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Raves and Rants – Sex, Roots And What Gets Eto’o Out of Bed

Written by on August 19, 2011 | 3 Comments »
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Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.

Harry Pearson writes about the player who gave up the game for sex.

Mike Woitalla poses the question of whether or not Jurgen Klinsmann’s influence can penetrate the roots of the game in the US.

Would this happen in North America?

David Lacey looks back at a time when games were not cancelled on account of riotous behaviour – even when the riots were happening inside the football grounds.

Barney Roney asked for rules that might improve the game. Serious suggestions appear to be at a minimum but an article worth reading nonetheless.

What drives modern footballers more – fame or money? Deciding on what choice he makes we will find out why Samuel Eto’o gets out of bed in the morning.

A snapshot of “Scotland in the 90s” from Alastair Moncrieff.

Zach Slaton takes both an emotional and analytical view of Cesc Fabregas’ departure from Arsenal.

UEFA writes cheques for last season’s Champions League participants and the teams that took part in the Europa League.

Soccer America provides a listing of foreign players in MLS and countries of origin.

Jonathan Wilson contemplates the potential life-span of Spain’s dynasty.

Matthew Barker takes the pulse of some of the Serie A contenders.

With the Tyne-Wear derby set for this weekend “The Rocker Report” takes a look back at ten memorable moments from past encounters.

The Anders Blog analyses the strategy that may be behind the rumoured flotation of some of Manchester United’s shares.


“Is it me or has this felt like the longest summer ever? No World Cup football, no European Championship football, no… football of any real note at all. Like entering a dark post-apocolyptic world where all hope and reason has been lost. A barren wasteland of Premier League football-less devastation.”

This beauty was from Phil Dawkes of BBC writing for their “Saturday football as it happened” feature. Perhaps if Phil had been able to crawl out from underneath his Premier League rock he would have found what many of the rest of us did – a helluva good summer of football.

Women’s World Cup, UEFA under 21s, FIFA under 17s and Under 20s, the Gold Cup and the Copa America.

Put it altogether and it was far better than the 2010 World Cup.

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3 responses to “Raves and Rants – Sex, Roots And What Gets Eto’o Out of Bed”

  1. tim says:

    loved the Fabergas article…totally related to it and its metaphors…great writing…oh and yeeeeessssssss…we got Fabs…BArca bArca BaRca!!!!

  2. Gus Keri says:

    The statement by Phil Dawkes indicated that, just like the soccer-haters in the USA, there are a lot of people in Europe who live in their ivory towers and don’t care about soccer outside that continent except for the world cup.

  3. John Bladen says:

    Bobby: No doubt Dawkes’ rather limited appetite is sated after Newcastle v Arsenal last week. I’ve seen more interesting contests fought on sand pitches by school kids…

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