October 18th, 2010

Weekend Results: Tackling The Big Issues

Bendy congratulates Marouane Chamakh on a step in the right direction. (Getty Images/Zimbio)

The Emirates is the starting point for our results round up this week, where a controversy that has been brewing for weeks finally came to a head. It was only a matter of time before the issue that has been confounding media and players alike exploded on the pitch and while it wasn’t pretty, we all feel a sense of relief and hope that Saturday’s events were the last word on the matter. 

Kickettes, the Buzzard Cut has been laid to rest. Marouane Chamakh has had a haircut. You may all breathe easy again.

Astonishingly, this wasn’t the only newsworthy event to occur in the Gunners 2-1 victory over Birmingham City. After weeks of Arsene Wenger’s complaints over losing players to dangerous tackles in the EPL, Jack Wilshire managed to get himself sent off during the game… for a really bad tackle. Oops.

Elsewhere Chelsea failed to capitalize on Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion, drawing 0-0 with Aston Villa at Villa Park. They remain comfortably atop the EPL table, though.

Liverpool ended a quiet week with a 2-0 defeat to city rivals Everton, and appear to be making a comfortable nest for themselves in the relegation zone. The Reds had no answer to goals from Timmy Cahill (left) and Mikel Arteta, with Fernando Torres continuing his strategy of backfiring his way around the penalty area and looking a bit confused. (Getty Images/Zimbio)

In Sunday’s other game, Manchester City were fortunate to leave Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road with three points; DJ Campbell’s terrible miss probably being the difference in a 2-3 thriller. Not the ridiculous gulf in wage bills, then.

Ligue 1

Fans of Arles must be positively hysterical this morning as they’re team picked up their first point if the season in a 0-0 draw with Brest. Unfortunately, they’re still propping up the table, but it’s a start, no?

Rennes remain top despite a 0-0 away draw at Lens while both Bordeaux and Lyon continued their tentative resurgence in form with 1-0 and 3-1 victories respectively. Clearly concerned that his side’s poor form has been affecting the coverage he receives on Kickette, Yoann Gourcuff scored again. Hurray!

La Liga

Look’s like Jose Mourinho’s voodoo skillz (left) are starting to pay off. After weeks of criticism for a lack of goals, Los Blancos hit the top of the table after putting four  past Malaga, two each for Cristiano Ronaldo and King of the shelf booty, Gonzalo Higuain. (Reuters/Daylife)

It was a bittersweet weekend for Barcelona; their 2-1 victory over Valencia was three points gained but also enabled Real to capitalise on Valencia’s failure to win.

Serie A

Alessandro Del Piero (left) scored his 178th goal for Juventus in their 4-0 dismantling of Lecce, equalling the club goal scoring record held by Giampiero Boniperti. Juve are now fifth in the table, Lazio still at the top after a 2-0 victory away at Bari. AC and Inter Milan are equal on fourteen points beating Chievo 3-1 and Cagliari 1-0 respectively. (Getty Images/Daylife)

Goals from Marco Borriello and Matteo Brighi in Roma’s 2-1 win over Genoa saw Claudio Ranieri’s boys sneak up to thirteenth.


A Mario Gomez hat trick against Hanover gave Bayern Munich a vital three points and pushed the injury hit side to tenth in the table. He celebrated like this (left) and receives the Kickette stamp of approval.

A Bundesliga record of eight wins out of eight slipped through Mainz’ grasp as they lost 1-0 to Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund capitalised on this, their 2-1 win over Cologne taking them to the top of the table on goal difference. Schalke drew 2-2 with Stuttgart and are sixteenth.

Have at it, Kickettes!

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80 Responses to “Weekend Results: Tackling The Big Issues”

  1. SoccerLoverrrr says:

    Oh Chamakh how i love thee! Lemme count the waaaays!

  2. fieryheart says:

    I'm so sad that Liverpool lost again :(
    Hopefully Liverpool will regain their past glory as quickly as possible.
    Hooray for Bayern Munich ! Finally, things are starting to look bright again for them :)
    And yes, I could not end this post without mentioning Marouane Chamakh's new haircut.
    I can't say that I like it but it's not that bad. Haha..

