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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Knoblauch on Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:00 am

borocooper wrote:"Without being derogatory, West Ham are a second-rate club"

High praise indeed.

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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Di Caniooooo! on Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:21 pm

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola is set to welcome back midfielder Kieron Dyer after a 17-month injury lay-off for Saturday's FA Cup tie against Barnsley.

The 29-year-old broke his leg in a Carling Cup tie at Bristol Rovers in August 2007 and suffered a further stress fracture earlier this season.

But the England international has impressed in training this week and is poised to be included at the weekend.

"He's focused and he's very excited to play," said Zola.

"He's been working well in the last few weeks and we will try to get him back because he's an important player. I've seen him training, he's trying very hard and he's got a lot of qualities.

"I know it's been a big injury for him and I know it's frustrating because he's training, training, training and he would like to play.

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"After such a long time out it would be difficult for him to be involved from the beginning."

Dyer has made just three appearances for the Hammers since completing a 6m move from Newcastle in August 2007.


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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by The Easter Bunny on Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:45 pm

Don't worry he will get injured within a week. Wink
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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by chrissicross on Thu Feb 05, 2009 1:39 pm

So hows Nsereko doing so far? Did he already play for West Ham in the league?

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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Di Caniooooo! on Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:31 pm

He played against Arsenal. looked good, strong yet speedy.
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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Deano on Thu Feb 05, 2009 4:07 pm

chrissicross wrote:So hows Nsereko doing so far? Did he already play for West Ham in the league?

Yeah, he played about 5 minues against Hull, and then about half hour against Arsenal. He's very quick and good close control...means we can break quick, which is what you need against a team like Arsenal.

We play with alot of pace, so he'll fit in well. Should get his chance tbh...
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Post by chrissicross on Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:06 pm

Good to hear. Do you think he will get the opportunity to play for some time against Manchester United on Sunday?
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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Tweesus on Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:16 pm

Definately should. I think the idea is to break him in gently so its doubtful that he'd start but I'd imagine he'll be on earlyish in the 2nd half
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Post by chrissicross on Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:21 pm

Great. I think I'll watch the game then.

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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Di Caniooooo! on Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:17 pm

Bummer




West Ham striker Dean Ashton will not play again this season as he takes a cautious approach to his rehabilitation following two bouts of ankle surgery.

Ashton, 25, injured his left ankle in training in September 2008 and had the first operation soon after.

He has just had a second operation after specialist Niek van Dijk flew to London to help with the surgery.

Ashton said: "I'm looking to get myself back for pre-season now. I don't want to come back unless I'm right."

Ashton is due to be reassessed later in February before flying to Amsterdam to meet Professor Van Dijk four weeks later.

James Calder, who also worked on the operation, is confident Ashton will make a full recovery.

"This type of procedure has been performed on a lot of top European sports professionals and it has proven very successful," he said.

"It was a complicated injury but we are confident that Dean will recover well."

Since breaking the same ankle in August 2006, Ashton, who began his career with Crewe, has been plagued by injuries.

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He signed a new five-year deal with West Ham in June 2008 shortly after winning his first England cap in the friendly against Trinidad & Tobago.

Ashton, who scored 11 goals last season, joined West Ham from Norwich for 7.25m in January 2006 and helped the club to the FA Cup final, where they lost on penalties to Liverpool.

His performances that season earned him an England call-up for the friendly with Greece in August 2006.

But he broke his ankle in training for that game and missed the entire 2006-07 season. He also suffered injuries during the 2007-08 campaign.

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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Di Caniooooo! on Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:23 pm

West Ham United have confirmed midfielder Valon Behrami is expected to be out for six months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee.

Switzerland international Behrami was stretchered off in the recent 1-0 win over Manchester City after twisting his ankle and knee.

Speaking after sustaining the injury, Behrami said that he expected to miss the rest of the season.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Behrami underwent keyhole surgery in Italy to assess and then repair the damage on Tuesday after two previous MRI scans.

"Behrami is due back in London next week, where he will begin his rehabilitation with the club's medical staff as soon as possible."

The news is a blow to the Hammers after Behrami had impressed since signing at Upton Park from Lazio last summer.

Its a blow to lose him, but I hear that Collison isn't as bad as feared.

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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Di Caniooooo! on Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:08 pm

Ugh, Robert Green bit a piece of his tongue off when he was elbowed by WBA's Olsson during the last match, Olsson should of been red carded but Halsey was a whore to WBA and has deemed that it didn't warrant one.
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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by christmasborocooper on Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:44 pm

Karma for WHAM that is.
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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Deano on Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:50 pm

borocooper wrote:Karma for WHAM that is.

lol!

