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  1. Salomon Kalou

    It's official:
  2. Salomon Kalou

    I did some research on this in regard to Alex, psv's brazilian cb... I think examples best illustrate the process... Players who successfully got a work permit on appeal: Yakubu, Tim Howard, Alexander Hleb Players who were denied: Mark Gonzalez, Bobby Convey Interesting article on the issue: The Yakubu example is encouraging, as he did not make the national team due to extenuating circumstances (problems w the coach) which could be seen as similar to Kalou's situation... However, the Gonzalez example really worries me... According to this article gonzalez might have been turned down because the appeals board thought he would be a bit part player... PK and JM will have a hard time convincing anyone (myself included!), that Kalou will be any more than a bit part player if Shevchenko and Drogba are available in front of them...
  3. Salomon Kalou

    quote:Originally posted by akallasThere is an appeals process for players applying for work-permits in the UK. I don't know if it's similar to the Dutch naturalisation process which Kalou recently failed. id="quote"> id="quote">I was reading up about the appeals process in relation to PSV centre back Alex... If a player is considered of high enough quality then he can get a work permit without qualifying via international representation... The two examples I found were Tim Howard, who was considered of high enough quality and was granted a work permit, and Bobby Convey, who wasn't...
  4. Didier Drogba

    I wanted to make a few observations. I don't make them as moral or ethical observations, and don'tknow what to think about Drogba, just pragmatic comments. If these are incorrect can someone please explain why? 1. Given other teams, particularly in the cl, behave inappropriately against us (eg. barca/fulham surrounding the ref to get our players sent off), surely it would be silly for jm to ask his players not to act like this, and give a significant advantage to the opposition. Would any coach instruct his team to give up this advantage? 2. Assuming then, that chelsea players are not instructed to remove this from their game, it is not surprising that they are the most effective at using these tools to their advantage, just like they are best in most other respects in the league. 3. What incentive is there tfor coaches or players to eliminate this behaviour? Maradona and Di Canio are the two other examples in this thread. Di Canio won the fair play award in 2001, and doesn't seem to have damaged his legacy by diving. Maradona's legacy was improved immensely by cheating. Despite the wide coverage the hand of god received, surely it was a smart move as it led to him winning his only world cup. Perhaps if he had not done this, he would not be considered as much of a legend of football. Are there any examples of players or teams whose career/legacy has been spoilt by a history of diving/pressuring referees/etc?
  5. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    And I just realized we have the tightest defense in the youth league as well, with only 20 goals against in 24 matches!
  6. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Overall, we have the fourth best record: 52 Southampton 50 Aston Villa 48 Blackburn 47 Chelsea 45 West Ham 42 Leeds 42 Derby
  7. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Here it is: