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Raves & Rants – First of 2012 Has Just Too Much For One Headline

Written by on January 4, 2012 | 9 Comments »
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Some of the best of the soccer web with an atrocious piece thrown in now and again.

Only a handful of hours into the New Year and there goes a resolution not to get upset about some of the ridiculous stuff that moves across the internet. The first day of 2012 and we are told that the LA Galaxy is readying a bid for Samuel Eto’o so he can replace David Beckham.

Then a day later this one matches it or perhaps even trumps it. Ronaldo linked with a move back to Old Trafford – how many brain cells do you to be missing to believe these two? 

Now that the rubbish is out-of-the-way we can get down to some of the good stuff. An article in the Washington Post looks at the demand for sports writers in Argentina and how the demand is being satisfied.

Rowland Jack considers the pulling power of live sporting events in an increasingly fragmented TV universe.

Tom Goom takes an in-depth look at Arsenal’s Abou Diaby’s injury from 2006 against Sunderland and the residual impact on his appearances and fitness.

Joel Sked with a wonderful piece on Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli who took Universidad de Chile to a Copa Sudamericana win in 2011.

This AP story describes the impact on Lebanon of the country’s national team’s attempt to qualify for the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil. The final match of the present group stage is set for February 29.

Another in a brilliant series of articles on ESPN Soccernet on “The Mavericks.” This one is about Tommy McInally who played for Celtic in the 1920s.

Is fiscal reality about to hit the Premier League in this transfer window? Pretty much guaranteed.

The issue of female players being allowed to wear a hijab continues to cause problems for FIFA as James M. Dorsey explains.

Richard Khavkine writes in The Star-Ledger above the life of former Liberia international player George Sacko and how he died homeless and penniless on the streets of Newark.

Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated his 70th birthday on New Year’s Eve – until Blackburn spoiled the occasion that is. To mark his birthday Simon Kuper provides us with some insight into the Manchester United boss’s management techniques. 

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9 Responses to “Raves & Rants – First of 2012 Has Just Too Much For One Headline”

  1. Soccerlogical says:

    Does anybody buy this announcement that it was Beckham’s decision not to join PSG as opposed to the other way around? Who wouldn’t want to add another different top league title to their name and get a chance to play a part in CL next season.

    As believable as Trecker and Taylor trying to look wise by wearing glasses. :)

  2. Soccerlogical says:

    NOT A BAD WAY TO GO IMO!

    SPURS FAN DIES AFTER BAGGIES GAME Click here for more football news

    Tottenham have confirmed that an 81-year-old fan died after suffering a heart attack at Tuesday night’s match with West Brom.

    The supporter suffered a cardiac arrest at the Barclays Premier League match and was transferred to hospital after being treated by medics inside White Hart Lane.

    “The club can confirm that an 81-year-old male fan suffered a heart attack at last night’s Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion,” a spokesman told Press Association Sport on Wednesday.

    “We have since received confirmation that he later died in hospital.

    “Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

    Jermain Defoe scored the only goal in the 1-0 defeat of West Brom and led the tributes on Twitter, writing: “RIP to [the] Spurs fan that sadly passed away at Tuesday night’s game. Condolences to all his family!”

    Rafael van der Vaart echoed the striker’s sentiments, while midfielder Jake Livermore added: “Terrible news of a fan last night who lost his life at White Hart Lane. R.I.P. Our thoughts go out [to] your family.”

  3. Carmelo Gabriele says:

    I really liked the article about Diaby’s injuries… very interesting, can’t wait to get my version of “the Blizzard” in the mail…. also Johnathan Wilson new book: Brian Clough nobody ever says thank you” brilliant! Thanks Bobby & Happy New Year everybody!

  4. Carmelo – I have the new Wilson book on my wife’s kindle so I hope to get around to it very soon.

  5. SL – wise by wearing glasses? There is me getting it the wrong way around.

  6. Ed Gomes says:

    The “Silly Seasons” provide great headlines.
    I also feel that maybe squads won’t be as stupid as Chelsea and Liverpool and overpay for what turned out to be failures. Hence Tevez staying in limbo due to cost and him ultimately not wanting a pay cut.

    Am I the only one that found it odd that Carmelo had to wait for his copy of the Blizzard to come in the mail? What, the (insert electronic device here) broke?

    Much ado about nothing in the Everton match. Howard scores, yet Everton loses again. Let me add once again. on how I don’t understand why all the clamoring for Cahill. Didn’t he let Howards ball bounce instead of heading it away. Granted that it was ultimately the goalies fault, but his centerbacks let the ball bounce for no apparent reason. Oh yeah, they were out of position. Again, Cahill is coveted why?
    Also, if Everton needs Donovan to produce, they are in bigger trouble than I even thought.
    Is Moyes once again getting a pass for his clubs performance due to “lack of funds”? I for think he would do better with more “funds” and better players, ala Dalglish, but to say he’s a great manager just might be premature.

    Horrific losses by Man United. No excuses.

    Wow, AVB is still the manager. I saw a piece in which players were upset on how Lamps was being treated. Not congratulated for scoring or being spoken too by the manager.
    In my opinion, it could only mean that Chelsea hopes he wants out. His deal runs until the summer of 2013, so they are stuck with him. Since AVB still holds the job, maybe Abram is realizing that he needs to turn over the squad and is stuck with more than a few players that have diminished but still have high salaries. Terry being nice instead of staying quiet, just might prove he’s hoping to stay.
    Lamps should have also retired from Int’l play after the last World Cup, but he’s still planing to play for England. It seems as if English players just don’t get it. A player is supposed to retire from int’l play in order to extend career. Not keep playing club play in order to maintain his Int’l possibilities.

  7. Kenny says:

    —long time fan of the report (watch every night), recent addict of this site. top analysis from bobby and eoin, great to listen to. thought i’d offer a link to a cheeky half season report card on the EPL teams from sky sports.—

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/22707/7413307/Half-term-report

  8. John Bladen says:

    Ed, who knows what Roman A. will do with his manager. He is not, obviously, given to patience in dealing with managers.

    That said, he must have understood when bringing AVB in that a different type of player/system would be required. Indeed, a few new faces that seem more likely to be able to play the type of system AVB employed at Porto have already arrived.

    That doesn’t mean he won’t pull the trigger on Villas-Boas (as many Chelsea supporters have suggested will happen sooner rather than later), but if he does give up on this system, then what?

    RE: Cahill, well, he’s British. In the minds of some that confers on him extraordinary skills and abilities (mostly well hidden, as it turns out)… Although they are very different players, the hoopla raised around his prospective sale reminds me very much of Gareth Barry’s move to Man City.

    The transfer talk around him created it’s own weather (fanned, no doubt, by agents and fanboys alike), and by the time a team had bought him they’d managed to completely forget his pace/agility issues.

    Like so many of the allegedly great British players today, he does quite well against lesser opponents. Not so when playing truly top flight (or world class, as we saw in RSA) opposition.

    Being a superstar in Birmingham or Manchester isn’t the same thing as being one of the world’s best players. Not by a long shot.

  9. love the article on Sacko. I wonder if players unions will ever make a true place for players who hit hard times.
    To me the problem with the hijab is the demand that it not be worn and the demand that it be worn, lack of freedom is hurting resolution.
    the chilean coach is showing the continuing trend of coaches making strong changes at established clubs.

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