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Fabio Capello on Jack Wilshere

A week or so after proclaiming him to be the future of English football, the best young player in the known universe, the new (but slower) Claude Makelele and the saviour of everything that is good and holy, England manager Fabio Capello has ladled yet more crushing expectation onto Jack Wilshere’s young shoulders by directly comparing him to some of the greatest players to have ever graced the game.

So said Capello, after confirming that L’il Jack is to line up alongside captain Frank Lampard in the centre of England’s midfield against Denmark tonight:

“I know Wilshere is only 19, but I remember the best players I managed; Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini, Raul. They all started really young.

“It is the same talent, but people have to wait. [Wilshere] is young and needs experience in big games, like the Champions League and matches between the big teams in England.”

Capello also reiterated that he plans to mould Wilshere into a more conservative, ‘metronome-style’ midfielder on England’s run to Euro 2012:

“I know he prefers to go forward but an intelligent player can play anywhere. I used the example of Claude Makelele before, and Andrea Pirlo also started just behind the forward player but ended up playing in front of the back four.

“The thing is, he plays with confidence, never with fear, and other players have confidence in him.

“He is not playing for a team that’s trying to stay in the Premier League. It is Arsenal, second in the table. It is incredible for someone so young. A player like this has to stay with the seniors.” Courtesy ~ Who ate all the Pies


February 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Did you know

Tim Cahill’s last 11 PL goals have been headers, the longest run of consecutive headed goals in the competition since 98/99. Nut ehh.

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Did you know

Birmingham are guaranteed to have the longest unbeaten sequence in the Premier League this season – 12 matches. Unpredictable ehh.

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Did you know

Spurs have had 19 different goalscorers in the PL this season, currently a joint-record with Man City in 08/09.

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

1000 acres 10 residential schools 10 football academies 1 football stadium. Wishing Well United it is.

Gopal Chandu Panangat
Panangat House
Kanakamala (P.O)
Thrissur – 680689
Phone – +91-9745543695
email id: gopalpc@gmail.com
Owner of Dribbling Minds Football Magazine
11 football academies spread over 1000 acres of land. The break-ups are 90 acres for one football academy which has 9 training grounds of 7.5 acres each and 25 acres for world class residential school, 11 of which make a grand total of 1017 acres.

A bit about me. I am currently doing an M.A. in Education(Elementary) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. I am 30 years old and have worked in the core team of the indian franchise of Brazilian Soccer Schools and Bfut which exclusively represents Brazilian Institute of football in India.

Why football?
I have deliberated myself over the fact that India is the impregnable fortress of cricket whose walls have not been breached by football by a long mile inspite of superb broadcasting of world football on Indian television. What we need is a trojan horse.

What is a trojan horse?
A horse which seems like a gift by the gods to India. A football academy township over 1100 acres of land.

How does one become a chess champion? Or a medallist. Or a heart surgeon. Through capabilities of engaging in intensive, concentrated involvement in an activity.

Who would be capable?
I know TATA GROUP is capable. As Tatas have judiciously kept away from sponsoring any kind of cricketing activity in the country. And they have the controversial site at Singur. Me and my friend Rohan Misra.. two people who have sacrificed a lot to make sure that we live for football and die for football. Those who live by the sword die by the sword. I wish to be on the same page with you before we move on. Any of you think this is a high cost affair, yes to start with it is a 15 to 20 million Great Britain Pound affair.

The question is “Are we mad as hell? And are we angry?” I happen to agree with management guru Tom Peters that all innovation comes, not from market research or carefully crafted focus groups, but from pissed-off, angry people. People who just can’t stand the opacity in any set-up.

I know football in India is a mess. But we need to revel in that mess. Relish that mess. Because the mess has a message and that’s all there is.

At Soccerex ’07, Sepp Blatter reiterated his stand on India as the market for the future for football. This is what he said on November 26, 2007:
President Blatter said, ” India is a new market in football, a market of more than one billion people. That’s not bad.!”

In every urban school in India there are scores of youngsters ready and willing to break a leg proverbially to get a sound footballing education alongwith their school education. If you look at the number of international schools in India charging a bomb for an education, one can imagine that with the user pays strategy, it is a Trojan horse aimed at 1 billion people

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dribbling Minds Football Academy

