The Joy of Six: Great finishers

July 31, 2009

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“Romario celebrates scoring for Brazil against Cameroon at the 1994 World Cup. It’s one of the disputed 1,000 or so that he has scored.” (Guardian)


Dark days up ahead for Serie A?

July 31, 2009

“Welcome to rock bottom. It couldn’t possibly get worse, could it? That question can’t help but escape fans of Serie A. It’s not just the fact that the Italian league lost arguably its two biggest stars this summer — Kaká, who went from AC Milan to Real Madrid, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who joined Barcelona from Inter Milan — it’s the general paucity of big transfers, particularly from abroad.” (SI)


Ticos keen to stay top

July 31, 2009

“As the upcoming Mexico-USA clash hogs the headlines, 12 August will offer football fans yet another classic in the much-anticipated Clasico Centroamericano between Costa Rica and Honduras. Rodrigo Kenton’s high-flying Ticos travel to San Pedro Sula hoping to keep hold of first-place in the hexagonal, as well as lay hands on bragging rights in the traditional meeting between Central America’s top two teams.” (FIFA)


£3.5m: Not Enough For Alvaro Arbeloa

July 31, 2009

“£3.5 million for Arvalro Arbeloa? That’s all? Seriously? I mean, I know that’s probably what his services are worth but that’s not the issue. When Real Madrid have their checkbook out and are licking the tip of their bottomless ballpoint pen there is no call to stop at £3.5 million. Real have made the market insane and now they want to go back to normal prices? I’m sorry. No. Why be reasonable?” (EPL Talk)


Sir Bobby Robson’s life in photos

July 31, 2009

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“Bobby Robson’s playing career sees him make his debut for Fulham in 1950 before he moves to West Brom in the spring of 1956…” (BBC), “Ten moments from Sir Bobby’s football life” – (ESPN)


The World Games Stadium and Eco-friendly Stadia

July 31, 2009

“This month the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan hosted the eighth edition of the World Games, a summer sports festival for events not on the Olympic program. The center piece of the games were not the sports themselves, but the 55,000-seat main stadium named for the event. The World Games Stadium was designed by renowned Japanese architect Toyo Ito. The stadium, which has a legacy capacity of 40,000 and opened in May, is notable for the fact that it’s snaking roof — meant to invoke images of a dragon — is completely covered in solar panels that generate enough energy to not only power the stadium, but allow the stadium to sell excess power back to Kaohsiung.” (Pitch Invasion)


Tranmere Rovers: The Pitfalls Of Attracting Investment

July 31, 2009

“It has been a curious summer for the ‘club across the water’. Tranmere Rovers, just over the River Mersey from Liverpool and Everton, ended last season having just missed out on a play-off place in League One after dropping two points at home to Scunthorpe United on the final day season. They sacked manager Ronnie Moore at the start of June and replaced him with John Barnes, and one might have expected them to have had a quiet summer working on how they could improve on their league position this time around.” (twohundredpercent)