Zlatan Should Thank Perez For Barca Move

July 26, 2009

“If it wasn’t for Florentino Perez and his early transfer window ‘shock and awe’ superstar shopping spree, a shopping spree which has seen the triple trophy winning exploits of Joan Laporta’s men at the Camp Nou quickly forgotten by anyone not from Catalunya, then what must be regarded as the summer’s most ludicrous deal to date would surely never have come to fruition.” (Soccer Lens)

Local Boy Returns Home With Soccer Royalty (The Washington Post)
“Oguchi Onyewu began playing soccer with his boyhood buddies at St. Andrew Apostle Catholic School in Silver Spring. Weekends were consumed by MSI, the iconic youth program of Montgomery County, and the group remained largely unbroken through eighth grade.”

Cult of celebrity is destined to produce fallen idols (Guardian)
“The drinking-football season has kicked off in style again, with Steven Gerrard and David Beckham playing blinders in a couple of friendlies, and the rest of us left wondering if we do actually inhabit the same planet.”

When the Goal is Peace (allAfrica)
“Delivering his first state of the nation address in June 2009, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma described sport as ‘a unifying force’ that people must use to live together. A social soccer club in Cape Town’s informal settlement of Masiphumelele is taking his challenge seriously: Kanana Football Club has recruited foreigners as a gesture of goodwill and harmony.”

Kalou, Boots And Money Men Getting Antsy? (A Cullture Left Foot)
“Sunday morning brings the usual suspects as transfer targets and a new boy to boot. Wellington – a headline writers dream if ever there was one – is the latest Wunderkid to be linked with a move to The Emirates, seemingly ready to pick Arsenal ahead of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea. Until Manchester City come in and offer him £250k per week, that is.”