Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.
Robert Dillon brings us up to date on a season and a bit of transition for Russian football.
Andrew Gibney has given in and has now adopted a second team to support.
This one seems to be a talk-radio host in his apprenticeship phase. According to this f*!k-wit football games arouse such passion within fans and players that any racist remark can be written off as just something said in the heat of the moment.
The argument is moronic. Taken to its logical conclusion it allows any acts, no matter how heinous, to be excused based on an excitement made me do it excuse . “Sorry about slitting you from ear to ear with this Stanley knife Guv, just got carried away didn’t I, no hard feelings then?”
Ouriel Daskal has some thoughts on how to deal with match-fixing.
Brian Reade points out although the FA has now dealt with the Suarez case they also need to take a look in their own backyard.
Bill Shankly is said to once remarked to a player – “Trouble with you laddie, is your brains are all in your head”
Science News takes a more academic look at the brains of elite athletes and how they work. It even comes up with an explanation as to why we rarely hear anything of interest from a player right after a match.
Caleb Cousens takes a look at Borussia Dortmund’s youth policy and how it operates.
I missed this one from a few weeks ago but it well worth a read. Rafa Benitez on Women and Football – let’s just say that he takes a more informed approach that Gray and Keys.
The experiences of Ann Hicks and fellow officials at the youth level do not make for pretty reading. I don’t know if anyone has the misfortune to officiate a game at younger levels – I did some years ago. The referee did not turn up and it was a case of I took the whistle or two teams of 12 year-olds were going home without a game.
I distinctly remember a Grandfather and Mother who did not know the Laws of the Game from their arses but obviously and quite vocally expressed their opinions. After a first half of bile I offered the whistle to the old fart and the cow – their response “we can’t do that we don’t know anything about the game.” To them it just seemed to be part of a night out.
A nice graphic from “My Football Facts.Com” on the current state of goals and assists by player in the Premier League.
A wonderful piece appeared this past week on “WolvesHeroes.Com” on a great servant to Wolves and Canadian soccer Les Wilson.
Jonah Freedman on MLS.Com looks back at the move a decade ago to opt for contraction and to eliminate the teams in Miami and Tampa. It is a hole that remains today.
For all the Manchester United supporters out there who are fixated on their club signing Wesley Sneijder Michael Cox offers some thoughts.
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