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Bobby McMahon

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Raves and Rants – Money, Corruption and Delusion, Just Another Week

Written by on December 21, 2011 | 2 Comments »
Posted in General

Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.

Raphael Honigstein writes up Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez. Interesting that just as Robin van Persie has blossomed in the Premier League, Mario Gomez with 31 league goals in 2011 before last weekend has done the same in the Bundesliga.

Richard Wilson on Darren Fletcher and the illness that has forced him to take a protracted absence from the game.

The Swiss Ramble takes a look at Tottenham’s financial picture. It reinforces a sense of disbelieve you may might have had over the story that Spurs could sign Carlos Tevez for £20M. The transfer fee is not nearly has relevant as the wages Spurs would be obliged to pay City. Tevez is not getting out of bed for £70K a week.

Winston Cuthbert wants to take things back to the future.

On the back of a move by Dmitriy Rybolovlev to buy struggling Monaco Domm Norris asks why so much Russian money seems to find a way to support foreign “aid” projects rather than teams in Russia.

Mark Chalcraft considers football’s culture of hate that permeates the attitude of fans, pundits, managers and clubs towards the people, who without them, we would not have a game – the officials.

Keir Radnedge on how FC Sion’s Europa League appeal hit a dead-end or has it?

Marina Hyde gets stuck in to Keys and Gray as they launch another career initiative that caters to the lowest common denominator.

There were doubts about Gary Neville’s move from the Manchester United bench to the pundit’s sofa but Barney Ronay thinks it has all gone quite well.  

Nicklas Bendtner seems intent on riding the greasy pole to oblivion.

Freakonomics carries a cross-post from that takes a look at home field advantage and looks at some of the findings contained in the book Scorecasting.

André Savastano explains what is meant in Brazil by “Gérson’s Law.”

Jesse Fink lines up Australian soccer power-broker Frank Lowy who seems content to allude to corruption but never brings forward proof.

“More than a billion households in 100 countries have the Old Firm match beamed to them,” says Ali Russell Rangers Operations Chief to the Daily Record. I will have a couple of pints of what he’s drinking.

The man is delusional – a billion households translate to about a quarter of the world’s population. No way. If the Old Firm match gets 25m viewers worldwide I would be shocked and stunned.

(Or has Garry Cook resurfaced under an alias?)


“If someone came along who we felt was special, someone who could make the difference, I think we would go for him. The chairman would back me all the way if it was someone who we felt could take us that extra little bit forward.”

Rent-a-quote Harry Redknapp shows why he is a favourite of the English press. All Harry missed out was that the Chairman would only back him up to £70K a week.

And that pretty much takes away any chance of someone “special” being signed by Spurs on a permanent basis.

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2 responses to “Raves and Rants – Money, Corruption and Delusion, Just Another Week”

  1. John Bladen says:

    Interesting stuff, Bobby.

    I watched Andy Gray score in the ’84 FA cup. By the sound of it, that may have been the last positive thing he’s done…

    The Swiss ramble article was very revealing… and not a happy picture for most of the clubs we consider “rich”.

  2. Boris says:

    Luka Modric. When I think of today’s battle of the two great London teams, the first name that comes to my mind is Luka Modric. In recent years, Tottenham and Chelsea matches have been quite enjoyable thanks to this man. He has become the elite playmaker in the Premier League. It seems like after all the transfer madness that was going on in the summer, he has come out even better as shown by this year’s performances. Play him in the middle or on the wings, I truly believe that he will be the key man in this match not to mention that he will be extra motivated against Chelsea. Tottenham look like a title contender and while everyone has done really well and the additions of Parker, Adebayor, and Friedel have been great, it was the notion that Luka Modric was still a Tottenham player that sparked the team into performing really well game after game.
    I cannot wait for today’s game and for Tottenham’s little magician to do what he does best, take control of the game and win it for his team.

    Happy Holidays everyone.

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