Anand, a coach who has been training poor kids footballing skills for free for the last five years 365 days an year. Localites say he is mad, but who would disregard the fact that he has sent atleast 7 kids on an average to the Nationals each year. He nurtures not only the football talent but also makes sure the kids get good marks academically and get into the right colleges which encourage their game alongwith their studies. I was watching the kids play for zonal selection and I said to Anand why don’t we put these kids through a pre-season speed training program since at times i find them reacting slowly or stamina running out. Anand said these kids wouldn’t survive one day of pre-season training because of the lack of nutrition in their food. I then realised that all the money in the world is of no use if there are children left in this world who go without food day in day out and become a part of a vicious cycle that kills any talent that might show up. Now Gopal Chandu and Anand, have got together to ensure that they can put together a football academy which can nurture children guide them into footballing careers and also ensure a future after their footballing career is over. A lifelong relationship. That is what has brought up the Dribbling Minds Football Academy at Deepti High School at Thalore. Dribbling Minds Football Academy is on a fundraising drive to raise one million indian rupees to be put into fixed deposits so that a good football academy can run based on the interest received from the fixed deposits. Even though the interest is a minuscule 10000, we go by the principle waste not, want not. Those who wish to support Dribbling Minds Football Academy at Thrissur, Kerala, India please contact us at dribblingminds@gmail.com. If you wish to visit Kerala and our football academy we would be glad to be hosts here. I repeat, please contact us at dribblingminds@gmail.com to financially/morally support Dribbling Minds Football Academy.

September 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ManUtd v/s Man City Jersey…

We’re pleased to present the Official Umbro Manchester City 09/10 Away Soccer Jersey! A tribute to Manchester & the Bee.
If you’re like me, then you’re probably wondering what exactly the Manchester Bee is. The kit designers spoke of the away kit as being partly inspired by the Manchester Bee’s industrious connotations and color symbolism: power, strength and confidence. It was said the away kit needed to look both bold and imposing; and therefore, chose to use the gold from the crest and on the shoulders to focus the upper body to open up the chest and define the upper torso. The rest of the kit is completely black, which creates a completely different personality to the home shirt but both honor the club’s heritage.

None of this explained the Bee. We had to do internet searching, which found countless references to the Bee Gees. Finally, some asking around, even going as far as prying on colleagues in NC, one of whom is purportedly English. Here’s what was gleaned:

The bee is not playing on the fact of danger, it is a symbol of Manchester’s industrial past, representing the bee hive and worker bee analogy from the industrial revolution, and an integral part of the Manchester’s coat of arms. There’s a one pictured on a can of Boddingtons, the “Cream of Manchester”.
It doesn’t get much bigger than this, as the Premier League Champs the past three seasons finally reveal their new home shirt for the 09/10 campaign.
This awesome new jersey has a chevron chest with matching collar – a unique stylish touch for one of the true giants of World Soccer! The shirt features the embroidered Manchester United team badge over your heart, and Nike’s swoosh logo at right chest; a tag at side seam reads “The Theatre of Dreams since 1910.” Mesh panels also give the shirt added comfort. Finally, it’s created with Nike’s advanced Dri-FIT® fabric, which keeps you drier, cooler and lighter by drawing sweat from the body to the fabric’s surface, while its three-dimensional construction gives more air space around the skin to reduce clinging.

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Alex Ferguson sort-off ManU sortin’

Barely three weeks ago Chewing Gum made the statement that there was no place for new signings if the player was over 26 and now they’ve gone n signed Michael Owen. Good for Mikey n the club. Here is Mikey’s interview in installment after the sign-in:


Michael Owen spoke to MUTV ten minutes after signing for United. Here’s a transcript of his first exclusive interview with Mandy Henry…

How does it feel to have signed for Manchester United?

It feels great. I never even had it in my wildest dreams really but then I got the call from the manager (Sir Alex) to come and meet him. It was a shock but I’m obviously really happy and things have moved quickly since then.

Players probably don’t need much persuasion to move to a club like United but what did the manager have to say to you?

We just discussed football really and the pros and cons of signing myself. Thankfully there were more pros than cons. From my point of view, I just wanted to talk about football so we left David Gill and my agent to talk about the rest. Then it was a case of show me the paperwork and where I have to sign. I’m delighted to have signed.

I presume at the end of last season you didn’t think you’d be playing for Manchester United this season?

No, I probably had a poor spell up at Newcastle but prior to that, my career was very good and I’m sure a top club like this can reignite my career. Hopefully I can score a few goals and help the team to more success.

July 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Arsenal versus the Goalkeeper

Arsenal looked terribly stung by Walcott’s misses and Petr Cech’s Cliches. And what were chelsea… Butterfeet Paneerfeet {A milk byproduct of tofu[the sweetness of paneer]} or bone marrow feet.

Regardless of the feet, the feet were useless today. Both for Kolkata Knightriders and Shells of the Sea.

Who wants to play. Drogba, for the booing or Guus as the manager for the gooing. What would i do?

God make the decision.? Upgrade one is to one passing and downgrade 3 is to 1 passing. Puhhleaze.

