It’s been a wild and funky weekend, footy fans. And with Major League Soccer in full swing, well are we all really surprised in any way? Today was chalk full of headlines to reflect the … interesting happenings in the football world. From Manchester City’s spat with a priest, to Fabio Cappello’s new job to sad news for Toronto FC fans, we’ve got it all in your Monday Daily Kick Around!
English Premier League
We hear about scuffles between players, words exchanged between managers, but how about a football club getting into it with a church? Apparently St. Oswalds, a 13th-century church in Seefeld, Austria, refused Manchester City’s requests to delay it’s traditional 7 a.m. bell-ringing “despite complaints from Manchester City that it’s disturbing the players’ beauty sleep during training camp there.” Is anyone else laughing at this? I can’t be the only that thought it was rather ridiculous.
Okay, I don’t even want to think about this. Really, I don’t even want to entertain the thought, but I have to admit, Ryan Giggs recent talks of heading into a managing career after he finally hangs up the boots sounds like a great idea.
I know some Liverpool fans who won’t be too happy with the news that Liverpool – while rejecting Newcastle’s deal for a season-long loan – have stated they are willing to hand over Andy Carroll on a more permanent deal than a season-long loan. Carroll came to the Reds from Newcastle on a 35 million pound deal about 18 months ago. Anyone else find this strange? Maybe Liverpool has someone lined up to take his place?
I told you Fabio Capello would get a new job! Only… it’s not in England, and it’s not in Italy. I hope he packed his winter coat, because Capello is headed to Russia to undertake the management of the country’s national team.
Major League Soccer
Tragic news for Toronto FC fans today as news hit that Danny Koevermans wouldn’t be hitting more goals for the team this season. He has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
The Scottish are gaining numbers in Vancouver as the Whitecaps announced today they would sign Scottish international Kenny Miller as another designated player for the team.
Well, I may be a little bitter about the All-Star snub from Ben Olsen, but Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum said he doesn’t feel snubbed at all. Hmph. Sorry Andy, I disagree man. You totally were jipped.
Speaking of the All-Star game, in case you missed it Sunday, here’s Olsen’s roster for the game against Cheslea in Philly July 25.