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Jaahas, se on tainnut ruikuttaa David Dunn itselleen kroonista seuralaista sairastuvan puolelle :(

 

Tanskalaisia vastaan ei meitsillä mitään, äärettömän mukavaa sakkia kaikkinensa :smile: mutta hitusen pelottaa tän jätkän viime vuosien sairaskertomuslista...

 

...tainnut pystyä kahden edellisen kauden aikana pelata 12 peliä, ei kuullosta kovin lupaavalta... jotain positiivista niin kuitenkaan tuota ennen ei ole juuri loukkaantumisia ollut. Noin muutoin suht moni ympäri Euroopan tuntuu pitävän jätkää erittäin hyvänä pelaajana.

 

Kuiteskin, ilmeisesti on aivan peruskoulutukseltaan toppari mutta oikeanlaitapakin tontilla huseeraminen pitäis kans luonnistua ja paljon sielläkin pelaillut viime vuosina, jonne on Roversille huutava pula ollut jo iät ja ajat.

 

Rovers sign Dane defender

Posted on:*Mon 29 Jun 2009

 

Blackburn Rovers have made their third signing of the summer with the arrival of Danish international defender Lars Jacobsen.

 

Following on from the arrivals of Elrio van Heerden and Gäel Givet, the right-back, who was available as a free transfer, has signed for the Ewood Park club on a two-year contract.

 

The 29-year-old started his career at his hometown club Odense, making 112 appearances before moving to Hamburg in 2002. In a two-year spell with the Bundesliga side he made 22 appearances before switching back to Denmark to play for FC Copenhagen.

 

It was at Copenhagen that he really made a name for himself, quickly earning international recognition to become the Dane's first choice right back. During his three year stint he made more than 100 appearances.

 

At the end of his contract he returned to Germany to play for FC Nuremberg but he didn't feature regularly and when the Bundesliga side were relegated he joined Everton on a season long deal.

 

However a dislocated shoulder picked up on international duty last summer meant that his time at Goodison was disrupted by injury, but in the latter half of the season he started to force his way into the first team. Eventually he made six appearances, including playing the second half in Everton's FA Cup final defeat at the hands of Chelsea.

 

Jacobsen currently has 22 international caps to his name and with Denmark riding high at the top of their World Cup qualifying group, a solid season with Rovers could see him cement a place in next summer's World Cup squad in South Africa.

 

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Lisää "neljänvuoden kerholaisia", tällä kertaa nuorempaa verta.. kohta alkaa melkoisesti ranskalaistumaan pelaajisto. Toivottavasti pystyisi (aikanaan) lunastamaan ne odotukset jotka on jo harteille valmiiksi kasattu.

 

Rovers capture French ace

Posted on:*Tue 30 Jun 2009

 

Rovers have today completed the signing of Steven N'Zonzi from French club Amiens SC.

 

The 20-year-old midfielder joins for an undisclosed fee and has signed a four-year deal.

 

Born in La Garenne-Colombes, Paris, N'Zonzi joined Amiens SC in northern France as a trainee before turning professional in 2008, making his senior debut in April of that year.

 

Last season he made 35 appearances for the then League Two side, scoring one goal. He has also represented France at youth level.

 

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Toisaalla (IMScouting) kirjuutellaan näin...

 

Steven Nzonzi is a 20-year-old central midfielder who has come through the ranks at Amiens and last season established himself in the first team, scoring one goal in 33 games as the French side were relegated from Ligue 2.

 

Nzonzi, 6.2ft, can play as a defensive midfielder but has established a reputation for himself as a box-to-box midfielder.*

 

He is contracted to Amiens until the end of the 2010/2011 season and is believed to be worth around 500,000 euros.

 

IMScouting’s network of scouts in France describe Nzonzi as a "very good young midfielder. He has the potential to have a great career. His qualities include high work rate, a good jump, the capacity to find his forwards and also to find a ‘hole’ in the opposition defence."

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Elikkäs alustavasti vain puolenvuoden lainadiilillä tulla tupsahti tuo DiSanto. Tarkoittaneekohan hyvin pitkälti sitä että DiSanto häippäsee tammikuussa jos onnistuu erittäin hyvin tai floppaa.

 

Rovers sign Di Santo

Posted on: Mon 03 Aug 2009

 

Blackburn Rovers have this evening completed the signing of striker Franco Di Santo.

 

The 20-year-old Argentine makes the move to Ewood Park from fellow Barclays Premier League side Chelsea on loan until the January window, with Rovers having the first option of extending the deal until the end of the season in the event that Chelsea do not wish to recall him to their squad.

 

Having started his professional career with local side Godoy Cruz, he then made the move to Chile in 2006 and to Audax Italiano, the same club Carlos Villaueva hailed from.

 

At the age of 18 he made the move to England, starting off in Chelsea's Reserves before graduating to the first team last season when he made 16 appearances.

 

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Toivottavasti loppuviikosta sitten tulis hyviä uutisia työlupajutskan puolesta ja kroaatti Nikola Kalinicin siirto näkisi myös päivänvalon. Pojan perheessä "melkoista menoa" muuten kun hänen isänsä nimettiin juuri Hajduk Splitin päävalmentajaksi, kyseessä seura siis josta poika juuri lähti(lähdössä).

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Hajduk on ilmoittanut että diili olisi valmis. Imeisesti työlupa vielä tarvitaan mutta kaveri tulee mm Slaven Bilicin suosittelemana ja jo 3 maaottelua + junnumaotteluita pelannut joten uskon että mies työluvan saa.

