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Raves & Rants – Fascism, Syringes, Money, Injuries, Torture and Margaret Thatcher

Written by on July 15, 2011 | 4 Comments »
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Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.

A blog at “The Equalizer” from Joseph Colubriale about Italian football under Mussolini. Colubriale references a book by Simon Martin called “Football and Fascism – The national game under Mussolini.”

I read the book a couple of years ago and although it was hard slog at times it was a satisfying and informative read.  Anyone interested in how politicians manipulate sport to their own ends will enjoy the book.

An excellent piece by Scott Murray on some managers who won the English League title and have been largely overlooked down the years.

A nice summary from the website “My Football Facts.Com” on the finances of Premier League clubs.

The Guardian had this piece up last weekend. It looked at how Wolves was going about pre-season training. I have to admit I was surprised at how everyone in the article seemed so surprised about using more current research and information to guide Wolves’ preparation.

Despite assurances from the Bahrain Football Association to FIFA that no players had been suspended or abused the Australian says that is knows differently.

This one is not soccer-specific but an interesting new tactic by the IOC to deal with doping by athletes.

Ricardo Teixeira, President of the Brazil Football Federation and Chair of the 2014 World Cup Finals knows something about diversionary tactics. When in a position of weakness (project behind schedule) make a public statement attacking someone and accuse them of undermining your project.

The problem is that it doesn’t solve the actual problem which is Brazil is behind schedule in their planning and time is ticking down.

Sam Allardyce places the blame on Margaret Thatcher for the decline in football standards in England. Strange this one because in political terms Thatcher seemed to be someone who would have encouraged her team to get the ball forward and thus allowing the big men to have their way.

A piece from Steven Goff from a month or so ago about the very dependable USA right back Ali Krieger. This is a fantastic story – read it.

I was going through a Google alert this week and came upon this archive article. I wonder what happened to the writer.

Another article that is not strictly about football but given the importance of the European Union in relation to the game I thought it was worth including.
The interview is with Michel Barnier a member of the European Commission.

Kevin Alexander draws comparisons between the Columbus Crew’s Jeff Cunningham and Archie Stark a legendary goal scorer who played in the early part of the last century. Stark also features in Dave Wangerin’s book “Distant Corners”

An eagle-eyed Faroe Islands student may have relocated Wales to the same neighbourhood as the likes of San Marino Nil and Andorra.

Soccer by Numbers” looks at whether the height of players makes a difference. The findings seem to reinforce the notion of given a choice between two players of equal ability go for the taller one.

The LA Times ran an article on the propensity of women athletes to suffer ACL injuries.

Not specifically football but an interesting insight nonetheless.  Tom Fordyce of the BBC lives the life of an athlete as far as doping tests are concerned.

Ian Macintosh makes some very sensible points about Arsenal and no doubt he will send some folks off the deep end.

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4 responses to “Raves & Rants – Fascism, Syringes, Money, Injuries, Torture and Margaret Thatcher”

  1. J Rob says:

    A very balanced article on Arsenal. A very good reminder that they have rarely bought at the top end of the market.

    Loved the stats from Is there an EPL team with a better financial foundation for long-term success than Arsenal?

  2. Sandra says:

    As a Brazilian it is impossible to express in adequate words in any of the 4 languages I know how much I despise Ricardo Teixeira. His control of our game in Brazil is a plague on the country.

    I only wish FIFA would give the 2014 games to England or Germany or South Africa for that matter – our preparations for the 2013 Confed Cup (let alone the world cup and the Olympics) are already a disaster.

  3. missy says:

    love the goff article…go USA

  4. John Bladen says:

    J Rob: I’d have to say no… Arsenal are well within their means, unlike some others. Once the stadium debt is paid off, they should have amongst the very best net cash flows in the EPL.

    It doesn’t matter how big your bucket is if there is a hole in it….

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