  3. ThatWelshOne says:

    Haha to Liverpool. I do not like that team! Come on Cardiff, lovely comeback from 2-0 down. Well done to Spurs too :)

  4. ToffeeGirl17 says:

    *Screams* FINALLY! AN EVERTON DERBY WIN IN GOODISON. Has not happened in four years since we slammed the Liverpool side 3-0. I am so proud of my lads, never did they allow what was happening on and/or off the pitch depress them and stop them playing well. We did play the first one very badly but have steadily improved and now that the goals are starting to come through I could not be happier. 11th place now and will only keep climbing.

    As for Liverpool fans, hard luck but we were louder and better. You barely made a peep on the grounds. Thankg god we have Bill Kenwright who will not sell until he is sure of the veracity of the buyer. Hard luck guys you have never been gifted with that sort of man and now have to pick up the pieces. This new owner should be good and should help you become a sensation when he has cleared all the muck out. Derbies are too much fun and enjoyment to not have them. So fingers crossed!

    Boys looking fab as always, making my heart flutter like crazy here in Croydon -over here from Ireland on a MUN conference- and playing their hearts out on the pitch.


  5. cherryboomboom says:

    Non mais je reve …
    elles parlent d"arles avignon .. et pas de Marseille !!!!
    Mais bon sang !!!!

  6. Emme says:

    The Real Madrid game literally caused me to squeal like a little girl! I knew this past summer's acquisitions would pay off! Oezil was amazing and Khedira almost got in that shot from thirty yards out. The best part was all the smiles and hugging during the game – it is really looking like the boys are coming together & having fun. How does Jose do it? Forgot to add that I am very happy that Jose's faithful disciple, Carvahlo followed him to RM He has definitely stabilized the defense. Not going to get too excited yet – tomorrow's showdown with Milan is going to be the true test. La Liga is turning out to be super exciting this year!

  7. footiecoug says:

    I didn't realize until this past weekend just HOW MUCH Liverpool has been my happy place for the past 3 years. My heart goes out to Nando as I think he probably is struggling with some confidence issues, but he isn't getting ANY service to get past it. I think every single cross into the box by Joe Cole and others (except for a stellar Stevie G pass at the end) fell WAY short. I'd be frustrated to. Oh, Fern… please find your form again! Your loyal followers miss celebrating with you!

  8. me! says:

    im still reeling over the loss of my beautiful Valencia…:(…so sad!

  9. littlegirl says:

    alex del piero…the one and only capitain!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i'm more happy for his 178th goal than for Juventus victory…
    (plaese, tell me if this phrase is grammatically correct… :) )

  10. Rossanera says:

    Also, I am so excited about tomorrow's Champions League clash that I can't still. Where my Milanistas at?

    • DeeRoma says:

      I'll cheer for Milan tomorrow…and try to find some way to watch the Roma game.

    • diana says:

      Right here!
      I'm so excited about the game(even more than going back to the Uni')…hoping for a big a win!
      Forza Milan <3

      • Rossanera says:

        I love meeting more Milanistas. I feel like there's so few of us. Where are you from? Did I maybe already ask you?

        • diana says:

          Hello :) my thoughts too….it's Milan damn it,where are you people???!?!!
          I'm from israel,you?

        • diana says:

          We've never talked before but every now and then i see your comments and from your nickname i guessed that you're a Milanista of course :)
          i'm from israel, you?

    • Lotte says:

      I don´t think i can describe in words just how badly i want Milan to win today! And more specifically, how bad i want Zlatan to do his thing against the Dark Lord (Mour, if that wasn´t obvious :) ). But Zlatan or not, a win would be just perfect! I´m biting my nails, climbing the walls and trying to fool my boss into thinking i´m actually doing something useful today.

