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Raves and Rants – Are the Best US Coaches Sitting In TV Booths?

Written by on June 9, 2011 | 22 Comments »
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Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.

Pier Edwards selects his best African XI for the 2010-2011 European season.

With Kansas City’s new soccer stadium set to open Peter Grathoff looks at the legacy of the great Lamar Hunt.

5 added minutes measures the competitiveness of the Premier League

Andrew Jennings thinks that Sepp Blatter is about to be carpet-bombed.

A 2010/11 tactical review by Jonathan Wilson.

Simon Kuper with an outstanding piece on the Dutch and the game.

Here is your chance to vote for the MLS all-star starting side to face Manchester United. I was part of the initial selection.

Jens Sejer Andersen takes Sepp Blatter’s captain and the ship references and thinks some may start looking for the life-rafts.

Cillian O’Neill with a Spoofer’s Guide to Summer Transfers although your mates are going to have to be pretty thick not to know at least a couple of these transfer targets.

Christian Nyari with a piece on Bayer Leverkusen’s Arturo Vidal. I have often wondered why his name doesn’t come up more often in transfer speculation.

Frank Deford looks at FIFA and beyond and the problems associated with sports’ global governing bodies.

The Scottish Football Association unanimously adopted a far-reaching reform proposal for the governance of football in that country. Another indication that people only see a need to change once disaster rather than trying to avoid a catastrophe to begin with.

Missed this one last week but for Arsenal fans that might not have caught it this piece by “The Swiss Ramble on Arsenal’s transfer kitty and other things financial is a must-read.

The official Bundesliga website has a summary of player movements so far.

You can make up your own mind about the suggestion contained in this article that good players make good coaches and that the US needs the men currently in the commentary box back on the practice fields of America .

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22 responses to “Raves and Rants – Are the Best US Coaches Sitting In TV Booths?”

  1. Mr McMahon,
    Globalization challenges sport cultures to accept any successful traits of their identity will be captured.

    Until human society gets truly organized we need to leave the dysfunction of sports organizations as the last thing we need to be tiffy about, even as sports analyst

    Ben Olsen is paving the way, and in some ways, even though DC United hasn’t reaped the economic rewards of their success, their organization is doing good looking forward in a league that doesn’t allow clubs to break away from the mold.

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8132033/my_thoughts_on_some_raves_and_rants.html

  2. Dave in Philly says:

    Good article about Vidal, seems to be one of the most underrated players in the Bundesliga.

  3. Soccerlogical says:

    So “The World Game” has been “globalized”… yay! Or perhaps the likes of France, USA and Brazil could use a more “integrated” squad?

    I’m guessin that Aston Villa’s owner R. Lerner is desperate to sign Roberto Martinez who seems like a nice guy who can inspire his players. Actually…. anyone but “cheezy smile” Shteeve McLaren is what Randy Lerner is probably thinkin.

    Bobby – The only thing that guy who thinks the likes of Wynalda and Lalas are capable of management was missing is a plea to Grant Wahl to run for FIFA president.

  4. Matthew says:

    Are you on the same page as Andrew Jennings with his assessment? He seems completely off the mark and possibly delusional

  5. Gus Keri says:

    While every one was watching the Gold Cup, UEFA issued its seeding for the WC draw. check where France is.
    A group that include England, France and Ireland would be interesting.

    Pot 1: Spain, Netherlands, Germany, England, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Norway, Greece

    Pot 2: Serbia, Slovenia, Russia, France, Montenegro, Switzerland, Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden

    Pot 3: Turkey, Czech Republic, Israel, Ireland, Ukraine, Belgium, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria

    Pot 4: Lithuania, Albania, Hungary, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Poland

    Pot 5: Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Macedonia, Moldova, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Wales

    Pot 6: Iceland, Luxembourg, Faroe Islands, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, San Marino

  6. Gus Keri says:

    An excellent free kick by El Savador’s Zelaya gives them the lead over Costa Rica in the final minute of the first half.

  7. Soccerlogical says:

    Gus – It may well have been one great FK but that Zelaya is one greedy SOB.

  8. Gus Keri says:

    Why? What did I miss?

  9. Gus Keri says:

    El Salvador – Costa Rica: 1-1 (full time)

    Costa Rica tied the game at the 5th minute of added time. They deserved even more from this game. They were the better side throughout the game, with a lot of opportunities on goal.
    They had two legitimate PK calls denied and one goal called back due to offside (questionable)
    Saborio missed a huge chance to score on an open net but hit the fast ball high.

    El Salvador were set to defend and counterattack from the beginning. They were just second from achieving what would have been an excellent result that could have prevented a possible quarterfinal meeting with the USA.

  10. I know it doesn’t work this way but could Scotland please have all the teams in pot 6 – might then make play offs

  11. Matthew- I thought the article was more about what Andrew Jennings wants rather than what is likely to happen.

  12. Gus Keri says:

    Bobby:

    Do you think Scotland can beat Faroe Islands which is on a high after winning over Estonia?

  13. Roberto Manita says:

    Fasten your seatbelts: here comes the biggest Copa Oro spanking yet. Poor Cuba, they can’t even afford to put their national crests on their jerseys.

  14. Gus Keri says:

    Mexico is starting the game against the mighty Cuba on fire.
    Should some one check their drug level, please?

  15. Roberto Manita says:

    Does anyone know if there have been any Cuban defections yet? We should keep a tally.

  16. Roberto Manita says:

    The optimum time to defect, if I were a Cuban, would be during the team lunch of the third group stage match.

    Exodus! Movement of the people!

  17. Roberto Manita says:

    Cuba is good at beisbol, boxing, cigars, and communism.

  18. Roberto Manita says:

    Another manita. Ho hum.

  19. Gus Keri says:

    Mexico – Cuba: 5-0

    This is the third 5-0 win by Mexico in a row, dating back to the Gold Cup final in 2009.

    It must be some Kind of a record.

  20. Roberto Manita says:

    Looks like Sporting KC is not a good home team either. This gives hope to both TFC & VWC as a Canadian team may not actually be the worst team in the MLS. I would swap stadia with’em though.

  21. Roberto Manita says:

    Norway is a Pot 1 team??? I must have missed something. Can’t remember them making any big waves unless we’re talking women’s football. Bet all those Pot 2 and Pot 3 teams are praying to get Norway (and Greece) in their group.

  22. Roberto Manita says:

    Bobby – Both Hungary and Scotland are Pot 4 teams. How the once mighty have fallen 🙁

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