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Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 58 – The Magic Of The Cup

Written by on January 31, 2012 | 8 Comments »
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The magic of the FA Cup returned for another round (QPR v Chelsea excluded) and offered up some tantalizing topics for discussion; can Liverpool really claim 2 pieces of silverware this season, is Frazier Campbell’s career finally back on track after all those injuries, and does Arsene Wenger swear in English or French during his halftime talk? Bobby & Eoin analyze the best the 4th round had to offer.  Attention then turns to Italy, and the chase for the scudetto. Juventus continue to set the pace, while Ranieri’s Inter lose valuable ground away to Lecce.  The pod finishes with Bobby sounding a cautionary note to Canadian WNT supporters; just because they’ve qualified for the olympics, doesn’t mean they’ll medal.

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8 responses to “Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 58 – The Magic Of The Cup”

  1. Mark says:

    Perhaps a silly question, but if Defending team on corner kicks have no one on the posts, don’t the attacking team have to remain at least as far from goal as the closest defender, or risk being offside? Yeah, its risky to try (I’m sure someone has already), but if defense has no one on either post, they can stand very far from goal (say the 18 yard box, for example) and attacking team cannot be any closer when ball is kicked, or they would be offside. Yes, this gives attacking team ability to potentially get inertia, as they charge towards the goal, but the Keeper would also be free to move and come for the ball in the air and defenders can still attempt to head the ball away, just as they do when everyone crowds the Keeper. I know something is wrong with this strategy, but I’m not sure what it is. Please let me know…but don’t tear off my head. Thanks.

  2. You are forgetting that from a corner the ball is being crossed in from the byline so a player receiving the ball cannot be offside.

  3. the poducer says:

    Mark, the first player to touch the ball, after a corner kick is taken, cannot be whistled for offside. The kick (think of it as a cross) is originating from the goal line (corner arc is considered goal line), so there is no way for an ‘offside trap’… However, a team could consider ‘pushing up’ if they spot a short corner routine that leads to a cross into the area, and attempt a trap that way.

  4. the poducer says:

    What Bobby said…

  5. J Rob says:

    Great way to start my day. ‘Abbey Road’ reference by Eoin very nice.

    Wonder if you ever listen to Guardian soccer podcast helmed James Richardson. Pants in comparison. Barry Glendinning – not nice and still dim.

  6. Mark says:

    Thanks Bobby. I knew I was forgetting something!

  7. Gus Keri says:

    Just to expand on Bobby’s comment regarding the offside rule.

    There are few exceptions to the standard “two players” rule:

    1- if the player is on line or behind the ball when it is played. Such as the case in corner kick or goal kick or a teammate passing or crossing the ball. (no need for any opposing player between the attacker and the goalline)

    2- On receiving the ball directly from a throw-in.

    3- If the attacker is still in his own half of the field.

    4- and the most controversial one, if he is not interfering with play. This probably the most discussed one of them. And the way I look at it is: if a player doesn’t stand directly between the ball and the goalkeeper (and obstruct the GK view) and doesn’t make any effort whatsoever to reach for the ball, he is not offside.

  8. Gillian says:

    Only this pod could segue from a discussion of the Villa/Arsenal game to Michael Fassbender’s accent 🙂

    Thanks as always.

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