A mini-compilation of some of the best articles and blog postings from the last week.
Gray and Keys are yesterday’s men according to Martin Samuel but the fall from grace of such a smug pair contains a lesson for all.
Jason de Vos on a crucial vote aimed at moving governance of the Canadian Soccer Association from the 19th to the 21st century.
Jonathan Wilson analyzes the mountain of demographic data contained in a survey by Professional Football Players Observatory.
Who could write a piece linking Dundee, Stirling, Pele, Partick Thistle and the Cascadia rivalry? Steve Clare at Prost America can.
Footiebusiness with a look at how MLS teams made use of Groupon – a large discount coupon site.
Bill Archer on things Cosmos.
Sid Lowe explains what a “buy-out” clause in La Liga actually means….or doesn’t mean.
Andersred considers how UEFA Financial Fair Play may impact on the youth development programs of smaller clubs.
An article by Graeme Macpherson on Maurice Edu.
“Beyond the Pitch” features time with Neil Doncaster CEO of the Scottish Premier League.
Quotes“As far as the Fiver can make out, Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys a broadcaster who puts the W in anchor has been risking disciplinary measures for years,”
January 24 edition of the Fiver.“Pick a number. Preferably an even number, and probably something between ten and 18. But any number, really. Just don’t get too attached to it because I’ll be asking you to pick a different one within a week or two,”
Gavin Saxton in WSC on the SPL league restructuring debacle and how many teams will eventually be in the reconstituted league.“In football, everything is temporary”
Avram Grant who at the time of writing is still the West Ham manager.“ ..proactive football of the highest level can only be developed organically. No matter how wealthy the owner, it cannot be bought off the shelf.”
Jonathan Wilson writing in the January 2011 edition of World Soccer in which he looks at the principles underpinning the Barcelona system.
The author of this little gem claims that by Liverpool winning ugly against Fulham it is prove that Kenny Dalglish has righted the club. So surely any ugly victory under Roy Hodgson this season or Rafa Benitez last season would also have proved the same thing? Or were their wins not ugly enough.
If a Nicola Zigic falls but nobody acknowledges it – did it really happen?
Zigic went down after being actively involved in setting up Stuart Paranby’s goal but as he lay injured not one Birmingham player that I could see thought about breaking off the celebrations to acknowledge the Serb’s contribution.
On Friday night’s Fox Soccer Report I said that Ian Bennett, formerly of Birmingham, was now keeping goal for Southampton. That was obviously incorrect – Bennett is on the books of Huddersfield. Minus 5 for me in this week’s edition of “Goalkeepers of League One” Quiz.
Tweets“Phew am exhausted. Just read about something called “the offside rule”. Too much for my tiny brain. Must be damaged from nail polish fumes.”
Kelly Cates (formerly Dalglish) on the back of the Gray/Keys comments.“The BBC have denied rumours that there is an off-air recording of Alan Shearer saying something interesting & informed.”
Giancarlo Rinaldi doesn’t try to hide how he feels about the early going in Saturday’s match and he followed it with this one after the final whistle.“Pathetic, gutless and lacklustre Viola today. And that’s probably been their best points…”
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