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You can see me on Soccer Central most Mondays and Thursdays on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. I write a regular column for Forbes.com and Soccerly.com and frequently guest on various podcasts and radio shows.


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Raves and Rants – Myths, Windows, Dead-Ends, and Jack Warner

Written by on September 2, 2011 | 2 Comments »
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Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.

David Lacey on the distraction of the transfer window still operating even though European and domestic matches are underway.

Kevin McKenna describes the system that led Scottish football to a dead-end.

I enjoyed this article titled “The Catenaccio Myth.”

Birmingham City in the Europa League. An offering from WSC.

oops… a bit late but still worth the read. After all Jonathan Wilson is looking at the stand –out players from the FIFA Under 20s Finals – they do have a few years in front of them.

My guest appearance on “Beyond the Pitch” at the end of last week.

Soccer by Numbers” looks at the numbers and comes up with Europe’s most productive and unproductive in terms of goals over the last decade.

Football Analytics judges the relative strengths of each of the UEFA Champions League groups.

This article contends that Juan Mata is not the sort of player to fix Chelsea’s problems. The problem with the article is that it assumes that just about everything else will stay the same.

Wrong!

I also disagree that Lukaku is no-brainer. Unless his first touch improves he will be found wanting at the top-level.

Ten teams to watch in the Champions League from the National Post. Heavily Anglo-centric it is to say the least. I will let you decide on the validity!

On a weekend when Arsenal had 5 players out through injury David James looked at how sports science has increasingly influenced the game. And what he sees as its limitations.

Gabriele Marcotti writes on some of the overly simplistic notions that are applied to La Liga in the context of Barca/Real and the rest.

A really good piece from Dominic Norris on the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). CIS became the transition between the Soviet Union and Russia and the other states becoming fully independent.

Jonathan Wilson takes the findings from “The Annual Review of the European Football Players’ Labour Market produced by the International Centre for Sports Studies” and does what seems impossible – he turns it into a very interesting article.

A long list of MLS players who are away on international duty for the next few days.

How it ended for the some of the great managers of the past.

Lasana Liburd looks to the future of the Caribbean Football Union in the wake of Jack Warner’s demise.

Quote“Always considered football an art, although in Scotland we tend to be at the colouring-in stage.”

Hugh MacDonald writing in the Herald last Sunday. And here is the full article.

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2 responses to “Raves and Rants – Myths, Windows, Dead-Ends, and Jack Warner”

  1. CDNGooner14 says:

    Really enjoyed the Catenaccio article. It explained it quite well. Just one thing, what specifically changed to the offside rule to render the sweeper obsolete?

  2. Andre says:

    Bobby,

    Do you have thoughts/opinion on situations where a long rumored move did not happen but the club already brought in a replacement for the player in question and are now stuck with both? Tevez at City and Sneijder at Inter are visible examples but I think there are a few more out there right now.

    Do you think that seriously impacts the dressing room/chemistry? Also I assume those two will be in the CL rosters so will probably stay put til next summer right?

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