Calcio’s finest take a lesson in entertainment

“What a paradox the Serie A has become. While it is always healthy to look away from what goes on off the pitch in order to avoid embarrassment and the whiff of dodgy dealings that rarely obey to the principle of doing the best for the game, action on the pitch itself has often been delightful and entertaining.” (ESPN)

Assuaging the politicians (ESPN)
“Last year the UK’s Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport, Andy Burnham, challenged the Premier League to ”reassess its relationship with money” after shining an official light on a variety of uncomfortable issues from debt levels and foreign ownership, to the need for a greater competitive balance across the league and improved opportunities for English players.”

Sail On, Sailor b/w Typical Boys (The Run of Play)
“Maybe it’s just natural to feel sympathy for these slighted creatures. To see the anguish on their faces as the referee penalises them for reasons they can’t fathom; to see the disbelief register on their tormented visages as a penalty appeal is dismissed; to see one slam the turf with open palms, enraged that the contact that sent him to the floor was not deemed sufficient for censure…Fair breaks your heart, doesn’t it?”

Negative Environment Can Breed Postive Results (A Cultured Left Foot)
“Every dog has it’s day, so they say. Arsene seemingly got bitten yesterday by those who support the club. Gunnerblog put a good proviso against anything that is said.”

Q. & A.: ‘Outcasts United’ Author Warren St. John (NYT)
“Update | MAY 14, 9:16 a.m. See the comments section below for Warren St. John’s responses to readers’ questions. More to come. In 2006, Warren St. John reported the article, “Refugees Find Hostility and Hope on Soccer Field,” for the New York Times.”

The Forgotten Story Of … Spain 4-3 England (Guardian)
“The problem when you invent the game is that everything thereafter is in some way decline, yet English football seems forever locked in a battle to recapture a golden age that, if it existed at all, had probably ended before the First World War.”

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