  11. Pique_Xavi says:

    Once again, dissapointed from my team America which I know isn't mentioned but had to get it out. Winning the game the coach decides to just stick to defend that score with about 30 minutes left in the game not counting extra minutes? And then he goes on to say to the press that it was the rival team that forced them to do that??? Seriously? We have this little invention called tv and we saw what truly happened…. Grrrr And once again, my happiness comes only from the team I support which is Barca. La Liga is getting pretty interesting and I like it. I also want to take time to congratulate Chicharito. Always nice to see his smiling face after scoring specially after the Mexico fiasco. And I know people will hate but I like watching Milan win too :) Looking forward to the midweek matches specially Champions Leguage…. Sigh*

  12. LuvinBale says:

    All I can say about Satyrday is HELLS YEAH!!!! My boys did it again!
    Apparently no one has beaten Fulham at home this season- (info from a podcast) And Spyrs usually aren’t that strong away from home.
    Now we Inter Milan on Wednesday night with out VdV. I have a sinking feeling that the game is not going to go well for us without him.

    I am praying now to the football and offering up a small sacrifice. Who to sacrifice? Hmmmmm. Wayne Rooney?!! ;-)
    Just kidding- maybe.

  13. diana says:

    My weekend was perfect….mostly by A.C Milan's win :) )))))) Hope milan will kick some ass tuesday on the champs league :)
    happy to see Xavi's back ….Barca is not the same without you! i am not too excited by Real Madrid topping the table thought..:
    Anyway, back to Serie A ; nice to see Juventus and Rome(Borriello scored<3) climbing back to the top of the table.I really think Rome will soon get back to old good, really like their style of playing…

    Also congrats to Man. City, Olympique Lyon and of course Bayern <3

    • DeeRoma says:

      I think you're right about Roma. They need to focus on teamwork, passing [enough with the long balls] and getting back to basics.

      • diana says:

        I wanted to write "good old ways" but somehow i ended up writing "old good"…but you got it anyway.
        I am a Milanista at heart but i always loved Roma, especially because of their unique classy style and long list of quality players (from Samuel, Totti, De Rossi and now Mexes and Borriello etc…)

  14. Missy Manchester says:

    1. Dear Nicky Bendy: The Three Stooges/Monk coiffure isn't a good look for you.

    2. Dear Jose M: I need some drama. Can you re-ignite your fight with Rafa Benitez and/or Carlos Ancelotti?

    3. Dear Man Utd: Even though we're unbeaten, I still kinda, wanna see us actually win a bunch of games.

  15. Bri says:

    Men who play for Real Madrid and go by the name of Sergio need to not get hair cuts!

    ROFL, i second that! It should be written in their contracts.

  16. zztop says:

    I'm miserable. Sevilla was a disaster, I'm not sure they could have scored even without an opponent. Kickettes I have a question:

    when a player makes the symbol of a heart with his fingers as a goal celebration is it always for a girlfriend? Or is it also for the fans or family? I saw puyol do it this weekend and it didn't seem very romantic.

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      I feel with you! There is something missing in their game (and i´m not sure it´s Jesus, even though i would want it to be so). They were frustrated and had some bad luck, thats true, but they should have nailed their chances. But we have to look forward. I really hope that Jesus can make a difference when he comes back. He´s fast and moves in an irrational way.

      And as for Puyol and the gesture, he said that he dedicated his goal to his girlfriend so i guess the heart was for her. Hence, very romantic:)

  17. lorena_yGp says:

    Me, as HUGE Red Devil's fan- I am sick of this Rooney_gone_CR saga!!! And the worst part is that I really doubt all of those headlines, but they are sooo many of them that I am scared- there is part of me,really tiny,tiny tiny that is starting to believe that there is something smelly between mighty Sir Alex and Rooney ! :-(

    ohh and as someone said: Yoann Gourguff+ CR but I will add MARCO BORRIELLO !!!

    + Barca won-amazing goal by Puyol ,Arsenal won…if only my Red Devils kept their + 2 :-(

  18. BarceLisa says:

    United blowing another two points aside, it was good weekend for me. Kickette summed up the Barca win perfectly: bittersweet. Still, a win is a win, especially against the table-toppers. Juve's season just gets better, many congrats to ADP for equalling the club record. Yay for Milan, Pato so deserved a hat-trick. Also congrats to Man City, its painful to watch them do well while United stutter but that Blackpool match was an absolute thriller. Oy vey Liverpool, but at least now there is light at the end of the tunnel eh.

