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A great headline “Take off or plane crash?” and a good article from James Horncastle on the appointment of Vincenzo Montella to replace Claudio Ranieri as the Roma Coach.
Jim Campbell offers his thoughts on the future of football on TV.
A bit of self-promotion backfires.
What the UK government offered up to FIFA regarding the 2018 World Cup Finals bid.
Louise Taylor looks at how so many managers talk up the need for playmakers but so often they fail to use them.
“Can soccer dethrone hockey as Canada’s sport,” asks the Globe & Mail. This is a simple – no. Not in my lifetime or even my grandson’s lifetime.
This attempt to con the referee came via WSC’s Weekly Howler.
Nick Govier deals with some of the media myths around Arsenal and the Carling Cup.
Gabriele Marcotti on Radio Sounders at the end of last week.
The Guardian’s “The Secret Footballer” gives his opinion of Blatter, IAFB and FIFA etc.
An analysis of the Manchester United second quarter financial results released on Friday – this from The AndersRedBlog.
Kenny Dalglish will be 60 on Friday – Tom English sits down with the Celtic and Liverpool legend.
It is fair to say that Dundee have never gone through a season quite like this. How many teams have signed a Sky pundit and he turned round and scored on his return to professional football? And it didn’t stop there.
Twenty-one years ago Milan and Napoli were scrapping for the Serie A title. Dave Taylor looks for the parallels with tonight’s game.
Quotes“That was a stinking day at the office.”
So said Blackpool manager Ian Holloway after his team’s 4-0 loss to Wolves.
Tweets“Harangue the DJ: Ian Holloway slated DJ Campbell’s red-card folly as Blackpool lost 4-0 at Wolves”
A very clever Smiths reference from Sports Index
Last week we asked if Ronaldo deserved to be considered as one of the top ten all-time great players. According to Soccer Report Extra readers the answer is yes with 66.1% agreeing and 33.9% believing he was not good enough.
If anyone has an idea for a poll question this week go ahead and post the idea and I will insert it into Raves and Rants.
A couple of weeks ago Ian Darke claimed that players and managers did not understand the offside rule and therefore something had to be done about.
On Sunday during half time of the West Ham v Liverpool match we again heard why Darke’s logic is dreadfully flawed – in terms of an ex-manager anyway.
Mark Noble had gone over the take a corner kick and kicked the ball a very small distance but enough that it clearly moved out of the arc. He then touched the ball and replaced it and referee Mark Halsey allowed him to continue and to retake the corner – an obvious mistake.
But former Charlton and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley did not get it right either. Curbishley stated that as the ball had travelled its circumference the ball was in play. The reference in the Laws of the Game to a ball being in play once it had travelled its circumference was changed many years ago.
Under Law 17 that addresses a corner kick a “ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward.”
Birmingham were 4/1 to beat Arsenal in the Carling Cup Final while the surprise in the Premier was Fulham drawing with Manchester City – a 3/1 chance. In Serie A Bologna were massive underdogs at 6/1 to beat Juventus in Turin but they did.
If you had placed money on Deportivo La Coruna holding Real Madrid to a draw you would have got odds of 15/4. A win by strugglers Nice at St. Etienne proved to be the biggest surprise in Ligue 1 with odds on such an outcome running at 7/2.
Finally, Borussia Dortmund travelled to Munich as league leaders but the odds did not reflect that. The possibility of a Borussia win attracted odds of 10/3.
This Thursday FIFA will announce the host of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The choice is between Canada and Zimbabwe.
Arsenal have a history of slipping on cup final banana skins. One of the biggest was in 1969 when they lost 3-1 in extra time to Third Division Swindon Town in the League Cup Final. A terrible result at the time but two years later Arsenal did the double. The “psychological damage” of a cup final loss – even one that is a massive upset – is massively overplayed and I dare say that there are more examples of teams using such results as motivators to go onto to bigger and better things.
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