Chile blossoming under Bielsa

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“There is no question as to which team has been the star of the 2010 World Cup qualifying tournament in South America. It’s not Brazil or Diego Maradona’s Argentina but Chile, whose national side is undergoing a revolution. The team are second in the table with four matches to go. They have won more games than anybody else (eight) and boast the second best attack and goal difference behind Brazil.” (WSC)

Looking back, looking forward (That’s On Point)
“Guess I missed the memo. Somewhere along the line, the summer was supposed to be the slow part of the year in terms of soccer, well, aside from MLS. Then something happened making this year absolutely crazy. The soccer slate in America was more jam-packed than James Gandolfini trying to squeeze his way into wardrobe in the final seasons of ‘The Sopranos.'”

Frugal Rangers having to face the hard facts (TimesOnline)
“It must be years since Rangers last found themselves in their current position, having not made a single summer signing with the new football season imminent. In times gone by three, four or five new recruits would have been wheeled into Ibrox by now, and some of those such as Brian Laudrup or Paul Gascoigne caused huge excitement across the Scottish game.”

Top 5 Premier League transfers so far (twofootedtackle)
“The pre-season programme is well underway and the 2009/10 Premier League campaign is fast approaching. In the era of the transfer window, of course, the summer becomes a whirlwind of transfer speculation: the ins, outs, maybes and sagas.”

Cork’s team sinking again (WSC)
“The voluntary stewards have been told to turn up as usual for Cork City’s next home game against Bray Wanderers, but they may yet have this, and every other Friday, off. At the High Court in Dublin yesterday, Judge Mary Laffoy ordered the winding-up of Cork City FC Investments Ltd, should an outstanding estimated debt of €360,000 (£310,900) not be paid to the Revenue by Friday. It is the latest in a long line of disappointments for supporters of the club; for older football fans in Ireland’s second-biggest city, it is the latest in a long line of clubs folding.”

Normal Rotation Could Put World Cup in United States in 2018 (Washington Post)
“The United States has a good chance of hosting the 2018 World Cup if soccer’s governing body adheres to its principle of rotating the massive sporting event continent to continent, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Monday.”

Pro Vercelli: A Vine That Keeps Climbing (The Run of Play)
“My assistant manager quit. I have no idea why. He just stood there in the doorway, gingerly holding his resignation letter, muttering something about becoming the coach of Sorrento.”

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