As if my life depended on it.

If I wanted to change things I would rather be a blind beggar sitting on a railway overbridge at Andheri station with no eyes and no feet.

Otherwise I would be running the Dribbling Minds Football Academy

May 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Toons… I can’t help falling in love with you

It’s a story to be told and it will be. Episode by episode. This is the first episode.

Toons….. a sports bar tucked away in the underground of a very cosmopolitan area of pune. Is that it? Is that the story? No. It’s just the beginning of a story.

I entered the place for the first time in my life to watch a live football game. And here… are the proceeds.

6.10 p.m. Channels switch onto the live Aston Villa v/s Chelsea game on five large screen plasma television screens. Chelsea were playing some sublime football in the first half and I was ok with the songs flowing in the background. No commentary here guys so glue your eyes onto the television screens.

My ears opened to ‘Another Day in Paradise’ by Phil Collins. And when Anelka hit his most sublime goal ever for Chelsea, the song serendipiteously (like all his goals are) was ‘Knockin on Heaven’s Door’.

They were playing ‘Wonderworld’ during halftime when i thought that as I write this on the Dribbling Minds Football Magazine, I also need to mention the sports bars address. ‘TOONS’, the sports bar is located in the underground below Wonderland on M.G. road in the Camp area of Pune city.

 The second half started with ‘Sweet child O’ mine’ by Guns N’ Roses record being played in Toons. Aston Villa were looking child’s play in the second half. Pun intended if you have seen the horror movie ‘Child’s Play’. Villa controlled the ball better and played the better team and made Chelsea look miserable. But Chelsea got away in a very Jose Mourinho fashion. Though it was not Jose today.

Chelsea played it’s first game under new first team coach Mr. Guus ‘Effective’ Hiddink. I thought Guus Hiddink will make life tough for fourth positioned Aston Villa and his counterpart at Villa Mr. Martin O’ Neill. In fact, I knew it that, with a coach of Guus Hiddink’s pedigree, coaching profile and history as manager, Aston villa would not be able to overpower Chelsea.

Guus ‘The Brain’ Hiddink took underdogs Australia to the quarterfinals in the last World Cup only to be beaten by an unfair last minute penalty given to eventual winners of the World Cup 2006, Italy. He also took South Korea all the way to the semifinals in Japan WC 2002. And how can you forget an inexperienced Russian team’s run in Euro 2008 when they beat title contenders Netherlands. Which is also the country this brainy little Dutchman comes from.

The games were being seen live on five large plasma television screens by the hordes gathered at Toons. By the time the Arsenal v/s Sunderland game started, they were playing hard rock at the bar and everyone was singing along. I think Arshavin got two shots at the goal in the whole melee.

Towards the second half of the Arsenal v/s Sunderland game, the headbanging stuff going on in the bar with a few headbangers having a ball of a time is what kept me alive. But I thought Van Persie and Bendtner and Sagna could have joined us and banged their heads into the wall for leading Arsenal to a goalless draw inspite of playing their hearts out.

I put the blame squarely on Arsene Wenger when he sent Eboue in for Alexandre Song instead of sending Adebayor. In fact the bar had trance music playing and I confirmed with the DJ that the genre was ‘Trance’. No wonder Arsene was in a trance. There were so many balls in the air in the Sunderland box, if only Arsene had the balls to send Adebayor in as he is good in the air inside the box. You send a wrong message about strategy to the opposition by getting Eboue in. The game ended in a goalless draw.

 I told Samir, a friend [not Nasri], “I don’t like Song…. No.. Not the song…. I like the song… I don’t like the player Song.’ That drew a smile from a liverpool fan sitting close by who was not ready to speak to me as I cracked a pj on Rafa which didn’t go down well with him. The whole pj is on me cause this being a bar which served beer and beer was flowing like a river and no wonder the wash basin in the men’s room was decorated, however, the p.j. is on me cause

A) I don’t drink beer and

B) I don’t spend big money in restaurants unless the bill is paid by the better-earning half.

Even then I had two very very large glasses packed with delicious Lime on Ice and two whole plates of chicken with coleslaw and it only cost me a total of 150 rupees. I personally think they should charge more. Cause Toons and when I say Toons I mean Toons, The Sports and Music Bar is more than just an experience. Especially on Saturdays.

 And thus ended an exciting night of football. I didn’t watch the Manu game though I am a big Manu fan after the Manu v/s Chelsea game last month as the bar closed by 11 and the match began at 10.55. Toons the sports and music bar has a karaoke scene every alternate Mondays and I will be singing the lines “Edelweiss Edelweiss I’ve been longing to meet you” You too guys who’ve been reading this page. See you next Monday.

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment