Sven a day late, £200 million short
Not good enough, though, as then owner
By then, Eriksson was the coach of Mexico, a role in which he would last only 10 months. In April, a 3-1 World Cup qualifier defeat to Honduras was Mexico's second loss in three qualifiers and extended the team's futility to just one win in seven matches.
Where next then for Sven? Back to the EPL? Portsmouth had been interested as recently as February. Or to another national team? Eriksson had a good reputation as England manager, taking the Three Lions to the quarterfinals of three successive major tournaments and only losing two of those matches on penalties. Or maybe to a top European club? Highlights of Sven's career on the continent included taking Benfica to the European Cup final and Lazio to the Serie A title.
It was much to everyone's shock, then, when Eriksson was unveiled on Wednesday as the Director of Football at Notts County. The fourth-division club offers the distinction of being the oldest professional soccer club in the world, and according to Eriksson, "the unique opportunity to help build a club over the longer term," thanks to funding from a recent Middle Eastern takeover -- but apart from its close proximity to tourist attraction The Tales of Robin Hood, little else.
Team Limey suspects the aspect of these funds that most attracted Sven to the club that finished 87th in the English league system last season had little to do with player purchasing. However, if Sven ever feels a little glum after going so far down in the world, a quick comparison with the fortunes of his former employer, Thaksin, may bring a smile to his face. After leaving City, the former Thai Prime Minister last year was found guilty by the Supreme Court of Thailand of a conflict of interest and was sentenced in absentia to two years in jail. Thaksin now lives in international exile, predominantly in Dubai.
One man who officially isn't a criminal is Liverpool captain and England international
The jury at Liverpool Crown Court agreed with Gerrard's plea that he was acting in self-defense, despite six friends of the 29-year-old footballer admitting charges connected with the incident. Gerrard had been drinking with friends celebrating Liverpool's 5-1 win over Newcastle United. Closed-circuit camera footage from the bar showed the group drinking beer, downing shots and dancing while chanting soccer songs. Gerrard estimated that he was a "seven out of 10" on the drunkenness scale, but told the court, "I certainly knew I had had a drink. I was certainly in control of how I felt in my surroundings." Team Limey was baffled -- seven out of 10 on our drunkenness scale involves resuscitation in the hospital.
One club that is rapidly resuscitating from the doldrums of life in mid-table is aforementioned Manchester City. It continued its rampant summer spending spree last weekend with the $40 million signing of
Adebayor has cut a controversial figure at the Emirates lately with many Arsenal fans perceiving a lack of commitment. Such thinking originated in clumsy statements by Adebayor in the summer of '08 concerning a possible future away from Arsenal, and was subsequently fueled by some seemingly apathetic performances on the field. With Arsenal receiving eight times what it paid for the player, many fans feel the deal with City represents real value.
Others point to Adebayor's style of play previously benefiting from the fluid advances and creativity of
"The way the fans behaved towards me was not nice at all," Adebayor told the
City signed Adebayor after missing out on
This week, we present the next installment in our overview of the three teams promoted into the EPL this season. Birmingham City, the team that finished second in the Championship, is well-known in the EPL -- not just for the porn empire of its owners, but also due to its four successive seasons of relegation and promotion out and into the EPL since in '05-06. Prior to that period, the Blues spent four seasons in the top flight, a period it hoped, and most observers thought, would lead to its long-term establishment as a Premiership side.
The City of Birmingham is absent from the to-do list of most visitors to our fair shores; however, it is famous for more than its 2.6 million population being the second highest in the U.K. Cars and heavy metal are what has made the city really rock. The motor industry dominated the city of Birmingham ever since
Unfortunately, over the last 20 years, the production lines of England's Motown have seen a gradual slow-down to the point of inertia. On the music front, heavy-metal forefathers Led Zeppelin and bat-munching
In footballing terms, Aston Villa has been a perennial fixture in England's top flight, with fleeting appearances over the years from the "other" Birmingham sides -- most recently West Bromwich Albion, relegated from the EPL last season to be replaced by the Championship champions Wolverhampton Wanderers, and the subject of this feature, Birmingham City.
Former Scotland national-team boss
Thankfully for McLeish, City's finances are fairly solid. The ownership of porn magnates
An already strong squad with proven EPL experience stands a very good chance of surviving the drop this season. The Blues have enhanced their chances further by adding to their squad with the astute loan signing of Man. City goalkeeper
Highly rated center back
Let all your seven-out-of-10 banter flow to