20 Responses to “Shocker Donuts wins the UEFA Cup, plays “Arsenal-like””

  1. 1 Fransis uganda
    May 21, 2009 at 9:01 am

    i lik dt

  2. 2 CaribKid
    May 21, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Ha Tim,

    Germany and Argentina were the winning finalists. I saw both games live on closed circuit screenings in Jamaica.

    Agree 100% with what you are saying Tim, except, Arsenal has not been playing “Arsenallike” football consistently for the past 2 years, in particular, this season. What is most frustrating, is watching Arsenal play without verve, elan, creativity and explosiveness. Where has the famed 5 second counter attack gone? Where is that exquisite, magical moment from Bergkamp or that solo run from half line by Thierry?

    Most of that is missing because we don’t have the personnel to do it consistently.

    Win or lose, I always enjoyed watching Le Orange play, just like I enjoyed watching the Arsenal of seasons past.

    Started watching Barca 5 years ago and they are my second favorite team. Obviously, I want them to kick Manure’s butt, even more so since they have Arsenal Alma Maters in Henry, Hleib and Sylvinho.

    Great blog as usual so keep on trucking.

  3. 3 nycgunner
    May 21, 2009 at 9:33 am

    shocker donuts!! hahaha! so great. i hope you dont mind me using it on my buddies to ante up my funny meter.

    oh.. and great article too.

    • 4 Tim
      May 21, 2009 at 9:37 am

      All jokes on 7amkickoff are protected under copyright, any use or transmission of said material is strictly forbidden without the express, written, consent of 7amkickoff or one of his representatives.

      Which I give you now.

  4. 5 nycgunner
    May 21, 2009 at 9:41 am

    awesome! second best news i’ve heard today! (sorry but being told that our offices are closed both friday and monday has to take the cake)

  5. 6 CaribKid
    May 21, 2009 at 10:21 am


    Is it only “cocksandwich” c$nts that wear blue?

    NTW, love the reply feature. Next upgrade could be a polling box…..HINT…HINT

  6. 11 dk.nyc
    May 21, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I don’t think the away kits are THAT bad this year, it is basically the same as of 04-05 away kit, just with pinstripes. We have definitely had worse: see Arsenal Away Kit 1991-1993, and Arsenal Away kit 1982-1983. And that’s not including the 1968-1969 Away Kit, which looks sickeningly familiar to a certain other team’s regular kits. That team shall remain nameless but will only be referred to as c*nts. I vote on returning to the bright yellow-royal blue kits of the 70’s and of the 03-04 fame; classic Arsenal.

  7. 12 WC
    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Well I wasn’t born when Holland lost in the 70s but I do know my little bit of football history and do know about the Dutch teams of the 70s so they do have some notereity in my mind at least. I may not know all of their players, their coach or who they lost to but they are mythical in that they were known to play some glittering football. To argue Donetsk play Arsenal-like is up for debate – it could as well be said they played with Brazilian flair since well their whole team is reliant on the magical Brazilian triangle of Luiz Adriano, Fernandinho and Ilsinho. To be honest I watched the game and Bremen are typically a similarly fluid team since they have their fair share of Brazilian influences like Naldo and Diego – even though he was suspended you can see the influence he has on their overall style of play. Arsenal-like has become synonymous with fluid passing games, but Barca-like may as well be that as well – the difference being that Arsenal and the Prem in general get more global coverage than any other league.

    I hope our club doesn’t go down in infamy as you have pointed out – beautiful but unsuccessful.

    I hope we have a yellow kit somewhere in there next season as a 3rd kit because the blue looks like every other blue kit from (insert name of club here). The yellow has become one of our modern day traditions so I hope to see it continued.

  8. 13 nycgunner
    May 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm


    i’ve seen some run really fast here in nyc… away from the cops

    just kidding man!

  9. 15 Shaun
    May 21, 2009 at 12:31 pm


    I reckon our 5 second counter attack went the way of the dodo when we started dominating possession. I remember days gone by when we would have had say 35% possesion and won 4-0 (with all 4 goals coming in the first 20 minutes). We uses to absolutely destroy teams in the first half and then pick them off on the second.

    Were an entirely new kettle of fish now. Where we keep the ball for extended periods and then we get picked off. Either way though, we need more clinical strikers.

    Whats interesting Tim, is the “Arsenal-like” accolades are coming up now, with our possesion, movements and passing game. It really is a privilege to have such accolades and to be honest I would hate for us to change our way of playing because we really are a great team to watch.

  10. 16 viva los gooners
    May 21, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Donutz, Arsenal like, come on! Accrington Stanley like, maybe, or Northwich Victoria, did I hear someone say who? A bunch of push, pull, kick you’s with a good line in diving. Sorry simulation, a virtual reality foul, which the ref. sees but doesn’t act upon.


  11. 17 T-Town
    May 21, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Here is a bit of historic perspective on this successful vs. beautiful debate. I can painfully relate to this issue growing up in France back in the 80’s. France was (still is) fascinated with ‘beautiful football’… and it goes a long long way back in time:
    Back in the 1930s, Uruguay was hands down the best team in the world. The Uruguay National team got on a big ferry boat, and came to France to play a series of exhibition games. Of course they beat every French club and national team by a combined score of gzillion to 1. But what stuck with people more than the score, was the beautiful and flowing style of play they played that was not seen in Europe before. (The original “Arsenal-like”). It was an overnight sensation. Every football player and team in France suddenly wanted to emulate the Uruguayans. Now fast forward to the 1980s. The game of the golden generation of French players like Platini was a modern version of the beautiful game of the Uruguayans. Except that they would beat everybody other than Germany who would invariably would ‘get stuck in’ and kick France off the pitch. Anybody saw the Schumacher-Battiston collision in the semi of the 1982 World Cup? That team was very similar to Holland of the 70’s. Only won the Euro-84 on home soil. 2 losses in World Cup semis in 82 and 86 to Germany, despite beating Brazil, the best team. Then fast forward to 1998 and Jacquet’s national team who won everything over the span of 4+ years. The difference? The defense. And physical play in the Midfield. Now Jacquet was the most insulted football manager of all time until he won the WC. Why? Because he was not playing ‘beautiful’ football. Everybody in France was complaining and hated him. Until he won.
    Food for thought.

    • May 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm

      Good points Alex, and I just want to point out that people remember beautiful football irregardless of the wins.

  12. 19 Matt
    May 21, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    1. Isn’t it a simile, and not a metaphor?
    2. I cannot believe you have not mentioned the 50 Greatest Goals poll over at the dot com. Free videos. It’s like porn. Orgasmic.

  13. 20 Darkhail
    May 21, 2009 at 8:47 pm


    It looks like Fab won’t be banned for life for hurling massive buckets of spit at Brian Horton after all… Although they should give him a stern talking to about his choice of fashion, I’m not a big fan of his jacket.

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