Green is a good goalkeeper.
On matchdays he plays for a team
In the Premiership.
Not everyone is so lucky.
Gary Teale isn't for example.

Derby were relegated for being rubbish,
On a terrible points score
Winning just didn't happen for them.
Neither does it happen for Middlesbrough.
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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by christmasborocooper on Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:56 pm

WHAM! WHAM! WHAM!
Was George Michaels band
He was a queer like fans of West Ham
They like the feel of a mans hand.
On their cock.
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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Deano on Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:58 pm

We'll take Tuncay when you leave the league ok Thanks Ale Laughing.
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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by christmasborocooper on Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:04 pm

I'd bet you'd love to take Tuncay.

Dirty.

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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Di Caniooooo! on Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:40 pm

Some speak of Man City and Bury as well,
Of Ohldham Athletic I've often heard tell,
But the team to remember, the team to recall,
Is the great Man United,
The best of them all.
We went down to Wembley on a fine day in May,
With a bunch of supporters so loyal and so gay,
And when it was over and when it was done,
We defeated Benfica by four goals to one.

The first goal by Bobby, who out-jumped the rest.
The second was scored by the wee George Best.
The fans they were singing, 'Well I never did',
And the third goal was netted by the young Brian Kidd.
The Stretford were singing and asking for more,
So Bobby obliged by making it four.
The team to remember, the team to recall
Is the great Man United, the best of them all.

We went down to West Ham in '75,
We'll take the North Bank, the South Bank, and side,
United would win and stay top of the league,
The Stretford End would have a fine time indeed.
Our team was invincible, so was our mob,
With Pancho and Prentice and Banana Bob
But when we saw the Cockneys, we went in the side,
Though some thought the South Bank the best place to hide.

West Ham won the game and went top of the league,
The Great Man United were beaten indeed.
And as for our fierce mighty Stretford End yobs,
We Were beaten to fuck by the East London mobs.
We were ran in the street, we were ran in the side,
At the front of the South Bank we put up a fight,
But the Cockneys were many and ready to ruck,
And the great Man United were beaten to fuck.

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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Di Caniooooo! on Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:09 pm

The lengthy deals will replace the 12-month rolling contracts they agreed when they were appointed at Upton Park in September following Alan Curbishley's exit.

West Ham were keen to reward Zola and Clarke after the promising start they have made at the club, who are seventh in the Premier League table and vying to qualify for next season's Europa League.

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Talks were opened last week with chief executive Scott Duxbury and were concluded on Thursday with West Ham due to make an announcement later today ahead of tomorrow's League match against Chelsea.

Zola is, of course, a Chelsea favourite, and was voted the club's best player of all-time, while Clarke, a former team-mate of the Italian, was lured from Stamford Bridge as part of the deal to sign up a new management team.

West Ham paid Chelsea 1 million in compensation to secure Clarke, which appeared an extraordinary sum to sign up an assistant manager, but he has worked in tandem with Zola who, in an exclusive interview to be published in The Daily Telegraph on Saturday, hails the Scot as "vital" to the success he has so far enjoyed.

Zola told Telegraph Sport he was delighted to be discussing a new deal, adding: "The club is looking after me and my staff. I don't think they were worried that I might leave. They know that I like what I am doing here. I am just starting a project and it would be a pity to leave something that is not done yet. "

Eyebrows were raised when the 42-year-old was appointed, given he had not managed before and was plucked from his role as assistant coach to the Italian under-21s. That criticism grew after a series of disappointing results, but Zola and Clarke have turned things round dramatically.

The new deals, it will be argued, also confirm that despite the financial difficulties being endured by owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson and with ownership of West Ham expected to be transferred from the Icelandic businessman in the coming months, the club are continue to function successfully as a self-financing business under Duxbury.

As well as Zola and Clarke, West Ham have signed up a number of key players on new long-term deals including Carlton Cole, Scott Parker, Mark Noble and Jack Collison.

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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Di Caniooooo! on Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:24 am

They say that being a manager can never replace the feeling of being a footballer.

Not for Gianfranco Zola. When he stands on the touchline, as West Ham United's manager, it is as if he is out there. "When I see our team playing well and the way I like, it's like I am on the pitch myself. Absolutely it is," he says.

The way I like. It is Zola's way. There are a series of unshakeable tenets that underpin the philosophies of one of the most cherished players to have featured in the Premier League and who is now forging an unlikely because of his earlier insistence that it was not for him reputation as a manager of substance.