  19. Deanna says:

    Awesome weekend!!! Arsenal won! and David Silva was rated top of the match AND scored for Man City!!! I was just bursting yesterday. I could not wipe the smile off my face!!! And Real atop the standing in la liga!?! Finally after so many bad weekends! I cannot find anything bad about this weekend. GAH!! My lil SILVA!!!!

  20. Eliza says:

    Marouane is ALWAYS fabulous/gorgeous/etc with any hair, so I can't even with that comment. That Arsenal game was mad; I honestly thought that a fight would break out. However, I am so happy Bordeaux is doing well again. :D

  21. emmy says:

    The kickette influence has infiltrated the mass-media outlets. From the linked Gourcuff article:
    "Adil Rami saw the ball ricochet to Yoann Gourcuff, who made no mistake in lashing the ball into the net from close range."
    Of all the terms to pick, the they chose "lashing." Did he bat his baby blues to distract the goalie while firing a shot on net? ;) Your influence is clear. Bowing down to you, kickette!

  22. CarmenFoxe says:

    I love how Mario Gomez is getting better and better! Bayern are my fave Bundesliga team :)

  23. blake2108 says:

    Bendtner's back!!! :D

  24. cammie says:

    So happy RM won!I want to see Cris dancing MORE

  25. Rossanera says:


    Really disgusted by that whole Cagliari nonsense, though. Good job, ref.

    As for Liverpool, well, I'm too numb to feel.

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      Yes, truly awful from the Cagliari side. I didn´t see the game but i have read about it. Makes you feel sad really.

  26. sil says:

    Xavi is back!!! And… thats all I need to say. Best body, er… football player in the world!

  27. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    This weekend was love to me! Iniestas adorable "pregnant" gestures after his goal. Xavi´s elegant, distinct, right on target pass to Puyi. And Puyi forming his hands to a heart for his girlfriend. So much love! It will carry me for a long while.

    It almost made up for Sevilla loosing :( . Please Jesus, come back soon!!

  28. Annaya says:

    Barca won, Arsenal won too but the highlight of the weekend has to be my Moroccan Man Marouane… *sigh*

  29. Manchester United. Blah. Ipswich Town. Blah. The best game of the entire weekend was Dundee United v Celtic. If you didn't see it, you missed a cracker. It had goals, it had passion, it had fights, it had cards, it had controversy. Pure entertainment. Sets up for a fantastic Old Firm derby next Sunday.

  30. DeeRoma says:

    Roma won and I was soooooo relieved and happy. Especially since they did it with quite a few injured players in the mix. Brighi definitely played well and proved he needs to be in the mix. It definitely looked like a great team effort as well. If they continue at this pace, they can definitely be a kickbutt contender.

  31. Marie says:

    the Cristiano – Marcelo dancing goal celebration was the highlight of la liga for me this week……. (sorry Xavi, i loved seeing you but you Barca boys need to come up with better goal celebration!)

  32. Leya_S says:

    So the first thing I noticed bright and early (EST) Sat. morning was DEF Marouane Chamakh's haircut…honestly, I didn't mind the buzzard cut…it was totally him. Now he's sporting a mohawk, albeit a somewhat strange mohawk…I still think he's adorbs.

    Newayz, pretty decent weekend. Gunners won and Niklas Bendtner looked sooooooo good, both playing-wise (he almost scored in his first seconds on the pitch!) and aesthetically! Chelsea tied, Man. U. tied (and Chicharito scored!). I was hoping Man. City would tie, but the end of that game was INSANE!!!! Props to Blackpool for really putting up a fight! Also, I know lots of ppl aren't really Tevez fans, but he's really just an amazing player, and his love for the game is attractive to me. And his reaction after his second goal was so perfect…he was so hyped! I love it!

