Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.
David Lacey had a piece on why strikers like Michael Owen are heading for extinction. It was amazing the number of what you were consider sensible-thinking people who believe that a couple of goals against Leeds in the Carling Cup means (a) Owen is somehow going to recapture his form of a decade ago and/or (b) is worthy of recall to the England squad.
Paddy Agnew writes about the investigation focused on the Mafia, gambling and match-fixing. We mentioned this on the podcast earlier this week. This story has the potential to become another big and far-reaching one.
Jonathan Wilson with a heart-felt piece on what it means to be a fan. A really great article. I don’t know if there is an award for the best single article but if there was or is this should win hands-down.
Michael Lewis on the dozen crises of the New York Red Bulls – and they is still a couple of months left in the season. At this rate another crisis might be unlucky!
There are four candidates for the vacant position of President of the Caribbean Football Union – election on November 20. The first objective for whoever wins will be to try and maintain a united front and therefore be in a position to continue to hold power in CONCACAF. Come to think of it CONCACAF has had a sort of “Survivor” feel to it over the last year.
Alliances built and broken, double-crossing and favours offered.
Going into this weekend’s match against Milan a revitalized Juventus under new boss Antonio Conte.
J Hutcherson starts off by looking at the Facebook/Google+ battle and places it in the context of the massive volume of soccer that is made available to North American soccer fans each week.
This is not a football article but the implications for other sports could be far-reaching if the International Cycling Union is able to strip national federations of the power to investigate and rule on doping cases.
Ben Lyttleton on Arsene Wenger – the manager’s vision and the debate on the need for a specialist defensive coach at Arsenal.
Spiegel on the day that men were banned from watching a game in Turkey.
And of course that brings to mind the stoning scene from the “Life of Brian.”
Mental Illness a football taboo by Simon McPolin.
Jonathan Wilson contributes to the debate of the emergence of a new-look Chelsea
Keir Radnedge on how to define greatness and Lionel Messi.
Seb White gives us the story of the football fanzine.
A great story from Paolo Bandini on the Canadian who has helped in the resurrection of Napoli.
Rob Hughes describes Barcelona’s jersey swap.
The Carlos Tevez File
Daniel Geey had a piece sometime ago on the legal basis for Chelsea terminating the contract of Adrian Mutu.
I hope the Guardian did not pay for this opinion. Far too simplistic and it reads as if it had to meet a very tough deadline.
I think is a more comprehensive review of the Tevez situation and takes time to describe the possible nuances and subtleties of the issue.Finally we have David Conn who nails what has to considered before determining the punishment.
The Mutu case and Chelsea’s decision to terminate his contract was based on the results of a drug test. Mutu’s defence against termination was limited to claiming the test was faulty or illegal and that the punishment was too severe given the offense.
The Tevez case is far more complex because it not involves not only who said what but what was understood and whether or not there was clear communication given the languages that might have been used.
Any fairly competent lawyer for Tevez should be able to cast doubt based on the above.
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