So much to discuss after yesterday, Blackpool in the EPL ! A fantastic achievement for everyone at the club and done on a tiny budget, ground capacity at Bloomfield Road is only 12,000, but I guess plans are already underway to get that increased before the start of the new season.
On a quick side note, Matthews and Mortensen might have enjoyed greater fame in their pomp, but no one is more loved at Blackpool than Jimmy Armfield, a true gentleman of the game. I have never understood why greater honours have never come his way and those that have, he has had to wait for. It took him 43 years to get his World Cup winners medal and he was finally awarded an OBE in 2000 and a CBE earlier this year. Although it would never occur to him to even think so, this was far too little too late for a man who has done an enormous amount not just for the club he loves, but his community and anyone that ever asked, it should have been a knighthood. Maybe the increased profile of Blackpool will put that right, look him up on wikipedia, James Christopher Armfield, gentleman footballer, a dying breed.
Jose Mourinho won another Champions League and he now has 16 major trophies, in eight years, at three clubs. He should have won a third CL title with Chelsea, but that is the only "blip" on a peerless record in the last decade. The special one will officially sign for Real Madrid this week, how that will work out goodness only knows, I am sure that he could win another european title with them, but that will probably mean totally changing Real's attack at all costs philosophy, on the plus side, it will also see the Madrid team with a balanced eleven and not just a group of galacticos. Guess the spanish giants and their fans will live with that for a while, but will soon tire of the entertainment on offer, if the titles do not flow better than the football.
Of course, maybe Mourinho will surprise us all yet again and win everything playing the beautiful game, but deep rooted in his soul is the belief that a 1-0 win is as good as a 6-1 victory, maybe better and that is not the Real way. One thing is for sure, all eyes will be on Madrid and that's the way Jose likes it !
Inter were a good winner for us yesterday and although you only have my word for this, I am in excellent form at the moment. Something I am looking to carry forward through the World Cup which starts in just 19 days time. I have already done an enormous amount of research on the competition and sent some friends my first notes on the tournament, which will be unlike any major football event ever played, this week. Doubtless I will share some of these thoughts with you in the coming weeks, but certainly do not want to post anything on an open forum at this stage.
I have just one selection (football) today, at very attractive odds of circa 3.40 and might post this online later this afternoon if there is time, but only have basic notes at the moment and I want to watch as much play as possible from Roland Garros and also prepare for what looks a very busy betting day tomorrow, so no promises.