Niin tuollainen kolme A-maaottelua ei taida kyllä riittää yhtään mihinkään, että jonkin sorttisen erikoisluvan se taitaa joka tapauksessa tarvita. Tais tosin nyt aivan viime aikoina muuttua nuo pykälät enkä ole jaksanut noita aivan viimeisempiä tutkailla mitä kaikkea vaadittais työluvan saamiseksi..

 

..toki on niitä jaeltu köykäisemmilläkin perusteilla että jos tuosta ei työlupaa irtoa niin olisihan se pieni yllätys, mutta ei koskaan mikään täysin mahdottomuus kuitenkaan. Aina kuitenkin on olemassa mahdollisuus että se syystä tai toisesta hylätään tai lähinnä että nämä "erikoishaut" eivät mene läpi, tosin eiköhän tuollaisessa tapauksessa Rovers jatkaisi toimia sinne suuntaan.

 

Torstaina muistaakseni tuo käsitellään sit. Tuolla huhupuolella siitä jotain oli aiemmin.

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Rothen taas kuulemma tulossa meitä vahvistamaan, mitä on jengi mieltä? 26 maaottelua, 31-v vasen laita kait paras paikka mut ei taida vauhti olla sen kovempi kuin Gamstinkaan.

 

Olisko vaihtoehto keskikentän keskelle...siellä kun taas kato käy?

 

lähde mm. temtalk.com, newsnow.co.uk

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Saas nähdä suunnitellaanko espanjalaiselle roolia sitten oikeana laitapakkin... jonne ainakin Jacobsen ennestään ja mahdollisesti Emerton. Liekö kuitenkin pyyhältää marssijärjestyksessä näiden ohitse ?

 

..vai pistetäänkö keskikentälle sinne pohjalle ankkuriksi rikkomaan ja raatamaan, jollaista roolia Big Sam on ohimennessään hänelle vihjannut ? aiempaan kommenttiin Bolton & Hierro tapauksessa viitaten.

 

 

Salgado signs!

Posted on: Wed 19 Aug 2009

 

Blackburn Rovers have today completed the signing of Michel Salgado.

 

The former Real Madrid full back joins the Ewood Park club on a free transfer and has signed a two-year deal.

 

Salgado started his professional career with Celta Vigo where he enjoyed a four year spell, then until 1999 he made an €11m move to Real Madrid immediately making an impression as the Madrid club won the Champions League that season. The following season he helped Real to their 30th League title.

 

In a ten year spell at the Bernabéu club, he won four league titles, three Spanish Super Cups, two Champions League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup.

 

Michel will head back to the Spanish capital after the weekend to say goodbye at a match in his honour on Monday when Real Madrid take on Rosenborg.

 

In a glittering international career with Spain, Michel was capped 53 times for his country.

 

The club now await international clearance, he will wear number 27.

 

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Meni..

Stephen Warnock sitten lähti Aston Villaan.. loppujen lopuksi meikäläiselle suth yks lysti. Aina kaikkensa yritti ja siltä osin ihan ok pelaaja. Välillä pelasi mainioita pelejä.. usein sellaista suht tasaista jyräystä.. välillä oli pujottelukeppinä. Eipä nyt itselleni koskaan sellaiseksi pelaajaksi noussut jota nyt sinällään jäisi unohtumattomasti kaipaamaan..

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lXeir_MwWc]YouTube - Allardyce discusses transfers (27-08-09)[/ame]

 

 

Tuli..

Chimbonda joins the ranks

Posted on: Thu 27 Aug 2009

 

Blackburn Rovers have this evening completed the signing of Pascal Chimbonda from Tottenham Hotspur.

 

30 year-old defender has signed a two-year contract with the Ewood Park club for an undisclosed fee.

 

Born in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, Pascal started his footballing career with Le Havre, spending four years at the club before moving to Bastia in 2003.

 

A three year spell at the Corsican club saw him catch the eye of Premier League scouts before he eventually secured a move to Wigan Athletic.

 

He was an instant hit in his first season in the Premier League, named in the PFA Team of the year for 2005/06 for his displays in defence as Wigan ended the season with a top ten finish and runners up in the League Cup. He also picked up his first and so far only international cap, representing France in a friendly match against Denmark in May 2006. But French squad for the World Cup that summer, he didn't feature in any of their games.

 

A move to Tottenham Hotspur soon followed in August of that year, cementing his place at right back under Martin Jol. He was also on the winning side as they won the Carling Cup in 2008.

 

But a change of manager meant a change of fortune, and although he briefly signed for Sunderland in the summer of 2008, he was quickly brought back to White Hart Lane by Harry Redknapp, but only made five appearances.

 

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Ewood E-Males: Gael Givet

Posted on: Wed 02 Sep 2009

 

Gaël, it has to be asked, what made you shave off that pretty magnificent beard and what happened to the long hair? I barely recognised you. By the way, I'm sure I speak for all Rovers fans in saying that we are delighted that you made the move permanent. (Thomas Evans, 25, West Sussex)

 

Once or twice a year, I decide to cut my hair and I shave my beard - and every time it's the same.

 

What can you tell us about our new signing Nikola Kalinic and how well do you think he can do in his first season at Rovers? (Michael Jones, 12, Mellor)

 

I think he's a good player. He's quick and clever. I think he will be very good for Blackburn.

