Video Highlights from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1: Sunday, September 20, 2009

September 22, 2009

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“There were some crucial matches on Sunday in the top European leagues such as Manchester United v Manchester City in the English Premier League. All the top leagues were in play including the Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, and of course the English Premier League. Here are video highlights for all of the matches.” (The 90th Minute)


Turkish big-boys continue to assert dominance

September 22, 2009

“Last year all the talk in the Turkish league was of how lowly Sivasspor could break the established order at the top. The start to this season, however, has proved that fairytales do not happen and that the power of the big clubs in the country will continue to trump the plucky underdogs as long as the quality players remain. Two of the country’s biggest, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray, have begun the season in flying form. With 100% records after six games, they have opened up a six-point gap over their nearest challengers, Eskisehirspor, and look like pushing each other all the way to the finishing post.” (ESPN)


The Best, at Any Price Necessary

September 22, 2009

“Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid football club, will accept nothing short of the biggest, brashest and best football club that money can buy. And therein lies the problem for this soft-spoken, besuited, self-made billionaire. While Real Madrid fans are enjoying the start of the Champions League with new hope and a bevy of superstars, critics are accusing Mr. Pérez of ruining the sport.” (WSJ)


Football Cup Primer: The Football League Cup

September 22, 2009

“Regular readers of Avoiding the Drop may recall the inaugural entry in the ‘Football Cup Primer’ series from a couple weeks back. That entry discussed the FA Cup, one of the oldest and largest competitions in the world for any sport. The Football League Cup is not that competition. The confusion between the League Cup and the FA Cup is easy to understand. A big part of this confusion comes from the fact that the matches that are most easily watched – the third round of the League Cup and the ninth round (or ‘Third Round Proper’) of the FA Cup – tend to feature the same set of teams; by that point in the FA Cup, there are usually only one or two non-league sides remaining, and the League Cup’s only drawing from teams in the Football League.” (Avoiding the Drop)


Englischer Fussball: Othering the English

September 22, 2009

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“Raphael Honigstein makes his living as a football interpreter. Best known in the English speaking world for his columns on German football in the Guardian and participation in that newspaper’s well-known football podcast, he plays the reverse role in his home country, acting as English football correspondent for the Suddetsche Zeitung. This dual role – explaining German football to the English and English football to the Germans – puts him in a fairly unique position among football journalists. And it left him well placed three years ago to find a German publisher for ‘Higher, Better, Faster, Stronger’, a guide to English football which has just been re-issued in English as Englischer Fussball.” (Pitch Invasion)


The 15 minutes that shook the world…

September 22, 2009

“What Rafa said at half time….. Then a quick reminder of the Liverpool AC Milan Istanbul 2005 story…” (SoccerBlog)


Italy: 2009-10 Serie A

September 22, 2009

“The map shows the clubs in the 2009-10 Serie A season. It is the 78th season of the competition. Reigning champions are Internazionale. In the gallery below are the top 6 drawing clubs from the 2008-09 Serie A season. Stadium names, locations, and their capacities are listed, along with the clubs’ average gates.” (Bill Sport’s Maps)


Capello eyes World Cup HQ

September 22, 2009

“Where England lay down roots in South Africa next summer could be key to their hopes of winning the World Cup. That’s why coach Fabio Capello has been so exacting in choosing the base for his team. The Italian wants a private and secure hotel that boasts excellent training facilities and is based at altitude. After looking at sites in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Polokwane, attention has focused on the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus in Rustenburg.” (BBC)


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