Tuesday Brunch

Another day, another preseason match.

Today’s action saw the Reds match wits with ‘South China FC’ in the ‘2007 Barclays Asia Trophy’. Winner earns a place in Friday’s ‘final’ (versus Harry Redknapp’s Pompei).

Who knew so much would be on the line so early in the season?

I don’t think we’ll need a Doomsday Clock for this ‘competition’, though, as the boys rolled to victory. JAR, Xabi, and The DAgger all found the net for a 3-1 score line. The Official Site has its usual positive run-through of the game.

My favorite piece of their report has to be towards the end; “Conditions: Very Hot”. It’s not just anywhere you can get thoughtful analysis like that. Was there not a thermometer in the whole stadium?

Carra captained the side as Gerrard was held out (ab injury), along with Torres (ankle), Babel and Lucas (the Official Site says because of a delay in ‘international clearance’). Some of the kids saw some more action, as Robbie Threlfall got on late, along with ten minutes for David Martin. A newly contracted Steve Finnan came on as a sub, as did Sami, who looked to be playing a midfield anchor role. And, an apparently injury-free Harry Cool made his return to the side, finding himself a place in the starting XI.

And, for those of you interesting in leasing space on the Voronin bandwagon, there still is room, but seats are going fast. Keep in mind, though, availability and price may change once the Premier League kicks off.

The goals, for your viewing pleasure, courtesy of the ever-resourceful 101 Great Goals.

Riise 9” 

Alonso 27”

Agger 73”

and South China’s spectacular goal (35”)

Outside of ‘Very Hot’ game action, the Gabriel Heinze transfer saga (yes, it’s a ‘saga’ now) is also heating up. Rafa seems to have his heart set on capturing the 29-year old Argentinian defender and now has ‘The Attorneys’ involved.

The manager had this to say (via Sky Sports):

We made an offer which they [United] rejected. The lawyers are now working on it and so we have to wait. He’s a good player.

In response to this daytime drama, Sir Alex had his own words:

Gabriel Heinze will not be joining Liverpool. We are examining some of the statements coming from his agent and when contact was first made by Liverpool. We are not happy with the agent’s conduct in the matter and we are examining that as well, but it will take a couple of days before we have anything more to say.

 heinze-gabriel_celebrate.jpgInterestingly enough, rumor now has it that Heinze is in possession of a signed letter (by United supremo David Gill)  that says he may leave if a bid of £6M is lodged. Then again, last week’s rumor said the defender missed his window to buy-out his own contract. Frankly, rumor doesn’t know what the fuck is going on.

What I do know is that between the brewing Heinze battle and the Tevez mess, United’s legal fees must be growing at a healthy rate. Good thing they’ve been in Asia, selling jerseys to raise cash for the Manchester Legal Defense Fund.

On that front, Rafa had this to say (via FoxSports):

A lot of clubs, in many different countries, knew what the situation was. I do not know what the problem is. We made an offer, they rejected it. I know what they are saying to the press but everyone in the world knows they (United) signed a document.

The lesson here is that Argentinians = Attorneys.

Outside of that, it’s business as usual. Rafa is eyeing yet another Spanish youngster, another national team manager warns a youngster not to change clubs, and both Stevie G and SAF think it’ll be a four-way title race.



5 Responses to “Tuesday Brunch”

  1. 1 Torres' Tories July 24, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    Argentinians = Attorneys. Priceless. While it’s got to be embarassing for ManUtd to fail to live up their promise, I’m not sure what effect a letter stating they would permit Heinze to move for a specific fee would have, absent its inclusion somehow in the player’s contract or through additional consideration — such as Heinze agreeing to give up his contractual right to buy out his contract. By the way, did I miss this match being on Setanta?

  2. 2 Ace Cowboy July 24, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Man, D’Agger is just cool as shit. Guy puts a serious hit on the ball, stops dead cold as the ball hits net, then turns and starts yelling (what I assume is positives) in Kuyt’s face. I’m absolutely LOVING my purchase of a new Agger away shirt last week.

    Every report I read had very positive things to say about Voronin in this match…gotta love that free transfer.

  3. 3 lingeringbursitis July 25, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Yeah, he was almost certainly screaming “Thanks for passing it back instead of taking it yourself”… and we should expect nothing less from Kuyt all season. Unselfish to a tee.

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  5. 5 Torres' Tories July 26, 2007 at 12:39 am

    Here’s someone with a much clearer explanation than mine. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premiership/article2134588.ece Although it must be said again that if the letter from ManUtd led Gaby to forgo his contractual right to void/buy out the last two years of his contract then that could be sufficient to constitute consideration to establish the letter as an “offer” which Gaby accepted by not trying to buy out the remainder of his contract.

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