Tag Archives: Portsmouth

Chelsea wins FA Cup

15 May

Chelsea won the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth at Wembley today. The Blues claimed a domestic double after also taking the Premier League title a week ago. Who else but Didier Drogba scored the game-winner on a free kick in the 59th minute. Portsmouth had missed a chance to take the leads moments earlier after Kevin Prince Boateng saw his penalty saved by Petr Cech. Frank Lampard also missed a penalty late in the game.

Portsmouth gave Chelsea all they could handle and it was an excellent game all around.

Chelsea, Portsmouth clash in FA Cup final

15 May

Can Chelsea win the double? Or can Portsmouth end a tumultuous season on a fairy tale note? Action starts at 10 a.m. ET on Fox Soccer. (Personally, I’m pulling for Portsmouth after all the crap they went through this season.)

2009-10 in review

10 May

Well, another Premier League season is in the books. I just unearthed my preseason predictions:
Premier League champion: Chelsea
Top Four: Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Everton
Bottom Three: Portsmouth, Birmingham, Blackburn
Player of the Year: Fernando Torres
I got the champion right, go me, but my top four was just a little off and I was one of three on my bottom three. Fernando Torres spent way too much time on the sidelines to even be considered for player of the year.

Player of the year has yet to be decided, but my guess would be that Wayne Rooney wins it.  He’s been the most influential player on the pitch for United and racked up 26 league goals.  He’s already been voted the PFA Player of the Year.

My opinion of the season as a whole is slightly jaded due to the fact that Liverpool played themselves out of it pretty much immediately.  However, I will try to look past that.  It was a decently exciting season with the usual suspects going back and forth at the top of the table to the very last day (Yay for some drama).  Arsenal tried to elbow their way into the top two for a while, but couldn’t hold it together after losing Cesc Fabregas to injury.

“Highlights” of 2009-10:

  • Tottenham breaking into the top four. Way to break the strangehold, Spurs.
  • Portsmouth going into administration and subsequently getting relegated.
  • Portsmouth playing in the FA Cup final (against current holders Chelsea).
  • No English teams in the Champions League semifinals.
  • Steven Gerrard elbows Portsmouth’s Michael Brown in the head. Gets away with it.
  • John Terry sleeps with Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend.  Bridge quits England, snubs Terry in pre-match handshake.  Whoa, drama.
  • Landon Donovan kicks ass on loan at Everton.  They don’t keep him.
  • Ah! Snow!  No one can handle it, so games get postponed.
  • Managers get sacked. (See: Mark Hughes, Phil Brown)
  • Liverpool’s season is doomed by a beach ball.
  • Didier Drogba whines. Wins Golden Boot.
  • Robbie Keane leaves Spurs…again.

What am I missing?  Let me know!

Prem going down to the wire

26 Apr

Man, talk about an exciting way to finish the season.  This is how every season needs to be with the title challenge going back and forth.  Ideally, the title will be decided on the final day of the season in dramatic fashion.  One slip up from either Chelsea or United could end the dream at this point.  It’s the same way in the race for fourth too, one slip up and you’re done.  Who’s going to get it done under pressure? 

The race for the title is going down to the wire.  Chelsea leads the way by the slimmest of margins, only one point.  The Blues sit on 80 points while Manchester United is hot on their heels with 79.  United plays Sunderland and Stoke in their final two games while Chelsea plays away to Liverpool and hosts Wigan in the season finale.  Two wins for Chelsea would give them the title.

In addition to the title challenge, the race for fourth has picked up as well.  Tottenham (64), Manchester City (64), Aston Villa (63) and Liverpool (62) are all within two points of each other.  Currently, Tottenham holds the fourth and final Champions League spot.  Both City and Spurs have three games remaining, while the Reds and Villa have two each.  However, City has games against both Spurs and Villa.  Liverpool’s game against Chelsea could have implications on both races.

At the bottom of the table, Portsmouth has been relegated since forever.  They will be joined by Burnley after their 4-0 loss to Liverpool at the weekend.  Although not official, it’s looking like Hull will be the third team relegated.

Portsmouth relegated, headed to FA Cup final

12 Apr

In a crazy weekend for Portsmouth, the team was officially relegated after West Ham’s win over Sunderland.  A day later, Portsmouth scored two goals in extra time to clinch a 2-0 win over Tottenham in a crazy FA Cup semifinal.  Pompey will face defending FA Cup champion Chelsea in the final.  Chelsea knocked off Aston Villa, 3-0, in the first semifinal.

I really hope that Portsmouth stuns Chelsea to win their second FA Cup in three years.  After all the crap the team has gone through this year, it’s time that something positive happened for them and their fans.   Although an FA Cup final can’t take the sting completely out of relegation, it at least helps soften the blow.

Hits keep coming for Portsmouth

22 Mar

Portsmouth has just been hit with a 1 million pound fine for breaking Premier League rules.  The fine is for late payment of wages and transfer fees.  The fine will come out of Portsmouth’s share of TV money. 

This club really just can’t catch a break.  I know rules are rules, but it’s just one punch in the mouth after another for Pompey.  I’ve complained about Liverpool having a rough season, but it’s nothing compared to what Portsmouth has dealt with this year.

I really think something needs to be done to curb the vast amounts of spending and borrowing by Premier League clubs or else more clubs will go the way of Portsmouth.  Obviously excessive spending is not limited to England (see: Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo), but all the debt is eventually going to cause one of the giants to crash and burn.  Maybe that’s what it will take to get something done, but hopefully it won’t come to that.

Poor Portsmouth

17 Mar

Portsmouth has been docked nine points after going into administration.  The club is now 17 points from safety and barring a miracle, will be relegated to the Championship. They are now 14 points behind Hull and Burnley who sit above them with nine games remaining. (Nine games?!  That’s all that’s left of the season?! Wow, did not realize that.)

It rather sucks that the players and fans are penalized for the ownership being terrible and that there is no punishment for the people who actually put the club in this situation.  I hope they win the FA Cup, so there’s at least a little bit of positivity to come out of this season.

(And according to my manager mode on FIFA10, Portsmouth is top of the Prem table in 2011-12.  So there’s always that.)