Thursday, May 30, 2013

Has the Transfer Season been affected by Global Warming?

The Global Warming’s affects seem to be far reaching- it has affected the climate and the flora and fauna, and the rate at which we are altering the natural environment for the worse is quite alarming. As if affecting the sea level or the timing and duration of the seasons was not enough, the Global Warming phenomenon seems to have preponed the transfer season after previously being blamed for Fernando Torres’ goal drought at Chelsea.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Why Liverpool may be wrong to sign Kolo Toure

I just read the article by James Pearce of The Liverpool Echo, stating why Liverpool is right to sign Kolo Toure. According to Pearce, the defender has plenty to offer and will be a useful asset. He goes on to state “Blessed with pace, strength and a good reader of the game, Toure is also a winner having clinched Premier League titles with both Arsenal and Man City. Rodgers has also brought in a leader in the dressing room with Toure having worn the armband for both club and country. He will be a useful asset both on and off the pitch.” Well, I beg to differ. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Liverpool FC: Transfer Analysis

Following the season review, as well as the general player analysis and the more detailed BPL performance analysis, its time I look at how the club's signings fared over the course of last season.

A Letter from a Guy who was Killed in a Recent Terror Attack

Dear all,

Thank you for the outpouring of sympathy over my death in the recent terror attack. I’m the guy whose remains were never identified, but my car keys were found in the rubble. I wish that I never really died and that I had just decided to drop my car keys in after the bombing – you know, just to stage my disappearance. But no – I’m really dead.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Why do I feel that I have been cheated by the IPL?

It was a good match with numerous twists and turns, but ultimately, the Mumbai Indians ended up comprehensive winners against the Chennai Super Kings. The God of Indian cricket finally got the one final memorabilia that was missing from his trophy cabinet- the IPL Winner's medal.

French Memories

Somdev Devvarman has reached the 2nd round of the French Open after defeating fellow qualifier Daniel Munoz de la Nava 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 in straight sets and is set to go up against former world #1 Roger Federer. When he walks out onto the Court Suzanne Lenglen on Wednesday to take on the Swiss wizard, it will probably be the proudest moment of his career to be able to walk out onto the center court at Rolland Garros; and yet, the thoughts of Rolland Garros evoke a different set of memories, that of a visit to the stadium in December.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

What the future holds for Jupp Heynckes

With a managerial CV that boasts of 3 Bundesliga titles, 3 German Supercups, 2 UEFA Intertoto Cups, 1 Spanish Supercup and 1 Champions League, it’s hard to imagine that someone would be without a job, especially considering that he has taken his team to the Champions League final after a League-winning season. Yet, that is where Josef Heynckes finds himself.

Liverpool FC: BPL Player Performance Analysis

This is a follow up of the more general player performance analysis that I published before. Here, I focus on the performance in the Premier League and try to explore the performances in greater detail.

All the data mentioned here has been collected from the official Premier League website and I look at more parameters to get a more holistic view of the players' performances.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Return of The Iceman

When Kimi Raikkonen left Formula1 in 2009 despite having a contract, which made him among the highest paid sports person, with Ferrari to drive in the 2010 season, it was speculated that he had lost his passion- the money had gotten to his head. He returned in 2012, having spent two years in the relative wilderness of the World Rally Championship, and signed with the newly formed Lotus F1 team. And what a return it was- driving his way to 3rd in the Driver’s Championship.

Liverpool FC: Season Review

This was always supposed to be the season of transition, building the squad was always the priority, and qualifying for the Champions League was always going to be the Holy Grail. Now that the season has come to end, may be its time for us to look back at the season and evaluate the “progress” that has actually been made under Brendan Rodgers.

Cashing in on the Indian Football Fever

Football has become a business- that is apparent enough from the way different consortia and billionaires have been taking over the ownership of different football clubs around the world. And with the rapid growth in the popularity of the top European leagues around the world, especially in Asia, the clubs have discovered a stable and growing source of revenues.

Liverpool FC: Player Ratings & Analysis

Now that the season has come to a close, it’s time to dissect and disseminate the performance of all the players, and to see how they fared over the course of the season. Now that the season review is done, let's have a look at how the players performed over the course of the season thorough some hard figures.