Thursday, March 08, 2007

Who's going to tell the Americans?

Proud new owners and co-chairmen of ‘the Liverpool Reds’ were said to have been overwhelmed by the monstrous crowd at Anfield for the return leg of the Champions’ League group of 16 clash against Barcelona.

It said something of the sport we all love – irrespective of whether we’re fans of Liverpool, United, Arsenal or lesser clubs like Leeds or Chelsea – that, in this age of commercialism and brand hegemony, football still has the capacity to make men like Gillett and Hicks, owners of sporting clubs the world over, feel humbled at the sheer spirit that breathes life into the game.

The Anfield crowd celebrating before, during and after the loss to Barcelona

Liverpool aides however were heard to have been scrambling around and about the Anfield directors box on Tuesday, thinking about what to say to their puzzled bosses who stood in disbelief wondering why the rapturous Kop crowd celebrated a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona.

Who will tell the Americans?

Those barging Argies
On field skirmishes in England (Lampard vs. Fabregas, Arsenal vs. Chelsea, Scholes vs. Alonso) have been increasing in frequency of late, but none of them could have hoped to compare to the scale and drama of the 2nd leg of the Valencia and Inter Milan game.

And what a gang-fight it was! Those Argentines were at it again: Burdisso, Ayala, Zanetti, Crespo, Cordoba, Cruz and even Esteban Cambiasso (who wasn’t even on the pitch, mind you) were all in the thick of it, as was the infamous Marco Materrazi (suprise, suprise!).

They eventually caught the bloke who was stupid enough to steal their lunch money

Had this been Fenerbache or Galatasaray you could have been sure the powers-that-be from UEFA would have been stirred into action, commissioners would have been woken up from their beds to compose reports, and the continent’s aristocrats would undoubtedly be certainly be clucking their tongues, happy and eager to hand out generous bans to the infidel clubs.

Surely we can’t expect the same retribution for Inter Milan and Valencia. The watching mob of industrialists American billionaires with football clubs on their summer shopping lists will be puzzled indeed, and nobody wants to buy a club on the throes of a serious knuckle rapping from the authorities.

Who's going to explain all this to them?

Believe me, it ain’t over!
... at least not until the fat lady sings. She may be gargling her throat and indulging in a bit of a sing-song in the shower (oh, the fright of that scene), but she’s not quite ready to belt out the hit that would sink the adversaries of my beloved Manchester United.

Not yet. Not by a long mile. Not when the fixtures are showing some really tricky home (Bolton, Blackburn and Middlesborough) and away appointments (Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea) still to go.

And certainly not when the crock list at Old Trafford seems to be getting longer and longer with each passing day. Saha, Solksjaer, Evra and now Silvestre (not that he really mattered anyway) have all been given sick-notes by the club doctor.

Add that to Rooney’s sputtering form, Scholes’ upcoming suspension, the nagging uncertainty behind Ronaldo’s future, Larsson’s journey home and, err... Michael Carrick, and it all means that the Devils’ camp can’t really be in the high spirits that many have said surrounds it.

The Glaziers however are the sort of gullible folks who like to believe their own press, and United have been at the sharp end of the media coverage of late. The Old Trafford lackeys will certainly be working overtime to make sure their bosses believe every word of it.

"Daddy will be so pleased! Next year I'm asking for Leeds United."

But there’s something amiss, and I have a sneaky feeling all this recent good fortune will come undone in no time at all. I shudder at the possibility.

And when that happens, what do we tell the Americans?

20 comments:

Mong said...

Kick ass post - this was funny, your best yet Keropok!!!!

kickciggys said...

lesser clubs like leeds or 'chelsea'...haha...brilliant

Mirebella said...

Plenty of tooth gridding and nail biting esp at these last legs of the journey. The treble is within sites but as Beckham has said that we might be able to get it again after 8 yrs - I reckon he's jinxed it for us.

Injury woes, Scholes being so bloody volatile, Ronaldo and his contract negotiations, Larrson's farewell .. what else can go wrong? Only Giggsy's lifts my spirits and even then he has his moments. Put me out of my misery! (and lets beat the crap out of the other teams!!!)

Doreen said...

Oh yes, the injured :( All for a few games at least. Blimey.

That sneaky feeling that something's amiss? I think you've just put into words what a lot of Man Utd fans are feeling... Argh.

lived-legna said...

Well you can tell your wife there are more of us out there. Like I mentioned, I picked it up from a friend who does the same :-) Oh and by the way, since you dropped by, you're tagged!

A Shabby Singh said...

So many nice pics of the Valencia-Inter gang-fight. That's entertainment man.

Desparil said...

tell em yanks.. it's all Osama's fault!




and then ask for 200 mil additional funding.. :p

lilyliverbird said...

i love that anfield crowd picture you put up. Makes me all teary.

Sunil said...

LOL . We celebrate before , during and after? YNWA.

Sorry but what was UEFA's conclusion on the Inter-Valencia game? Argies love to fight?

anttyk said...

That Argie fight made me laugh.

A Shabby Singh said...

6 points and closing. Game at Stamford Bridge yet to come. 2 draw from either side could really mix things up. All to play for. Premiership far from over!

sicko said...

ManU can play Ronaldo alone and win. tiu!

as much as i hate him, the premiership need the likes of him.

Jemima said...

Go Park JS & Rooney!!! :p

Mong said...

Well done United... I went to get something and 20 minutes later you guys are 3-0 up!!! Ronaldo was awesome. Shoo-in for Player of the Year.

Doreen said...

Hehe. Goalie on scoresheet IS a nice surprise!

Doreen said...

oh, and you waiting for Christmas to update is it?

Monster Mom said...

I really hope Ronaldo will stay on.. and pliz not Real madrid... no no no... they've got enough stars already...

kerplunk said...

would you like to exchange link with my blog?

( Manchester United Fan in Malaysia )
http://manutd-in-malaysia.blogspot.com

Keropok said...

kerplunk, always a pleasure seeing a fellow United fan here. I like your work, mate... but let's us both keep our respective links.

Keep on rolling, hombre...

Mirebella said...

CROUCH!!!!?????

HATTRICK???

Non comprende!!! ;-)