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Ouch! It hurts!

My stomach hurts from the tension regarding the upcoming season.Sport, sand and ladies in Stockholm

This time of year is one I both love as well as hate. The weather is lovely, time is spent in beer gardens and at the beach and wherever you look there are attractive women wearing skimpy outfits to rest your eyes on. On the other hand my brain is working overtime thinking about the upcoming season. It’s obviously not the beaches, beers or scandal beauties that makes my tummy hurt. It’s the bloody football!At the moment I’m quite unsure what to think about the upcoming season.

The Squad

From the activity on the transfer market alone I get a good feeling, some good players coming in, some deadwood going the opposite direction. We have, in my eyes, both recruited some very good players, and some decent squad players. We do however pay a bit too much money for some of them. The challenge now is makeing all these new guys perform as a team. On the other hand it might be easier for Sanchez to implement his ideas and tactics to a squad that is not set in their (Colemans) ways. Another thing that bugs me is Sanchez love for Northern Irish and English players. Nothing wrong with these nationalities at all, but in a footballing sense they do not really represent good value for money, do they? What we need to do is to recruit the best possible footballers no matter what country they come from.

Formation

Based on Lawries previous coaching one can assume that we’ll be playing 4-4-2. Even if I’m no great fan of this formation I feel that we’ll get a continuity that we have lacked under Coleman. Hopefully Sanchez can get the team to perform with the same foundation both home and away.

Start of the season

It is vital that we get a good start to the season, especially away from home. Even if we did well against Arsenal last season I would rather have seen us opening to a lesser opponent. Derby, Brum Wigan etc. Anyone? What I really do not want is a start similar to the fiasco at Old Trafford a year ago.

Craven Cottage

For the third consecutive season we’ll have a higher capacity at Craven Cottage than the year before. I really like that we grow a little bit at a time rather than “overnight”. We might however have reached our maximum capacity now. If the ground should continue to grow I think the corners will have to be built in and/or the Johnny Haynes Stand rebuilt. The question is also how large fans base do we have? Will we need to increase the ground more at this point in time? This season we’ll be able to accommodate around 26.000 fans and we can hopefully do that on a regular basis and keep on building on the tremendous atmosphere from the spring.Alright, get ready for a new season of premiership footy!

We all follow the Fulham,
over land and sea (and Leicester),
we all follow the Fulham
on to vic-tory,
All together now………

Can we play your reserves every week?

His name is Lawrie Sanchez
He’s gonna save our asses
Oh Lawrie, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh Lawrie, oh, oh, oh, oh
His name is Sanchez
He’s gonna save our ass

Aren't we all happy badgers?

In fairness Clint Dempsey might be the one to sing a song about at this moment, but we (FFC Sweden) hasn’t come to that just yet.

Due to a UEFA-coaching course today I couldn’t follow the game more than via internet on my cell phone so I can’t comment the game more than that it was a great victory vs. the back ups for the finalists in the Champions League.

More about the match that (might have) saved our EPL status later, now I need a beer!

Quadruple anyone?

Can they do it again?Rarely, very rarely do you get to see a game that is not involving your own team but still makes you feel good and brings a smile to your face. Last week it was the ManU-AC Milan game just because it was such a great game. Then we got to see some great goals, incredible set ups and a passing game which is rarely seen these days in international football.

Sometimes Christmas comes twice in one week (and it’s not even December). My second treat is obviously the Chelsea loss last night – well in fairness it was a win for Liverpool but what I celebrate today is the fact that Chelsea lost (The NOT so Special One in particular).

Not only did last nights game not send Chelsea to Athens, it also means that maybe, just maybe we get to see a weakened and less interested Liverpool side at Craven Cottage in a few days.

So pretty please Senor Benitez, send your reserves or even better the U16s and let all the adult staff at Liverpool FC join in the celebrations.

Well done Liverpool, and good luck in the finals!

Split focus

I find it quite strange that some fans focus on the footballing side of the mess we find ourselves in; whilst some focus on the lack of proper management and action regarding the sacking of Coleman och then we have a group of people who focus on other clubs. With other clubs I of course mean West Ham and their shady dealing in the transfer market.

Me, personally have been on the Coleman out side of things for more than a year so my anger is mostly focused on the board of directors who (in my eyes) are to blame for our current relegation battle. Should they have taken action a long time ago maybe, just maybe we would have been in a safe position in the league by now.

For the reminder of the season my focus will be on the two remaining games, and even though I can’t see us getting much from them I will keep my fingers crossed and support the team as usual. Hopefully we stay up on our own merits, but if not the shady dealings of West Ham might save us (or one of the other clubs in the relegation battle). If there’s any justice in the world WH are relegated in a normal way and we won’t have to ask the FA to investigate further. If they stay up based on their league position I really, really hope that the FA will punish them with point deduction.

So West Ham, please fail to stay up! It will be so much easier and a lot less messy if you do.

Long time, no see!

It’s been a while since I last had time to post anything on the blog at all. For that I apologise and hope that you’ve had a lovely time with out me online 😉

There have been a lot of things going on since my last update:

* Coleman got the boot

* HammyEnd.com has added a new gallery

* FFC Sweden was in London for the Blackburn draw

* Lawrie Sanchez is appointed caretaker till the end of the season

* The forum has been updated and the layout changed

Hopefully I can find the time to keep the blog more updated than the last couple of months; at least I’m back for now.

Keep the FAITH – FFC