Saturday 20 June
Spain and South Africa progress from their group in the confederations cup despite Spain’s 2-0 win over the hosts.
Ivory Coast’s big lad up front, Didier Drogba scored their third in a 3-2 win away to previously unbeaten Burkina Faso. Michael Essien’s Ghana beat Sudan 2-0 away.
Meanwhile Nigeria with Obi John back in the side drew with Tunisia to keep their qualification realistic, the 0-0 means Tunisia are still above them with the North Africans in Nigeria next.
Sunday 21 June
Italy contrived to lose out to the USA in South Africa, the world champions lost 3-0 to Brazil while the US won by the same score against Egypt. Meaning the USA and Brazil qualify from their group.
Monday 22 June
Germany U21 1:1 EnglandU21
Mancienne back in the side had to wait four minutes to lose his marker and let Germany score. He was more assured thereafter and a Jack Rodwell goal levelled things as both teams progress.
Glen Johnson signed up with Liverpool, ungrateful so and so, and so we’ll be looking for new right-backs on the open market.
Chelsea formally appealed against Bosingwa and Drogba’s laughable bans. Uefa will increase them as punishment for not kowtowing to their iron will. Our only chance of the European cup now is to slip into an alternate universe where the football authorities allow a level playing field.
Ben Sahar, once voted most promising, has moved to Espanyol for the usual undisclosed fee. If you want to know how much you’ll have to wait for the accounts in November.
ESPN have taken up Setanta’s discarded Premiership rights, Sky should be worried if they manage to make a go if it they are big enough to bid for the bulk of the broadcasting on four years time.
Tuesday 23 June
Daniel Sturridge will join from Manchester City with the fee to be fixed by tribunal. Manchester City are asking for a ‘development fee’ of £10m. John Bostock you’ll recall moved from Crystal Palace to Tottenham for a development fee of £700,000 perhaps the tribunal will be somewhere in the middle.
Florent Malouda has signed a new four-year deal with Chelsea it keeps him at the club until he is 33.
Wednesday 24 June
Spain’s unbeaten spell is over as they are crushed by the mighty USA 2-0 in their semi-final. Be thankful we are on the beach and not being humiliated by America. Meanwhile Milan have received a ‘monster offer’ for Alexandre Pato but have turned it down. While ‘monster’ makes it sounds like Eric Hall is working in Italy nowadays, Milan insist that Pato is going nowhere and have offered him an extended deal.
Meanwhile Nicolas Burdisso the Inter centre-half has denied he is going to be swapped for Ricardo Carvalho. He is another happy to sign an extension rather than come to Chelsea. No one likes us, we don’t care.
Thursday 25 June
The new away shirt for next season looks decidedly ropey, dark blue and black hoops is not bad in itself but they’ve sicked on more of their fluorescent yellow stripes, logo and badge.
Brazil beat confederations cup hosts, South Africa, with a fluky late free-kick to book their place in the final with the USA.
Friday 26 June
England U21 beat Sweden on penalties, which Psycho had them practicing obsessively to prove what a twat all the previous England managers have been, of course practicing makes it easier.
The game wasn’t bad either; England raced into a fortunate 3-0 lead and the Swedes booed off their brave boys at the break. The booing worked as Sweden stormed back to level at 3-3 and had the chances to win in extra-time. England will play Germany again in the final on Sunday as they beat Italy 1-0 in the other semi.
Sunday 28 June
Luiz Felipe Scolari has been speaking out about the lack of respect he received from players: “The coach, at the vast majority of European clubs, has no strength to contradict them. It doesn’t matter what the coach says if they do not listen to him. Yet the people sacked are always the coaches. The main players already know this. That was my problem at Chelsea. Drogba, Ballack and Cech did not accept my training methods or my demands”.
Meanwhile the confederations cup bored its way to a conclusion with the USA storming into a 2-0 lead before, inevitably, losing 3-2 to Brazil. If the US can stretch them this easily we should have nothing to fear next summer but frostbite.
It is a task to summarise the papers today but here goes: Daniel Sturridge, Ross Turnbull and Yuri Zhirkov are all expected to move in this week. Deco and Ricardo Carvalho will rejoin Mourinho at Internazionale. Bayern Munich will bid for Jose Bosingwa. New contracts will be discussed with Ashley Cole, Michael Essien, Drogba and Joe Cole; only Joe Cole might be sold.