Late at night on Sunday — April 18th, 2021 — as most football fans across Europe were getting ready to lie down in bed with dreams of new success at home and abroad, twelve of the biggest association football clubs in the world all announced that they were forming their own isolated European ‘Super League.’Continue reading “The ‘Super’ League: The Beautiful Game is Gone [UPDATE]”
The following post was written on June 3rd, 2016.
Chelsea Football Club must learn from the mistakes of 2015/2016. It was an embarrassing season for the club. The club, then managed by club legend José Mourinho, was unable to put up a fight in the first half of the season, and Guus Hiddink steadied the ship in the latter half. Chelsea Football Club finished as the tenth best team in the Premier League just one year after they won the title. Absolutely awful.
Now, Chelsea won’t participate in any continental club competition, and their former manager, José Mourinho, has signed with rivals Manchester United. But there were some highlights at the end of the season. Talents like Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham got some playing time with the first team squad, Antonio Conte signed on to manage Chelsea, and club captain John Terry has extended his stay at Chelsea Football Club.
Continue reading “Chelsea F.C. 2016/2017: Antonio Conte & John Terry”
I don’t often write about sports on this blog anymore. It has to be something significant for me to sit down and write some of my thoughts on the matter. Sometimes I’ve previewed or reviewed a season, and sometimes I’ve said goodbye to a legend of a certain sport or team. This post is a mixture of what I’ve done before. I’ll mention how the season has gone for Chelsea, how the future might be for Chelsea, and, angrily, write about what the club is currently in the process of doing. Continue reading “Awful. Upsetting. Disgusting. – The Future of Chelsea F.C.?”
We are counting down what seems to be the final hours of Petr Čech’s Chelsea FC playing career. Rumors and papers suggest that he’ll be staying in London, they suggest that he’ll be playing for Arsenal for the next couple of seasons – thus making a rival a true title-contender. This is a sad rumor, which I suspect to be true, but in the end we have to respect his decision. For this isn’t him saying he’d rather play at Arsenal. No, this is him saying he’d rather play than be on the bench. Continue reading “#ThankYouČech – A Tribute to Petr Čech”
Chelsea were the champions, which, of course, pleases me. They were on top from the start, and they, we, completely deserve it. But this season also marks the end of three great Premier League careers.
Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard end their Premier League careers, and will now go to the United States to take over the Major League Soccer. As a surprise on the last day of the season, Didier Drogba also revealed that it would be his very last game for Chelsea Football Club. Three great legends. Continue reading “REVIEW: English Premier League 2014/2015”
Last year, I introduced 17 categories – one of which has been discontinued, or at least not considered for the nomination process, this year (PlayStation Vita Game of the Year). This year, I’ll present the following list of categories, which does include new categories:
- Biggest Entertainment Disappointment of the Year
- PlayStation 3 Game of the Year
- PlayStation 4 Game of the Year
- PC/Mac Game of the Year
- Nintendo Game of the Year
- Best Performance by a Voice Actor in a Gaming Experience
- Overall Game of the Year
- Superhero Film of the Year
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Superhero Film
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Superhero Film
- Superhero of the Year
- Superheroine of the Year
- Movie of the Year
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Cinematic Experience
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Cinematic Experience
- Best Performance in Directing a Cinematic Experience
- Best Performance in Writing a Cinematic Experience
- Television Show of the Year
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Show
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Show
- Song of the Year
- Chelsea FC Player of the Year
- Chicago Bears Player of the Year
- FC Copenhagen Player of the Year
- Overall Performance of the Year
A total number of 25 categories. 25 winners to be announced today. Please be aware that cinematic and gaming release dates are based on the Danish theaters, so, films from 2014 that premiere in 2015 (in Denmark), won’t be considered for the I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards-announcement. First, let’s dive into some gaming-related awards…
Quite possibly the biggest sporting national football/soccer league is about to begin in twenty different Premiership stadiums. Three newcomers await their chances to prove their talent, two experienced managers are ready for their revenge and one new coach looks out at the league unimpressed – ready to unveil his revamped Manchester United squad. This is the English Premier League – we’re back folks. In this article I’ll look at the four biggest teams challenging last year’s winners Manchester City – as well as give several predictions for the season, including a predicted league table. I’ll be starting off with a look at this year’s Community Shield winners – Arsenal.
Last season felt disastrous for Arsenal, especially with Wenger’s 1000th game (the 6-0 loss to Chelsea, in case you’ve forgotten) – but it was actually a pleasant surprise for Arsenal fans, who got in a comfortable position in the league, while taking their first trophy in a very long time. They capped it off last weekend by winning the Community Shield against Manchester City. They’re extremely happy at the Emirates – but they need to remember that Manchester City didn’t have the likes of Zabaleta, Agüero, Negredo, Lampard and Joe Hart in their squad – while Arsenal really only missed Mertesacker and Özil.
