Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.
Keir Radnedge foresees the demise of the World Cup as we know it.
PSG looking to be the French equivalent of Manchester City – my words not those of author Tom Williams.
With the start of the new Premier League season just hours away here is an interview with Norwich manager Paul Lambert. Lambert brings the total of west of Scotland managers in the Premier League to seven.
Simon Kuper writes about the shift from clubs looking purely at ex-players as managers to giving greater consideration to those who have studied the art of soccer management. The article contains this stinger – “It seems that ex-players really don’t know more about football than we do; they just played it better.”
About half-way through the article John Duncan is mentioned. Spurs and Dundee fans will (should) know who Duncan is as will Chesterfield and Ipswich fans.
What the research does not show is that as well as being an ex-player John Duncan was also a school-teacher. In fact he was my phys-ed teacher. He would train in the morning with Dundee and then teach in the afternoon.
Trinidad and Tobago’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup have hit an impediment. Apparently the government has decided that cutting a cheque and handing it to the federation might not be such a good idea.
Some things you would think are self-evident but apparently in Malaysia players have to be reminded that fixing matches they play in is something to be avoided.
David Pleat picks his dream team to beat Barcelona – sorry but IMHO David needs to try again.
Gabriele Marcotti asks some questions of Manchester United’s new goalkeeper David De Gea.
This is what you get when you hand a computer keyboard and access to the internet to all and sundry.
Ross Dunbar with the first of a four-part article on Rangers’ North American tour in 1930.
Diary of a Travel Team Soccer Coach, aged 39 and a half – Hell hath no fury like a cheerleader insulted.
A Forbes article about Real Madrid signing an Argentine seven-year-old called Leonel Angel Coira. The Real PR department must be rolling around laughing at how many members of the media have taken the bait on this one.
No more so than in North America were open line radio hosts and the likes of this writer have waded into the fray. It was such a softball – don’t know much if anything about the game but they do know players get transferred for vast amounts of money.
Put two and two together and you come up with the notion that signing a seven-year-old secures a talent and saves them money in transfer fees. Unfortunately there is a large gap in their simple logic. The obvious one is the very slim chance that the seven-year-old will turn out to be worth signing.
The second is that under Spanish labour law a player cannot sign a professional contract until the age of 18 which allows other countries with lower age limits the opportunity to nab any prospect from under the nose of Real Madrid or any other Spanish club.
A timely reminder of how the future isn’t always what it used to be …if you get my meaning. This from the BBC archives.
Quotes“Cesc Fabregas is on the brink of finally quitting Arsenal after Barcelona delivered their latest offer. The Spanish giants, who have been chasing Fabregas for several years, have bid £25.5million, plus £5m in add-ons. Fabregas will then contribute another £4.5m to the deal by giving up around £900,000 per year in wages from his new deal.”
Daily Mail August 10, 2011-08-10
Apart from the fact that other outlets have been talking about the same bid for weeks the grasp of the economics of the supposed deal is to say the least, inadequate.
What Fabregas gives or gets in wages from Arsenal or Barcelona is of no relevance to the transfer fee unless it is upped to $30m which the Daily Mail article fails to clarify.
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