This week’s raves and rants starts off with a superbly told tale of cruelty and injustice from Simon Burnton as he looks at the case of John Crossan.
Matt Spiro wonders if Yoann Gourcuff is finally coming back to form.
The Roker Report takes a look at players who have arrived at Sunderland from Manchester United.
The Wall Street Journal looks at how Newcastle have popped over to France to pick up some bargains.
A Premier League goal glut – Onfooty.com says perhaps not.
The Economist has a piece on how technology is being applied in sport and how it is changing sport.
And another piece from the Economist. This time an interesting take on game-fixing after three Pakistani cricket players were sent to the big house.
Paul Gardner with a typically lighthearted piece. He really does understand and protect his niche as the grumpy man of North American soccer writing. No heirs on the horizon that I can see.
This time he is not happy at the thought of MLS looking to England for help regarding officiating.
Rob Smyth goes back two decades to find some cracking goals from Serie A.
A profile of long-serving Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi from “the two unfortunates” site.
Chris Weatherspoon writes about the flawed genius that was Jim Baxter. Somewhere on a bookshelf I have a book that contains a picture of Baxter been stretchered off a plane at Prestwick Airport after he had his leg broken in Vienna. He had the look of a man who could have become accustomed to such a mode of transport.
Keir Radnedge looks at the pissing match involving FIFA and Brazil over preparations for the 2014 World Cup Finals. (My description not his).
An article from Ross Mackiewicz on the decline of Monaco and how they face a Nottingham Forest-type collapse.
Matt Morrison provides a run-down of the surprise side of the Euro 2012 play-offs, Estonia.
A video interview with Graham Hunter, author of Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World. In this clip Graham explains how Ronaldinho helped Messi settle in the Barca first team.
Mike Calvin believes that Jack Wilshere made a mistake by “promising” to stay with Arsenal forever. I made a mistake by reading this article.
The selling of Abby Wambach from Bloomberg Businessweek.
From Barclays Football.
The tweet –“#AFC star @JackWilshere has pledged his future to the club – is he the best young player in the BPL this season?
The article –“Wilshere has yet to play for the club this season due to a stress fracture to his right ankle but is set to step up his training, six weeks after undergoing an operation on the injury.”
We can only imagine how much better Wilshere would be this season if he had actually played.
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