Back Page Football has an interview with Charlie Cooke. The article focuses of Charlie’s time with Chelsea but I can remember his relatively short spell with Dundee that came before. When Alan Gilzean was sold by Dundee to Spurs in 1964, Cooke was commonly regarded as Gillie’s replacement. He was in terms of star power but the players were of very different styles.
Gilzean was the consummate goalscorer and leader of the attack. Charlie Cooke was never a consistent goal threat but he was the king of the dribble. One of the greatest performances I have ever seen was Charlie against England at Hampden in 1968 on a frost hardened field. The game finished 1-1 but Cooke was man-of-the-match.
The greatest thrill I have had as a media soccer analyst was meeting Charlie at a NSCAA convention a couple of years back. I had to admit that I was one of a group of boys that used to play football on the street outside his house when he lived in Dundee. One of my best friends lived next door to Charlie and another across the road.
His time at Dundee only lasted 16 months but he is still fondly remembered around those parts.
Tommy Docherty took Charlie Cooke to Chelsea and when the “Doc” took over at Old Trafford he signed another incredible dribbler Gordon Hill. This is Gordon Hill’s column for Total Football Magazine.
Sam Fayyaz looks at the often strained and strange relationship between Argentina fans and Lionel Messi.
Gabriele Marcotti says it is crass to consider Lionel Messi’s statistics but he decides to go ahead and do it anyway.
Another hat-trick for Lionel Messi – with an assist from David Lacey.
About ten years the idea of a “North Atlantic League” comprising teams from Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Scotland and Belgium was the subject of a lot of discussion. The troubles currently experienced by Rangers may have been the spark needed to put the proposal back on the table according to Richard Wilson.
MLS in underway and so is the Fantasy League. Here is a list of the top ten choices made by participants. How four rookies finish up on this list is beyond me. Hype over substance?
The Secret Footballer tells us that there is often a good reason why a #2 is a #2 and often should stay a #2.
Simon Kuper is an insightful, entertaining and normally a thoroughly enjoyable journalist. He often punctures conventional wisdom with rational arguments, facts and statistics. But perhaps this is a case of playing the role of the contrarian one too many times. In this interview with Josh White Kuper claims “Football is recession-proof” and tries to establish that we should not be worried about overspending by clubs because they don’t go bankrupt and are almost always saved.
He is correct that clubs do not go bankrupt but this is only because in the UK only persons can be declared bankrupt. Organizations enter administration and then sometimes proceed to liquidation.
Anyone who follows the game in Europe, and in particular in the UK, knows that administration is now a common occurrence.
To take the position that we should not care ignores the financial and emotional pain inflicted on a community. Just because a club survives doesn’t mean that the creditors do not pay an often hefty price. The creditors don’t have white-knights riding to their rescue ready to save the day as the liquidation-clock ticks.
VitalFootball.uk.com recounts the Burnden Park tragedy of 1946 in which 33 people lost their lives.
In Bed with Maradona provides the answer to my trivia question that I have never had anyone answer correctly. The question “Name the only player to wear glasses on the field of play and who scored a goal that knocked Real Madrid out of the European Cup.” I always added “and it was not Edgar Davids.”
Last week Mr. Beckham came to Toronto and John Doyle wrote this piece on all that is wrong the many perceptions of the aforementioned superstar.
Graham Ruthven offers thoughts on where the New York Cosmos sits in the thinking of MLS and how the Cosmos of yesterday still resonates so strongly.
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