I am a 16 year old boy, who is currently studying in year 11. I have an opinion on most topics, but am most knowledgeable on football. Aside from school and family, football is my main passion and any formidable career relating to it would would be my hypothetical dream.
I spend some of my spare time writing articles, which can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/ben_dewison123
Feel free to contact me regarding any pressing issues or questions, or just a general chat. I am always open.
Well, since he knows that our team isn't that great, and struggled two years back when we were in C Grade, we have to play tight, keep our shape defensively and have strong team spirit. TBH we can't really think of playing such pretty football if we want to get to the knockout stages- we have to simply get stuck in, battle to the death and take our chances. We normally play 4-2-3-1 or 4-5-1, sometimes 4-4-2.
And what are your thoughts on England's group in the World Cup? Do you still think you will progress through to the knockout stages? Do you think you can beat Uruguay? It's gonna be well tough for you, and if you go through you will face either Colombia, Japan (my sleeper team for the WC) or the Ivory Coast, who are all quality opponents. Are you any bit optimistic about the World Cup now?
Yeah my top 10 is completely changed now:
1) Man City
4) Man United
11) West Brom
Cannot see United finishing anything above that 4th after that shambolic performance. Starting to wonder if Moyes isn't ready for such a big job...
Sorry, Ben. I have been very busy and wanted to take some time out to respond properly not with a small reply.
I'm fine, good that you're well too.
That's a good point, I don't think it's a mentality problem either but it'll take time. You're making it sound like it's a lot worse than it is tbh, I feel you're playing well!
Yeah I felt bad for Bromwich after those two recent decisions, it was actually awful. But there's nothing that can be done about it.
An apology? What good is an apology going to do? Will you honestly feel better if the ref apologised? I don't think so, mate.
I get the justification point, and I agree with that completely. I'm not in favour of video replay either because it takes the talking point away, I actually like the controversy, plus it'll slow the tempo down, definitely wouldn't work with Footie.
I was so gutted with that Chelsea result, but tbh did you expect anything from that game? I would've been happy with a point at Chelsea and I'm a United fan!
You summed the game up perfectly, it really was a fun game to watch, mainly because you outplayed them in every department.
Yeah I remember that Sessegnon miss, wow. Not sure why Lambert is getting so much praise to be honest, why didn't those players start??
I'm watching the Newcastle match now actually, it's been a decent game so far. Newcastle have improved loads since last year. They've always had the team but now they look like a real force. Just in time to play West Brom and United next week haha.
Regarding the title race, I agree. It's a tough one. Arsenal impress me more and more every week. I keep saying they'll drop soon but they never do!
United are just so inconsistent. Cardiff followed by that Bayer L game? Sums it up really.
Yeah i was about to say you forgot So'ton!!
So, would you be happy with 11th? I feel since the competition is tougher than ever that's a decent finish but top half should be your goal. What'd you think?
My top 10:
1) Man City
2) Man United
10) West Brom
So'ton starting to loose their steam. They could be 8th by tomorrow!
Hello Ben! Hows it going so far? You seem to be fairly busy right now. I could tell by the fact you take longer to reply my posts on you wall. I presume you must be doing your mock exams now! It must be as the Year 11's in my school are having theirs, as well as the Year 10 First Language Chinese class.
Just wondering, Do you ever watch TV shows on the BBC, or some sort of London TV, such as Strictly Come Dancing? Or do you ever watch well known American comedy drama serials, such as How I met your mother or the big Bang theory?
What were your thoughts on the game vs Villa, your local rivals, where you squandered a two-goal lead? No need to give me the tactical insight btw, not necessary ;)
And finally, this year's B Grade football team played our first match on Thursday, against St. Joseph College. Unfortunately, everything went horribly, horribly wrong: Our starting goalie (who is second choice btw) got sent off after a couple of minutes, which was utter bullshit: the ball merely touched his elbow outside the box, which was accidental, and the original ball was offside in the first place. That set us on the way to a crushing 7-1 defeat, which was pretty inevitable. The second and third goal were from the halfway line, where they caught our keeper (obviously a different one) off the line and chipped him, and the first and fifth goals were also avoidable. Good news is that I did get to play, for 7 minutes as the third substitute: I won two tackles and made a dribble. You can check the fixtures so far here:
Hi Ben, it's been a while since we wrote to one another. Just saying hi, hope you're well.
