Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.
Anyone interested in how Tony Adams is doing in Azerbaijan? Les Rosbifs can answer that one.
Michael Cox writes about the career and impact of Andrea the Giant.
John Sinnott writes on the evils or virtues of third-party ownership of players.
Ian Winwood looks back at the annual NFL game at Wembley and at how quickly the lustre has faded.
When Richard Scudamore announced his ludicrous 39th Premier League game proposal there were are a number of people who quickly pointed to the NFL/London experience as a reason to support Scudamore.
I wonder if they would now be so quick to use the NFL as a bellwether?
This article by Tom Pyman is bound to generate discussion – he lists his ten most overrated players in the Barclay’s Premier League. Agree, disagree, any to add?
The 40 biggest scandals ever to hit the game or so the headline claims.
Wow, all but two in the last 20 years and over a third of them involving the game in England. What a corrupt society we have become, especially it would seem in England. Or is it more a case of a weak grasp of history beyond the obvious?
Gabriele Marcotti on the accusations against Suarez and Terry and the rush to judgement based on their history.
If you don’t know the name “Glenbuck Cherrypickers” then you should automatically fail your Liverpool supporter test.
Has anyplace so small produced so many professional footballers? Over a period of 50 years a village of 1,000 produced around 50 professional players.
Alas the village of Glenbuck was abandoned many years ago.
Six decades on and the time-crunch of renovating the Maracana in Rio is strikingly similar to that faced by the original builders says the BBC.
Soccermetrics looks at the correlation between the salaries paid out by MLS teams and their finishing position in the league.
Keir Radnedge suggests that the ongoing legal battle being fought out between FC Sion and UEFA calls into question the position of the Court of Arbitration for Sport as a neutral arbiter.
Just one of an avalanche of articles we can expect this week covering a quarter of a century of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. Soccer Report Extra may even have one later this week. This one from the Daily Telegraph.
The art of defending is coming under increasing criticism in the Premier League and Mina Rzouki says it is the same in Serie A.
Monday’s Fox Soccer Report had video of the incident. Here are Jonathan Wilson’s thoughts on the attack on George Galamaz of Steaua.
A piece from Louise Taylor on the changed face of Newcastle football.
A very interesting piece that breaks down viewing figures for the Premier League from Sporting Intelligence.
“Our commitment to the beautiful game in Canada goes beyond just what you see or hear on our various platforms. Soccer is the No. 1 participatory sport in Canada and we will continue our longstanding commitment to fostering the growth of the game in this country through grassroots initiatives like Soccer Day in Canada and Sports Day in Canada.”
Kirstine Stewart, executive vice-president, CBC English Services upon learning that Bell Media had secured the rights to FIFA properties, including the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals.
Anyone who calls it the “beautiful game” should be instantly disqualified from being within a mile of a match let alone being granted permission to broadcast.
“Bale’s club manager, Harry Redknapp, has said he would have no problem with the 22-year-old turning out for a British team.”If that’s what he wants, then I wouldn’t stop him playing,” Redknapp said. “I think it’s a great honour for anyone to play in an Olympic Games. It must be fantastic, something to look back on for years to come.
“To play in the Olympic Games in England, I think it would be a great honour for any player. I certainly wouldn’t stop anyone going.””
This from the Guardian after Gareth Bale of Wales was part of a promotional photo-shoot that had him wearing a Great Britain jersey.
Well not quite a GB jersey but something that Adidas had mocked up.
Anyhow – let’s just file this one away and let’s see how Harry feels in nine months time after Bale gets injured or is looking tired only a couple of months into the season.
Will Harry still be as positive about Olympic soccer then?
Sam Wallace has a far better handle on what Olympic soccer actually means.
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