Originally written on Finishers Forum  |  Last updated 1/4/13
JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW 2013 - Detailed reports and conjecture on all transfer action… (SB Nation) Top 10 footballing moments of 2012 - It’s been an incredible year for football, both at the club and international level — with that in mind, here are 10 of the most memorable moments of 2012… (Michael Cox – ESPN) … Strange as it seems, Luis Suarez has become a model, modern hero - He may have triggered one of the more dispiriting controversies in the history of English football. As a 15-year-old he certainly earned a red card for the grave sin of headbutting a referee, which was around about the time his club coach caught him drinking and partying and warned him about seriously career-threatening behaviour… (The Independent) January could be decisive for Arsenal - In a somewhat random footballing year for the club, Arsenal finished 2012 well with four consecutive Premier League wins. Rather than following on the vein of good results, 2013 began with another strange performance. It was the sort of performance seen all too often in 2012… (ESPN Blog) Daniel Sturridge knows he must earn Red carpet treatment at Liverpool - They have not rolled out the red carpet for Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool, certainly not compared to the garlands showered upon their last recruit from Chelsea – Joe Cole – and despite the prolonged wait for a striker of his undoubted goalscoring ability… (The Guardian) (Video) Everton free-kick king Leighton Baines worthy of comparison with Roberto Carlos - Baines has established himself as the best attacking full-back in the Premier League over the last few seasons. He created 67 chances last year from left-back, 22 more than his nearest positional rival, Benoit Assou Ekotto, and 43 more than Chelsea’s Ashley Cole. Baines scores as well as creates, however, and his cracker against Newcastle was arguably his best yet for Everton… (Telegraph) Newcastle flirt with crisis once more - The Premier League used to have a regular trio of storied clubs dependably in crisis, but a couple of years ago or so, something changed. Calm descended at all three. West Ham took on Sam Allardyce and started managing their accounts a bit more carefully. Their mid-table stability is a happy enough state of being. Manchester City were rescued by the largesse of Abu Dhabi and despite the best efforts of Mario Balotelli are no longer contenders for a ‘cup for ****-ups’. That leaves Newcastle United… (ESPN Blog) Mario Balotelli tussles with Roberto Mancini during training - It seems like just last year that Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was getting into fights with teammates during practice. Ah, but we’ve all grown so much since then. Now Balotelli is getting into fights with his manager… (Deadspin) Newcastle confirms Chelsea have met Demba Ba’s release clause - The club confirmed today that Chelsea have triggered striker Demba Ba’s release clause and have been given permission by the club to discuss personal terms with the Blues… (SB Nation) Rio Ferdinand says a gang of hooded Man Utd fans turned up at his house during contract negotiation - According to Rio Ferdinand, a group of hooded Manchester United fans showed up outside his house in an effort to persuade/threaten him during his contract negotiations with the club eight years ago. So he says he grabbed a piece of wood to scare them off before realizing that there was a small army at his gate… (Dirty Tackle) Shaun Wright-Phillips’ winner against Chelsea even stunned Shaun Wright-Phillips - “OK you guys, I can’t be sure, but I think I just scored a goal. Like, a for real goal…” (Dirty Tackle) Harry Redknapp hopeful over QPR survival - QPR boss Harry Redknapp says his side’s win over Chelsea showed they have what it takes to stay in the Premier League. Rangers ended a three-game losing run with Wednesday’s shock victory at Stamford Bridge, but remain bottom of the table, five points from safety… (BBC Sport) 10 Biggest Premier League Disappointments Of 2012/13 So Far - What with us straddling the half-way stage of the 2012/13 Premier League to-doings as we are, we at Pies thought it high time to have a gander at ten of the biggest disappointments that have sullied our delicate dispositions so far this season… (Who ate all the pies)
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