High Hopes


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Judging by all the alleged bad behavior in the news today, it seems as if everyone’s itching for the international break to be over. I know I am. Don’t get me wrong, I love international competition, but watching Germany beat up on Lichtenstein isn’t exactly must see TV.

Captain Barry Ferguson and keeper Allan McGregor have been axed from the Scotland team for today’s match against Iceland. The two decided to get over Scotland’s 3-0 drubbing by Holland the only way a Scotsman could get over it—by having an all night drinking session. I’m just surprised it was only the two of them and not the entire squad who had a few too many. But it appears that George Burley has had a change of heart and has reinstated them.

They might not be drinking, but sad sack Newcastle supporters are punch drunk on love over the arrival of messiah #2 Alan Shearer. The replacement messiah has never managed, but is expected to save Newcastle from relegation. And to help him out, he’s tagged less-than-impressive Iain Dowie to be his second in command. My advice to the Toon Army—brace yourself for the Championship.

Another club with their feet planted fully on the ground, Tottenham, have released photos of the new stadium. They’re so excited that chairman Daniel Levy insists that the stadium will be filled to capacity. And it must be special because Spur-for-life-because-he-can’t-play-elsewhere Robbie Keane gives it a thumbs-up.

Say it ain’t so, Djibril Cisse. Natural Hat Trick’s favorite French fashion plate has been accused of assaulting a woman at a strip club. Of course his spokesman has come out and said it isn’t true. I want to believe him and it’s just another reason why international breaks are bad. Perhaps he needs to sign a charter of good behavior like the rest of his fellow countrymen.

In the latest installment of will he or won’t he leave, Franck Ribery has signed a new boot contract with Nike. Since Bayern München is an Adidas sponsored club, paranoid Bayern supporters are taking this as a sign that he will leave to play for a Nike team such as Barcelona or Manchester United. Not that football fans read too much into little things.

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