Now, Arsenal did win 3-0 against Man City – and they do have a very good squad in place; especially now that they’ve added the likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez to the squad. However, with last year’s league results in mind – they’ve not improved more than their rivals have. Now even Tottenham and Everton could be vying for their spot in the top.
♦Is It Over For Gerrard?
Last season was heartbreaking for The Reds – and though they never walked alone, their tears were plentiful. They let it slip out of their hands, and now the title seems farther away from them with Luis Suarez gone to Barcelona. Will this then be the swift return out of the top 4? Or can they fight back, and retain a fine placement in the top? Personally, I would feel very happy with the moves they’ve made if I were a fan of the Merseyside Reds – and the fact that they’ve tapped most of the talent out of Southampton is both scary and fascinating. I have the Reds finishing in the top yet again, and that’s due to a great coach that is still controlling the Kop through his personally-designed system, first unveiled to the Premiership during his stint at Swansea. This will probably be a very good season for the former top team.
♦United Back On Top?
Look at his grin. While I may not be a fan of his new team, or the man himself, one has to respect his managerial talent and his mind. This man fooled everyone when he subbed in his reserve goalkeeper in the World Cup in Brazil – only to have him ready for the Penalty Shootout. It worked, and he skillfully became the envy of most clubs. Now he will begin his adventure in the best league in the world – taking hold of the Manchester United squad. A team in need of a fresh feeling. He’s brought in a lot of people to help the team succeed. Personally, I feel that he’s rushing things by bringing in these new players in new surroundings without knowing the team himself. He’s changing the formation as well, thus making limited strides with the in-house players. He needs to work with players like Kagawa and Mata, not bring in a ton of his own players – for this team was set-up right with Sir Alex Ferguson.I feel that the team will improve from last year, but that it still won’t be enough of an improvement to push off the top teams. They’re still a step behind the two oil-clubs, and don’t have the player-for-player advantage in surroundings that Merseyside does. However, they’ve improved much more than Arsenal has – and they should finish higher than them.
♥Mourinho’s Finally Ready
José Mourinho said goodbye to Chelsea Legends like Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, and is ushering in Atletico players left and right. This means that they know eachother, and will have an easier way of adapting to their surroundings. Adding to that, Chelsea has gotten younger – and added two huge stars in Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.
Having seen all of their Pre-Season games, I can tell that they’ve improved their ball-pressure; and have reworked their possession tactics. However, some things just don’t work – including their 3-man defense when attempting to play an offensive 3-6-1. Their main formations are still 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3, but they work with more fluidity now. Their team has improved.
The following is a list of bold predictions I’ve thought long and hard about. The list of predictions includes a league table I’ve tried to think out, along with projected points for each team.
- Arsenal Sacks Wenger – My first bold prediction is that Arsenal will finally fire their legendary manager Arsène Wenger during their season, or as a result at the end of the year.
- Liverpool Won’t Miss Suarez – I predict that Daniel Sturridge and Coutinho will score and assist at a higher number than that of the total of Suarez last year.
- Left Back Will Be The Weak Link For Van Gaal – I predict that Luke Shaw will fail in his first year at Manchester United, and it will lead to problems on the left flank for the red side of Manchester.
- Blue Topscorer – I predict that Diego Costa from Chelsea will become the topscorer for the Premier League.
- Predicted League Table:
1. Chelsea Football Club – 103pts.
2. Manchester City – 97pts.
3. Liverpool Football Club – 85pts.
4. Manchester United – 77pts.
5. Tottenham Hotspur – 75pts.
6. Everton – 72pts.
7. Arsenal – 70pts.
8. Newcastle – 54pts.
9. Stoke City – 49pts.
10. West Ham Utd – 43pts.
11. West Bromwich Albion – 40pts.
12. Aston Villa – 33pts.
13. Swansea City – 32pts.
14. Sunderland – 30pts.
15. Leicester City – 29pts.
16. Southampton – 20pts.
17. Queens Park Rangers – 19pts.
18. Crystal Palace – 18pts.
19. Hull City – 17pts.
20. Burnley – 16pts.
Today’s date will forever feel sad to me. June 2nd 2014. It is the day that Frank James Lampard has confirmed that he is leaving Chelsea Football Club. I started watching football in the early 2000s, and became a fan of hometown heroes FC Copenhagen. But it felt more like a local team than my team. You have to understand that I was not a football fan per se, seeing as my father never watched sports – it was all up to me to find something to care about, as my father was constantly working or spending his free time enjoying film after film – the birth of my cinematic interest.
