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
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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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