    Liverpool……sigh…I guess there isn't much more to say on this topic. Granted Timmy and Arteta totally deserved their goals, but it still broke my heart that Liverpool has now dropped to….dare I say it…19th. :'(

    Over in La Liga, I was stoked that Barca won. I didn't really want Real Madrid to win their game, but they did (sorry to all you madridistas, but you know how it is). Sevilla!!! No!!! I'm sad they lost…I didn't actually see this game though just the results, so can anyone tell me if Jesus Navas is back yet?

    And lastly, this is semi-unrelated but Dirty Tackle so kindly posted part 2 of the Fifa11 video with Steve Nash and Landon Donovan on Thursday, which I finally got around to watching….and not only is it hilarious, but Landon Donovan looks so HOT in it! And he's not usually on my radar AT ALL, except that he's an excellent player, but this video…seriously… http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/blog/dirty-tackle/…

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      Jesus is not back yet, and it is not going well. They were frustrated and had some bad luck, but they really can do better. Oh i miss Jesus! And his eyes. And tounge…

  33. Winnie Mata says:

    omg yes! real and arsenal!:D

    chelsea…not so much…disappointed…but still happy yay! :D

    • Sahra...* says:

      No, for me I'm just SO SO glad that Chelsea and Man Utd didnt win… being a die hard Gooner :)
      But I also love Higuain! I watch RM games just to see his lovely form :P
      Oh and HE CUT IT! His hair! But there's still the sticky down bit at the bottom…. Don't worry girls, I'll work on him!

  34. @mezz98 says:

    Re: the Chamakh haircut, I HEARTILY approve!

  35. Stacey Marie says:

    My weekend was pretty stellar…
    The Red Sox owners now own Liverpool : )
    Real is at the top of La Liga (for now depending on todays match) : )
    HELLO ROMA!!! : )
    and even though I am completely heartbroken over the Liverpool loss, you have to hit rock bottom before you can start the climb back up and I have all faith that LFC will do that. YNWA!!

  36. Leya_S says:

    hey Kickette, just wanted to point out that since City won their game, Chelsea is only leading city by 2 points, and leading Arsenal, Spurs, and Man.U by 5 points. Sorry to be nitpicky. I still luv u all! http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/premierleague/…

  37. hereforthenando says:

    Some thoughts on Liverpool:
    1. I never thought that I would be begging for Ngog to come on, but our attack is so poor that the world is upside down
    2. The midfield and defense seem content to just send long balls down to Fernando Torres, making him completely isolated and unable to do anything
    3. Why did it take so long for Roy to make changes? There were several players that had no business playing yesterday (namely Maxi and Joe Cole)
    4. Do you really think that was good, Roy? It was embarrassing to watch.

    I can't deal with this. Not at all. Liverpool used to be my happy place. Now they're my devastating place.

    • gin_in_teacups says:

      I very nearly burst out crying in the pub on Sunday. It's all just a disaster. If I hear Roy use the word unucky one more time I am going to wander on over to Anfield and slap his face. What team is he watching? I'm honestly starting to think he just doesn't know what our players look like and he gets confused and that's why he keeps making these insane comments about how well we've been playing. I want a new manager but I don't think that's going to be the magic fix either. I think there is something deeply wrong happening with the players. Likely low morale because of the poor start and desperation to get out of the relegation zone, and those negative emotions are very damaging.

      And if I hear one more person say that Torres isn't playing well because he's just biding his time until he leaves, my head will explode. He needs good service fer Chrissake!

  38. senora ramos says:

    awesome weekend for madrid!! so excited for pipa!! and cron for being a brilliant teammate as well as goal scorer!! and ozil was sublime!! yeah boys!! keep it up!! tough match tues!!
    congrats arsenal!! wtf is going on at liverpool. it just feels…WRONG!
    another draw for america :S

    • Thea says:

      oh Ramos – am pretty happy except for RM being top – but I guess sometime you have to 'take one for the team!'

