Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.
Crewe Alexandra are using sport science to help their players became more accurate and powerful shooters.
This article from the Caribbean nation of Antigua & Barbuda might indicate that they are not only getting ahead of the action but perhaps over estimating what playing in the next round of World Cup qualifying might deliver in terms of benefits.
Tom Williams thinks that Marseille may have to revert to the counter-attack to solve their current problems.
Last week the BBC broadcast and investigative piece that called into question Rangers’ owner Craig Whyte’s past business dealings. Scotzine takes a look the legal implications and options for Whyte. It looks like this one has a ways to run.
And a fine article by Tom English on the Rangers/Craig Whyte situation and it includes a bit about the sword of Damocles, or as it is more commonly known, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
World Cup rights in the US TV market – those that point out that the World Cup is 7 years are forgetting that the next Women’s World Cup is less than four years hence. And it is Canada.
How Sepp Blatter retains his grip on power – from Keir Radnedge. An excellent piece.
Some “Olympic spirit” drivel from Paul Hayward. If you would like to read more informed opinion then read the comments after the article.
A poignant article from fantasy football scout.co for those of us who may have given up on some players in our Fantasy Football pool only to have it rebound on Saturday…or even worse, have it rebound on us twice!
Ian Graham puts forward his case on the uselessness of draws.
“The Emergence of the Ball Playing Centre Back” – emergence, really? A sense of football history missing here perhaps. If it had talked in terms of many, many decades ago it might have some relevance. Otherwise it is tantamount to writing a piece on popular music and starting with the Beatles.
Dion Fanning is a man who does have his history sorted out. Writing in the Irish Independent he draws some interesting historical parallels between foreign owners and a previous group of usurpers.
Jens Sejer Andersen can see right through Sepp Blatter’s transparency plan.
Business Week lifts up the hood and takes a look at the inner workings of “brand Manchester United”.
Paul Gardner says he will miss Steve Nicol although not his team’s playing style.
Quotes“In a full-page ad in Saturday’s Toronto Star, Toronto FC manager Aron Winter thanked the fans for their patience as the club continues in its efforts to build a contender. “The future is bright,” Winter says in the ad. And based on the team’s fight and determination in coming from behind for a 2-2 draw against New England on Saturday afternoon in the season finale, that assessment could be spot on.”MLS.com
Is a comeback draw at home against the team that finishes bottom of the Eastern Conference really a legitimate benchmark to predict a bright future?
You can read the full article here.
The article has a similar tone to the analysis on TSN during the final game against New England Revolution.
It went something like this.Toronto has made great strides since the acquisition of Torsten Frings and Danny Koevermans and they just need to sign another couple of players like that to make a go of it next season.
So for all the talk of the improvement made by Toronto and how the squad that Aron Winter inherited was so bad but now it is better, what it comes down to is Toronto “improvement” is because they signed two more designated players to go with another, Julian de Guzman.
And the recipe for further improvement? Find a way to change MLS rules and allow TFC to increase their designated number to 5.
Does anyone thought that given Frings and Koevermans will be 35 and 33 respectively next season there might be more downside than upside coming next season?
After all how many players get better at that sort of age especially when playing in a physically taxing and fatigue-inducing (on account of travel) like MLS?
Here is Cathal Kelly’s assessment of Toronto FC at the end of year 5 – a much more sober assessment and in my opinion a more realistic one as well.
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