 

I think you have made a great start to life at Ewood Park Gaël, but what attracted you to the club? (Elliott Morton, 13, Darwen)

 

Last season, for the last six months, I was very happy to play for Blackburn, because the Premier League is the best championship in the world. The atmosphere in the stadium and the fans are very passionate, so I'm happy with that.

 

After such a long career in France, was it a difficult decision to come to England and what are the main differences between the two leagues? (Dave Fareham, 27, Chesterfield)

 

In England, the football is stronger. In France it is more tactical. I think it is harder in England, because in every moment of every game you have to run, jump, tackle. Whereas as in France it is a lot slower. Of course it was difficult to leave, but I wanted to move. I played in France for 10 years and I wanted to see other things. So I think coming to England was the best choice. My English is not very good, but I'm learning!

 

Which of your team-mates has got the liveliest personality? (Kristian Roberts, Swansea)

 

Probably Dioufy. He speaks and speaks and speaks, but deep down he is a good person.

 

In the last Ewood E-males, Diouf said that you were the worst dressed player in the squad. Would you agree with him? (Jamie Moore, 17, Barrow)

 

Yeah, I think it's true, but I'm ok with that. When I come to training, I don't come in a suit and tie - I just come for the training! I wear what I feel comfortable in, here and at my house with my family. I don't need all those flash things!

 

Who is your best friend in the Rovers squad? (Martin Janata, 19, Czech Republic)

 

Because of the language, I'm most friendly with the French players - Chris Samba, Steven Nzonzi and Dioufy, but all of the players are good with me. I think there's a good atmosphere in the team. Everybody works hard for each other.

 

Gaël, I spent six months living in France as part of my degree course and found many differences between the two countries. What has been the hardest thing to get used to here and what has been the easiest? (Gemma Watson, Blackburn)

 

The hardest thing has been the language. The easiest thing has probably been the integration into the squad, because all of the players have been very good to me. They always ask if I need anything or if they can help with anything, which is very good.

 

Who is the best centre-back you have played alongside? (Mark Ashworth, Blackburn)

 

Philippe Mexes because he has the technique, the tactics, the physique, everything! I played with him in the French team when we were young and he is a good friend.

 

Would you like to get back into the France team this season? (Alicia Russell, 20, Preston)

 

For now, I want just one thing and that is to play here and to play well. I want to help Rovers do well and the French team comes second. If I play well here and if we are doing good, then maybe. But now, it's not important. What's important is Blackburn.

 

Since joining the club, what has been your best moment in a Rovers shirt? (Matty Whawell, Gorleston)

 

When we won against Portsmouth at home, because that ensured that we would stay in the Premier League, and also Fulham away, because that was very important - and my first goal at Sunderland last weekend.

 

If you could recommend one of your former team-mates to the club to sign, who would it be and why? Good luck on your Rovers career - you have been a revelation so far and long may it continue! (Babak Golriz, Dubai)

 

Sebastien Squillaci, who plays for Sevilla. Because he is my best friend and a very, very good player. He is a centre half as well.

 

Other than Gaël Givet, what has Blackburn got that Marseille hasn't? (Michael Howarth, Blackburn)

 

Excellent training facilities...and the rain!

 

We didn't see much of you on TV when you first joined the club, as I believe you weren't very comfortable speaking English in front of the cameras. How have the club helped you to improve? (Andre Nel, Marseille)

 

The club and players have been a big help. When they speak with me, they will say 'it's not this word, it's this word' and things like that. I also have lessons once or twice a week and now my teacher is my friend. She is French and sometimes we go to a restaurant with my wife and her husband, who is English and who speaks only English, so I'm able to progress.

 

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Ewood E-males: El Hadji Diouf

Posted on: Mon 17 Aug 2009

 

This is now your second spell under the leadership of Sam Allardyce, how has he changed since your days together at Bolton? (Emily Sibson, 31, Leicester)

 

He's the same guy, the same person I've always known. What I like about him, first of all, is that he's very professional. Secondly, he knows only one thing - winning! That's why people don't like me, because I'm a bad loser. If you win ugly or you win well, it doesn't matter. Everything Sam wants is to win football matches and make the fans happy.

 

Having starred in Sway's 'Golden and Silver' music video, have you got any plans to move into music or film when you retire from football? (Rikki Passmore, 23, Torquay, Devon)

 

Not yet, but I do some video clips and I'm thinking about opening a line of products connected with African musicians. So one day, why not?

 

How does the abuse you receive from opposing fans affect your game? (Kieron Rourke, 17, Feniscliffe)

 

It doesn't - I actually quite like it, because I think I need that to push myself on - to want to be good and do something on the game. But the boos don't touch me in any way.

 

Before joining Rovers, you upset many fans when you won a penalty at Ewood Park whilst playing for Bolton. Looking back, how do you feel about the incident now? (Graham Thornberry, 22, Oswaldtwistle)

 

That's gone now. That was a long time ago. Everybody knows that when I play for one team I do everything for my team. Today I'm with Rovers and I do everything I can to make the fans happy and to keep my club at the highest level. I try never to have any regrets. I used to play for Bolton and I used to fly the Bolton flag. But today I'm with Blackburn and I look forward to winning many games.

 

You jumped at the chance to link up with Sam when he came to manage Rovers. What do you think makes you work so well together? (Ian Patefield, 32, Northampton)

 

Firstly, because I like that person. I think that Sam is a great man and a great manager. I like to work with him, because I love his ideas. A lot of people don't know me, but if I love some people it's because of the type of person they are. I know Macca (Neil McDonald) as well from my time at Bolton, so I enjoy working with Sam and his staff.

