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Raves and Rants – Great Managers, Great Game, Great Goals

Written by on March 21, 2011 | 10 Comments »
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Best Bits and Others

An article that ran in the Sydney Business Herald on the business of soccer in Australia.

Roger Allaway revisits the 1960 US Open Cup Final that may have been one of the best ever.

Henry Winter wrote this piece on the 50th anniversary of Don Revie’s appointment as manager of Leeds United.

And that gives me a chance to include these two goals by the wonderful Eddie Gray.

The Vancouver Whitecaps’ marketing campaign hit a problem or two.

MLS by numbers

Jonathan Wilson pens a piece on Cesar Luis Menotti who underwent surgery last week. I can categorically say that it was Menotti’s Argentina side of 1978 that awakened an interest in Argentine football for me. Growing up in the 60s and 70s Argentina was synonymous with thuggery and violence.Watching Ossie Ardiles in 1978 changed all that for me.

Footiebusiness talks to Larry Tiscornia the Senior Director of Broadcasting with MLS.

Andy Mitten on what he thinks might be the re-emergence of Sevilla

The MLS had seen one match when this piece on five underrated rookies appeared? So did I miss the piece on five overrated rookies? And all before any of them have kicked a ball in anger. It is the one thing thing that bugs me the most about MLS – the rush to big up players who have yet to show that they deserve it.

On the back of a two performance for Blackpool why isn’t Charlie Adam given a real opportunity by Scotland manager Craig Levein?

WADA chief warns about criminals taking over sport – insert humorous but sad FIFA comment her.

A Beyond the Pitch podcast with Bobby from last Friday

I reminder that you can download the weekly Soccer Report Extra podcast through I Tunes and if you go to the I Tunes store you can also write a review should you be so moved.


Davie Provan became the latest analyst to fall into the “got a piece of the ball” trap. He felt compelled to tell his audience that Jonny Evans got a bit of the ball after he was given a red card for launching his studs into Stuart Holden’s knee.

Why did he not just tell us that Jonny was good to his mother? It would have been just as relevant. When will commentators learn that a violent tackle is no less violent just because the tackler gets “a piece of the ball.”


The poll last week asked whether Toronto FC or the Vancouver Whitecaps would finish with more points in MLS this season. In round numbers 60% of respondents said that they thought that the expansion Whitecaps would finish with more points than TFC who entered the league in 2007.

This week’s poll question concerns the reinstatement of John Terry by Fabio Capello as England captain.

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10 responses to “Raves and Rants – Great Managers, Great Game, Great Goals”

  1. Rahul says:

    In terms of the poll question, I think Capello is too much of a tinkerer or plays too much politics or something. Maybe thats required for a national manager…just too much game playing on Capello’s part.

  2. Soccerlogical says:

    Is it safe to assume that linebacker Kenny Cooper made no impression at all at DIV 2 side 1860 Munich?

    Charlie Davies will be the only reason Ben Olson has any success as DC United manager. I can see Davies as top goal scorer as he is way too good for the MLS and should he leave mid season then Olson’s ineptitude will be revealed.

    Jeez, how many goals do you think a quick thinking and moving Eto’o would score in the MLS in one season… 50 – 75?

  3. Boris says:

    Luka Modric is such a joy to watch. He is such a magnificent player. It is frustrating watching him play so well and doing everything he can to help the team win against a team like West Ham albeit scoring himself which he was close to doing anyway.
    Tottenham continue the trend of spilling valuable points against relegation-fighting teams.
    Tottenham currently do not have the striker who will score when the team need it the most nor do they have the defense that will shut down teams trying to tie or win the game against them on a consistent basis.
    I wonder if Tottenham do not qualify for the Champions League this year, whether Luka will be their player next year? He’s been linked with many top tier teams this year due to his magical performances but of all those teams, Manchester United seem to make the most sense. Now the question is, who is willing to pay the 50 mill pound price tag that the team have set for the player. Regardless of what happens, I do hope he does stay with Tottenham.

  4. Russell Berrisford says:

    Holden is out for the rest of the season so I’m sure he will be glad that Evans “got a bit of the ball”.

  5. Grant says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more about TV commentators and their lack of knowledge about the rules. I am a Man U supporter but that was a clear studs-up, off-you-go challenge. My pet peeve is how these pundits say, especially, when the player is British, “He’s not that kind of player,” as both Ray Wilkins and Andy Townsend did in the Sunday pregame coverage. I hope he’s not that kind of player. If there is that kind out there deliberately trying to injure someone, I would hope they were kicked out of football and jailed long ago.

    Why does it seem these pro players, current and former, seem to have never read the rule book?

  6. Grant says:

    Capello was wrong to appoint JT captain in so many ways. Not the least of which he is just as likely to be injured as Rio and Gerrard these days.

  7. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    And the one thing that bugs me about the English NT is the media’s rush to big up players and teams that do not deserve such attention.

    I guess, the media will act as it always does. No matter which side of the pond they are on.

  8. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    As Russell already said, Holden is out for the season. He’s going to have knee surgery and be out for six months. And how long will the leg breaking Evans get? Three game ban maybe? Nice. Evans is no less skilled in the leg breaking arts than Shawcross. Half the time I see Evans, he is either making that type of tackle or making a Kung-fu kick. If he’s a skilled footballer then I’m the Pope. Or a monkey’s uncle. Or related to Gareth Bale …

    Speaking of the Spuds, Boris, did you see another fine Croatian this weekend? Rakitic scored a game winning goal for Sevilla, is underappreciated, is Croatian (am I being redundant?), and would make a prime Tottenham candidate. Boris, sign him up already.

  9. Theo van Nasarshavregas says:

    Boris – May we call you, “Boris the Croatian”?

  10. Boris says:

    No lols…

    I didn’t watch the Sevilla game but I saw the goal. Rakitic has fit in quite nicely over there. He could develop into a very good player. Underrated for sure.
    The one Croatian who I think is going to be the next big thing is Ivan Perisic. He plays attacking midfielder at Clube Brugge. He is the second leading scorer in Belgium and oh by the way has been linked to Tottenham as well.

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