United v Arsenal, Barcelona v Shakhtar, Milan v Inter and more

The football community is abuzz with last Tuesday’s unexpected episode of hooliganism at Upton Park, the Championship League draw, and some excellent football matches this weekend. There’s also the ‘over-the-top’ outrage at Eduardo winning a soft penalty against Celtic and for our money, the press has in the past and always will make a mountain out of nothing for a story.

Of course, this mountain has moved UEFA to do the ‘PC’ thing and ban Eduardo for 2 games. It’s not a witch-hunt but Eduardo has been made an example out of for the rest of the Champions League season. Let’s see if it has any impact on diving this year.

On to today’s links:

Hooliganism in football
Did fans of Westham and Millwall displayed uncharacteristic violence last Tuesday? Blogger Neil Jones argues that hooliganism is still rife among fans of the national sport and that authorities should put more measures to ensure that such mob rule don’t happen again.

Portsmouth’s away kit released
Canterbury has launched the Portsmouth Away Kit for the 2009-2010 season. Meanwhile we get a peak at Sunderland’s Away Kit.

No more transfers for Liverpool
Managing Director Purslow laid to rest any transfers rumors for the club after the Championship League draw. To see the Liverpool’s Championship League dates, click here.

A walk in the park for Arsenal
The Championship League draw saw Arsenal pitted against AZ Alkmaar, Olympiacos, and Standard Liege. Though these teams are champions in their own right, there is no way they will win against Arsenal.

Arsenal video galore
Scott the Red is having a fun time posting favorite videos of Arsenal games. So far he has posted four videos. Here’s the fourth one.

Soccerlens Podcast Episode 17
Stephen Darwin hosts the second episode of this season’s Soccerlens Podcast with guests Terry Duffelen and Chris Oakley of The Onion Bag and Some People Are On The Pitch.

Barcelona v Shakhtar Donetsk
Barcelona and Shakhtar Donetsk – last season’s Champions League and UEFA Cup winners respectively – square off in Monaco tonight. Will Barcelona continue their form from last season or suffer a dip, as United did at the start of last season after their double act of winning the league and european cup?

Manchester United v Arsenal
Some people seem to classify Arsenal as favourites here, so maybe United will go ahead and surprise / disappoint everyone by winning again?

AC Milan v Inter Milan
The Milan derby kicks off early in the season, but you can expect pundits to declare the season over for whoever loses this one. My money is on Inter losing before kicking on to beat all comers and make a mockery of Milan ambitions come May 2010. Unless Juve get in the way…

Transfer Rumors (28 August 09): Everton swoop for Dutch star Heitinga, Tottenham to swap Jenas for Inter's Muntari, West Ham land Diamanti, and more
Arsenal head to Old Trafford all Gunners blazing