 

If you weren't a footballer, what would you be? (Simon Rome, 24, Wirral)

 

I like producing music, so probably something to do with that.

 

Who's the best/worst dresser at Ewood? (Antonia Aldridge, 18, Darwen)

 

The best dressed is definitely me! And the worst one is Gael Givet. He just doesn't care about what he looks like!

 

Who's the best player you've ever played against? (Jamie Spratley, 26, Twickenham)

 

Jay-Jay Okocha. He was just too clever.

 

You are the founder of The Dioufy Foundation. Why did you decide to create this charity and how successful has it been? Also, do you have any plans to tie in any charity events at Blackburn Rovers? (Tim Young, Southampton)

 

Just because I am very lucky. I come from Africa and a lot of people want to come to Europe to play football, but not everybody is as lucky as the likes of me, Benni, Geremi, Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel. There are so many people in Africa if you ask them what they do right now, they'd say 'nothing'. That's why I have my foundation, to help a lot of people in Africa. A lot of families have a big problem with getting to the hospital, so we go round and help them. We're talking about the possibility of tying something in with Blackburn right now actually and why not. I'd love to do something with Blackburn, like organising a game in Senegal next pre-season, where the national team play a game against Blackburn Rovers.

 

Hello Dioufy! I saw your incredible chrome Mercedes in a newspaper article recently. Is it the flashest car parked at Brockhall and which other players have got nice motors? (Neil Batey, Surbiton, Surrey)

 

Whether it be my car or my clothes, I like flash things. That's me - that's my character and my style. Maybe the colour of my car and me go well together? Benni has got quite a nice black Bentley, but only players with skill can pull off flash cars!

 

Do you think that Blackburn has got a strong enough squad to have a successful season? (Christopher Lally, 25, Anglesey)

 

Definitely, yes. And I think the gaffer is trying to get a few more players here too. But I think that we have a very good squad.

 

How much time is spent perfecting your hairstyle and eyebrows - and do you get them done before every match? (Andrew Neldo, 37, Senegal)

 

I have someone come to my house every two weeks. And sometimes when we have a game on TV, I might get them done the day before!

 

Growing up in Senegal, did you ever expect you would become an established Premier League footballer? (Peggy Smithson, 69, Preston)

 

Of course. I used to think about that every day. And today, I'm very lucky. I've worked hard to be here as well, and that's why I need to say thank you to God and my parents for giving me a good education and for looking after me as a footballer.

 

How well do you know Akon and how often do you speak to him? (Mark Thompson, 22, Blackburn)

 

We grew up together in Saint-Louis Island in Senegal - long before I became a footballer and he became a singer. My mum and his mum were also best friends a long time before we were born. I talk to him on the phone every couple of days and during the summer I go to see him and we have a nice time. He hasn't been to see me play yet for Rovers. He came to watch me play when I was at Bolton, but this season I'm definitely going to try and get him to come to a game at Ewood Park.

 

What was your first and what is your favourite tattoo? (Laura Gillespie, 22, Macclesfield)

 

My first tattoo was a map of Africa on my right arm, but the one I like the best is of my kids.

 

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Norweigan punk rock band release song about Rovers

8:00pm Tuesday 29th September 2009

By Catherine Pye »

 

NORWEIGAN punk rockers have written a song declaring their undying love for Blackburn Rovers.

 

The band, called Seven, have written a song called Blackburn (Rovers in his heart), telling the true story of a boy who loves the club more than anything else - including his girlfriend.

 

And the guitar-based track name-checks Rovers legend Colin Hendry rather than Norweigan stars such as current player Morten Gamst Pedersen and old favourite Henning Berg, who helped lift the Premiership trophy for the club in 1995.

 

Asle Roedfjell, 31, promoter of the band, said that the song was proving popular on football forums both in the UK and in Norway.

 

The Rovers fan said: “It’s the true story of a former band member who lost his heart to Blackburn Rovers, and then he lost his girlfriend.

 

“I think it has a cross-over appeal because a lot of people can relate to it.

 

“There are a lot of people in Norway who follow Blackburn Rovers like all the other big Premier League clubs. Norweigan people are known for their craziness for UK football!

 

“Blackburn also have an association with Norweigan stars like Morten Gamst Pedersen and Henning Berg.

 

“They are some of the best players this country has produced in recent decades and having those players in a Blackburn Rovers team increases the popularity of the club here.

 

“Every Saturday night we watch the hightlights on the TV.

 

“It’s true though that Colin Hendry is the only player mentioned in the song, and he’s actually Scottish!

 

“But a lot of people here think of Colin when they think of Blackburn Rovers. He was a legendary player who always gave 100 per cent.”

 

Asle has been in touch with the club to ask if the band can perform at the ground on a matchday, and he is planning a tour of venues in the local area in the New Year.

 

The song is sung in English and is being supported by the Blackburn Rovers Supporters’ Association Norway website, where a high-quality mp3 download is available at http://www.brscn.com Seven say they are strongly influenced by bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees and Joy Division, and mix powerful female vocals with new-wave, post punk rock.

 

Songs from their five albums have been featured on MTV and have been big hits in Norway.

