Bad Kompany - AFR Voice Ep. 36

On this week’s show we’ll be taking a look at what could be a season-defining win for Liverpool, after they came out on top of a 3-2 Anfield thriller against Man City. Can they really win fourteen games in a row and take the league title, should an unfit Vincent Kompany have played, and what will Fergie make of all this as he sits in the Old Trafford Directors’ box?

Then it’s off to the home of this season’s surprise package in Europe – the Vicente Calderón. After booking their place in the Champions League semi-finals at Barcelona’s expense, we’ll be discussing Atlético Madrid’s modestly assembled squad, a manager that is quickly becoming one of the most highly regarded on the continent, and the use of some cutting edge technology on the touchline (although we’re not quite sure what they’re using it for, just yet).

Elsewhere, we jet off to the end of regular season play in A-League, and catch up with good friend of the show Ahmed Yussuf, who unleashes his inner Craig David to fill us in on the runners and riders in the Finals Series playoffs; as well as giving us all a lesson in geography, timezones and logistics by showing a detailed knowledge of how on earth the Asian Champions League actually works.

Then we head over to Brazil, where it’s been a bit of an up and down time for everyone’s favourite left footed powerhouse – Adriano. It looks like even scoring in the Copa Libertadores isn’t quite enough to keep your job these days…

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Anfield of Dreams - AFR Voice Ep. 34

The clocks have gone forward in Europe and it can only mean one thing – in leagues across the continent, it’s business time. In England, the surprise package of the season Liverpool are now riding high at the top of the league with goals flying in from all angles, while in Spain Atletico Madrid find themselves in the peculiar position of being third favourites to take the crown despite currently being a point clear at the top of the table.

Elsewhere, MLS is now in full swing. The Honeymoon might just be over for Toronto FC, but it just keeps on going for the Columbus Crew, and there’s also a new franchise owner who’s been trying to lure a certain Brazilian across the pond via a contract clause and… social media.

If you thought things were warming up in Europe, then they’re about to hit boiling point in Australia where the play-offs are almost upon us. We’ll be discussing the possibility of a shootout between two A-League heavyweights – Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey, as well as looking at the career of Harry Kewell, who’s just hung up his boots.

And then there’s the small matter of a brand new European international tournament to fill the void that often appears during a year that ends in an odd number. Could UEFA’s League of Nations be a masterstroke by Michel Platini, or a very complicated way to expel the meaningless friendly from the international arena?

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We Don’t Walk Alone in Melbourne

With a summer tour in full swing, Melbourne turned into Anfield for one night. Liverpool were welcomed by their Australian supporters with open arms, and our good friend Dan Gribbon brought his camera to capture the Reds play the A-League’s Melbourne Victory in front of a whopping 95,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

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Liverpool lose, but is the Anfield project advancing?

 

By Owen Morgan

It seems an age has passed since Liverpool visited Old Trafford and emerged rampant 4-1 victors; In fact it was less than four years ago in March 2009. The crushing pressure of the modern football industry means that a club cycles through teams with relative frequency, only four of the Liverpool squad from 2009 are still at Anfield, yet even so the gulf between the two clubs has rarely been greater.

However, under Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool slowly, tentatively, seem to be gaining ground. Despite wasting the prolific talent of Nuri Sahin, the woes of the second Dalglish era are gradually being covered over and there are signs, although they were second best on Sunday afternoon, that the jigsaw that is Brendan Rodgers’ Anfield ‘project’ is starting to take shape.

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Suárez conflagrates the Devils as Anfield goes electric

By Darshan Joshi, writing in Sydney

It may be stretching the truth a little had I begun this by saying that there was only one team on the field, but it wouldn’t be a lie either. There was one moment during the match when it seemed as though Liverpool weren’t in grotesquely severe control of the match – Dimitar Berbatov lashed a half-volley, so curvaceous it may have made this month’s Playboy centrefold, beyond Pepe Reina, but, alas! All it did was shake the frame of the Spaniard’s goalmouth. And then there was a silence. Liverpool’s defensive third remained untouched for a long, long period, like a virgin resolutely set on prolonging its spell of abstinence. The picture is painted clearer than a van Gogh masterpiece when you notice the possession statistics: the Devils with 58% of the ball, yet, this very ball remained in United’s half for the majority of the match. And when United did get their goal, oh, if only there wasn’t a period of ninety minutes before then!

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Can you hear the drums Fernando?

 By Ainsley Jacobs, writing from London

Torres’s transfer request turned down by the Reds but is this really the end of ‘El Nino’ at Anfield?

Liverpool supporters could be forgiven for wondering whether they were coming or going on Friday. After news broke of Chelsea’s bid of £35 million for Fernando Torres, the fans received the news that they have wanted to hear for the past month. After prolonged discussions, Luis Suarez was finally on his way to Anfield from Ajax for a fee of around £22.8 million.  However Luis’s big moment was about to be trumped by the bombshell that Torres wanted out of Anfield and had formally written a transfer request which was subsequently given short shrift by the club. So on a day when Liverpool and NESV have shown their ambition in the transfer market with the acquisition of Suarez; what has turned Torres’s head and can Liverpool cope without him?

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Making sense of Tom Hicks’ lawsuit and Liverpool’s “epic swindle”

Liverpool, Tom Hicks, and the 1.6 billion dollar Lawsuit 

As a little extra feature after we recorded our first ever Podcast, which you really should listen to, AFR’s Nick Lichtenberg, who works for an American law magazine, broke down Tom Hicks’ $1.6 billion lawsuit against Liverpool in the context of the American legal system. Nick made sense of how punitive damages could account for $1.6 billion, as well as where the terms “epic swindle” and “conspiracy” come from. It’s only a four minute clip, but definitely worth a listen. Did this help clear things up?

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Liverpool fans, Red Sox fans, what do you think? [spotted at Who Are Ya Designs]

Liverpool fans, Red Sox fans, what do you think? [spotted at Who Are Ya Designs]

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Liverpool Football Club today announces that the Board has agreed the sale of the Club to New England Sports Ventures

First and foremost, The sale is conditional on Premier League approval, resolution of the dispute concerning Board membership and other matters.” We’ll provide our analysis in due time once the situation becomes more apparent, but until now it is important to recognise and process the raw, immense information coming out of Anfield.

From Liverpool’s official website:

New England Sports Ventures currently owns a portfolio of companies including the Boston Red Sox, New England Sports Network, Fenway Sports Group and Rousch Fenway Racing.

Martin Broughton, Liverpool FC Chairman, said:
"I am delighted that we have been able to successfully conclude the sale process which has been thorough and extensive. The Board decided to accept NESV’s proposal on the basis that it best met the criteria we set out originally for a suitable new owner. NESV’s philosophy is all about winning and they have fully demonstrated that at Red Sox.

"We’ve met them in Boston, London and Liverpool over several weeks and I am immensely impressed with what they have achieved and with their vision for Liverpool Football Club.
"By removing the burden of acquisition debt, this offer allows us to focus on investment in the team. I am only disappointed that the owners have tried everything to prevent the deal from happening and that we need to go through legal proceedings in order to complete the sale."

What’s your opinion on this seemingly controversial agreement?

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