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  1. <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Jean-Michel Aulas has hinted that both Arsenal and Manchester United are trying to hijack Chelsea's bid for Lyon midfielder Michael Essien. Chelsea have been at the forefront of the race to sign the Ghana international and have spent the best part of a month haggling with the French champions. The Blues' most recent bid of £21 million for the 22-year-old was rejected as Lyon hold out for a fee of £30 million. Lyon chairman Aulas is due to meet Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the coming days as the Premiership champions look to add Essien to their squad ahead of the new season. Essien is keen to move to Stamford Bridge but Aulas has now muddied the waters by claiming there is further interest from The Premiership in his club's prize asset. Speaking after Lyon started the defence of their title with a 2-1 victory over Le Mans, Aulas told his club's official website that United want to sign Essien, who had a trial at Old Trafford earlier in his career. "It is tedious to lose one of the best players in Europe but he has not left yet," said Aulas. "We can still find a compromise so that he only leaves next year. "Chelsea will have to show themselves to be very persuasive for us to let him leave. "Manchester want him just as much." But in a separate interview after the game at Le Mans, Aulas suggested that Arsenal are hoping to snare Essien to replace Patrick Vieira. Essien missed the game against Le Mans due to a stomach complaint and Aulas revealed Chelsea's failure to agree a deal for the African could see them miss out to their London rivals. He added: "This Essien story does not weary me. Perhaps it will be solved on September 1 and not on July 31. "I have more resistance than some people have imagined. "The more Chelsea will wait, the more they will be put in difficulty, not just compared to Lyon, but also compared to another English club which has just lost a defensive midfielder." </div></BLOCKQUOTE> From Sky Sports. Quite interesting. Would be fb if it happened, though I believe it's only Aulas talking ******** to get Chelski cough up the money.
  2. Explosion in London Underground

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Red_Hector: <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by OJ: <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Red_Hector: Haha I was just on Italian radio after sending an e-mail to that buy from two pages back! </div></BLOCKQUOTE> Yeah, that would be me. How did it go? </div></BLOCKQUOTE> You know Paolo? It went good, he was translating what I was saying, they loved the fact I had been to some Atalanta games. </div></BLOCKQUOTE> Yes, I know him personally.
  3. Explosion in London Underground

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Red_Hector: Haha I was just on Italian radio after sending an e-mail to that buy from two pages back! </div></BLOCKQUOTE> Yeah, that would be me. How did it go?
  4. Explosion in London Underground

    Listen guys, is there anybody who lives in London and can give some correct information on all of this and the situation there and who would be willing to make a call to a radio show? It's an Italian show in Rome for Lazio fans, the biggest in Rome, and we've been trying to contact some Laziali living in London but have been unsuccesful. Of course you would be speaking in English. Your help would be greatly appreciated, we're naturally very worried about the situation... You can mail me at ottokoskela@gmail.com or just post in this thread.
  5. Explosion in London Underground

    Listen guys, is there anybody who lives in London and can give some information on all of this and the situation there and who would be willing to make a call to a radio show? It's an Italian show in Rome for Lazio fans, the biggest in Rome, and we've been trying to contact some Laziali living in London but have been unsuccesful. Of course you would be speaking in English. You can mail me at ottokoskela@gmail.com or just post in this thread.
  6. <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by A-Team: He isn't a striker though, despite his prolific scoring record. Not that I wouldn't love it if we signed him... </div></BLOCKQUOTE> He does play as a striker.
  7. The Scanland Clan

    Server will be up in a few mins.
  8. The Scanland Clan

    Guys, I might be a tad bit late, due to not watching the first Euro game at home. So it might be a little after 7 till we get things started tonight.
  9. The Scanland Clan

    We just got 2 new members, and I believe at the moment we aren't looking for any more.
  10. The Scanland Clan

