The Art of Managing to Preserve Your Job

“If there are any safe seats in the fast and feckless world of soccer team management, they are occupied by Alex Ferguson and Josep Guardiola. Their clubs, Manchester United and Barcelona, are already multiple trophy winners this season. Both teams combine style with success, but when they meet in Rome next Wednesday, only one can carry off the sport’s ultimate club prize, the Champions League cup.” (NYT)

Wolfsburg deserve debut success (ESPN)
“On 90 minutes and 57 seconds of the Hoffenheim versus Bayern Munich game on Saturday, with the score tied at 2-2, referee Michael Weiner already had the whistle between his lips to end the game. But he didn’t blow it yet because Mark van Bommel had run into an inside right position with lots of space and time.”

Super Mario’s Naivete Annoys Ibra (NYT)
“Inter Milan celebrated into the wee hours of the morning Sunday, despite the fact that the team had a game later that day against Siena.”

Newcastle is in relegation peril (Total Soccer)
“As the English Premier League heads into its final week of the season, the question is not who will win the title. That was pretty much wrapped up by Manchester United weeks ago.”

‘I Am Not a Man. I Am Cantona’ (NYT)
“The fiery Frenchman Eric Cantona never lifted le Coupe du Monde as a soccer player, but he may be hoisting the Palme d’Or for his participation in a new film showing at the Cannes Film Festival.”

Dikgacoi issues SA clarion call (Football365)
“South African midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi says the hosts of the Confederations Cup are aiming to progress to ‘the semi-finals and final’ of the tournament. “

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