Sven a day late, £200 million short

July 25, 2009

“Sven-Göran Eriksson must be kicking himself for not surviving the sack at Manchester City. After being given a top-10 target after he took the job in July 2007, the former England manager steered the club to ninth place in the Premier League that season, his first in charge.” (SI)

Born Again: How the Deep-Lying Midfielder Position is Reviving Careers (Soccer Lens)
“In football, as it’s played today, central midfielders have become the most important players on the pitch. Due to the growing importance of the transition game, the roving role of a post-to-post player demands competence in both defense and attack.”

Why Brazil hate altitude (World Cup Blog)
“Brazil’s lone vendetta against teams being able to play matches in their own capital cities has its roots in the following…”

City’s first steps to world domination (ESPN)
“Manchester City’s stated aim of becoming the ‘darlings of world football’ still has a long way to go if the club’s popularity in South Africa is an effective yardstick. Having been restricted by an inability to field their biggest signings on this summer’s pre-season tour, such as Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor (who landed in South Africa on Tuesday), City have yet to win over the local public.”

Benitez urges Alonso to remain with Liverpool (ESPN)
“Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has urged Xabi Alonso to stay with the club as he continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid. The Spain international has already suggested that he is flattered by the interest from the Bernabeu and would consider a move back to La Liga. But Benitez is desperate for the 27-year-old to remain at Anfield.”

News Update: Steven Gerrard Cleared Of Affray Charges (EPL Talk)
“Steven Gerrard was cleared of affray today when the jury at the Liverpool Crown Court delivered a verdict of not guilty. Gerrard insisted he had been acting in self-defense when he punched Marcus McGee at the Lounge Inn in Southport after an argument over the music in the club’s CD player.”

Holland v. Sweden, 1974

July 25, 2009

“This match hasn’t gone down in history as one of the great games of the World Cup (in fact, it is most remembered for one isolated flash of skill from Cruyff), but it did have its moments.” Wednesday 19th, June 1974, Telegraph, MySpace