Saturday, December 09, 2006

So.. Rafa can't handle the Premiership you say?

Chris Bascombe has an interesting set of statistics - the number of LEAGUE games to reach 50 wins. If we beat Fulham Rafa will rank as follows:

Games to reach 50 wins:

85 Dalglish
90 Shanks (Div 2)
92 Rafa
95 Paisley
102 Evans
102 Houlier

Also ahead of:

94 Wenger
116 Fergie

Oh and my prediction for tonight's game? 3-0 to Liverpool, Kuyt, Bellamy and Stevie G to get on the scoresheet.

Live from Dubai........

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Babe of the Day: Stacey Keibler

Your guide to the DIC x Liverpool takeover

Whilst it is perfectly understandable that Arabian royalty would want LFC as the crown jewel of their sporting empire, they must be made aware of all of the traditions they are becoming the guardians of.

Personally, I would suggest a Scouse embassy in Dubai, and a Minister of Scouse culture to teach them the finer points of extracting the Michael.

Let us use this space to gather our bona fides as we inform and apprise our Arabian Knights that we intend to Keep Dubai Scouse.

1. "DIC" on our jerseys.
Investment does not equate sponsorship. Do you see Abramovich or Glazier's names on Chelsea's & Mancs' jerseys respectively? No, of course not, simpletons.

2. "DIC" as sponsors
Why would an investment house waste marketing money to float their brand name?

3. Abramovich-style "investments"
DIC are serious investors, not some rich Russian billionaire spending loose change to make him feel superior because of his physical inferiority

4. No, injured players aren't going to be put down like horses (apart from Kewell, maybe)

Is the proposed takeover of Liverpool Football Club by DIC a good thing?

View from Dubai Reds, Official Supporters Club Dubai

Football has changed. Gone are the days when the players would have a pint down the local before the game and then join the supporters after the game for a chat and another pint. Today football, Premiership and European in particular, is big business and this trend will continue. With this growth comes greed, everyone wants a piece of the pie: from the players, to the agents, to the governing bodies, to the TV broadcasters - the result of this is elitism. Without significant cash injection will any team other than Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool every win the Premiership? Unlikely. The issue here is not whether this is good for the game or not, it is how to develop our team and correlate this with the way that association football is likely to head in the future.

So what do supporters really want? Do we stick to our guns, proudly talk about not selling out and refuse the investment? Likely impact - we remain at Anfield, are at best a mid table team each year with a potential UEFA Cup run the best European prospect. We can't attract players and attendances fall. In 10 years time we can proudly tell our kids that although we have won nothing we never sold out to the commercialism of football.

Reality? We want LFC to be the biggest and best club in the world while retaining our history and heritage. We want to be at the business end of the top Domestic and European competitions. We want to be able to afford and attract the best players in the world. In a nutshell, we want to win.

Which brings us back to our original question, is the takeover a good thing for LFC?

Although there is some concern over the proposed takeover of LFC by DIC we believe that it will allow the club to compete with the increased financial muscle of the other leading Premiership teams. We agree that foreign ownership of LFC is not ideal but delving a bit deeper it may actually be better than giving it to a rich, passionate, local or UK based owner.

The basis for this is that any owner with a passion for the team is potentially likely to want to have a degree of control over the way the club is run, the players that are bought etc - this is natural as any passionate Reds supporter will feel that they know what is best and how they want to achieve this. This may bring short term benefit but will it really sustain the club in the long run and how will DIC be any better?

Dubai, contrary to popular belief does not have all the oil; it is actually down the road in Abu Dhabi. Dubai's oil revenue account for only around 10-15% of revenue, the majority of the rest comes from tourism. Dubai estimates tourism numbers to grow from 5mn in 2006 to 15mn on 2010 - that's a big ask but is critical to the strategic development plans of Dubai. Think that's ambitious - well they have big plans here including the biggest building in the world, offshore Islands in the shape of Palm Trees, a replica of the World, as a series of man made islands approx 5km off the coast ( and potential Olympic and World Cup bids for 2016 and 2020 respectively.

The reason for the paragraph above is that Dubai, in order to achieve the above, needs exposure on the world stage. Sponsorship of Arsenal, the World Cup, Premiership referees, cricket umpires by Emirates, think Emirates and what what to you associate it with? Dubai is the likely answer, even more so if you watched the Arsenal v Hamburg matches! The list goes on - Godolphin, Melbourne Cup, Rugby, Australian Cricket Team etc. All this highlights that Dubai is becoming a global brand but the Government here is also very shrewd in terms of investment and the leader in this field is Dubai Holdings, the parent company of DIC.

Dubai Holdings is such a big player that they don't need to sponsor a team or event, they can simply buy. The difference between them and other owner of football clubs (Abramovich for example) is that they are not buying as part of some pet project or whim. It is a very carefully calculated investment decision, evaluated on the basis of getting viable long term gains. You can rest assured that you will not see Mr Ansari at every game with a big grin on his face or rumours that he has mandated that one of ‘his’ new signings plays every game. DIC will in all likelihood provide the investment, take a back seat and let the Anfield board do their job of returning LFC to the glory days of the 70’s and 80’s.

LFC Supportes Club - Dubai


Sheikh Mo - Ruler of Dubai and owner of DIC :: Profile: He makes Abramovich look like a tramp

1933's Arsenal v 1991's Liverpool FA Cup Final

Drogba - A Career in Pictures

The Drogba Hall Of Shame!

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FAO: All Football Fans ---- Action needed

There is a weekly talk show in the USA called Fox Football Fone in. One of the hosts is a Liverpool fan called Nick Geber. The other a Chelsea fan named Steven Cohen.

On the December 6th show, Steven Cohen accused Liverpool fans of "directly causing the worst two disasters in English football history." He went on to say that he's sick of Liverpool fans ramming their success down his throat and that "there's a disgusting side of Liverpool's history that I'll be happy to talk about."

Given McKenzie's recent outburst, this has been a sad week in the history of Hillsborough. This gobshite, on national television in the USA, "educated" everyone listening (and most yanks haven't a clue) that Liverpool fans "sordid past" was responsible for the happenings at Hillsborough.

This cockney prick needs to be taken off the air. No one should be allowed to do this and get away with it. Nick Geber by the way, was 100% supportive to LFC and basically told Cohen what a prick he was for his comments.

If you're interested in getting this clown off the air, please send your e mails to:

Here's a letter sent to Fox: (Don't copy it)

I am a Liverpool fan living in California.

Never have I seen such a disgusting display of television as I watched tonight.

Your host, Steven Cohen, ACCUSED Liverpool fans of a tragedy they DID NOT COMMIT!!!!!

My best friend was killed in the Hillsborough disaster on April 15th 1989. He was crushed to death as he tried to rescue another friend who also died that day. 96 Liverpool fans died in the worst TRAGEDY ever.

This scum named Steven Cohen (and I apologise for the derogoratory name, but nothing else quite fits), who clearly knows NOTHING about it, made a proclamation on National Television, that Liverpool fans were to blame for the death of their own fans. Every single enquiry into the tragedy proved that they WERE NOT.

Even though he pathetically tried to retract it later, (and failed) he made the accusation clearly and plainly early in the show.

In my view, someone capable of this should NOT BE PRESENTING on television and SHOULD BE FIRED FROM HIS JOB.

I have absolutely no doubt that you will be inundated with calls and e mails. Liverpool fans worldwide will find out about this via the internet and there will be uproar.

He says he's entitled to his opinion - so if he thinks Hitler was a good guy, or the Holocaust didn't ever happen, would he be able to give his opinion on it?


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