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Raves & Rants – Dichio Remebered, James Turns To Rugby, Savage And Hope to Dancing

Written by on October 5, 2011 | 3 Comments »
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Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.

David Boyle with a piece posted at the Roker Report on Danny Dichio.

Simon Kuper on the move of Samuel Eto’o from Inter and realities of playing football in Russia

The Economist takes a look at the state of football in Brazil. Not a pretty state.

French Football Weekly takes a look at the progress of Lorient – coached by Christian Gourcuff. If I am not mistaken the same man who once played for the Montreal Supra in the old Canadian Soccer League and who is the father Yoann.

Simon Kuper with the truth about English football.

With the Rugby World Cup currently underway David James suggested five ideas that he thinks football can borrow from rugby.

Jennifer Doyle considers Hope Solo’s appearance on “Dancing With the Stars” from a number of perspectives.

And an update on her appearance on the Monday show – Hope’s not Jennifer’s.

And over in the UK we have Robbie Savage on the equivalent show

FIFA 2012 review  – Am I the only person left on the planet that has not played video games?

Jimmy Burns ponders the affairs of FC Barcelona.

Some interesting speculation as to how the Kindle Fire might impact sports broadcasting.

A disconnect between the headline and the core story?  “Arsenal’s Vermaelen And Belgium’s Golden Generation Can Win The World Cup” and “With the right coach – and the jury is still out on Leekens – and a couple of decent full-backs, Belgium could even emulate their predecessors of 1986 and reach the World Cup semi final” – a bit of  difference.

Declan Hill’s comments at the “2011 Play the Game Conference” on match-fixing and other presentations – column by Lasana Liburd.

Sport Scientists in South Africa have found an association between a certain gene and the ability to run fast but it also comes with inflexibility. It sounds as if I got half of the gene and you can guess which part.

A first class article from David Conn on the Manchester City campus development and a sober assessment as well.

The Financial Times looks at the dominance of Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain.

Franck Sauzee was a veteran player when he joined Hibs in 1999 but still good enough to be regarded as one of the greatest players to ever pull on a green jersey. When manager Alex McLeish left to join Rangers Sauzee was appointed as his replacement.

His tenure only lasted 69 days and once he left Easter Road he has never returned.

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3 responses to “Raves & Rants – Dichio Remebered, James Turns To Rugby, Savage And Hope to Dancing”

  1. CDNGooner14 says:

    Re: FIFA 12 review.
    You really should try it, Bobby. It is so realistic. I started a Manager campaign with Arsenal and before the 1st transfer window closed Van Persie forced a transfer to Man City and I was powerless to stop him! I’m not making that up!

  2. Soccerlogical says:

    “FIFA 2012 review – Am I the only person left on the planet that has not played video games?”

    You and Otto Pfister.

    PS How long before Pardew’s head swells up again and he loses the Newcastle locker room?

  3. John Bladen says:

    Bobby: Does football manager count as a ‘video’ game?

    Seriously, if you want the “manager” experience – particularly if you don’t use the cheats – just sign on and wait for some appalling owner of a conference or L2 team to offer you a job (for less than they pay the newly signed trainees, of course)

    Sounds stultifyingly boring, doesn’t it? But it’s addictive as hell… even if you do end up stuck working for the McGills at York City!

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