WHAT IS RUSSIA HOUSE?

This is a video I made around selling the concept of Snack Media’s Russia House – a place where journalists, bloggers, reporters and football fans can watch the 2018 World Cup.

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Club heroes who have gone on to break their fans hearts…

With all the focus on Stevie G’s announcement earlier this week, we take a look at other players idolised by their fans who have crushed that almost perfect relationship with the club…

2015 Gerrard Announces the end of his Liverpool Love Affair (for now anyway)-

Just into the New Year and the Ex- England skipper announces that we will no longer be playing for his hometown club after the end of the season. As the news broke, you could here a Scouse whine across the country. Many pundits and Ex- Pro’s of the footballing world describe Gerrard as a true Liverpool and England great, one who is very rare in this day and age with all the money and fame. Gerrard may well be the last of his kind- Someone who has stayed with his hometown club since being a schoolboy, rejecting offers from the world’s biggest club’s to try and conquer success with the Red’s. No matter what anyone says, Stevie G has been an asset to English football for club and country; the question is, what’s next in store?

2009 Shearer managing Newcastle to relegation-

Well, it wasn’t all his fault but with Hull travelling to Old Trafford the Geordies would have ben safe with a point- Something which a side battling to avoid relegation should expect away at Villa Park. A lacklustre display summed up by a definitive own goal by Damien Duff capped off a season in which four managers tried and failed to revive the North East giants. On a day when all three of the North East clubs could’ve gone down, Sunderland were the ones having the last laugh. Their fans were seen in complete jubilation as the scores came in and Middlesbrough and Newcastle were in the English second tier for the first time since 1998 and 1993 respectively.

In Shearer’s playing career for Newcastle he was unstoppable, netting 148 times in 303 games for the Magpies and becoming the Premier League’s all time top scorer with 260 goals. Although Shearer was only Manager for four games, Newcastle were without a win and scored just one goal.

2014 Lampard coming off the bench to score vs his beloved Chelsea-

Upon Lampard’s arrival for the game against his previous employer, Chelsea fans were cheering and singing his name and when he made his appearance off the bench there was a huge applause from the away end. Chelsea were 1-0 up after a goal from Schurrle and Zabaleta had just been sent off so it was turning out quite an away day for the fans. However, in the 85th minute Lamps scored with a typical good finish from a James milner pass, although he refused to celebrate after. This marked the revival for City, who were 5 points behind at the time.

Lamps is Chelsea’s all time top scorer and the 4th highest scorer in Premier League history (level with Thierry Henry); Some feat considering all his goals came from midfield. With Yaya Toure off to the African Cup of Nation’s, Lampard could be key in City’s pursuing of the title and could be the man to inflict more misery on his old club as City are now on level points with the early-season front runners. The two giants clash at Stamford Bridge on the 31st January in a game that could shape the rest of the season.

2006 Ronaldo Winks to the Portugal Bench as Rooney’s Sent to the Changing Room-

Well.
This was heartache for football fans all over the country. England’s promising starlet was dismissed for a kick out at Chelsea Centre back Ricardo Carvalho right in front of the referee. As soon as the incident occurred Ronaldo and co surroundeed the Argentinian referee, urging him to take action – Rooney was sent off and with him, any hope England had in progressing to the Semi’s.

When the pair turned up back in Manchester there was rumours Ronaldo had to leave the club and that there was a feud between both players, however Rooney was quick to dismiss these and admitted that he would have done the same if it was the other way round.

In recent years both players have become legends at Old Trafford, with Ronaldo in unstoppable form from 2007-2009 before jetting off to Spain to win Spanish titles, Ballon D’ors and pretty much everything else. Rooney has since beedn handed both the United and England captaincy and is on his way to becoming the top scorer for his country on top of overtaking Ryan Giggs as the Red Devil’s all time Premier League top scorer.

Slaphead FC- A look at the Premier Leagues best ever baldies…

We take a look at the best balding ballers that have graced the Premiership with their shiny heads. What they lacked in hair follicles, they made up for in Class…

Keeper- Bartez

The World Cup winners spell at Man united was mixed with outstanding saves and being beaten on the near post- most notably in their Champions League exit to the Galacticos with Ronaldo’s (yes, the fat one) in the 12th Minute.

After his retirement, the Frenchman took up Motorsport and is now a respected driver, coming 29th in the 2014 24 hours of Le Mans. Who’d have guessed? He’s also quite handy out on pitch with a sweet left foot, so could rotate for rush Goalie with ease.

Defence- Franck LeBouf

Lebouf was also part of France’s World Cup winning team in “98 and is a consistent penalty taker, converting 17 from 20 for Chelsea in the late 90’s- a must if there’s any possibility of spot kicks. After retirement leBouf spent time in the Glamourous LA, playing as a midfielder for tr celebrity team Hollywood United. He also appeared in the 2001 film Taking sides.

Defence- Jaap Stam

What a player this man was! His bald head made him look like a hooligan rather than a classy defender with 3 Premier League titles, a Champions League and 4 major international finals under his belt. He is still very much involved in the game as manager of Jong Ajax- Ajax reserves. Who knows, we may see the Dutchman back in the Prem in a few years in a managerial role…

Midfield Maestro- Patrick Vieira

Vieira, the complete midfielder and Arsenal legend who is now Man City Reserves Manager (Awks). From 1996- 2005 Paddy V lit up the Premiership and Captained Arsenal’s invincibles, becoming one of the most decorated midfielders in the history of the Premiership. As well as 3 Premier Leagues & 5 FA Cups, Vieira has a winners and runners up World Cup medal and a European Championship to his name. Take a bow son.

Striker/Manager- Gianluca Vialli

Vialli was a decent striker for Chelsea netting 40 goals in 83 appearances for the club, but his role as manager is where he shone for the Blues. After taking over as player manager from Ruud Gullit he guided Chelsea to the League Cup and European Cup winners Cup in his first few months. In his time at Stamford Bridge Vialli also won the European Super Cup, FA Cup and Charity Sheild, becoming the clubs most successful manager at the time.

Oh, and of course we’d need a ref… Who better than Pierre Luigi Collina, who has come to England’s rescue on more than one occasion.