Come on England!

It’s that time again, time for us to get our flags out, be that 12th man for our country. The golden generation have gone but with expectations and quality lowered, why can’t this be our year. Leicester just won the league, it’s the year of possibilities!

Group B consist of England, Russia, Slovakia and Wales, it is more than possible England can come out top of this group. Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey could lead Wales to the knockout stages and Russia’s star man Alan Dzagoev has been ruled out injured after being picked, highly rated goal keeper Igor Akinfeev and captain Roman Shirokov can also stand in the way of England winning this group. Regardless of the controversy around the selection with the exception of Mark Noble and Jermaine Defo this England team is pretty much our strongest.

This will be the first competition for many of these players and it will certainly be time to prove themselves.

I only want to focus on the group stages for the moment because I feel that’s been our problem in the past, projecting where England should be and not fully concentrating on the completion in front of us

More support less expectations

At the end of the day we of course we all want England to win but getting our hopes up and feeling disappointed isn’t how I want to start my summer. Quarter finals and I’ll be satisfied if I’m honest. Are England in the top 8 teams of this competition, I would say yes. France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Italy are clearly ahead of England but apart from that I can’t see a team that I would defiantly put above England.

With all that being said… Come on England!!

One Horse Race: Who will stop PSG?

The takeover

On June 30th 2011 Qatar Sports Investments bought 70% stake in PSG and immediately put their money to good use spending £6 million on Jeremy Menez and around £6m million on Blaise Matuidi, not crazy money but at the time Ronaldo had just broken the transfer record the year before but other than that, transfer fees were quite ‘normal’. PSG did show their intent in terms of heavy spending with the purchase of Javier Pastore for a whopping £31 million. Prior to their investments in the 2011/2012 season, PSG’s highest finish in the French league was 4th, not bad for their team at the time especially as a season before they finished 13th. Continue reading “One Horse Race: Who will stop PSG?”