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdrR5IlOUdc]YouTube - Seven - Blackburn (Rovers in his heart)[/ame]

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Ewood E-Males: Keith Andrews

Posted on: Tue 29 Sep 2009

 

Keith, your graduation to the Premier League has been nothing short of impressive. How did you adapt so quickly and what are the main differences on the pitch from life in League Two? (Mike Whewell, Burnley)

 

I think the biggest difference is the speed and tempo it's played at. Obviously the quality of the players you are playing against is a lot higher, so your concentration needs to be very high too.

 

Was your transition to top-flight football made easier because of your relationship with Paul Ince? (Richard Ashton, Chorley)

 

It definitely helped coming to a club where I knew the manager and some of his staff. Paul Ince showed a lot of confidence in bringing me here and giving me this chance. It is fair to say that no other Premier League team would have taken a chance on me, so I am very grateful for the opportunity he gave me. I would like to think I have gone a long way to justifying his faith in me.

 

If you hadn't become a professional footballer, what career do you think you would have chosen? Do you think it would have been in sports or in a different field? (Rachel Mayo, New York)

 

That's a tough one, because I was so focused on becoming a footballer. I did go through a stage where I wanted to be a chef, but then seeing how hard they work, I would probably prefer to just own the restaurant!

 

What aspect of your game are you trying the most to enhance? (Sam Ali, Surrey)

 

I would really like to score a few more and get more assists. It obviously depends on the system and personnel we play, but I would like to contribute more on that front.

 

After making such a big contribution in helping the club survive under Big Sam last season, how far do you think the club can go this season both in the league and cup competitions? (Bob Johnson, Nottingham)

 

In terms of the league, I feel we need to get to that 40-point mark as soon as we can and then see how high we can climb. It's always nice to get a decent cup run, as, realistically, it is the only opportunity to win some silverware.

 

Before leaving MK Dons, was it a complete shock to get an offer from a Premier League club and what thoughts were going through your mind? (Matty Whawell, Gorleston)

 

I'm fully aware that I only got the chance to sign for Blackburn Rovers because of the faith Paul Ince had in me. When I knew there was interest, I was obviously over the moon and eager to come. The chairman at MK Dons was fantastic and didn't stand in my way, and I will never forget that.

 

As a Blackburn fan living in Cork, it is always good to see a Rovers player lining out in the green of Ireland. After spending so long in the lower leagues, joining Blackburn seems to have changed your career and shown how good a player you really are. How does it feel to turn out at the top level now for both club and country? (Wayne Daly, Cork City)

 

My life has changed dramatically in the last year or so. Sometimes I have to pinch myself as to how far I have come. To be playing in the best league in the world is just fantastic and to be playing for my country just tops it off. I am a very patriotic person and always harboured hopes of playing for my country one day.

 

Away from football, what would be your idea of a dream day? (Neil Andrews, Galway)

 

Probably waking up somewhere warm on my holidays. Going for a game of golf, followed by a nice meal and a Guinness. With family and friends.

 

If you could run out to one song at Ewood, what would it be and why? (Arthur Phillips, Glynneath)

 

I would probably opt for U2's Pride (In the Name of Love). I am a massive U2 fan and that's probably my favourite song.

 

As a boy, was there a midfielder that you modelled yourself on? (Tom Heather, Preston)

 

Not one in particular, but I was a big Liverpool fan, so the John Barnes/Jan Molby era. They were a fantastic side and those two in particular I admired.

 

Rovers appear to have a particular strong squad this season and nowhere is that more relevant than in the centre of midfield. How do you view the competition for places at the club? (Jim Duncan, Oswaldtwistle)

 

I think you're right and I genuinely think it's a good thing. It will certainly keep everyone on their toes and hopefully make us perform to a level that gets us right up the league.

 

Keith, you have played at right-back, right-wing and, of course, in centre midfield during your relatively short time at Rovers. Which is your preferred position and do you think that your versatility could help sustain your place in the side throughout the season? (Rob Smith, Fulwood)

 

Centre midfield is my preferred position, but to be honest I would play anywhere. I would rather be playing right-back or right midfield than sitting on the bench. I think it is important to have players in your squad that are versatile. It is a long season and when players get injured or suspended, it is important people can fill in.

 

How do you view your chances of qualifying for the World Cup finals next summer? And should you get there, what would it mean to both you personally and Ireland as a nation? (Sam Broster, Blackburn)

 

It is looking increasingly likely we will have to qualify through the play-offs. We have got a lot of belief we can do it. We haven't qualified in a long time, so it would be great for the country. On a personal note, it is the ultimate in my opinion to represent your country in a World Cup and I imagine it would be the proudest moment of my career.

 

What is it like lining up against the best players in the world week in and week out? And who are the best players you have ever played with and against? (Chris Lambert, Great Harwood)

 

The Premier League is the best league in the world and has a lot of world class players. I played against Patrick Vieira when he was at his peak and he was awesome. But for me, Steven Gerrard is the best midfielder around. I'm also a huge Wayne Rooney fan. I love the way he plays. The best players I have played with are Joleon Lescott and Robbie Keane.

 

Which one person has had the biggest influence on your career? (Richard Hanna, Bicester)

 

My family have had a massive influence on me from an early age - always encouraging me. It was a big decision for them to let me leave home at 15 to try and become a professional footballer. My fiancée Claire is also a huge part of where I am today.

 

Do you have fond memories of watching Ireland's historic first appearance at a World Cup in Italy in 1990? (Nigel Lane, County Kildare, Ireland)

 

Absolutely! I remember the whole country literally came to a standstill for every game. It was the first World Cup we qualified for and it really brought the whole country together. I used to idolise players like Paul McGrath, Packie Bonner, John Aldridge and Ray Houghton.