And yet Zola did everything he could, he says, to turn West Ham down when, one Sunday in early September, Scott Duxbury, the chief executive, came calling to meet the 42-year-old in Rome as he searched for Alan Curbishley's replacement.

The job was to be given to another Italian, Roberto Donadoni. Until Duxbury met Zola. "I was completely surprised," Zola says, talking ahead of Saturday's meeting with his former club, the club who voted him their greatest player and who have tried to woo him back ever since, Chelsea.

"I didn't know there was someone crazy enough to choose a manager like me," he adds. "But they trusted the way I wanted to play football."

He was daunted. He was comfortable in his life. Back in Sardinia, a part-time coach working with the Italian under-21s, he was able to do the things he had always hankered to do gaining a pilot's licence, playing the piano and travelling but that were denied because of the monastic focus he had as a player.

"When I was a player I was a workaholic and I needed to get away from that," he says.

So life was good and he wanted to turn West Ham down, just as he had turned down others, some of whom had even tried to coax him out of retirement. "I tried to say no," Zola admits.

"I tried to find every possible excuse. I didn't know whether I was good enough."

It helped that, in his briefcase, Duxbury had a document which he had provisionally called "The Football Project". It was a blueprint he had drawn up for West Ham's future, a mandate to hire a young manager who wanted to coach and to be out on the training pitches, to develop young talent.

It could have been written for Zola. "The idea of establishing my kind of football and my ideas was stronger than any doubts I had," he says. "If you play and train and make the team in the right way you can have success and make it enjoyable."

Enjoyable? But this is Premier League football and West Ham were also in danger of freefall with a financial crisis looming and an unsettled squad.

"I would like to see one team that is frantic and desperate for points playing against a team that is really enjoying its football and see who wins," Zola states. "For me, I have no doubts. Even in the Premier League. The principle is the same.

"One of the problems in certain teams, big teams, is that they build up a team with 24 champions, 24 national team players and it's difficult for youngsters to come through. It's a natural process, not just in sport, to leave space for the youngsters to come through. It's a dynamic for a vital environment."

And so the Football Project had its champion. Zola agreed a one-year rolling contract now extended to a four-year deal but insisted, before he signed, that Steve Clarke was lured from Chelsea to be his assistant.

"The secret of the good results we have had is that we are a team, we are a team inside and on the pitch."

His relationship with Duxbury, he says, is strong as it is with technical director Gianluca Nani and this has helped overcome the financial difficulties which have beset the club's owner, Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson.

Not that things started so well. Zola admits he was "incredibly nervous" when he arrived. He looked bewildered. He had rehearsed what he would say to the players when he met them. The gist of it was clear: be true to yourself on and off the field. "I was under pressure," Zola says. "But it was a pressure I wanted."

Maybe that's easy to say now. Not only did Zola inherit a team with a season already under way, but also he tried, radically, to change their style. It would be a passing game.

"I believe the players were 'in between'," Zola says. "They liked the way I was coaching them but because we were not getting any results, they doubted it. Maybe they thought 'yes, it's nice, but is it working?' It was important to hold my position and impose my mentality." His first 13 games yielded just three victories.

Then, in one of those moments of almost magical coincidence, it was at Stamford Bridge that Zola began to turn things round in mid-December. West Ham erned a draw, and should have won. Zola admits it was all a daze, the returning hero, greeted with adulation but leading a team with a history of bitter rivalry. Confused? He was. "For the first 10 minutes I could not think clearly," Zola admits. "There was a lot going on in my mind."

Zola is happy to confirm that Roman Abramovich did indeed buy the club just a day too late in 2003 to stop him from leaving. "Roman Abramovich has been brilliant with me," Zola says.

"He tried to get me to change my mind and it's a pity because I would have liked to have played under him but I had other plans unfortunately and I had already agreed."

Agreed to return to Cagliari and to Serie B, but not yet signed a contract. Couldn't he have reneged? "I had given my word. I signed the day after. He tried very hard and then, after that, he asked me if I wanted to come back."

Zola declined. Again and again. But there are, he says, no regrets. "I had such a wonderful time winning the FA Cup and the Cup-Winners' Cup and I wouldn't change those moments for anything. I shared those moments with fantastic players who are very good friends. When I meet them now it's like we never left each other. It goes beyond sport."

That, too, is something he instils in his players. "Skills are very important but there are things that go beyond skills. The mentality, the approach, the way you play football."

