Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.
There is a little bit of catch up on my part this week.
I missed this one the first time around by Soccer America’s resident curmudgeon Paul Gardiner thinks that ESPN fired the wrong person when they axed John Harkes.
With el classico this weekend Jimmy Burns gives Jose Mourinho the edge.
I just got around to this Freakonomics podcast that looks at booing at sporting events and some reasons as to why we don’t at other attractions we pay to watch.
Rafa Benitez suggests how England can develop better young players.
The always interesting and insightful Tom Williams looks at how Barcelona have changed how we look at the game and how they have destroyed some cherished beliefs along the way.
Last Friday’s game between Genoa and Milan was interrupted after tear gas fired by police blew into the stadium. Here Brian Seal explains the background to the incident.
Greg Lea wrote this excellent piece on the axe that continually hangs over managers of football teams.
This is a follow-up to the study that links heading a ball to brain damage. I go back to the maxim of Dr. Gregory House – “patients lie.” It seems to me that there is a significant difference in terms of what constitutes a header. 1,000 to 1,500 high impact headers in a year seem to me to be extraordinarily high number for amateur players.
Euro 2012 ball unveiled – and I thought the Jabulani was pronounced as the truest ball ever! On the basis of the study mentioned above how long before we name a ball “Brain-damage 3,00o”?
Continuing the theme of bodily damage Hugh McDonald gets asked to vote on the “football boot of the year” but it only leads him to thinking of how things have changed.
Phil Lines takes a more considered approach to the issue of dividing up overseas Premier League revenues.
David Brown looks at the legacy of South Africa 2010 and the stark reality left after the FIFA circus has moved on to the next big show.
Ben Lyttleton writes about how Robin van Persie has finally emerged as a top class talent after years of injury ravaged seasons.
There are very few articles I have come across as bad as this one. Title “FIFA probes failed World Cup bids” – introduction “USA’s failed 2022 World Cup bid” – picture David Beckham and Prince William which has nothing to do with the USA bid but references it again in the caption – paragraph linking alleged bribery payments to Chuck Blazer (which no one has linked to the bidding process for the World Cups except this article) – and so it goes on.
The only explanation is that some chimps finally came though.
With the appointment of Martin O’Neill the Rocker Report looks back at Sunderland’s other Northern Ireland’s connections.
John Doyle at the Globe and Mail has generated a lot of blushes at the Fox Soccer Report.
“Rapids goalkeeper Chris Sharpe, who had spells with Southampton and Chesterfield, says Larentowicz can fit easily in any quality midfield, telling tribalfootball.com: “Jeff reminds me of a young Makelele. Hard nosed, hard-working, breaks things down very quickly in defense, very strong in a challenge. Simple on the ball, keeps the ball moving, strikes a ball up their (sic) with the best of them when he gets a hold of it!”
tribalfootball.com December 7, 2011
The fact that Larentowicz reminds Chris Sharpe of Makelele is a concern to start with. But likening him to a young Makelele really brings into question what he actually remembers given that a young Makelele was a right back before moving later to midfield.
From the Daily Star “FERGUSON’S BASEL FAULTY“
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