Along came Frank Lampard. I had always loved the English culture, and had been raised somewhat as if I was English – ‘Mary had a little lamb’ etc. was what my parents gave me and my sister – not something Danish. An English team seemed natural. In that time Peter Schmeichel was still supported heavily in Denmark, and therefore people always wanted me to support Manchester United. I did not. Neither did I note that Chelsea Football Club had signed Danish winger, Jesper Grønkjær – a man who, undoubtedly, is to blame for early coverage of Chelsea in the media.
Frank Lampard was signed by Chelsea Football Club in June 2001, 13 years ago, and his resemblance to Lee Ryan of the Pop Group ‘Blue’ intrigued me. That was when I fell in love with how he played. Suddenly, almost over night, I had been turned into a Chelsea Football Club Fan solely because of Lampard. I even remember buying his autobiography ‘Totally Frank’ in the original language, even though I had little real English teaching. It strengthened my language skills, and thus has a major impact on my current study – English at the University of Copenhagen.
Since then he has become the best player in Chelsea Football Club history, the most scoring player for Chelsea, as well as a stellar example of intelligence and respect on the pitch. My faith in ‘super’ Frank Lampard was never lost, and thus my relationship with Chelsea grew. I became a fan, I fell in love with the team by proxy.
Today broadcaster Kay Burley tweeted the following statement from Frank Lampard, following rumours of him signing with New York City Football Club, a new Major League Soccer Team created by the owners of Manchester City:
“This club has become part of my life and I have so many to thank for the opportunity. Ken Bates who put his neck on the line to sign me as young player. Abramovich, the man who saved our club and took us to a new level. Special mention to all the staff and people behind the scenes who do not receive the glory. Finally and most importantly I would like to thank the Chelsea FC fans. I believe they are the greatest fans in world football. Whatever the next challenge I will always be among you and have Chelsea in my heart. Thank you for the memories Chelsea Football Club and keep making history!” – Frank Lampard statement, through Kay Burley.
I am forever grateful to Frank Lampard, and I wish him all the best in the future – I will always follow his career as a fan. The greatest footballer I have ever seen play – and I am truly thankful to have attended games in which he played – versus Copenhagen, Brøndby and Nordsjælland.
Thank you for everything Frank Lampard. A True Chelsea Legend – Forever and Always.
In the next few days, perhaps even hours, if you are lucky, I will be posting a blogpost regarding my personal picks for various ‘Awards’ for 2013. The I’m Jeffrey Rex Award Show will feature the following categories – do note that I have listed at least 2 nominees for each category:
- Playstation 3 Game of The Year 2013:
– The Last of Us.
– Grand Theft Auto V (5).
- Playstation 4 Game of The Year 2013:
– LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.
– Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.
- Playstation Vita Game of The Year 2013:
- PC/MAC Game of The Year 2013:
– Gone Home.
– Football Manager 2014.
- Overall Game of The Year 2013:
– The Last of Us.
– Grand Theft Auto V (5).
– Gone Home.
- Movie of The Year 2013:
– The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
– Jagten/The Hunt (Based on Danish/US Release Date).
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Cinematic Experience 2013:
– Mads Mikkelsen in Jagten/The Hunt.
– Simon Pegg in The World’s End.
– Martin Freeman in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Cinematic Experience 2013:
– Sandra Bullock in Gravity.
– Rinko Kikuchi in Pacific Rim.
– Amy Adams in Man of Steel.
- Best Performance in Directing a Cinematic Experience 2013:
– Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity.
– Peter Jackson for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
– Guillermo del Toro for Pacific Rim.
- Television Show of The Year 2013:
– Breaking Bad.
– Game of Thrones.
– House of Cards.
- Best Peformance by an Actor in a Television Show 2013:
– Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad.
– Kevin Spacey in House of Cards.
– Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal.
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Show 2013:
– Robin Wright in House of Cards.
– Vera Farmiga in Bates Motel.
– Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones.
- Song of The Year 2013:
– “Holy Grail” by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake.
– “Headlights” by Eminem featuring Nate Ruess.
- Chelsea FC Player of The Year 2013:
– Eden Hazard.
– Frank Lampard.
– Juan Mata.
- Chicago Bears Player of The Year 2013:
– Josh McCown, Backup Quarterback.
– Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver.
– Kyle Long, Offensive Lineman (Rookie).
- FC Copenhagen Player of The Year 2013:
– Nicolai Jørgensen.
– Rurik Gislason.
– Thomas Delaney.
- Overall Performance of The Year 2013:
– Creating The Last of Us, by Naughty Dog.
– Cinematographic and Directorial Achievement in Gravity, by Alfonso Cuarón & Emmanuel Lubezski.
– Excellence in writing Breaking Bad, by Vince Gilligan (Representing the Writing Staff)
*Do note that when dealing with movies, games and songs I nominate out of the pieces I have seen, played or listened to.
I will announce the winners in the next few days,
– I’m Jeffrey Rex