The Cottagers | FM 2012

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  1. kgx2thez

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    2011-2012 EPL Preview:

    1. Manchester United: The Red Devils passed Liverpool into sole possession of the record for most English Premier League titles when they won their 19th last season. In addition, Man U made a great run in the Champions League, falling in the final to Barcelona, the team many are calling one of the best ever. With Paul Scholes and Edwin van der Saar both retiring, the Red Devils faced two holes that needed to be filled. For the goalkeeper position, Sir Alex Ferguson signed David de Gea from Athletico Madrid. Scholes will seemingly be replaced by committee, unless Fergie makes a last-minute play for Inter's Wesley Sneijder. With four world class strikers in Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov, and Michael Owen, combined with an immensely talented roster from top to bottom, Man U are the unquestioned favorites to repeat as champions of the Barclay's Premier League.


    2. Chelsea: With owner Roman Abromovich sacking manager Carlo Ancelotti last season, the Blues have a new 33-year-old manager named Andre Villas-Boas. Villas-Boas led Porto to the Portugese League title as well as the Europa League crown last season, and comes with a plan to revolutionize the preparation, tactics, and player behavior at Stamford Bridge. It will be fascinating to see how the team responds to a coach who is literally the same age as some of his players, such as Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba. Chelsea have looked very impressive in the preseason, and if 50-million-pound man Fernando Torres can round into form, the Blues might just make a run at the title.

    3. ArsenalL: With summer transfer speculation running rampant concerning Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, many expect Arsenal to take a small step backwards this season. However, those two guys look like they may be staying, especially Nasri, who many feel is even more important to the side then Fabregas, the club's captain. With those two back and newly signed Gervinho added to the mix up top, Arsenal will once again have a deep roster full of underrated players. Jack Wilshere was a revelation in the central midfield last season, and with him and the likes of Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott still in London, the Gunners could surprise a lot of people this campaign.

    4. Liverpool: This summer has been one of the most optimistic for Liverpool fans in years. Coming off a strong finish to last season under new manager Kenny Dalglish, the Reds have been revitalized and look to be in contention for Champions League qualification again. With Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, and Jordan Henderson all brought in to help strengthen the midfield, Liverpool has what it takes to contend in the Premiership. However, giving up three goals in each of its preseason matches has raised some red flags about the defense, which will either have to improve or be bolstered via the transfer market. In addition, club captain Steven Gerrard will be out the first month of the season, as he has been plagued by injuries of late, and without him the midfield isn't the same.

    5. Manchester City: City has been in the middle of the Carlos Tevez drama as the Argentine has sought to ply his trade somewhere other than England. With or without Tevez, Roberto Mancini's side is in great shape with the recent signing of Sergio Aguero. Look for City to battle all season long for a spot in the top four, but its extra Champions League games could wear out the side and keep it on the outside looking in.

    6. Tottenham Hotspur: The Spurs made a magical run in the Champions League last season, but as a result, their domestic play suffered. The goalkeeper position is a question mark, but with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric manning the midfield, the Spurs are a young and talented side that is ready to challenge for the Champions League spots again.

    7. Sunderland: Having a manager who is good friends with Sir Alex Ferguson certainly helps when you want some very good players who are not in Fergie's plans. To that end, Sunderland have captured former Red Devils Wes Brown and John O'Shea, who will help upgrade the side's defense. The Black Cats have the best chance of any team not amongst the six favorites to make a surprise coup of a Champions League place, although the odds of that happening remain very unlikely.

    8. Everton: Everton has ignored keeper Tim Howard's and fans' pleas for the addition of a few players to improve the side. Still, the Merseyside club is experienced and hungry. Look for Leighton Baines to continue his brilliant play from the left back position as Everton finishes in the top half of the table.

    9. Fulham: Led by American Clint Dempsey, Fulham will look to make a surprise jump up the table. However, the places above it will be hard to reach considering the talented teams that occupy it, but Fulham still should finish in the top half of the standings at the very least.

    10. Aston Villa: The Villains have seen their two best players transferred out in Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, but Darren Bent, keeper Shay Given, and newly acquired Charles N'Zogbia will help cushion the blow of losing those stars.

    11. Bolton: Bolton is an up-and-coming side whose marquee player is U.S. international Stuart Holden. Even though Stu missed the end of last season after being on the wrong end of a nasty challenge, he was still named the club's player of the year. With Holden healthy, the Wanderers are primed to improve on last year's 14th-place finish.

    12. West Bromwich Albion: West Brom conceded the second most goals of all EPL teams last season but still managed an 11th-place finish. With former Man U keeper Ben Foster being loaned in to guard the net, look for the goals against number to decrease significantly.

    13. Stoke City: Last season, Stoke made a surprisingly run all the way to the FA Cup final. Almost all the key players from that side are returning, meaning a mid-table finish should be in the cards for the Potters.

    14. Newcastle: With Andy Carroll, Joey Barton, and Kevin Nolan all gone from St. James Park and more key players likely to follow, Newcastle looks to be sliding down the table. A finish in the top half of the table seems highly unlikely at this point.

