What is a volley?

September 2, 2009

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“The laws of football now stretch to precisely 140 pages, but our comprehension of them could probably be covered in 140 characters. Football has always been a simple, intuitively understood game, with exceptions to that few and far between. Two spring to mind. The first is the offside law, the bane of pepper pots up and down the land. Though the ever-changing interpretation of offside has caused much confusion, it’s actually a pretty straightforward concept and one that is, at least, exactly defined. The same is not true when it comes to volleys. Depending which watercooler you lurk by, you will find an entirely different comprehension of what constitutes a volley.” (Guardian)


The manager: taking the game to new countries

September 2, 2009

“In the third of a six-part series, Barney Ronay looks at the pioneering managers who brought modern football to Europe, yet remain in obscurity in their own country” (Guardian – Barney Ronay)


Strikers and defenders

September 2, 2009

“I always resent the start of the football season – it seems indecent that the game of the inflated sphere should resume in August, the rightful month of the sport played with the hard leather ball. We should have a longer sabbatical from the narcissistic excesses of Cristiano Ronaldo, the shadow boxing of belligerent managers, the telephone-number salaries of men who behave louchely in bars.” (FT)


Diving: A Cardinal Sin?

September 2, 2009

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“Much has been said about Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva’s dive against Celtic during last Wednesday’s 2nd leg of the Champions League pre-qualifier. One split-second incident has led to questions about Michael Platini’s proposed system of 5 referees, TV technology, retrospective charges and just exactly what is it that constitutes a dive. Ultimately the player has received, as expected, a two-game ban. Is this wise or fair?” (EPL Talk)


Buying a football club is exactly like starting a game of ‘Football Manager’ on your computer

September 2, 2009

“We’ve all been there. You’ve had Football Manager installed on your PC for about a year, you’ve won everything there is to win with Man U/Arsenal/Liverpool/Chelsea, and now you’re thinking about starting a new game with a lower league club. With the amount of takeover talk there is surrounding smaller clubs at the moment, it seems as if the bored millionaires of the world have reached that stage too.” (thetwounfortunates)


The Hoekman Ruling: Potentially A New Bosman Ruling?

September 2, 2009

“We have all heard of the infamous Bosman ruling of 1995, when the European Court of Justice made a decision concerning freedom of movement for workers, freedom of association and direct effect of article 39 of the EC Treaty. The case was an important decision on the free movement of labour and had a profound effect on the transfers of football players within the EU.” (Bleacher Report)


Transfer deadline day Q&A

September 2, 2009

“The transfer window has closed and the final Premier League business has been done until January – so how are those fighting for silverware, solidity or simply survival shaping up? It was a hectic final day without a late Robinho-style blockbuster and now managers must go with what they have got and hope they have assembled the quality and depth of squad to flourish until the turn of the year.” (BBC – Phil McNulty)