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The 08/09 season has begun and as is becoming the nom, the pack are pretty close together, but as they all take turns beating each other, one team has built up a commanding lead.

To begin with, as there are more and more fictional players, here’s a quick look at the most valuable players in the transfer market in 2008

market 08I don’t know why the most valuable player on the game is playing for Boro, nor why he moved there from Leeds last season. It just doesn’t make any sense. He’s an Icelandic International and Boro are mid-table ish just like everybody else. Boro have failed to hit the ground running this season anyway and one of the few “original” managers has now been fired

bryan robson sackedWho could possibly replace him?

gillespie boroObvious replacement.

If it’s the older player that interests you, here are the most capped players in the World still playing

caps 08Oliseh and Gravesen have 110 caps each. Gary Neville has 100 caps exactly but Fergie has finally have enough of him and packed him off to Birmingham. Lokondo Mpenza is only 30 and has 96 Belgium caps, so he’ll end up with well over 130 I’d think.

Anyway, a couple of transfers to tell you about

hubchev to real storari to juve mikkelsen to barcaBig moves there, I’m particularly pleased to see the back of Hubchev. This also raised an eyebrow

martinez to meridaStill playing aged 35 but his first management gig.

The season kicks off with the Charity Shield – Hubchev scores for Villa in one of his final appearances before leaving for Real Madrid.

CS 08Villa take it on penalties, it’s an epic battle between 2 of the very few remaining original managers.

Meanwhile my league form starts atrociously. Marco breaks an ankle and Bochenski is getting on a bit, fortunately Austin Blades is back and I really need him to fire. Despite a rough start, we’ve recovered well and sit in the top 6, but it’s very close. Leeds, however, have stormed ahead, and look well placed to win back the title.

prem top nov 08Even at this stage, 9 points is a big lead. Their defence looks in great shape too, but as I found out it can all go very wrong very quickly. Boro are 9th which is apparently enough to see off Bryan Robson – a totally mad decision as far as I can see. Meanwhile, at the bottom:

prem bottom nov 08There’s as many points between 2nd and 16th as there is between 1st and 2nd. That’s going to take some sorting out in the coming months.

I’m in the UEFA Cup again, and a couple of wins against Lazio and Aab have out us in the last 16

uefa cup last 16An extraordinary game I feel the need to show you is this clash between Mallorca and Bayern

mallorca 6 - 0bayernOnly a 6 goal win would do it for Mallorca but they did it…hell on. Another man under pressure is Laurent Blanc

england 0 - 3 eireYet somehow, he clings onto the job I desire the most. Just sack him already!

Anyway, see you next time for more unpredictable shenanigans

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