Peter Knowles was regarded as one of the best English midfielders in the 1960s. Knowles shocked the football world when he retired prematurely and took to spreading the gospel.
Kevin McCarra looks past individual performances to the collective on which Manchester United’s success this season has been based.
This is the 25th anniversary of the first issue of “When Saturday Comes” and Barney Ronay believes the magazine remains relevant today.
An interesting look back to the TV ratings history of the old NASL.
This youtube video highlights “diving” and some of soccer’s better known practitioners. Eoin O’Callaghan passed this one on. Any that you would suggest adding to this?
With United’s demotion both Sheffield teams will toil in League One next season.
The Swiss Ramble wanders down to the NPower Championship for a look at Norwich City.
Eddie Turnbull was a great player, a great manager and a great character. He died on Saturday aged 88. Part of his autobiography published a year or so ago covered the time he spent in North America when Aberdeen played as the Washington Whips in 1967. Many will recognize Bobby Clark’s name as part of the roster. Bobby eventually moved to the US and became a very successful college coach.
The Whips would lose 6-5 on overtime to the LA Wolves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) in the 1967 final. The match would include four goals in four minutes in the second half and the deciding goal in overtime was an own goal. Peter Knowles (see first article) played for Wolves in the summer league.
IMScouting takes a look at Simeon Jackson Norwich City’s Canadian striker.
This MLS.com article is headlined “MLS ramps up crackdown on reckless challenges.” In the heart of the article there is a link to the Brian Mullan tackle that broke Steve Zakuani’s leg. It is labelled “Mullan’s reckless tackle on Zakuani.”
Mullan was suspended for ten games and a good part of the article is taken up by the rationale for the suspension.
But here is the problem. A quick look at the Laws of the Game will tell us that “reckless means that the player has acted with complete disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, the opponent.” It continues, “a player who plays in a reckless manner must be cautioned”
So what we have is an article on the official MLS site that purports to provide insight as to why Mullan has received a ten game suspension and it cannot accurately describe the offence. By the same token neither can the MLS disciplinary committee that handed down the sentence.
For the offense to be worthy of a red card it needed to fall under the definition of “using excessive force.”
“Using excessive force” means “that the player has far exceeded the necessary use of force and is in danger of injuring his opponent” and that in such a circumstance “a player who uses excessive force must be sent off.”
Quotes“Michael Carrick, who seemingly has two states — ultra-composed and shell-shocked — was never pressured and had a gentle game mopping up the odd loose ball in front of the back four, allowing Ryan Giggs to focus on getting forward.”
Jonathan Wilson writing on the Schalke vs Manchester United Champions League match for Sports Illustrated.
Tweets“The Official Draw for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Columbia 2011 took place in Cartegena. FIFA.com has the results”
It seems the tournament has been moved from Colombia.
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