A World Cup Finals Without Argentina?

September 14, 2009

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1930 World Cup Final ball Argentina
“Now is not a particularly good time to be an Argentinian football supporter. Not only have their most loathed opposition – Brazil and England – already qualified for the finals of the 2010 World Cup, but there is a serious likelihood that the Albiceleste themselves might not even qualify for next year’s tournament in South Africa, and coach Diego Maradona is receiving hitherto unprecedented criticism in his home country.” (twohundredpercent)


Serie A: Lazio 0-2 Juventus

September 14, 2009

“Italian football returned from the international break today, and the Saturday evening game took place in Rome, where Lazio hosted Juventus. Both had won their first two games and were looking to preserve their perfect starts. Juventus made most of the early running but the Biancocelesti started to find their feet halfway through the first half. Gianluigi Buffon had to be at his best to parry Aleksandar Kolarov’s drive after a glittering run from the Serb.” (Two Footed Tackle)


Time for George Burley to walk away

September 14, 2009

“George Burley has been an unfortunate Scotland manager, but also an unconvincing one. Each damning statistic dilutes an initial instinct to be sympathetic to him. Scotland took just one point from a possible 12 against Holland and Norway without scoring a single goal in four games against the two sides who finished above them in Group Nine. Burley should have had greater backing from his players, particularly those who undermined him with their misbehaviour, and his employers at the SFA, who presented him as a “unanimous” appointment but failed to present such a united front when the going got tough. