Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.
SportsPro has an interview with the man in charge of the Manchester City brand. City’s chief brand and commercial officer tell us that at the heart of it “City are a community club” and adding that the club sees itself as “a media entertainment company, not just a football club.”
Ondrej Bednar has an article for Slavic Football Union on the lows of the Czech Republic national team and their performances off the field.
Paul Doyle produces a great read as he recounts football at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Talent vs Training debate.
David Butler & Robbie Butler have an interesting take on Ireland ’88 and this edition.
Former Premier League striker Andy Cole explains why …….well I’m not actually sure he really explains anything.
Synergy dusted off this article on stadium naming-rights from over seven years ago off but it is well worth a read.
Lasana Liburd has written an excellent article describing the current turmoil within the Caribbean Football Union.
Here is an interview with Tom Maxwell author of “The Lone Rangers.” It is not, as most would expect the story of Glasgow Rangers or even Queens Park Rangers but of Berwick Rangers, a small but unique English club that plays in Scotland.
Roberto Mancini puts City’s odds of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League at 30% – Decision Technology goes a step further and calculates City’s odds of winning the Champions League this season.
So if I understand the thoughts of Mark Lawrenson correctly Luis Suarez has been as good as David Silva and Robin Van Persie this season, the Uruguayan is the closest Liverpool has come to finding a player with similar qualities to Kenny Dalglish and he is also “a bit like Ian Rush.”
I will have what he’s been drinking.
And talking of Mark Lawrenson My Football Facts is tracking his predictions and running a comparison of the actual league table and the table according to the BBC analyst.
When you start to read this article from the Scotsman the most likely reaction is yet another moneyball and statistics article. But you hang in you will reach a section on Bill Gerrard. Gerrard believes that the strength of statistics can only be properly measured in the context of the team’s strategy. The next frontier?
Michael Walker on the untimely death of Wales international manager and former captain Gary Speed.
The Montreal Impactget kudos from an unlikely source – skaters.
“Klinsmann is suppose (sic) to be the man to lead the national team to the holy land and erase any memories of previous suffering.”
The Bleacher Report November 24, 2011
Did I miss the announcement of an away game for the USA with Israel?
Why do some people think that there is value in stating the bloody obvious?
“Lionel Messi showing he is only human,” and “Barcelona are not unbeatable,” are two that readily come to mind.
Another particular galling habit is the headline that goes something like, “Giuseppe Rapa admits he has not been approached by Real Madrid.”
Any that drives you up the wall?
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