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Russell Berrisford

Russell Berrisford

Russell’s support of Derby County eventually led him to leave the country. He has lived in Canada since 2007 and currently writes about soccer for The Vancouver Sun. RSS

The Revisionist Tendency of the Soccer Fan

Written by on February 24, 2012 | 5 Comments »
Posted in General

To make it through a single season, let alone a lifetime, as a soccer fan requires a level of revisionist thinking that would make even Joseph Stalin blush.

That “must win” game that your team lost? It wasn’t “must win” at all. It’s the next one that will decide the season.

That clear handball that your central defender committed in the penalty area? Ball to hand at worst, and looked at from some angles it maybe even have hit his shoulder.

Soccer fans can swiftly reverse opinions that they have held for years as they happily shout abuse at a returning player that they once revered.

Or they can revise it on the fly as a forward that they have been abusing all game thumps a header into the top corner and allows them to turn to tell their mates that they never doubted him for a second.

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How Do The Whitecaps Solve A Problem Like Davide?

Written by on February 21, 2012 | No Comments »
Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps

There can be little doubt that Davide Chiumiento is the player with the most individual flair and skill on the Whitecaps roster.

There can also be little doubt that he can be the most frustrating player for both the coach and the supporters to watch.

Chiumiento can drift out of games seemingly on a whim, leaving the side not only bereft of his inspirational play but also lacking in the defensive cover….

To read more of this article click the link to the Vancouver Sun.

English Premier League Teams Embrace Failure

Written by on February 18, 2012 | 5 Comments »
Posted in English Premier League

To paraphrase Tolstoy-

“Successful teams are all alike; yet every failing team fails in its own way.”

That is certainly true in the English Premier League this season where a number of clubs have found the ability to get things wrong in an increasingly innovative fashion.

To read more click this link to the Vancouver Sun.

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