A selection of some of the best and worst soccer articles on the web over the last seven days.
Jonathan Wilson and the stadium that is scheduled to host the 2012 Europa League Final has hit money problems.
And more on stadiums – from Argentina and Futbol Sin Filtro.
As part of the 25th anniversary of the first WSC this article looks back to the exodus of players from England to the continent after the European ban came down.
The times they are a changing, maybe. Governments throughout Europe are looking to make sports organizations that receive funding more transparent and accountable.
An interesting snap shot of statistics from the Barclay’s Premier League before we get back down to it on Saturday.
Joseph D’Hippolito looks at how “the LA Galaxy fans turn.”
Hugh MacDonald finds that it was a Scotsman rather than Charles Miller who first took the game to Brazil.
After you read this article can you let me know who is responsible and accountable for the performance of the Toronto FC team?
Richard Whittall has a run of the traditional Canadian sports media that fail to grasp any sport outside of their warm little comfort zone.
Luciano Moggi’s sentence has been cut to one year from 18 months – such have been life.
One thing we can be assured of is that James Robson who wrote this ridiculous piece will never have to worry about being employed by the Financial Times.
One can only assume that on the back of a $160m+ loss that UEFA has decided that Old Trafford should become a “Financial Fair Play exemption zone”.
According to Robson Ferguson has a transfer kitty of over a quarter of a billion dollars to spend this summer.
Tom English on all the hurt feelings in the English camp.
Gianfranco Zola discusses the talent of Steve Clarke and other soccer matters.
Anyone want a slurp of Toronto FC kool-aid?
Quotes“It is actually an advantage that we are no longer active in other competitions, so we won’t get distracted. We still have everything in our own hands and will do our utmost to win the league title, even though we have been dealt a few big blows in recent weeks.”
Robin Van Persie – You sort of know what he is getting at but it is like saying that you are better off without a job because you will save a ton in taxes.“It was a really smart move to bring him in at the same time as Aron Winter. We’re now having real debates about key issues within the front office.”
TFC director of business Paul Beirne gives himself a well deserved slap on the back. Now we can expect him to step forward and own up to dumb moves as well?
Tweets“If only youth soccer parents talked abt the game’s finer points as much as they groused abt referees. Then we ll know #US soccer has grown up”
Last week’s question was “Is Fabio Capello right to reinstate John Terry as England captain?”
Sixty-nine percent disagreed with Capello’s decision while thirty-one percent thought he was correct.
A nice compilation of week one’s action from MLS.
The Philadelphia Union family of TV broadcasters have hit gold with the in-booth pairing of play-by-play man JP Dellacamera and just retired MLS player Taylor Twellman.
Listening and watching the match against Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday afternoon on MLS Live JP and TT did what so many pairings seem incapable of doing – and that is adding to the game.
No idle chatter, no buddy-buddy banter – they just allowed the game to “breathe” and their comments and opinions added value. JP Dellacamera is of course a veteran broadcaster but Taylor Twellman is a newcomer this year.
Whether he has been coached or has picked up the skills intuitively I don’t know. What I do know is that he nails the purpose of a colour commentator perfectly – he tells us why something happened not just what happened.
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