 

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Kaunis kaatuminenhan toi on:smile:

 

2 kotipeliä ja 2 pinnaa. Oikeastaan on pelattu kyllä hyvin mutta on kyllä pakko myöntää että meillä ei tällä hetkellä ketään varmaa maalintekijää joka varmasti tekisi ne maalit paikoistaan. Di Santo ei ole vastaus maalinteko ongelmiin, Kalinic näyttää enemmän maalintekijältä ja laittaisin hänet kärkeen Bennin kanssa Hull matsiin.

 

Tammikuussa uusi hyökkääjä olis pakko hankkia ja vielä sellainen et verkot heiluis vähän useimmin vastustajan päässä.

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Mitä itse oon katsellut Blackburnin pelejä niin hyvinhän toi Franco on pelannut. Maalinteon suhteen selässä vaan on aika iso gorilla joka pitäisi saada ravisteltua pois :lol: Chelsean reserveissä kuitenkin näyttänyt olevansa kovan luokan viimeistelijä ja sen lisäksi osaa löytää sen pelikaverinkin vierestä aika hyvin jos kaverilla on parempi maalipaikka. Ressupelit nyt ovat vain ressupelejä, mutta itse ainakin uskon, että niitä maaleja alkaa tulla kun vain saisi sen ketsuppipullon auki.

 

Kalinic on ollut kyllä positiivinen ylläri ja yhdisteltiinhän tota kaveria myös Chelseaankin jossain vaiheessa. Pienoinen kokemattomuus kuitenkin näkyy hänenkin otteissaan, mutta otteluiden myötä varmasti osoittautuu hyväksi hankinnaksi.

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Itse kyllä näkisin mieluiten uuden kaverin hyökkäykseen(jopa laina sopisi)kunhan verkot heiluis keväällä. Di Santo ja Kalinic ovat tulevaisuuden kavereita mutta jos kaudesta halutaan jotain vielä käteen niin uskon siihen tarvittavan pätevän viimeistelijän. Muu jengi minusta ihan ok, keskikentälle joku MGP:tä parempi vasen laita niin avot!

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Pedersen picks his Blackburn Rovers highlights

6:40am Saturday 14th August 2010

 

MORTEN Gamst Pedersen picked up a special contribution award at the end of last season, having made almost 250 appearances in six seasons at Blackburn Rovers.

 

The Norwegian midfielder ended months of speculation about his future when he signed a new four-year deal at the club this summer.

 

Here he talks more about his time in East Lancashire.

 

 

Favourite goal

It has to be my winning goal at Old Trafford in September 2005.

 

I think it was the first time Blackburn had won at Manchester United for more than 50 years, so of course it was a special moment.

 

There was only about 10 minutes left when the ball fell to me and I hit the ball into the top of the net from a tight angle.

 

It was a goal I will never forget.

 

 

Favourite moment

Signing for Blackburn Rovers. I had been at Tromso for four years and so to move to Blackburn and into the Premier League was a huge thing for me.

 

It was massive for me. To sign the contract was huge, then of course playing regularly was something that will live with me for a long time.

 

I have had a lot of good memories but this sticks out.

 

 

Worst moment

That header against Chelsea in the semi final of the FA Cup in 2007 when we lost in extra time 2-1.

 

It has to be that moment, hitting the inside of the post against Chelsea.

 

It was so close and it was a big moment.

 

 

Toughest Premier League opponent

That is a tough, tough question. I have played against so many good players during my time in the Premier League.

 

I would have to say Branislav Ivanovic at Chelsea though.

 

He was good for Chelsea last year. I just got the feeling I couldn’t run past him at all.

 

 

Biggest joker at Ewood Park

David Dunn. He is never quiet for more than one minute at time. He likes to speak.

 

 

Favourite ground

I would have to say Ewood Park, because we are doing well there and I have loads of good memories from playing in front of the Blackburn fans.

 

My favourite away ground is St James Park and Liverpool.

 

They are both very nice places to play at.

 

 

Best friend at Ewood Park

Lars Jacobsen.

 

 

Any superstitions

I always put my left boot and left pad on first. I don’t know why it is just something I have always done.

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David Dunn's Rovers story: part one

6:50pm Monday 6th September 2010

 

IN the first of a three-part series, David Dunn talks about his 10 seasons at Ewood Park, his England call-up, World Cup woe and being dubbed the new Paul Gascoigne.

 

TO be dubbed the ‘new Gazza’ by the nation is a big enough compliment in itself.

 

But when the flawed genius himself calls you it, you know you have really arrived in the footballing world.

 

This is exactly what happened to a young David Dunn during an explosive start to his Blackburn Rovers career and, while he never quite went on to make the same impression on the game as England sweetheart Paul Gascoigne, they were words that have lived with him forever.

 

The 30-year-old Blackburn Rovers midfielder has started his 10th season at Ewood Park, albeit with an injury-plagued three-year spell at Birmingham in between, and he remains the darling of the blue and white army after rolling back the years during a scintillating campaign last time round.

 

He has made almost 300 appearances for his hometown club since making his debut against Everton back in 1998, scoring 50 goals, and experienced relegation, promotion and Worthington Cup glory during the first spell of his Rovers’ love affair.

 

He said: “Those early years were great years, the best years in fact.