    Tottenham report The season 2005/2006 was the season that the Spurs team finally delivered the goods on the pitch, after manager Koskela's 3-year long building period. Having finished 8th and 6th in the previous seasons, the team collected 19 more points and leaped 5 places to the number one spot, making the manager damn proud of the team he has built. The EPL title wasn't the only one, as the team also bid farewell to the Uefa Cup in style, by winning it. The EPL title was the first one in over 40 years for the club, 45 to be exact, and manager Koskela was instantly declared a legend by the supporters and club personnel. One might think that after a succesful year like this, the manager would jsut sit back and enjoy the good times, but not this one. Knewing that we would need both more depth and quality in the squad. The transfer budget was in the region of 20M pounds, but knewing that wouldn't be nearly enough, identifying players who could command a hefty transfer fee, yet wouldn't be indispensable, begun. 4 players met that criteria: Benjamin Lauth, James Beattie, Jean-Alain Boumsong and Fabio Grosso. Lauth and Beattie had only joined the club's striking department last summer from 1860 Munchen and Southampton respectively. Lauth on a Bosman transfer and Beattie for a sum of 14.75M pounds. Beattie was a first eleven player, getting 38 (5) games but only scoring 14 and assisting 14. That made me look for another solution to partner Roncatto upfront. James was sold to his former club, Blackburn for a fee of 15M pounds. Lauth, on the other hand, never was a first eleven player, and only scored 7 goals in 16 (13) games. Due to his international status, he was offloaded for a nice sum of 10M pounds to Serie A and Perugia. The decision to sell Fabio Grosso, my number one left winger, was made after witnessing him play a slightly poorer season than his debut season for us. I felt this was reason enough, as most of the rest of the team improved. Fulham were able to acquire his services for 8.25M pounds. Boumsong was also a guy who had played 2 seasons with us, partnering his country man Mexes in the central defense, yet he never was able to convince me fully that he is a man to keep. Played worse than Mexes, and eventhough having 16 caps for the mighty France, it was decided that he would be sold. In my opinion, he went for a cut-price of 4M pounds to Man City. Having acquired an additional 37.5M pounds to the transfer kitty, it was time to look for re-inforcements. in came Darren Ambrose from Newcastle for 2.1M, Nihat from Real Sociedad for 10M, Francesco Coco from Inter for 2.7M, Lucio from Leverkusen for 14M, Martin Albrechtsen for 3M, Carlton Cole from Chelsea for 5.5M, Fernardo Cavenaghi from River for 20M and Ricardinho from Sao Paolo for 10M. That took the total sum to an astonishing 67M pounds, but we had also gotten both quality and quantity to the team, which meant we could be confident in going to the challenges that await us in both Europe and in England. The improved Tottenham starting eleven looks like this: Pletikosa, Coco, Mexes, Lucio, Mabizela, Ricardinho, Renato, Pedretti, Pennant, Roncatto, Cavenaghi. We have started the season reasonably well by winning 7 and losing 2 of our games in the EPL, sitting in the first place, 2 points ahead Fulham. Though I am anything but pleased with our defensive record, as we have conceded 8 goals in those 9 games. If we can improve that, I am confident we will do extremely well again this season. The debut season in the CL we have started with a loss and 2 wins, leaving us tied for the first place together with VfB Stuttgart. I will post more on the season as we progress through the months ahead. 'Til then, adios! The Spurs Manager
  11. The Scanland Clan

    A shame to lose a good guy like you. I bet it was the fact you couldn't get Ellington that put you off.
  12. The Scanland Clan

    ***** Important clan announcement ***** As you have all read, a lot has happened in the past few weeks with our clan and due to several members calling it a day for various reasons, the clan's future was in balance. After some thinking, yours truly, Razor123, Slayeri and Dogs (according to what he last told me) decided to continue the game. We decided to keep the Scanland Clan name and this thread, as one of the founding members was still left (me), and Razor, who joined very shortly after this clan was found. The playing times are still Mondays and Thursdays from 7pm UK time till 11pm. Obviously, after losing more than half of the members, we would need some fresh blood. The number is back up to 10 now, and is as follows: OJ - Tottenham (co-host) Razor - West Ham Slayeri - Sheff Utd (host) Dogs - Millwall CITYTILLIDIE - Aston Villa 36EE - Everton Davidmufc85 - Wolves watchous - Portsmouth morgo21 - Leicester john10001 - Leeds We have now played a few sessions with this lineup and things are looking promising. We are at the start of our 4th season, 2006-2007, and the following teams will do their footballing in the English Premier League: Tottenham, West Ham, Sheff Utd, Everton, Wolves and Leeds. Millwall, Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Leicester will try to gain the Premiership status from the Nationwide division. So, as we'll get this thread back up and running again, I hope you enjoy our stories and reports of our adventures in the wonderful CM 03/04 world.
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    Guys, After some thinking, I believe we should be pondering the new name of the clan a bit longer. As such, I didn't start the new thread yet. Due to me ****ing up a bit on Thursday, those who did scouting after we stopped playing, will have to do it again, as I exited the game thinking it would save, but as I had already saved on the same day, it just exited straight away. My apologies. So, I will put the server up around 6pm, so you have time to do the scouting again before we kick off at 7pm.
  14. The Scanland Clan

    Ok atleast me, Craig, Slayeri, Razor and Dogs are continuing. Anybody else?
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