Goaltastic’s Posts of the Year

NEW Year is a time to reflect, a time to look back on the past 12 months – normally drunkenly and bitter and tearful.
So in that spirit, Goaltastic has downed a few shots of whiskey and compiled the top ten most popular posts from our first calendar year of blogging the beautiful game.
So, in reverse order, here are the ones that got you readers all excited are –

10 – Manchester City look at signing entire club
9 – Wenger Spurring on Arsenal’s rivals
8 – Southampton smile for the cameras once more
7 – Newcastle for the Champions League?
6 – All change up front at Everton
5 – Kevin Keegan’s dead dog
4 – Pride coming after a fall at Liverpool
3 – Bale sale?
2 – Carlos Tevez’s grilling
1 – The false promise of hope for Liverpool supporters

Happy New Year!

Goaltastic Fantasy Football League Update – Gameweek 20

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ALTHOUGH a glut of Premier League matches have been played over the festive period, a low-scoring gameweek sees not a lot happening in the Goaltastic League.
The top five teams – Impressive Tackle, Taurages Tauras, Ashletico, Ruff Tuff Bluff Stuf and Sven You’re Smiling – maintain their placings, as do the bottom 10.
Mid-table does see a shuffling of the pack, with VZ Vampires (6), Chicharito’s Champs (9), Your Mum FC (11) and Partizan Endmorvia (13) all benefitting.
Hopefully the New Year will bring some fresh impetus to some of the teams in the hunt for first place – especially my one…
Want to enter your team in the inaugural Goaltastic league?
To do so, put together a team for free here, and then join the competition by using the code 183-84.
League Updates will be blogged at this site throughout the season.

Most Blogged XI

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OVER the last calendar year certain names have cropped up more than others.
And let’s be frank, here at Goaltastic we’d much prefer a juicy bit of Carlos Tevez gossip than the latest lowdown on Luke Chadwick.
So to celebrate the more exciting breed of baller, and to keep up the end of year retrospective theme of seemingly EVERYTHING this week, here are this year’s star attractions, the most blogged about 4-4-2 of 2010, with links to what’s been said about them –
GK – Hart
DEF – Cole, Campbell, Ferdinand, Boateng
MID – Bale, Gerrard, Beckham, Ronaldo
ATK – Tevez, Rooney

Double Downing

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AFTER just one Guinness I was seeing double this Boxing Day.
Because watching Aston Villa’s limp performance against 10-man Spurs, it seemed that England winger Stewart Downing was covering every inch of the pitch.
However this was no illusion – it seems Villa have actually employed a doppleganger to line-up with him, uncanny American defender Eric Lichaj.

Southampton should stop selling out

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ACCORDING to the rumour mill, which grinds harder than ever in the run up to the January transfer window, Liverpool are looking to Kop a load of teenage Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Their director of football strategy and talent spotter extraordinaire Damien Comolli was in the crowd at St Mary’s on Tuesday to watch him score in their 4-1 League One win over Huddersfield.
However Goaltastic urges the Saints to hang on to the rising star and England under-18 international rather than cash in – otherwise you have to question whether such a succesful youth system such as the Saints Academy is there for the benefit of the playing squad or the bank balance.
In recent years top talents such as Theo Walcott, Leon Best and Gareth Bale have been on their books – had they held out longer with the likes of these players, Southampton could have been plying its trade a little higher than the third tier of English football once more…

Gareth Bale doesn’t just look like a monkey…

A LOT has been made of Tottenham star Gareth Bale’s simian looks, and it has to be said the boy has a lot of monkey about him.
But at Goaltastic we DARE to challenge the status quo – so allow us to throw another comparison into the mix.
With his gormless continuously-opened lips and larger than life anime hairstyle, while watching Boxing Day football it dawned on me that the Welshman could be mistaken for a missing member of cartoon band Gorillaz.

Goaltastic Fantasy Football League Update – Gameweek 19

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LEAGUE leader Impressive Tackle enojoyed a merry Christmas over the previous Gameweek, with his team of crackers outscoring the six teams immediately below them.
So while the top five are all non-movers, Impressive Tackle continue to pull clear of the pack.
Lower down, Leeds Leeds Leeds (6), Debbie Does Gallas (7) and VZ Vampires (8) all climb, while lower down Your Mum FC (12), Pugwash 11 (13), Spastic Moscow (18) and Besiktas (20) all also tasted success.
Want to enter your team in the inaugural Goaltastic league?
To do so, put together a team for free here, and then join the competition by using the code 183-84.
League Updates will be blogged at this site throughout the season.

Van der Sar to retire

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THE search is on for a replacement goalkeeper at Old Trafford after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Manchester United expect Edwin van der Sar to retire at the end of the season.
The Red Devils’ beanpole between the sticks turned 40 this year and is looking at stepping down next year.
Sir Alex said: “We are planning for this being his last season.”
Already, Denmark international Anders Lindegaard has arrived and started training at United following his transfer from Aalesund, while Germany’s Manuel Neuer continues to be linked with an Old Trafford move – but expect a slew of top class goalies to be linked with Man Utd over the transfer window.

Everton to replace entire strike force

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MISFIRING Everton are looking to borrow a new strike force to replace current frontmen Yakubu and Louis Saha.
So far this season, midfielders Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta and Seamus Coleman and even defender Leighton Baines sit ahead of the strikers in the scoring charts.
And with club top scorer, midfielder Cahill, heading on an Asian Games jolly with Australia, boss David Moyes is eyeing a couple of loan transfers in and out of the club – with Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela and Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz all Goodison targets.
Should any of the deals come off, it is expected that Saha could make a move back to his native France, with Portugal’s Benfica rumoured to fancy Nigerian hitman Yakubu.
God I love the January transfer window, don’t you?