Raves and Rants was going to run Thursday evening but as news of Bob Bradley’s dismissal and Jurgen Klinsmann’s appointment emerged + Barcelona arriving in North America + the start of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup Finals + the draw on Saturday for the qualification stage of the 2014 World Cup Finals it got bumped. Hopefully it will return to a normal slot this coming week.
It was just another reminder of how nothing stops in the global game and it is pointless thinking that there is going to a break in action, news or controversies.
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A look at some of the more relevant Seattle Sounders stats courtesy of Opta.
The English media find some oddities in the colonies.
Game fixing in Turkey from Raphael Honigstein. When he says “threatens to impact on the whole of European soccer” it is idle no exaggeration.
The FIFA under 20s World Cup gets underway today and you can find the squad lists here.
This is a very interesting piece on “best practices” found in European Youth Academies authored by Chris Sulley.
I would suggest that one of the most critical observations is that the top clubs in Germany and Holland have a built-in advantage in their ability to attract/recruit from lower tier clubs – not something that is necessarily the case in other countries.
There is also a comment about the “10,000 hour-rule” that is now so commonly quoted when referencing talent development.
Dr. Marco Cardinale has some interesting comments to make about the state of Sport Science. I just caught this article although it was published about six weeks ago.
The Guardian had a good interview with former Arsenal centre back Tony Adams who is now managing a club in Azerbaijan.
Terry Carroll looks back at some match-fixing episodes from years past and sets out a case why it can happen anyplace.
talk Sport looks back at the pre-season results from 2010 and wonders if they were a glimpse of what was in store during the regular season. You can guess what they found out.
“A Cultured Left Foot” takes the calculator out and tries to figure out whether Arsenal has over or under achieved.
Pro zone tackles the issue of home advantage – or should it be away disadvantage – and looks at some of the factors that might lead to greater success away from home.
Oliver Holt of the Daily Mirror stops off in the Pacific North-West to test the soccer waters.
The Toronto FC coaching staff believes in their system. I will not editorialize on this one but have a look back at the article on Youth Academies and see what Chris Sulley has to say about Ajax.
“Soccer by Numbers” has a look at which Premier League teams benefit the most from fast counter attacks.
No free lunches and apparently no free trials either it seems.
A report commissioned by BMO and developed by Queen’s University “More than a Game – The Power of Soccer for Youth Development.” I hope BMO did not pay too much to get this rather hollow report.
A video tribute to the US women’s team from some fans.
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