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Raves and Rants – This Week We Tackle Gillie, Bayern, Corruption, Injuries & Juventus

Written by on January 18, 2012 | 2 Comments »
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Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.

A nice article from on the premier Premier passers – if you get the gist.

Rivaldo did himself no favours when he faked being hit in the face with the ball at the 2002 World Cup. But as Gabriele Marcotti points out there was time not so long ago when he was one of the game’s great talents. He is still playing and has just signed to play for a team in Angola.

If you consider yourself a Spurs fan then you need to read this interview if you have not already. Alan Pattullo managed to get two hours with former White Hart Lane great Alan Gilzean. It was the first interview Gillie has given in four decades and it seems there is a decent chance that he may turn up at his old stomping ground in North London sometime soon. 

You can also now download James Morgan’s book “In Search of Alan Gilzean” that was published last year and was nominated for Best Football Book of 2010 in the British Sports Book Awards.

A manifesto for FIFA from Jerome Champagne who once operated at the highest level of the most powerful organization in soccer.

The Daily Telegraph let’s us know that Leon Britton has better passing stats than Xavi. Talk about apples to oranges!

This one from the Celtic wiki brought back some bad memories for me. I remember being at this match and watching Celtic dismantle Dundee 8-1. Jimmy Johnstone, as he often did when playing Dundee, was terrific and just tormented my team.

There was also another shellacking in the 74/75 season but this time it was Kenny Dalglish that was the chief executioner. If my memory is correct Dalglish scored four in a 6-0 win in one of the greatest individual displays I have ever seen. (And to Harold if you are reading this – as I said back then Dalglish is a world-class talent!!!) The thing is around that era Dundee was still a very decent outfit but Celtic just owned them.

Raphael Honigstein tells us that the capture of Marco Reus by Borussia Dortmund has not gone down well with Bayern Munich.

Soccer America has an interview with Wilmer Cabreras the former USA under 17 coach. 

Based on a statistical sample of a little over one half of this season in the Premier League The Independent has confidently declared home advantage a thing of the past. Given that home sides are still winning games at a 25% rate greater than away sides is it really a thing of the past or just a relatively small statistical move towards away sides during the season to date?

An interesting column from the Guardian’s Secret Footballer on the subject of tackling and over emphasis placed on the “skill” in English football.

And how better to prove the point than an article from Michael Cox on “the tackle.”

Lasana Liburd has an interview with Jason Moyo Sylvester who was reportedly responsible along with one other person for distributing the infamous brown envelopes to Caribbean Football Union representatives who attended the fateful meeting with Jack Warner and Bin Hammam.

Sometimes the collectors of statistics just get a little bit carried away. This one is the EPL table after the close of the transfer window last August. What’s next the league table for teams starting more than four left-footed players in late Sunday matches?

Science in Football looks at whether where you play affects the injury rate of players and the types of injuries that befall them.

Another great article from Rob Smyth. This one on a record that I cannot ever see being broken – Just Fontaine’s 13 goals at the 1958 World Cup Finals in Sweden.

I missed the Swiss Ramble’s analysis of Juventus. It makes very interesting reading.

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2 responses to “Raves and Rants – This Week We Tackle Gillie, Bayern, Corruption, Injuries & Juventus”

  1. J Rob says:

    Great interview of Alan Gilzean. Never knew he was a native of Coupar Angus.

    Guess the significance of the EPL table since the close of the transfer window for 2011/2012 might be the following. Will Daniel Levy’s insistence on doing business at the end of that window come back to haunt Spurs? Would a team with a settled Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor have been beaten in successive games by Man Utd and Man City respectively?

  2. Soccerlogical says:

    And yet again Messi outshines Cronaldo and teaches him that it’s a team sport.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Messi drives Cronaldo to insanity and outta La Liga altogether, a la Mozart with Salieri.

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