Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.
There was no edition of Raves and Rants last week so there is some catch up to be done. Maybe it was the Old Firm game last Sunday but there is definite Scottish flavour to this week’s version.
Jim White considers how important David Moyes has been to Everton over his decade in charge.
From George Quraishi at Forbes – the USA men’s team is ranked fourth in the world…..but in what?
The old League Cup format in Scotland made for a wonderful tournament and something a bit unique. I often wondered why other countries never took it on. Now there is a proposal to bring it back.
It is well-known that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is a Raith Rovers fan (by the way there is no place called Raith). In this interview Brown waxes about Raith’s greatest player Jim Baxter.
It seems that when Barcelona sold Ya Ya Toure to Manchester City because he was not in their plans, they did not realize that they would have been better to sell Lionel Messi. I have to admit when I saw the headline on this one I thought it was a joke. As it turned out it was a joke.
Shame the writer doesn’t realize it.
Then I see that 35% of the readers agreed with him. The world has too many people with unsupervised access to the internet.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s mind-games are legendary – even though often exaggerated and over emphasized. Nevertheless SAF is very much the pupil who learned from the master. Here are some quotes from Jock Stein.
Graham Hunter on how Lionel Messi is a throw-back to a past less-commercial time.
This is a long article but well worth taking the time to read. The subject is former Israeli referee Abraham Klein whose very first World Cup match was England vs Brazil in 1970. A fantastic piece of work from Rob Smyth. A few years ago Pantaleo Corvino was regarded as having an eye for talent that few could match. But after a 5-0 loss to Juventus Fiorentina announced that his time with the club would come to an end this summer. Adam Digby looks at some of Corvino’s finer moments.
We laughed at his antics during his playing career but life for Paul Gascoigne is a daily battle that comes with no guarantee of success.
In two years time Spain will defend their World Championship. But in trying to qualify for the 1954 Finals Spain found that they did not enjoy the luck of the draw – or flip of the coin. Brian Seal has the story.
How fickle are fans? ‘It took one clever assist for City fans to chuck their morals in the dustbin and hail Tevez’
Tom English writing in the “Scotsman on Sunday.”
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