Now he faces Chelsea once again and, despite an injury crisis, there is a rallying cry. Attack. "Of course," Zola says. "I'm not going to play one game when I refuse to attack." It's the claret and blueprint. Zola's way.

Zola! cheers
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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Deano on Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:05 am

Zola and Clarke to sign new 4 year contracts with West Ham United.

Ale.

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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Di Caniooooo! on Fri May 01, 2009 1:20 am

Spector: Hammers doctors saved my life



Jonathan Spector has revealed the West Ham medical team are responsible for saving his life.

Spector suffered a nasty clash of heads with Tal Ben Haim during the recent 2-0 victory over Sunderland, which instantly knocked him unconscious.

Upon impact with the ground, Spector swallowed his tongue whilst his jaw clamped down making it impossible to unblock his airway.

However, West Hams quick-thinking duo of Ges Steinbergs and George Cooper came up with a live-saving solution, and Spector admits he owes them everything.

"I don't remember the incident itself. I went up for a header and there was a clash of heads with one of the Sunderland players," the 23-year-old told West Hams official website.

"I suffered concussion before I hit the ground and then I landed awkwardly and got a little bit of a shoulder problem from that on top of the concussion. I also swallowed my tongue as I bit my tongue on the impact. I wasn't getting any oxygen so I started getting a little bit of a fit.

Ges and George the physio did a really good job and helped me get some oxygen into my lungs.

"They were not able to pull my tongue out again as I'd clenched my jaw so they ended up putting a tube through my nose and down my throat to help me get the oxygen that way. That was the best solution. I was fortunate that it happened here where we have qualified and good medical staff."

Cheers to the awesome West Ham medical staff Ale
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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Riviera on Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:14 pm

scratch what happened to Ljungberg? Is he still at the club just not playing? He just seemed to disappear or is my mind playing a trick on me?...
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Post by The Easter Bunny on Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:56 pm

Painapple wrote:scratch what happened to Ljungberg? Is he still at the club just not playing? He just seemed to disappear or is my mind playing a trick on me?...

Released him I think
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Post by Riviera on Sat Jun 27, 2009 11:05 pm

ok

oh really... hmm

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Re: West Ham United 2010/2011

Post by Black Magic on Sat Jun 27, 2009 11:06 pm

He's 'earning' his last pay cheque in Seattle. <Ale>
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Post by Riviera on Sat Jun 27, 2009 11:13 pm

Wink <Ale>

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Post by Di Caniooooo! on Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:32 pm

West Ham are poised to sign Chelsea youngster Frank Nouble, skysports.com understands.

The Hammers have moved for Nouble after the 17-year-old rejected the offer of a professional contract at Stamford Bridge.

Nouble is rated one of the best teenage talents in England having impressed for Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup and in the reserves.

Chelsea were keen to tie down Nouble to a long-term deal, but the young striker has decided to move on as he fears his first-team chances would have been limited at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal were credited with an interest in Nouble, but West Ham have managed to lure the powerful frontman to Upton Park.

Nouble's signing will come as a massive coup to Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola as he is tipped for a big future in the game.


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Post by Di Caniooooo! on Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:26 am

West Ham have announced the signing of Swiss starlet Fabio Daprela for an undisclosed fee.

The teenage defender arrives from Grasshopper Club Zurich and has penned a five-year contract.

Daprela has recently been competing in the European U19 Championships and flew into England direct from that tournament to complete the deal.

A number of top Italian sides were reported to be tracking his progress, but it is the Hammers who have secured his signature.

"I am very happy to come here as it is a great club," Daprela told West Ham's official website.

"I saw the team play on television last season and it is a very good team. They have a great manager and it is good to be here.

"I want to play for the first-team in the Premier League. I think I can learn a lot from the manager and people like Matthew Upson and Mark Noble.

"I am really looking forward to the season starting."


He looks goooooooooood! lol
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Post by DeLux on Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:24 pm

Di Caniooooo! wrote:West Ham are poised to sign Chelsea youngster Frank Nouble, skysports.com understands.

The Hammers have moved for Nouble after the 17-year-old rejected the offer of a professional contract at Stamford Bridge.

Nouble is rated one of the best teenage talents in England having impressed for Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup and in the reserves.

Chelsea were keen to tie down Nouble to a long-term deal, but the young striker has decided to move on as he fears his first-team chances would have been limited at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal were credited with an interest in Nouble, but West Ham have managed to lure the powerful frontman to Upton Park.

Nouble's signing will come as a massive coup to Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola as he is tipped for a big future in the game.

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