Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.
What a great day Monday was for UEFA Michel Platini. The incumbent Sepp Blatter gave the nod to Platini as his successor as FIFA President.
The Frenchman must feel a bit like a teenager who finds out that someone has a crush on them but it turns out to be the ugliest person in the school. Time for Michel to borrow that “Why Always Me” t-shirt.
Now all Platini needs is to have Charlie Manson give his endorsement and he will be well and truly on his way.
Ian Plenderleith was not impressed by Piers Morgan moonlighting as a soccer analyst on Fox last Sunday when the Arsenal – Manchester United match was broadcast.
Morgan’s appearance in the “Celebrity Fan Zone” did not do anything for Mr. Plenderleith. It doesn’t sound like Piers will ever hit the same heights as Larry King when he was the main man on “Match of the Day.”
Rob Dillon shines a light on the financial realities of the game in Russia.
A bit of the normal track perhaps but within this article that appeared in Medical Express (wonder if there is a “New Medical Express”?) there is some research that shows why tribalism is alive and well and making cretins out of so many club supporters. They really can’t help it – it is down to sacred values.
FIFA, Beer and Brazil 2014 – the story last week about FIFA insisting that beer be made available at venues at the 2014 World Cup Finals was almost exclusively written in a way to make FIFA look bad. (As if they normally need any help?)
But in this case it was undeserved. When countries and cities bid for major sporting events it is perfectly clear what they are signing on for. In this case pouring rights for a beer sponsor would have been part of the award and if accusing fingers should be pointed they should be directed at the host country not FIFA.
What’s more it’s not as if we are talking about anything that could be mistaken for real beer – it is Budweiser after all.
Here is a super piece from Brian Seal as part of “This Day in Football History,” website. Monday marked the 73rd anniversary of the death of Matthias Sindelar- the Paper Man.
Mihir Bose takes a shot at the English clubs that scorn the Europa League.
When debate raged about the Premier League playing a 39th game overseas, supporters of the idea were quick to point to the “success” of the NFL playing games in London.
Patrick Rishe, writing in Forbes, points out that it has been far from a success and it certainly has not created a beachhead for the NFL in London, England or Europe.
A first-class analysis and review of Liverpool’s signings under Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli by Paul Tomkins.
Jason Cowley contrasts the number of novels written by American writers using sport as a central theme versus the scarce number generated by British writers.
The article caught my attention on account of the references to Richard Ford’s “The Sportswriter.” This Ford book remains my favourite novel and one I never tire of re-reading. I had never actually experienced the sensation of savouring every word of a novel until “”The Sportswriter ” came along.
I caught this story the day before Mario Balotelli upped the stakes on Sunday when he attacked a prone Scott Parker.
The potential composer, Patrick Knowles, describes Balotelli as “confused” and he doesn’t think that there is “any bad-blood in him.” Between Knowles and Balotelli’s agent you get the feeling that there is weird force at play bringing all the wingnuts of the world together and they will soon all be orbiting Balotelli.
Here is a piece that Jonathan Wilson wrote just before the start of the African Cup of Nations. It commemorates the members of the Zambia national team that were all killed in a plane crash in 1993.
The Globe and Mail had this article on the increasing role being played by the social media as we consume TV sport.
And just to set up this afternoon’s Copa del Rey second leg here is an article written by Sid Lowe after another one of the great misunderstood players of our Pepe pulled another boner.
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