 

"The biggest compliment I have ever been paid was when Nick Barmby said to me once Gazza told him I was the nearest player to him.

 

“I don’t know whether he was just saying it but apparently Gazza has said that about me and I was well chuffed with that at the time.

 

“Of course Gazza was a hero of mine. I loved the way he played and I do wish I could have gone on to play for England as many times as he did. Sadly it just wasn’t to be.

 

“You can’t help get more confident when you hear things like that.

 

"Our manager at the time Graeme Souness was always complimenting me in the press as well and they were great days.”

 

Dunn’s single biggest regret though in a career he reflects on with immense satisfaction is never being able to add to his sole appearance for England, a second half substitute cameo against Portugal in September 2002.

 

It was easy to spot the similarities between ‘Gazza’ and ‘Dunny’ in full flow.

 

Both could explode past their man, both were capable of the unexpected and neither were shy of a few pranks. Sadly injuries prevented both from fulfilling their full potential.

 

His stunning form under Souness for Rovers in 2001 saw him named as standby for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea but, after not making the final cut, he was left to wonder what might have been.

 

“When you set off as a young lad it is always the dream to play for England.

 

"I was in the under 18s, under 21s and was on the standby for the World Cup,” he said. “I nearly went as well.

 

“I think I was next out there if Trevor Sinclair had not gone back out.

 

"I was a bit disappointed I didn’t get the call. It was great to play once but regrettably I didn’t get any more and missed out on other squads. That was it.

 

“That probably is one of my biggest regrets.

 

“I think it was a bit of everything really. There were times in my career where I probably didn’t do myself any favours.

 

"I would get told that from different people, like my grandad and the older players.

 

“Like I do to the younger lads now and they probably think ‘get off my case’.

 

"But I have had so many experiences myself in football, as have most of our senior players and I am just trying to do my best to make sure it doesn t happen to the young lads.

 

“I just wish I had known then what I know now, in terms of managing myself.

 

"There were times when I knew I wasn’t right. I knew I was in real danger of pulling something but I was that desperate to play football I would just go out and train and 20 minutes later I was in the treatment room.

 

“If I had stayed off it for one day I would probably have been fine.

 

"Maybe that was my problem and if I had been a bit less eager I might have avoided the injuries and played more for England.”

 

While Dunn’s Rovers debut came during the club’s Premier League relegation season in 1998, it wasn’t until Souness’s arrival as manager in March 2000 that his career really started to take off.

 

The former Premier League champions were struggling in their first season back out of the Premier League but just 14 months later, with Dunn as the driving force, Rovers regained their top flight status.

 

He finished their promotion campaign with 18 goals in all competitions, still his best tally to date, and followed that up the next season by helping the club win the Worthington Cup, beating Spurs 2-1 in the final.

 

The relationship between Souness and Dunn then started to sour though and in the summer of 2003 the unthinkable happened, he left ‘home’ for Birmingham City.

 

He said: “I do have great respect for Souey. Although the other managers gave me my debut and had faith in my ability there is no doubt it was Souey who really helped me on my way.

 

“It was only when he came that he really said I believe in him.

 

"He gave me the number eight shirt in his first full season and I think a few of the older lads fancied it but he said ‘no, Dunny is having it’.

 

“The press made a lot of the relationship between me and Souey but it wasn’t a big fall-out or anything. I just wanted to play football.

 

“I felt I deserved to be playing and I found myself getting left out.

 

"I wasn’t too happy and maybe he thought I was getting a bit too big for my boots.

 

“We had a successful time, it was probably the best I enjoyed.

 

"We got promoted, we won the Worthington Cup, and we qualified for Europe a couple of times. They were memorable days.”

 

Dunn’s £5.5million switch to the Midlands started off well as he scored the winner against Spurs on his debut but a series of injuries prevented him from ever making the impact expected.

 

He insists his time away helped him as a person but admitted, partly due to family reasons, he was desperate to return to Lancashire.

 

He initially looked set to go beyond enemy lines in his bid to secure a northern return, and even underwent a medical at Lancashire rivals Bolton.

 

But at the 11th hour Mark Hughes stepped in and brought Dunny home.

 

Dunn said: “Maybe I was a bit immature when I was younger.

 

"I think moving to Birmingham did me a lot of good outside of football.

 

"I had three and a half years there which started off so well.

 

“I just wanted to get back to the North West in the end and to get my career back on track.

 

"Blackburn were supposed to be interested but I was in a position where I wanted to get back up here as soon as I could.

 

“It was a couple of days before the transfer window closed.

 

"The whispers had been happening about Blackburn but nothing happened.

 

"Then I got the shout a bid had been accepted from Bolton.

 

“Sam Allardyce wanted to sign me so I was ready for it. I did all the medicals but it took four days.

 

"I had a feeling maybe some of the medical staff were doing too many things.

 

"It was thorough but it was like they were trying to find problems. I don’t know for what reason.

 

“I was really happy with the deal and I was ready to sign.

 

"But then at the 11th hour Blackburn came in and that was it. I was ready to come back to Blackburn.

 

“I phoned Sam Allardyce up, luckily. It was a hard thing to do at the time.

 

"I could have ignored it, but it was only right to tell him myself rather than let him find out by other means.

 

“Luckily I did that because a couple of years later he got the job at Blackburn and I'm not sure he would have been happy had I not made that phone call.”

 

TOMORROW>> How it all began for Dunny at Rovers – his debut and his memories as a fan.