      • senora ramos says:

        lol! i was proud of valencia, but sad as well for y'all beating them :6
        well, if villarreal wins tonight, they'll be on top,so that's something for you to wish for :D

        • Thea says:

          It's to early in the season for me to waste wishes yet – ask me after the El Classico! Glad actually it's still wide open with more teams challenging.

          • BarceLisa says:

            it kills me to admit this but I think Real have turned the corner… thankfully Barca chose the right weekend to restore my confidence. We have some tricky games in the run up to El Clasico. Congrats for now senoraramos but keep looking over those shoulders.

  39. Bri says:

    All I can say is Dani Alves at the end of the Barca game…hot damn…

  40. Thea says:

    It was a good weekend as far as I am concerened with victories for Barca and for Everton – who with goals from the hottest men of the pitch Aretha and Cahill showed the reds whose the boss of Merseyside!

  41. orangerie says:

    puyol's goal was amazing!!!! and the heart afterwards… it must be love. i feel faint.

    • @DebStimson says:

      Saw that and the first thing I thought was…"hey! Di Maria does the heart…stop copying Puyol! " lol

      Love the goal though!

    • YouNeverWalkAlone says:

      lol but I thought Di Maria did the heart first!

      …I thought Angel looked adorable doing it. Somehow its hard for me to imagine the great big manly Puyol doing a heart for his girlfriend XXDD

  42. mimi says:

    I´m so sad about Liverpool. :( Poor Nando, poor Stevie…

    • Thea says:

      There are both a joke at the moment – both don't even if the impression of being remotely interested or bothered to be there!
      My take – Torres wants to head to Barca, and all this is just his escape route to get there!

      • Winnie Mata says:

        isn't Torres Madrid born and raised?

        • Winnie Mata says:

          not saying he'd ever go to Real, being that he was an Atletico boy,but i seriously have high doubts that he wants to go to Barcelona.

          • Thea says:

            Yes but if he wants to go to Spain, Barca and RM can afford him – other than that it's man city or Chelsea or maybe joining Rafa at Inter – whatever happens even the most loyal Red must be thinking that he want out!

      • Leya_S says:

        I disagree.
        I think Fern definitely wants to be with Liverpool, but the whole team is just discouraged, so no one's playing their best. And its not just Fernando: lots of normally exciting players just…well, aren't that exciting now. Joe Cole was very good at Chelsea, idk what's happening with him at Anfield; Maxi Rodriguez has been good in the past, and now I frequently forget he's on the field, he's never doing anything; the defense is a little weak which is weird bc I usually find Carragher, Skrtle, and Kyrgiakos are better than they've played recently; even Pepe hasn't been having his best season. I feel bad, too bc I think Stevie G. is killing himself to try and get the spark back for the team so everyone will begin to gel again, but I don't know what's wrong.

        I know we talk about this EVERY week here on Kickette, but it's not all Fernando! I said this last week: the whole team is struggling. Plus I don't think Fernando is back at full fitness anyway. And Roy Hodgson isn't doing anything!!! He isn't trying to switch formations around a little bit to try and figure out if that might help the team work together better or anything of the sort, sooooooo……I don't know. I still have faith that Liverpool is going to get it together and finish in the top 10, or at the very least save themselves from relegation status.

        In the off chance that the January transfer window DOES see Fern moving to Barcelona, I'll be happy on the one hand bc I'm a Barca supporter, but sad bc I don't want him to end his time at Liverpool this way.

    • @DebStimson says:

      That was actually painful to watch. I guess I'm too spoiled by watching Barca, Spain & Real Madrid who make passing and ball control an art form. All I could think about when I saw Cole's crosses was, "and Stevie said Joe was as good as Messi?!".

      I did think they played better in the 2nd half…more specifically the last 15 minutes. Maybe Roy should think about playing with that formation more often.

      • Thea says:

        I think Roy needs to address the drugs the med staff are giving Torres – 'looking a bit confused' is kickette speak for out his tiny mind!

    • Summer says:

      I agree with you but I think that someone in the Liverpool has lost the reason and personally I don't know if he had one, but this someone is surely Roy Hodgson…Please my God listen to me, I pray for this everyday now, he MUST GO AWAY!!!