Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.
Canadian Soccer Hall of Famer and former Manchester United right back Jimmy Nicholl is back in the SPL as an assistant at Kilmarnock.
A view from Jamaica that was penned before Jack Warner’s resignation. Slick Jack may now be gone but look out for a “family” scrap within CONCACAF over the next few years as the various factions position themselves for a power grab. The Caribbean countries have held sway for a long-time and others will feel that it is their turn to wield power.
Pakistan gets ready for a World Cup qualifier – will the Indian sub-continent ever be contenders in Asia?
If you read just one article this week let it be this by Simon Kuper if you have not done so already. It looks at how statistics and data collection and analysis is beginning to influence all elements of the game both on and off the park.
As a side note Kuper’s latest book “Soccer Men” just arrived last week and I hope to get to it next week with a review to follow.
The issue of players’ birth dates in England is raised again. This is something that impacts many sports. In this case it is detriment to athletes born in the months leading up to September 1.
“According to the FA, for the 2008-09 season 57% of players at Premier League academies were born between September and December, while 14% had their birthday between May and August.”
When I was growing up the cut off date was January 1 so players born between September and December were at a disadvantage.
Miguel Delaney might be accused of going in with studs-up as he tackles the conventional wisdom that English clubs would have collected a lot more European Cups if they had not been banned between 1986 and 1991.
A great read and explanation by Dan Kennett on UEFA FFP and how it may be impacting decisions at Liverpool. The concept of “below” and “above the line” are ones that we might start hearing and reading a lot more of – along with “amortization.”
“The Swiss Ramble” takes his usual detailed look at Real Madrid’s finances and the results might surprise you. Beyond Real Madrid the comments regarding the revenue generated by foreign TV by the Spanish League versus the Premier League are not only interesting but shows that Spain has a significant upside.
How bad is this for Toronto FC? ESPN declared Toronto the worst city in North America for professional sports and TFC don’t even get a mention in the Globe and Mail article.
FlixandTrix.com has a look at what Alexis Sanchez might bring to Barcelona.
Jonathan Wilson is running an imaginary tournament of great teams of the last 70 years. I would not rank the Manchester United side of 1999 as one of the best; same goes for Dynamo Kiev 1976 and Estudiantes 1968 – can’t get past the thuggery in that case.
Bayern 1975 is another that I have trouble with – they may have won three consecutive European Cups but none of the wins were convincing.
I would have Benfica circa early 60s included. I will get accused of bias but a compelling case can be made for Celtic 1967.
Grant Wahl picks his world eleven for 2011. Selections like this will always be argued but Patrice Evra as the left back – really? I may be accused of being fussy but I still think defenders should be able to defend. And because of that I am not sure of the Dani Alves selection either.
“Soccer by numbers” with a very interesting article on where goals came from for teams in last season’s Premier League. The answer is not just a cheque book.
QuotesCBC’s TV promo for their coverage of the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup is “16 teams, one goal.”
Hope this just turns out to be a promo line and not a prediction.“It is clear that under the Olympic Charter there has to be a non-discriminatory selection process for all players. These are not The FA rules. We are sensitive to the concerns of the other Home Associations in relation to each of our individual identities, and we have been assured by FIFA there is no threat to each association. However, as an organisation The FA has been mandated by the BOA to organise a Men’s and Women’s team for the 2012 Olympic football tournament across the UK. All three associations have notified us in writing that they acknowledge that legally we are entitled to support the BOA in the selection process.”
It is clear from the statement issued by the FA General Secretary Alex Horne regarding the selection of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland players for a Team GB Olympic team that England has gone out and hired another idiot. Joseph Stalin would be proud of this contorted logic.
The fact that the statement was put out under “Team GB” stinks of arrogance when you consider that Northern Ireland is not regarded as part of Great Britain.
Also nice to know that the FA is now taking orders from the British Olympic Association – amateurs leading fools.
Here’s hoping that Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland fans boycott all and every “Team GB” game if they even have the courage to schedule a match outside of London.
Does any serious fan of the game really want the start of the European season screwed up with this tournament anyway?
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