Crisis FC! - AFR Voice - Ep7

Since AFR last loosened up its larynx, there was a series of high profile exits from the football juggernaut. Pulling his ripcord first was David Beckham, who looks set for a safe and particularly well-paid landing in France. Next up was Roberto Di Matteo and Mark Hughes – both unceremoniously ejected from West London into no man’s land. As you’ll hear, Rafa Benitez shouldn’t get comfortable with his in-flight movies just yet either as we wonder whether dastardly Roman Abramovich is determined to drive Chelsea into the ground.

We locate the black box and disassemble all that madness before giving a whole new set of fresh football baggage a considerable shake-down – will LA Galaxy’s MLS Cup success mark the swansong for Landon Donovan? Is it possible to apply the term crisis to half the Premier League’s teams? And, will Arsene Wenger always remain the perpetual bridesmaid of football? We’ll also cover the AFC Wimbledon-MK Dons show down, hopscotch across the big European Leagues and reveal why you must not, under any circumstances, invite Manchester City’s Aleksandar Kolarov over for Christmas.

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Defending the idea of the Foreign Owner

By Darshan Joshi

The plain truth is that we made this possible. It is no revelation that money and status are the drivers of ambition, or that money goes where money grows. The brutal truth is that we are powerless to stop this. Accepting change can be painful, as us fans yearn for the ‘better’ days of yesteryear where we didn’t hear at regular intervals of interest repayments and stock exchange floatation on the back pages of our newspapers.

However, there in lies the issue that lacerates deep at the philosophical core of football – the sport holds different meanings to fans, to players, to investors and to politicians. This disconnect of perceptions cannot be understated because power, of fame or influence, and money go hand in hand. Football clubs are no longer run as democracies.

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Roman had a dream, and it died a quiet death

By Darshan Joshi

Like Martin Luther King Jr., Roman Abramovich has a dream. Or, rather, he had a dream, which really was less a dream than a looming reality. Problem is, it was ever looming, and it now seems to have passed him by. The Champions League trophy was on Abramovich’s horizon for years, yet it turned out to be no more than a mirage, a now long-lost memory of hope forgone. After all, he was the first in England to do what he did. That morose night in Moscow is the closest the Russian came to grasping his dreams by the throat. John Terry, now proprietor and poster-boy for lube, slipped. It was the ironic, pre-emptive karmic guillotine.

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“A Chelsea Christmas Carol: Part Three” by Jon Horner (View All Here)
The Spirit of Sheikh Mansour

“A Chelsea Christmas Carol: Part Three” by Jon Horner (View All Here)

The Spirit of Sheikh Mansour

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“A Chelsea Christmas Carol: Part One” by Jon Horner
‘tis the season…?

“A Chelsea Christmas Carol: Part One” by Jon Horner

‘tis the season…?

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“Don Carlo: The Godfather” by Jon Horner and Eric Beard
Don’t ever take sides against the family again. Ever.

“Don Carlo: The Godfather” by Jon Horner and Eric Beard

Don’t ever take sides against the family again. Ever.

(Source: cheekychip)

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