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November 16, 2006

Schadenfreude

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/6153658.stm

So Manchester United tried to sign a talented young player whose name is some combination of the words “Jon”, “Mikel” and “Obi”, and failed when he mysteriously decides he wants to play for Chelsea instead. Everyone at Man Utd cries “Foul play!” and Chelsea just wave money (£12m) at them knowing that Mikel Obi Jon won’t play for Man Utd when his head has been so successfully turned. The papers talk darkly of underhand tactics though chances are there weren’t any by Chelsea, merely them being opportunist (annoying but let’s not kid ourselves that other clubs don’t do it), and Obi Jon Mikel comes across as a bit of a mercenary, albeit a talented one.

Obi Mikel Jon’s stats for the season:
Mniutes on pitch 89
Substitute appearences 4
Starts 1
Sendings off from starts 1
Assists 0
Goals 0

And now he’s apparently in the doghouse with Mourinho after showing a “poor attitude” in training.

scha‧den‧freu‧de  /ˈʃɑdnˌfrɔɪdə/ [shahd-n-froi-duh]
–noun
satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune.
[Origin: 1890–95; < G, equiv. to Schaden harm + Freude joy]

Best £12m we’ve earned in years.


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