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A compilation of some of the best articles and blog postings from the last week.
Opta takes a look at Darren Bent’s performances on the back of his move to Aston Villa.
My team Dundee could soon come out of Administration and into the hands of the fans. Jim Spence is right, the fans cannot possibly make a bigger mess of the club that some of previous sets of owners. And yes, I sent money…..again.
In an excellent three-part series David Conn explains the anatomy of a transfer, profiles the man who has cashed in on soccer’s ever increasing riches – agent Jorge Mendes – and a legal action currently moving through the legal system.
West Ham’s indecision is final – they are keeping Avram Grant because no one else wants a part of them. Mark Segal writes about the role of Karren Brady and how it never worked out as planned.
An insightful piece at footiebusiness on jersey sponsorship values in MLS and Europe. You might be surprised.
Raphael Honigstein thinks that the surprise showing of Hannover in the Bundesliga is being overshadowed by internal squabbling.
Not a soccer specific article but this one on “Why Sports are Streaky” by Carl Bialik is certainly applicable.
Steve Davis says if you are looking for videos of old NASL games then Dave Wasser is your man.
If you are going to read just one article this week make it this one by Simon Kuper on Jorge Valdano. Worth noting that although it carries a publication date of January 21 it seems it was written prior to last weekend as it does not take into account that Barcelona leads Real Madrid in La Liga by four points. Just think the Spanish speaking world has Jorge Valdano and we have Andy Gray.
And to think that we were being told last spring that Fabio Capello was going to name Owen Hargreaves in his World Cup squad.
The Daily Telegraph gives us ten English teenagers to watch for in the future. Pieces like this rarely hit the mark – if there are two very good players to come out of a list like this than I will be surprised.
BBC presenter Olly Foster had trouble with “Cantona” and it came out as something quite embarrassing. A media presenter’s worst nightmare.
Quotes“We were in a situation where I was having to be careful with him because he was getting booed on to the pitch, never mind anything else,”
Rangers manager Walter Smith talking of Charlie Adam’s time at Rangers.“The question that must be asked is if Darren Bent is worth £18m how much is Sandra Redknapp worth?”
IanCransonsKnees commenting on the Darren Bent transfer to Villa story at EPL Talk“It’s true he’s just a boy, he says what he thinks but not always in the right way.”
Cesare Prandelli on Mario Balotelli.“It’s a big project, a wonderful project. The Cosmos are very strong, beautifully made, with a great past. It’s kind of a mix between football and art.”
The pronouncement by Eric Cantona after being announced as the new director of soccer for the New York Cosmos.“The best goal of my career, but then I usually only get one a season.”
So admitted Dundee United’s Garry Kenneth after he laced a 40 yard equalizer for Dundee United against Kilmarnock in the 90th minute.“The Sun said it wouldn’t last 12 months. To be fair, she’s due a testimonial.”
Former West Ham striker and well known ladies man Frank McAvennie comments on reaching his ten year wedding anniversary as part of an interview with Scotland on Sunday.“I bought some sweets and the next thing there’s two guys on their knees in front of me, tugging my trousers.”
This is how Spurs’ manager Harry Redknapp described getting pick-pocketed in Madrid.
Sky presenter Richard Keys shows that he has a poor grasp of sexism as well as irony given that this one came at the end of a conversion between him and Andy Gray in which they criticized a female referee’s assistant not because of her ability but because she is a woman.
There is one thing that he nearly got right though and that is that “the game’s gone mad.” How someone like Keys continues to draw a pay check through association with the game is nothing short of disgraceful. It is not as if this is the first time that Keys has been caught puling stunts like this.
The fact that the tape of the Keys-Gray conversation was leaked to a newspaper tells us a lot about how well these two are regarded by their fellow workers.
“I’ve set up my computer to give me an electric shock every time I go near a US National team message board.” Jeff Bradley
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