Around The SB Nation: Carling Cup Reactions, Former Glories Revisited, And Dialing Back

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Glenn Whelan and Wilson Palacios of Stoke in action with Sandro of Tottenham during the Carling Cup Third Round match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Britannia Stadium on September 20, 2011 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Time to take you around the Nation--SB Nation that is. Time to get you caught up on what's going on in European Football via our very own network. Maybe you've been to some of these blogs, maybe you haven't - and if you haven't please take a gander at some of the best football writing around!

Former Glories - Portsmouth 0 - 1 Fulham (11 May 2008) - Cottagers Confidential
To report on this match wouldn't really be reporting on this match. It would be to report on the result and what it means to Fulham Football Club. It would be to report on a culmination of sheer belief in a season of doubtless lows and sublime highs, laced sporadically with undeniable talent and desire. It would be to report on a wave of euphoria for all those connected with this humble club and it would remove credence from all of the financial stories that are consistently entwined with tales of relegation woe. This achievement wasn't about monetary gains. It was about resurrection. It was about repayment of faith. It was about hushing each and every one who doubted. 

Community Reaction To Tottenham Hotspur's Carling Cup Loss To Stoke City - Cartilage Free Captain
We asked for your response to Tottenham Hotspur's loss to Stoke City and this is what you gave us. Enjoy!

Are Chicharito and Danny Welbeck both set for a return? - The Busby Babe
Are strikers Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) and Danny Welbeck both set for a return from injury? According to a report by the Guardian, tests on Chicharito's leg revealed no serious damage. A rash challenge from Ashley Cole during Sunday's clash with Chelsea FC was feared to have resulted in an injury that would sideline the young Mexican striker for weeks. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson even brought up the possibility that he would be out a few weeks. However, it appears as if the striker will resume training in the upcoming days.

What If Our Season Hinges On Two Players Made Out Of Paper Mache? - Anfield Asylum
As always with us, the injury news is the lead. We can't seem to get a straight answer as to how long Daniel Agger will be out, and how many ribs he's cracked. The clubs say two weeks and one rib, his agents says a couple ribs and more than a month. It's broken ribs, I'm going with the month. And quite frankly, i can't think of a more unpleasant injury as it just about hurts to breathe when carrying one of those.

Dial it back - The Short Fuse
Something that Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said today got me thinking (I wasn't thinking before). He was talking about the increasing groundswell of opinion that suggests Arsène Wenger looks tired, and then he touched upon all of our roles in this:

New Aston Villa Products You Can Own! - 7500 To Holte
Aston Villa's online store has new products. We have the run-down!

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