The death of Italian football?

June 29, 2009

“Italians once referred to Serie A as ‘il campionato piu bello del mondo’, the most beautiful championship in the world, but this summer there threatens to be an exodus of top talent that could mark the end of an era for Italian football. The rise of the Premier League and La Liga has already impacted upon the standing of calcio in European football and the gap looks set to widen.” (ESPN)

Eto’o and Tevez Potentially Agree To Join Manchester City (EPL Talk)
“Well, two days are left until the transfer window opens again and Manchester City look like they’ve signed two strikers to help Mark Hughes drag them up the table. I suppose they need some good news down at Eastlands after the ground flooded on Saturday due to flash floods.”

Of course! The US beats Spain and an oil company helps analyze player performance! (Foot Smoke)
“In case you weren’t aware, the ever-prescient governing body of soccer has partnered with Castrol GTX to develop the “definitive system” to rate player performance. Not only does it rate performance, but it rates performance objectively! According to a clarifying explanation on the website, the infinitely complex system ‘tracks every move on the field and assesses whether it has a positive or negative impact on a team’s ability to score or concede a goal.'”

Brian Glanville: Shouldn’t Michael Owen gracefully retire? (World Soccer)
“SHOULDN’T Michael Owen gracefully retire? Once such a golden boy, an 18-year-old star of the 1998 World Cup finals, beyond doubt one of the finest, purist English talents of the last couple of decades. A shocking series of injuries has taken the edge off his speed and his game, he has lost his England place, despite somewhat fatuous attempts in certain quarters to propose his return.”

Breaking Bad … or Good? (That’s On Point)
“As explained in the quickee recap post, I needed to walk this one off. There was simply so much swirling after Brazil’s nearly epic 3-2 comeback over the U.S. at the 2009 Confederations Cup final that it was like watching a mindblowing ‘Lost’ episode. I needed to hit pause on the DVR, pick the melted ooze that was once my brain off the floor and collect myself.”

Tijani Belaid

June 29, 2009

Czech Republic Soccer Champions League
“Tijani Belaid (Arabic: تيجاني بلعيد‎) (born 6 September, 1987 in Paris, France) is a France born Tunisian footballer. Belaid currently plays for Slavia Prague.” Wikipedia, YouTube

Pro Vercelli: No Time for Losers

June 29, 2009

“And I can say that with authority, because we are the champions. How are we the champions, when we’re not even halfway through the season? Keep reading. Let’s do this McKinsey-style, to bring some discipline to the lives of all the English majors in the audience.” (The Run of Play)

Pro Vercelli: The Nickel Objects of Our Dime Desire (The Run of Play)
“The two implacable enemies of a successful football club are stagnation and arrogance. Stagnation leads to complacency, to a drowsy sense of timelessness. If things have always been and will always be as they are, why should we bother being fierce? Arrogance leads to laziness and a bitter, spoiled entitlement. If we’re special for who we are rather than for what we do, why should we have to prove it?”

Pro Vercelli: Contest Results (The Run of Play)
“One of the first pieces of news I got after the Champions League final was that the board had decided to expand the stadium by more than 11,000 seats. In other words, our not-even-one-year-old arena is about to have its seating capacity increased by almost 40%. This is huge news, and it only heightens the importance of finding a good name for the place. And thus, to the contest results.”