    15. Wigan: Despite finishing last season just three points above the relegation line, Wigan may be a team on the rise under manager Roberto Martinez. Still, with Charles N'Zogbia off to Aston Villa and Tom Cleverley back at Man U, it won't be a cakewalk for Wigan to stay up this season.

    16. Queens Park Rangers: With the team's playmaker Adel Taarabt seemingly staying at QPR, the Rangers have a chance to stay up. The likes of EPL veterans Kieron Dyer and Danny Shittu will help the squad with their experience, but limited spending in the transfer market has them in danger of going right back down to the championship.

    17. Norwich City: Norwich City has been quietly piecing together a decent roster that could win some games in the Premiership. Former Everton youngster James Vaughan should have a breakout campaign in his first season as a Canary.

    18. Blackburn: The Rovers went into free-fall last season after the club's new owners sacked manager Sam Allardyce. The club went from a middle of the table team to a relegation fighter. With Christopher Samba likely on his way out and no fresh talent coming in, the Rovers will likely continue their fall, this time all the way down.

    19. Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Wolves barely escaped relegation last season, and many pundits thought they deserved to go down. Without much action on the transfer front, they might meet their doom this season.

    20. Swansea City: By winning the championship playoff, the Swans became the first ever Welsh team to earn promotion to the Premiership. However, everyone knows how tough it is for new teams to stay up, and the Swans will have their work cut out for them.
     
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    With 3 competitions ahead of them, Fulham will need to keep a deep squad but who will start up top?

    Coming off broken leg last year, Boob Zamora seems the odds-on favorite to start up-top but who will provide the support? Newcomer Bryan Ruiz will battle it out with Andrew Johnson and Moussa Dembele for the support striker role. American Clint Dempsey has also shown the ability to play up-top but more than likely his services will be needed on the right wing.

    In the midfield will aging captain Danny Murphy hold up for another year or will Steve Sidwell finally realize his fill potential. Swiss international Patjim Kasami was added to the side to interject some youth but will his lack of inexperience prove fatal to the Cottagers. Slow and steady Simon Davies is always ready when called upon.

    The backline may be aging but experience will prove beneficial as Fulham look to repeat their success across Europe. Ex-Arsenal CB Senderos looks to exercise his demons as regular action awaits. Brene Hagaland and John Riise also will be counted upon but an apparent lack of pace will require an organized back-line at all times.

    In-between the posts Mr Reliable Mark Schwarzer is back. Despite being 38, Schwarzer has not even discussed retirement and plans on playing until at least 2014 at which time he will be 41.
     
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    Fulham looked very organized today in defense but their attack left a lot to be desired as they only managed a few quality shots on target. "We defended well but in the league we're going to need to show more creativity moving forward or else we're going to be left in the dust." said manager Carlos Strong.

    The Cottagers open up with London nemesis Arsenal at Craven Cottage. Striker Bobby Zamora knows what lies ahead; "They are going to be looking to start the season off on the right foot. Contending for a Champions League side means they can't afford many slip-ups and we know we're going to have to be at our best to take points off them."

    Defender John Riise is concerned about their pace, "They moved a little bit from the possession based game to speed on the counter with Gervinho & Walcott. Now they have Arteta to play them into space on the flank so they will be extra dangerous."



    Breaking News: With the international duty right before Matchday 1, winger Theo Walcott has picked up a knock as well as Dutch ST Robin Van Persie. Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger already seems in midseason complaining form as he questioned FIFA for scheduling friendlies before the start of the domestic season., "Ehhhhhh, why they do this? No one knows."
     
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    Dammit, KG. You are making me look bad with that PVR.
     
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    Lemme know if you need me to convince Mrs. Prez

    I still have the video of your goal from the 1st BAL match you played with me, Blax, and Kodiak.
     
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    lol how would you convince, Mrs. Prez?

    Loving all of the chises so far.
     
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    LOL. Not like that man.

    I would show her that her husband could turn into the next youtube sensation with just this simple purchase. Then I would throw in there something about kids and how this can save memories. Women eat that **** up

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    Fulham shown-up by their crosstown neighbors

    When it comes to the football hierarchy in London Fulham is still on the outside looking in. Despite absences from key players such as Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott, and Thomas Vermaellen the Gunners were able to easily snatch 3 points at Craven Cottage. New addition Gervinho broke the tie in the 19th minute when he pounced on a parried shot by Mikel Arteta. Fulham keeper Mark Scwarzer was unable to deal with the shot and the Brazilian was the first to react. Fulham would buckle down on defense until the 67th minute when CB Squillaci got a foot to a deflected header off an Arsenal corner. Fulham's backline had trouble all day dealing with the height of Squillaci & Per Mertesacker on set pieces. 10 minutes later Arsenal would put the match even further out of reach after Mertesacker beat Steve Sidwell on a corner. It was credited as an own goal but Mertersacker battled an outmatched Sidwell."It was a poor job of marking. A player of Per's size should never be matched up with Sidwell. Per is going to win that battle 9 times out of 10. Offensively we didn't create enough chances. We were playing on the backfoot all day and they carved us up. We'll learn from it and move on" said Manager Carlos Strong.



    Up next will be a visit from Wigan. It's early in the season but Fulham needs to take all 3 from clubs like Wigan if they want to finish mid-table.
     
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