Player Profile: John Lukic

September 21, 2009

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“I can not remember John Lukic ever making a save. Through the fog of the many mistakes that littered his career, Lukic enjoyed two spells at Arsenal and Leeds during his 23 years as a professional that saw him pick up three league title medals, twice as a Gooner and once with Leeds. Not a show-off, he was a keeper who got the job done with the minimal of fuss, but when he got it wrong he did so with considerable commotion and this greatly overshadowed his abilities between the posts and unfortunately for him this was a relatively common occurrence.” (Three Match Ban)


Can World Cup help to bridge SA’s racial divide?

September 21, 2009

“AS THE race debate rages on throughout SA and political parties use race as a sledge hammer to divide constituencies, it is worthwhile casting our gaze back to a previous Soccer World Cup host country that was equally divided along racial fault lines, but emerged united from hosting the Fifa World Cup. Prior to the 1998 Fifa World Cup, the host nation France was riddled with xenophobia and labelled ‘the most racially troubled country in Europe’”. (Business Day)


Premier danger for South America

September 21, 2009

“Regulators can try to push the world in a certain direction. But there is never a guarantee that forces in society will embrace the spirit as well as the letter of rule changes. A case in point could be the ‘home-grown player’ clause that the Premier League clubs have just agreed. The original intention is presumably to ensure opportunities for local talent. A quota of eight squad players will need to have been developed by the club for three years between the ages of 16 and 21. But since no mention is or can be made to nationality, the dangers of an own goal are clear.” (BBC – Tim Vickery)


Stand in the Place Where You Are

September 21, 2009

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“Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion is rarely mentioned in the same breath as Peterborough United’s London Road but both are at the centre of one of the hottest debates among football fans of recent years: the issue of standing at matches. The Taylor Report’s seemingly incontrovertible conclusions sprung up in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster and its preceding long decade of trauma and, in tune with alive and kicking. So, it was with a sense of heady nostalgia that I took up my place against the foremost crash barrier at the Moys End on Saturday. True, just last year, I had had an opportunity to relive my formative years at Dagenham, but this was a fairly high profile league game, just one notch below the Promised Land.” (thetwounfortunates)


Sampdoria give rivals food for thought with flying start to Serie A season

September 21, 2009

“And then there were two. Four games into the Serie A season, nobody should be too shocked to find Juventus top of the table on 12 points. Rather more will be surprised to see Sampdoria, fresh from a 4-1 win over Siena, alongside them. Never in the club’s history – not even in the title-winning season of 1990–91 – have Samp lasted this far into a league season without losing or drawing.” (Guardian)


Brazil’s renaissance

September 21, 2009

“Mission accomplished, Argentina beaten and World Cup qualification achieved. Brazil coach Dunga was reminded, however, that there were times when the press and public had called for his head. ‘They weren’t only after my head,’ he replied. ‘It was head, body and soul as well.'” (World Soccer – Tim Vickery), (World Soccer – Tim Vickery)


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