Today there is exactly one month left until the English Premier League 2013-2014 starts again. Many fans are already looking forward to this new season, and rightly so. A summer without a big tournament (if we exclude the Confederations Cup) can leave football fans all over the world with quite an empty feeling. This is the reason why most fans are anticipating the start of the new football season so eagerly.
Last Sunday, in Liverpool’s match against Chelsea, Luis Suárez decided to bite Branislav Ivanović. It was obviously a childish, disgusting, stupid and unnecessary thing to do. As expected, Twitter almost exploded with outrage. Many people were calling for a huge ban for Luis Suárez. Today the FA anounced that Luis Suárez would be banned for ten matches.
In: Roland Lamah (Osasuna, loan)
Out: Leroy Lita (Sheffield Wednesday, loan), Danny Graham (Sunderland), Jazz Richard (Crystal Palace, loan), Jamie Proctor (Crawley) and Curtis Obeng (York, loan)
Michu signed a long-term contract, which is great news for Swansea, but it is no transfer. Lamah was brought in on loan to provide some cover on the flanks, but I doubt he will play a lot. With Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernandez and Wayne Routledge, Swansea already have three wingers for two positions. The loss of Danny Graham is not positive at all. Itay Shechter and Luke Moore have failed to impress in the Premier League.
The verdict: 5/10
Queens Park Rangers
In: Christopher Samba (Anzhi Makhachkala), Tal Ben Haim (free), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham Hotspur), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur, loan), Loïc Rémy (Marseille) and Yun Suk-young
Out: Anton Ferdinand (Bursaspor, loan), Ryan Nelsen (Toronto), Rob Hulse (Millwall, loan), Tom Hitchcock (Bristol Rover, loan), Michael Harriman (Wycombe, loan), Kieron Dyer and Djibril Cissé (Al Gharafa, loan)
Despite saying he would not overspend, Harry Redknapp predictably did just that in this transfer window. In a desperate bid to stay up this season, he brought in Christopher Samba and Loïc Rémy for a lot of money. They should be good players for QPR, but if QPR should fail to stay in the Premier League, their wages could come back to haunt them. Harry Redknapp has taken an enormous risk. If they stay up, he will be once again hailed as a genius. Should they go down, I can QPR getting into serious financial problems.
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When the transfer window slammed shut yesterday, there was a sense of disappointment. No superstars were transferred in this window, and there was not an awful lot of money flying around (certainly not compared to the window when Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll all went on deadline day). I will go through all of the clubs alphabetically, I will give you the transfers in and out, and I will try to tell in a few lines what I think about them.
In the second installment of the ‘Unknown Soldier’ series, I am going to talk about a Stoke City footballer. This is not the way in which he would describe himself, he would probably talk about himself as a soccer player. Geoff Cameron is the name of this player, and he is an American defender.
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