Archive for September, 2009

3 games…

September 27, 2009

Wolves away. Man City away in the cup. Arsenal at home. Three loses.

But very different beasts, eh?

Wolves away reminded me of that Malcolm Gladwell article about pressing. Was it Rich who posted it? Probably. Anyway, pressing all over the pitch can help less talented teams beat more talented teams. It’s the great equalizer. But it doesn’t come cheap or easy.

Pressing takes willpower and effort, and most teams don’t have the commitment or energy to press for 90 minutes. A lot of times you will see a team press like hell, and then fade away in the second half. Wolves took the gamble and it paid off.

My stream only lasted about twenty minutes of this game, but in those twenty minutes I saw Fulham lose possession again and again as Wolves denied them space. But it came at a cost: according to reports, in the second half Fulham were in the ascendancy, and squandered a few chances. Of course by that time Wolves were already up by two softish goals, so, again, their gamble payed off.

In a way, it’s somewhat flattering. That kind of pressing is such an exhausting gameplan. To chase, and harry and nip at the heels, usually it’s reserved for teams with a much more impressive resume than Fulham’s. But it worked, Fulham looked crap. End of.

City away. Gentleman Jim was my only companion so… exactly what happened will remain a mystery. But, it was an encouraging sign.

Arsenal at home. Really should have had something. 8 or 9 times out of 10, Fulham score some of those chances. But that keeper.

Also, an important article about why you can’t trust your eyes. It’s nothing personal. It doesn’t make you stupid. But really, you can’t trust them.

What the Bulgarians think of Fulham

September 13, 2009

Fulham travel to Sofia on Thursday for the first Europa League group game. With a dodgy Bulgarian to English translator in hand, here are some of the comments posted about Fulham here.


Hodgson looked confused for a Hero Amkar not an ogre. Before the game against Dynamo, some Russians disparagingly likened them our Very Happy

4 points from two matches are fully achievable.

They too recognize Hodgson’s heroic status.

Fulham have no experience in ECT, but have a good season igrachi.Minaliya took the scalp of United and ended at Siti.Imat Man of billionaires and a manager with great experience.
inglizite not playing full speed in older years will turnira.Poslednite successes Cup UEFA.Mozhem to rely on the arrogance of the tournament and exits from the British. Wink

In all seriousness, this is a real shame. I really hope that Fulham take this tournament as seriously as possible, because this guy is right. English teams have approached the UEFA Cup and now the Europa League with far too much arrogance in the past. And others have noticed.

Someone in tracking – Premiership detail to explain how the struggling team to survive 2006/2007 and 2007/2008, Fulam reach European tournaments last season. Appears to be untied bag of money?

No sir. Untied bag of Roy Hodgson.

Are good, will not lie. I would not say that superklasni but distsiplirano and play decently. Hodgson them very tight and fucking with the material, which has made a maximum. Have very good players and I would say that one of the nice clubs in the Premiership.

Typically each srednyak English (I do not think of a better season for Fulham after 5-6 years to make them more) and they have a powwow and weaknesses pobedimi. However strong in the air as far as I remember. Have a powwow and handsome players are pulling the midfield by Danny Murphy. Last season was the best host in the league after the big four. Able to surprise and have done it many times.

Emphasis mine.

Hear the roar of the Sector ‘D’ will feel shapely lower than the grass.

Poetic threats?

Here you must fight mandatory! This is a game that will decide whether to fight for rank or not.

Football fans are the same everywhere. I swear I read this exact sentence on TIFF before every game, albeit usually in slightly less coherent form.

Even fallen Newcastle and Boro had a higher imena.Fulam team worked well with a good manager. Wink

Good manager >>>>>>>>>>>> imena.

It is very good for us that Andy Johnson is aut.Barz player, which we would have problemi.Kotev Ivanov and Ivan should not have problems with Zamora.

Ha! Johnson’s back.

Dempsey is not anything special, Duff was a one-time terror. And this madzharin Dead Moroz will put it in a sack.

Pride goeth before a fall, I hope.

a man bearing a name Zoltan can not frighten me.

PGBAF II

I just know I have seen Confederations Cup this year and what Dempsey did in all matches?

This man knows?

A good team that will understand what it means to obey before CSKA.

Flattery? Threats? Insults? The joy of online translators.

People do not write off …. Every to4ka in the league is MONEY!
All three of our opponent is in a financial crisis and raz4itat much of that money. As we. We must take to4ki and this will become a hard struggle, because you can not ignore the league.

League, cup balance. Another universal.

Zaendno Hughes prevented with a few goals. Schwarzer is class, how many years do in England ..
Bobby Zamora is a typical ram, Clint Dempsey was the discovery of the Confederations Cup – a very quick and very accurate kick and pass.
Danny Murphy years ago was one of the best playmaker in England, …  now their captain.
And took Griyning of UBA, which is also technically strong players in the center.

Despite everything, however, mentioned as a top English clubs do not give much elbow grease in the UEFA Cup (le moment).

C’mon you Whites! ELBOW GREASE!

Fulham have these hyper-ugly forum! Disgusting! There and there regvam deeea carpenters and British!

Painful but true.