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January 29, 2010
Posted by David Kyle on 01/29/2010

Hello to all and thanks for reading what is hopefully the first of many blog postings in my tenure as Chelsea correspondent for ESPN Soccernet!

I was about to launch into a rant on how saddening it is to see the talents of Eidur Gudjohnsen wasted - first on the sidelines at Barcelona (albeit successful on trophy terms), relegated to the talent barren wasteland of Ligue 1, and now reduced to a loan spell at perennial underachievers/over spenders, Tottenham.

However this new dawn needs a positive spin, not a trip down memory lane (lest we never forget that overhead kick against Leeds).

We need to not worry what’s happening down in the doldrums of Europa League contention and be aware that there is a great change upon us.

January 27, 2010
Posted by Dom Raynor on 01/27/2010

Soccernet's Correspondents pages have provided opinionated football fans with the chance to publish articles to a massive global audience since the year 2000 and although that tradition continues unabated our Soccernet FC section continues to evolve.

Ahead of the 2009/10 season we are expanding our exisiting fan-driven coverage of the Premier League to include some of Europe's biggest clubs and we are looking to recruit enthusiastic new talent to help fill all our pages with fresh ideas.

Soccernet is always interested in hearing from energetic writers and we are looking for motivated people to boost the ranks of our team of Correspondents.

If you have an obsession for your club and want to share your passion and knowledge with million's of readers on your very own page on Soccernet then apply to be a Correspondent on the world's site for the world game.

Available now:

• Click here to apply for Chelsea

• Click here to apply for Inter Milan

As part of Soccernet FC you will have your work published online on one of the world's leading football websites and gain experience in the field of football journalism - with a written reference available on request.

You must be able to write in English, to a good level, and convey your ideas and arguments in a cohesive way to fans from all over the globe.

So, if you want to volunteer to represent your club, or just make a name for yourself, click on the relevent link above and tell us what makes you a prime candidate for Soccernet FC - include your writing experience and methods used to gather information - and send us a 250-word (maximum, please) sample of your writing. It could be a match report, or, if your team aren't playing, a news story or opinion piece based on the latest news or your fantasy scoop.

As a Correspondent you will be required to tell Soccernet's readers what you made of each result, plus club rumours as well as keeping us up to date with team news, speculation and looking ahead to forthcoming fixtures.

These positions are unpaid, but the Correspondents pages provide all you zealots with the opportunity to write about your club's journey through the season. Our readers can follow your rollercoaster ride of emotions through post-match euphoria and dejection, then debate all the bias that comes with football.

January 17, 2010
Posted by Soccernet Staff on 01/17/2010

Ghana captain Michael Essien has been taken to hospital after suffering a suspected knee injury in training at the African Nations Cup finals.

The Chelsea star, who was prevented from starting Friday's 3-1 defeat against Ivory Coast by a hamstring problem, hobbled off the team bus following a training session on Sunday and was sent for medical tests.

"He was taken to a local hospital for a scan and we'll get the results back on Monday," Ghana's team press officer Randy Abbey said on Sunday. "We will then have a clearer idea of whether he can play."

January 4, 2010

With Didier Drogba (amongst others) heading off to the African Cup of Nations, its just as well that we have some quality strikers to fall back on. Daniel Sturridge proved on Sunday that he has the quality to take over where Didier Drogba left off.

With the games that are coming up over the next few weeks, Sturridge will have the chance to prove that not only does he have the pace and finishing prowess to compete with the best, but he also has the power to challenge the burly Premier League centre-backs.

Phil Lythell Phil Lythell is a Chelsea season ticket holder and lifelong Blues supporter stretching back to the sepia-tinted days of Kerry Dixon and Pat Nevin. Author of Chelsea-centric blog, Phil has spent his entire life living within a 20 minute walk of Stamford Bridge which has cost him a fortune but has also kept him from those interminable queues outside Fulham Broadway Station giving him more time in the pub to discuss the latest glorious/calamitous/insipid match.

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