 15 games, and his three goals all came at home to sides in the bottom half of the table. But it was about more than bald statistics; as David Hopps observed in this rag, Cantona "had created a celebratory mood which contrasted with the debilitating nervousness at Old Trafford", best exemplified by his unforgettable goal against Chelsea in April.

    Still, Cantona was not involved in Leeds' most fluent performances, which came well before squeaky-bum time. Two live Sunday-afternoon performances stand out. In November they routed Ron Atkinson's burgeoning Aston Villa side, who were a dangerously loose cannon, 4-1 at Villa Park. Then in January they produced one of the great forgotten performances: an awesome 6-1 win away to their rivals Sheffield Wednesday, who would finish third in the table and were still technically in the title race with two games to go.

    The moment that best reflected their incessant intensity came when, with Leeds 2-0 up in the first half, Gordon Watson won a penalty with truly one of the most pathetic dives of all time. John Sheridan converted and, to use the words of Barry Davies after the famous Jeff Astle incident (right at the end of this video) in 1971, Leeds had every right to go mad. Instead they got even, restoring their two-goal lead with devastating efficiency. Lukic rolled the ball out to Dorigo, who swept the ball down the line to Speed, running diagonally away from goal. He crossed first time to the far post, where Chapman bulleted a flying header past Chris Woods.

    That victory also came straight after they had been outclassed by Manchester United in a League Cup tie at Elland Road. Such bouncebackability was in evidence all season: Leeds scored 13 goals in the four matches immediately following league defeats. It was one of the many qualities we expect of champions. They were unbeatable at home, most admirably early in the season when they were 2-0 down to the champions Arsenal and rallied to draw 2-2, sealed by Gordon Strachan's Panenka penalty. They also spread the goals around as champions should, with 12 from the usual defence (although Sterland did take some penalties) and 19 from the regular midfield. Even Steve Hodge, a bit-part player, scored seven from 12 starts.

    Nor can we say they were boring. Only Arsenal scored more goals, and Leeds bagged four or more away from home on four occasions to Manchester United's none. Alex Ferguson's side certainly played the classier football – and Leeds scored an amazing number of goals from set pieces – but these are red herrings. Very few English clubs could feel legitimately compromised by winning a title in a certain style; Leeds are not one of them. Anyway, they were hardly long-ball merchants. This was the acceptable and indeed admirable face of the direct football that predominated in those days, and the midfield could be utterly electrifying. They were intimidatingly physical – Strachan's passion often made him the most menacing of them all – but not gratuitously dirty.

    Leeds, and their manager, were certainly of their time. But this is hardly a bad thing, and it would also be unfair to say that their minds were not open. Wilkinson always had a wit, warmth and, crucially, a modernity that contrasted with his public image. If he had made a signing any more leftfield than Cantona, Leeds would have had Saint or Greavsie up front. They might not have looked that out of place. Some of the Leeds squad players were undeniably limited – Tony Agana, Bobby Davison, Chris Kamara, Imre Varadi and Mike Whitlow all played in the league that season – and even Wilkinson said that, "not all of those players would have been seen as the best in the world but they were committed to excellence."

    Such overachievement deserves to be hailed rather than belittled, yet Wilkinson is often damned for having such players in the first place. We forget why: only two years earlier Leeds had been in the second tier of English football, so Wilkinson had not had time to develop his squad for a crack at the title. They were miles ahead of schedule.

    Blackburn are remembered as the overnight success of modern-day English football, but they won the title in their third year in the top flight, and on a greater budget. Leeds won the title in their second season after promotion. That is a remarkable achievement – arguably the worthiest title victory since Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest did it at the first attempt in 1977-78 – and entirely inconceivable in the current climate. When we consider the "englobingly extensive prolongation" of Leeds' title victory, we should not lose sight of that.

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  68. eish wena! ouh even Ser Alex said good things bout leeds.seriaas?

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  69. Klaus ArghantaulerFriday, 22 August, 2008

    I am a legend of Italia 90..

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  70. he winner is voted for by the coaches of the 16 teams which reached the knock-out stages of last year's competition. They will cast their votes next Thursday at the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco.

    There are also individual awards for goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward of the year.

    The list of nominees, from which the overall winner will be selected, is:

    Goalkeeper of the year: Manuel Almunia (Arsenal), Petr Cech

    (Chelsea), Manuel Neuer (FC Schalke 04), Jose Reina (Liverpool), Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United).

    Defender of the year: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Rio Ferdinand

    (Manchester United), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), John Terry (Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

    Midfielder of the year: Michael Essien (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas

    (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Paul Scholes (Manchester United).

    Forward of the year: Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Lionel Messi

    (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Fernando Torres (Liverpool).

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