A mini-compilation of some of the best articles and blog postings from the last week.
The Andersred Blog analyses the Chelsea financial results.
A Freakonomics article on kids playing and watching sports.
Rob Hughes on Italy’s new approach.
Bret Myers, a professor of management and operations at the Villanova School of Business, has analysed the use of substitutions in soccer games and has some interesting findings.
A debate on the New York Cosmos. It is from a couple of weeks ago but still worth watching.
Real Madrid announced as the world’s richest club when in fact they are the club with the highest revenues – pedantic perhaps but they are different things.
Just Football provides the background to Marcelo Bielsa’s final resignation.
A video featuring US international Steve Cherundolo of Hannover talking about the season the club is having. This is from the English language Bundesliga site.
The Independent is offering a podcast on South American football.
Fraser Wishart, chief executive of PFA Scotland with words of warning to players using the social network.
Why are there so many good Scottish managers? A name missing from Richard Wilson’s list is Dundee United’s Jim McLean.
A very good piece from James Corrigan on Roy Hodgson.
Hold That Headline
At half time with West Brom leading 3-0 you could anticipate “Hodgson appointment vindicated” type headlines. Forty minutes later, three goals from West Ham, two of them from Ba the headlines were more likely to be “West Brom sheepish at draw.”
Quotes“What I did say, winter is not only January or February. I think for the time being the matter is on ice.”
FIFA President Sepp Blatter tries to put paid to the possibility of playing the 2022 World Cup early in the year ……….or is he suggesting that FIFA will consider a future bid from Antarctica.“We have an existing relationship now with Tottenham where we are beginning to think outside the box on football and how we do things together on football,”
Tim Leiweke President of Los Angeles owners AEG. AEG is also a partner of Spurs in their Olympic Stadium proposal. I can’t work out whether the interview given by Leiweke was trying to somehow impress the Olympic Stadium decision makers or to answer criticism of Beckham not making the start of Galaxy pre-season training. Either way it was a lame effort.
If there was an award for the most underrated match commentator I think it might go to Peter Drury. He voiced the Manchester derby on Saturday and I thought he did a terrific job as he almost always does.
No stupid repetition of red top rumours of players who have been linked with the clubs, no ideal chatter with the colour commentator – just given the game a chance to breathe while communicating the importance of the match and the tense atmosphere.
If we all got paid every time that a commentator, analyst or writer told us that a player received or might have received a red card for a reckless challenge we would all be very well off.
A quick look at the Laws of the Game tells us that a reckless challenge by a player earns a yellow card, not a red one.“Reckless” means that the player has acted with complete disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, his opponent. • A player who plays in a reckless manner must be cautioned
To receive a red card the referee must judge the player to have used excessive force.“Using excessive force” means that the player has far exceeded the necessary use of force and is in danger of injuring his opponent. • A player who uses excessive force must be sent off
The referee still has to differentiate between the types of challenge but nonetheless the wording is clear.
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