So, what'd you make of West Brom's season so far?
That last game against Chelsea was a real shame, I bet Steve Clarke would've loved to end Jose's streak at home!
Confident about tomorrow's game?
2 weeks ago I saw my team live beating the in form Arsenal, and just now, I saw my team matched by a side who got promoted recently. Did you catch the game by any chance?
So annoyed that we conceded and can't figure out why this team isn't gelling, especially after having such a good win in our last game!
Last week, I was asking around to a few people, wondering what the top 10 will be in their opinion, and I haven't got the same answer at all from 15 different people haha. So, I'll ask you what's your prediction for the top 10 this season?
What were your thoughts on England's losses to Chile and Germany? Did you watch the matches live? Did England play badly? I know neither games were good in England's perspective but apparently they weren't that terrible either.
And what are your thoughts on England fans and media? What they piss me off is that when there is apparent potential, they go all hyping up on the team, and then ALWAYS find a scapegoat whenever they screw up or lose in a major tournament. ALWAYS. They then scrutinize and attack the team and the manager like there is no tommorow after praising them like mad before. They also like to target United players, and use England games to hate on United (see Stand up if you hate Man U)
And are you looking forward to the World Cup as a whole next year? I am! I'm sure it's going to be really competitive and tight, with possibly 3-4 teams that could win it. Think it will be Brazil though. However the World Cup I really look forward to is a WC in which my country participates in!
I am not a fan of winter transfers, either. And I extremely doubt we will get a star, or any player over 10 million, during January. Perez has, time and again, stated his desire to wait for the summer, due to the massive amount spent for Bale's signature.
-Iker Casillas: I massively disagree with you here. Massively. San Iker is a club legend. He deserves the best. He has experience, leadership, fan favorite status, academy player who everyone envies, club icon. Now, of course, no player is bigger than the club. And I firmly believe Casillas has learned that lesson, from his benching.
But Iker IS a quality keeper, IFFHS 5x keeper of the year. And it is totally unfair to limit him to cup competitions. I actually believe that it is politics (i.e. Ancelotti trying to assert his dominance) that is keeping Iker benched.
Credit to Diego Lopez. He has saved us time and again, and I am very grateful towards him. And I'm not saying to eliminate him from the picture completely, just put him back to second keeper. His positioning has been susceptible this year, with people consistently saying it's the "defense's fault".
And, to be honest, Casillas only had about 3 bad games last year, on top of a handful of okay performances. I think Lopez's competition would have done him good to not be complacent. You saw what he could do against Juve, and that's only with 2 full games played. Imagine if he's match fit every week.
Alvaro Arbeloa-I wouldn't mind having Arbeloa staying. He is a solid backup. He is defensively minded. And he isn't exactly good, but he isn't exactly doing any harm as a backup. And when he's deployed as a leftback, he does excellently for some reason.
Pepe-I agree. He should be sold while some clubs would still offer a hefty sum (City offered 15.5 million pounds this summer). Although he could be solid on his day, and ,like Arbeloa, wouldn't complain TOO much if he stayed.
-Fabio Coentrao-For RM's sake, I hope we keep Fabio. He is a top 10 leftback, in my honest opinion. He is very good and has a good connection with Ronaldo on the left flank. He is also defensively sound unlike a fellow Brazilian. But for his sake, he should leave. The fans don't exactly appreciate/like him. He hates it in Madrid. His hefty transfer fee is bearing down on him in all the wrong ways.
-I would've agreed that Benzema's time was up a month ago. But we have all seen what he is capable of now. He isn't lazy. He works harder than the average forward, it's just that his linkup play is his strong suit...not his finishing. And if we get a top striker, Benzema would be a PERFECT intermediate between Morata and (let's just assume Suarez) Suarez. I'd say if you took finishing out of his game, he is one of the best forwards in the world. By the way, even when he has frustrated me this season, I never doubted his ability, just his crappy form which has been a little extended.
