Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again. This edition only comes around once every four years.
Uli Hesse on the shock return to club coaching of Otto Rehhagel. It has been a dozen years since he was last in charge of a Bundesliga side and he has a very big task if he is to save Hertha Berlin from relegation. Hertha have lost their last six league games. Have not won since the end of October and have not scored a goal in their last four matches. Next up is a home match against Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Natural Police makes the case for Andres Iniesta as the greatest attacking midfielder of today.
Football365 asks a very pertinent question. Given the reality of transfer windows do we really still need the rule that disqualifies players from playing for two different teams in cup competitions?
Lasana Liburd believes that Jack Warner has some air left in his sails yet.
Zach Slaton on some of the limitations of “Moneyball” and analytics as applied to sport.
Sid Lowe regales us with some weird and not so wonderful injuries from Spanish football.
Giles Oakley wades into whether “Man U” is ok or not. A ton of research has gone into this article but I squirm when I hear such a reference.
Rob Marrs thinks that the writings of Nicolo Machiavelli (a first-rate man-to-man marker in his time) offer insight into the managerial predicament of Andre Villas-Boas.
“Whoscored.com” has an interesting analysis of top full backs and rates them.
Iain Macintosh looks back on times when the players have been revolting rather than the peasants.
Michael Grant on Rangers “owner” Craig Whyte who is now in full-blown retreat. Whyte – the man who makes Hicks and Gillett look like shrinking violets.
Lee Roden has an interesting article on the role played by Scots during the early days of FC Barcelona.
Igor Mladenovic writing for The Slavic Football Union looks at some of the younger players available to Serbia as they look to retool after failing to make the European Championship Finals.
The Swiss Ramble takes his usual detailed look at the latest financial numbers from one of the top clubs. This time it is the interim accounts for Arsenal and the profit number hides some more systemic problems.
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