Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.
A FIFA.com article considers some players who have been overshadowed by greatness.
Can you imagine what the BBC would have said if this had happened in North America?
The issue of how athletes are taxed as they move from event to event and country to country.
Rod Beifuss calls for Neymar to get a proper haircut before the crown is placed upon his head.
The career of the mercurial Willie Johnston revisited. Johnston’s time is well remembered in Vancouver as part of the 1979 Soccer Bowl winning side.
There were a couple of pieces of information in the article that were a bit off-base. The late Willie Woodburn was sent off four times before the “sine die” ban while the beer incident happened in the NASL.
Here is the beer-swigging incident against San Jose Earthquakes.
Scotland go Dutch by appointing Mark Wotte as their first ever Performance Director. A case of back to the future perhaps?
Wotte talking about encouraging skill and intelligence in players – two things Scotland used to produce in abundance until they decided to become a mini-me of the English game.
Also nice to see an article about a Dutch coach that does not use the phrase “Total Football.”
But then the banality of Sky Sports picks it up and once again proves the adage that if you mention Dutch football today and link it to Total Football then it proves you never watched football in the early 70s. And you certainly do not know your football.
A summary of managerial dismissals in England last season.
The USA officiating crew at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup are maintaining a blog.
Dutch goalkeeping legend Jan van Beveren died last weekend in Houston at age 63. Here is an article from nearly three decades ago contained in Sports Illustrated archives. A teammate of van Beveren’s at the Fort Lauderdale Strikers called Ray Hudson as something to say.
Do recent events unduly influence transfer moves? Sarah Rudd asks the question and looks at some data.
Michael Cox writes about the form of Giovani dos Santos at international tournaments in glowing terms but leaves a big question unanswered.
Why hasn’t dos Santos found consistent form at the club level? His exit from Barcelona is only referred to as his “leaving” and hardly explains why Barcelona was so willing to allow such a talent leave so young.
We are told of “his good form at Santander last season only furthers the intrigue,” but the real intrigue is perhaps constitutes “good form last season.”
I have to admit that I do not follow Racing Santander but one look at his appearance stats has me questioning the context. He made 17 appearances, 7 were as a substitute, 4 he started but failed to complete and the other 5 he completed the full ninety minutes.
Five complete matches seem a very small sample and perhaps insufficient evidence to confirm “good form” or even “bad”.
But it might be part of the reason for the apparent contradiction – do Santos is capable of lifting his game for a relatively short stint but has trouble over an entire season.
Paul Gardner seems to be getting a lot of support for his view that the baby, the bath-water and anything else remotely linked to the US soccer establishment should get chucked and far too.
Richard Whittall’s article contains this beauty.“Most run to the sports section to have their prejudices confirmed or denied. Confirmed, they feel affinity with the writer and will gladly come back again for more. Denied, they’ll spin off in a rage, write some nasty things on Twitter, and then go back for more.”
How can you not read his piece?
Roberto Gotta profiles Inter’s new coach Gian Piero Gasperini. I desperately want to see Gasperini succeed whether he coaches but I fear that this relationship may not last long and will end in tears.
Russell Berrisford writing on Vancouver Whitecaps fit or lack thereof between tactics and players.
A profile of new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas from Graham Hunter.
Quotes“It has become plain that Fábregas is desperate to sign for his boyhood club and Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith, the former Arsenal director who sold her shares in April, became the latest figure with connections at the club to voice the sentiment. “It is obvious he wants to go,” she said this week. “You cannot keep a player when his heart is not in it.””
David Hytner June 29, 2011 in the Guardian hits the lowest of the lowest with this intrepid piece of journalism. What can we expect next – a quote from the Lady’s butler who used to stand on the North Bank?“You have to wonder: Would Argentina’s Lionel Messi, a skinny tyke for most of his youth, have been passed over in America?”
Mark Ziegler writing in “Sign On Sports San Diego” about how to fix American soccer. Perhaps a little bit more investigation would show that essentially Argentina or more precisely Newell’s Old Boys passed over a diminutive Lionel.
How to get unfollowed very quickly. This gem from Sunday Times Sport hardly sets the source up as credible.“Hosts Germany beat Nigeria 2-1 in the first game of the Women’s World Cup, in front of a crowd of 72,000.”
In Canada, a combination of Setanta and Rogers Sportsnet carried the Gold Cup and on a number of occasions the feed was from Fox Soccer. Just want to put a shout out to Brian Dunseth operating as the sideline reporter – thank you for insightful and relevant offerings.
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