As Argentina keeps struggling, Maradona’s critics get louder

July 23, 2009

“As Brazil coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s most controversial decision was his refusal to pick Romário. Even at 36, Romário was still one of his country’s most prolific strikers at the time and “Big Phil” faced a Spanish inquisition at every media conference. TV stations and newspapers launched pro-Romário campaigns and even Fernando Henrique Cardoso, then the Brazilian President, joined in.” (SI)

Video Highlights of Preseason Matches for Bayern Munich, Man City, Arsenal, Schalke, and Hamburg (The 90th Minute)
“The preseason schedule for European clubs has begun with several playing in tournaments and various competitions around the globe. Here’s a list of the recent preseason matches for some of the big clubs including Bayern Munich and Arsenal.”

Man City begin to shed their skin (ESPN)
“The unofficial title of ‘World’s richest club’ sat uneasily with Manchester City last season. It provided opportunities for mockery from their detractors whenever Benjani or Darius Vassell found themselves the supposed spearhead of a blunt attack, when a creaking Dietmar Hamann or a labouring Gelson Fernandes was handed a pivotal role in an overpowered midfield or when Richard Dunne was at his blundering worst in an error-prone defence. Wealth provided City, no strangers to embarrassment, with new indignities.”

How Football Is Like Foreign Films (EPL Talk)
“With huge advances in cable, satellite and Internet technology, we can now watch practically any major football league on our TV screens or monitors in the comfort of our living room. Your favorite football team could be the one that’s in the city near you, or it could be a club that’s on the other side of the world.”

Individual video highlights: Ronaldinho, Nesta & Onyewu (AC Milan) vs Club America (101 Great Goals)
“Ronaldinho continues to sparkle during the pre-season. Against Club America on Wednesday night, the gap-toothed wonder was fielded in the hole behind the strikers, allowing the Brazilian to attempt some cute incisive passes as well as seeing the forward crash the bar with a long-range free-kick.”

John Terry snubs City to stay at the Bridge, the return of Sven & Arsenal swoop for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (101 Great Goal)
“[Mr. McGee] grabbed my menu off me and said ‘You are not fucking deciding what music goes on in here.’ When he grabbed it I said ‘What’s your problem, why can’t I change it?’ He basically said to me ‘I am not putting your music on.’ … – Steven Gerrard.”

Review of the week (BBC)
“We’ve all heard tales of Sven’s alleged antics down the years, but it still came as a surprise to learn he was tied up in Notts. I noted a couple of weeks back how this year’s close-season had turned into the silly season, but if Michael Owen’s move to Manchester United was a bit of a shock, Eriksson’s switch to Meadow Lane was a thunderbolt.”