Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.
An article by Jeff Koyen in Sports Marketing 2012 on the marketing of soccer in the United States and where it may be going.
Richard Poplak with a must read for Canadian readers and others.
Footballspeak.com has the 5 key mistakes made by Arsene Wenger since 2005. My mistake was reading this article.
An error for allowing Patrick Vieira to move at the end of the 2005 season?
Not a commonly held view when Arsenal reached the 2006 Champions League Final was it?
The Arsenal fans should have been allowed to watch Patrick Vieira and Cesc Fabregas play together in midfield? Anyone who watched Arsenal at that time knows full well that the Fabregas and Vieira central midfield did not work.
In a case of picking two-out-of-three in central midfield it was clearly a case of who was going to play alongside Gilberto Silva. He was the one that the other two could not replace.
Patrick Vieira only managed to play more than 30 games in a season once in the six seasons between his move from Arsenal and retirement.
Mathieu Flamini should not have been allowed to leave on a Bosman transfer in 2008. The 2008 version of Flamini was a valuable property.
Prior to 2007/08 you could have counted on the fingers of one hand the supporters who rated Flamini. It is pretty common knowledge that in 2007 Arsenal was ready to sell Flamini to Birmingham but the player turned the move down knowing that he would free to sign for any team a year later.
Flamini had a career season at just the right time and Milan signed him and paid him around $140,000 a week. Does anyone seriously think Flamini was worth that sort of money?
Thierry Henry had two great years with Barcelona? Did he really – not that I remember.
And there are lots more where these ones came from.
Andrew Jennings with more on whether or not World Cup TV rights were transferred from FIFA to Jack Warner for a song.
Ian Doyle takes a look at the issue of safe standing areas that is currently being debated in England.
Kurt Badenhausen has a piece in Forbes on the world’s 50 most-valuable sports teams.
How many people fell for this brilliantly written piece by Andi Thomas? A little dip of the shoulder sent a lot of people the wrong way I think.
Gary Neville thinks that the big clubs should stop moaning about when they are put under the microscope – it is just the prize they have to pay for being big fish.
Ian Holloway writes on the issue of performance-related pay and sees no reason why it should not be part of a manager’s compensation package.
Adam Moffat is an honest hard-working player who is on his third MLS side since 2007. He started with the Columbus Crew, then moved to the Portland Timbers as part of the 2011 expansion draft and part the way through last season he was traded to the Houston Dynamo.
Anyone who saw his “goal” for the Dynamo against the Timbers is unlikely to forget it. After Brad Davis went down injured in the play-offs, Moffat picked up some of the dead-ball duties.
But to suggest that Moffat is remotely close to international standard can mean one of three things.
One – Scotland decline is far worse than I reckoned. Two – the writer actually believes it. Three – the writer has never spent much time watching Moffat play.
What’s your guess?
Amal Fashanu, niece of Justin Fashanu, considers why no other British player has admitted to being gay in the intervening years.
A superb piece from Simon Kuper on the top performing managers and there are names that will surprise.
An interesting study by Prozone on artificial turf. What I mean to say is that the study is about artificial turf rather than being actually written on the artificial turf.
Ruth Alexander, a contributor to the always-interesting BBC podcast “More-Or-Less” asks the question – can a computer predict the African Cup of Nations winner? Based on results so far the computer, the bookies and the pundit all have reason to be a bit sheepish.
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