I just read that article that you linked me. Very interesting indeed. The problem with that is that United fans could be a bit fickle sometimes. And I doubt that they would react kindly to David Moyes if he chooses a cheaper gem over an established star. As you and I both know, football fans can be a bit impatient in today's times for a big team. But if Moyes wants to get him, then best of luck! Hopefully, Nick Powell gets some time as well. He is a delight to watch.
Cheers for the article and comment!
Hey, Ben. No problem about the fans thing, didn't want to give you a false impression.
Here's my ideal essentials for RM to address:
-A top striker. However, I don't want to hinder Alvaro Morata's progress. So if we could have a striker/Benzema/Morata, I would be fine with that. Even a striker/Morata would be fine.
-Ilkay Gundogan. If Alonso leaves, I think it would be a perfect opportunity to get Gundogan. We would have Modric, Illarramendi, Gundogan, Khedira, Jose, Casemiro. Sounds like a lot, but Real Madrid's season tends to be very long. I'd have Gundogan/Modric and Khedira starting.
-We have Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Nacho Fernandez, and Raphael Varane. One more center back wouldn't hurt. Preferably from the academic setup. I would have liked Inigo Martinez, but he has been awful this season. What we need in defense is for Ramos to grow up. He lacks concentration, discipline, a cool head, and composure. He is also very complacent. If Ramos could be a leader tactically (fantastic leader emotionally), he would command his defense to hold its line. But Ramos is too erratic. He has the talent to be a top, top, top CB, not the mentality, unfortunately. If Ramos could become a Kompany or Terry or Puyol or Vidic, that would be perfect. He is still young for a CB, though.
Those are my MAIN issues as of right now.
Here would be my ideal XI.
Carvajal- Ramos- Varane- Marcelo
Bale- Isco- Ronaldo
or a 4-3-3
Carvajal- Ramos- Varane- Marcelo
Modric- Gundogan- Khedira
Bale- *striker*- Ronaldo
Ben, what did you think of your draw against Chelsea? How disappointed were you at the referee, and do you feel very hard done by? I think you should be. It was not a penalty and you guys should have had the win!
Are England games telecast live on free-to-air TV in the UK or do you have to get Sky Sports or ITV to watch them?
And also, what are your thoughts on the FIFA World Rankings? My opinion is that it's absolute bullshite. How Switzerland are can be in the top 8, how Colombia can be 4th, how the Phillipines can be above Thailand and Singapore, how Myannmar can be above us.... bollocks.
BTW I take a look at your scribid articles, and I think they're pretty impressive! Really not bad considering you are still in Year 11! They were very well articulated, and shows strong knowledge. Honestly, go apply for a place in Daily Mail, or Daily Mirror- think you would improve the quality by writing for them!
No problem, mate.
Oh, trust me, the Real Madrid fans are jewels. They are passionate (no denying that), loud, and they do supply support and the $$$$$$. And I agree, the description is a bit harsh. But I wasn't blaming the fans themselves, just their idealogy.
Real Madrid fans constantly call for the head of the manager (more often than not in less than 2 seasons). They always boo a player when things don't go to plan. Mind, Cristiano was booed constantly despite racking up goals in the 40's and 50's. Obviously that isn't the case anymore, yet Benzema is now feeling the wrath of the fans. And cheering "WE WANT BALE!" at Carvajal's, Casemiro's, and Illarramendi's opening ceremonies isn't exactly classy.
Of course, sometimes it is nice to get the odd Galactico. But when fans constantly believe that arranging a world XI will earn stability in less than a year, that's when the line has to be drawn.
Apologies if I came across as harsh, in no way shape/form am I implying that the fanbase is bad. Quite the contrary, actually (many a time Bernabeu is sold out). I love the passion, the passion from the Ultras Sur to the fans who come from around the globe. But the fans' unceremonius thinking towards the way football works is really affecting the club. I sincerely believe that since Real is a 'big club' that it is unfortunately the inevitable.
Either way, Florentino Perez needs to go. Despite RM being a democratic football club, he is the source of irritation and ire. He is the one making the decisions.