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The David Dunn story - Part Two

6:10pm Tuesday 7th September 2010

 

IT was the moment David Dunn had been dreaming of ever since he stood on the Ewood Park terraces as a child for the first time to roar on his Blackburn Rovers heroes.

 

As he ran on to the Goodison Park pitch with a large Rovers away following singing his name, ‘Dunny’ knew he had finally arrived. Could life get any better for the Great Harwood-born teenager?

 

His Blackburn Rovers debut came as a second half substitute at Everton on September 26, 1998 but it was over almost before it had begun as he was sacrificed just 11 minutes later after Martin Dahlin’s sending off.

 

With almost 300 appearances for his boyhood club now to his name during a Rovers career spanning 10 years, a 30-year-old Dunn can look back on how it all started with a smile on his face but, at the time, he admits it was far from a joke.

 

“Looking back, it was pretty funny,” said Dunn. “I got the nod from Tony Parkes, he shouted down ‘You will go on behind the front man and get on the ball for us and do your bit. Good luck’.

 

“The fans were singing my name and I was thinking ‘Yes, this is it. I am here’. Then Dahlin got sent off for spitting at Materazzi but I was just walking around saying, ‘Don’t worry lads.’ Being a bit chirpy, I was confident at a young age, I was clapping the lads telling them to keep their heads up and then I saw my number go up.

 

“I couldn’t believe it. I went off and they have the big bath at Everton and I remember being sat in it on my own after the game shaking my head.

 

“Roy Hodgson came over and told me not to worry, ‘You will get plenty of chances’. All I could think about was my mates taking the mickey out of me when I went out in Great Harwood after.

 

“I remember saying ‘Don’t worry? What do you mean don’t worry? My mates are going to cane me for this’. Looking back now I should just have kept my mouth shut.

 

“Then I made my full time debut a few weeks later at Anfield. Steven Gerrard was making his debut the same day. We lost but to start at Anfield was a great memory.”

 

Dunn has been a Rovers fan for as long as he can remember and, brought up in Great Harwood, some of his earliest childhood memories involve the famous blue and white halved shirts of Blackburn Rovers.

 

While he was soon making a name for himself in his own football journey as he rose up through the Ewood Park youth ranks, including an FA Youth Cup triumph in 1998, his early days as ‘just another Rovers fan’ will never be erased from his memory.

 

He said: “When I was growing up I just wanted to be a professional footballer. Obviously you dream of playing for your club but you never really know.

 

“Me and a few mates and my dad and my granddad used to go down and stand on the Riverside. We couldn’t really see too well because we weren’t tall enough. In the first game I was in the Blackburn End in the corner at the front. I remember that.

 

“Then we used to stand in the paddock next to the benches. I remember all the streets. We used to pick the tickets up from a terraced house, it was Jim Furnell’s office.

 

“I used to love Gordan Cowans. I loved them all Garner, Ossie Ardiles, there were quite a few players along the way.

 

“We have been fortunate that, even though we are one of the less fashionable clubs, we have had some really good players over the years that we have been able to attract.”

 

Dunn’s playing career has seen him fortunate enough to celebrate promotion to the Premier League, win the Worthington Cup and qualify for Europe with his first and only footballing love.

 

The heights they reached when he was a supporter though have never quite been reached, with Jack Walker and Kenny Dalglish bringing the Premier League title to Ewood in 1995, and Dunn admits it was just a privilege to have experienced the ‘glory years’.

 

Dunn said: “Obviously when Jack Walker took over it was massive for the team and the town. All the hype that came with it was great for everyone involved. From being 10,000 at Ewood Park, the crowds suddenly rose to 25,000.

 

“What a time it was to be a Blackburn Rovers supporter. We all know we were lucky to be fans at that time because we saw our team win the Premier League.

 

“I was at Great Harwood cricket club the day we won the title at Anfield. We watched it there and the celebrations were great. I will never forget them and then the parade at Blackburn a few nights later. Good times. I also went to Wembley when we won the play-off final that was a great day out.

 

“I also remember the first time I was ever named on the substitutes bench. As an apprentice you used to get Christmas off, so I was out with my dad and a few of my mates on Christmas Day.

 

“Then Tony Parkes rang me up and told me I was sub the next day. I said ‘what do you mean?’. I was in a pub in Great Harwood and shot off home for the next day. I didn’t get on.”

 

Dunn’s Rovers career has not always been plain sailing, with injury problems and a fall-out with Graeme Souness ensuring his fair share of bad times, and the beginnings were no exception.

 

The midfielder made just 10 starts in his debut season as he was forced to watch Rovers’ Premier League relegation from the periphery and he followed that up with another frustrating campaign as they struggled to make a Championship impact.

 

“The relegation season was hard,” he said. “Roy Hodgson got the sack after the Southampton game, Parkesy took over and then Brian Kidd came in. It was the United game we got relegated and I hit the bar in the game.

 

“It was difficult but as a young player you take these things in your stride. You knew what it meant but in a selfish kind of way I was just interested in making a career for myself.

 

“I imagine it would be a very different feeling now. In those days I just wanted to be a footballer. I actually found the season after quite hard. I was in and out of the team and not playing too much. But when Graeme Souness came in he obviously rated me, I scored in his first game against Fulham away.

 

“He was happy with how I performed and I played most of the time he was here. I have had a good career barring a couple of injuries along the way.

 

“I even enjoyed my time at Birmingham, I quite liked it there, however ideally I would have stayed here and played for one club all my career.”

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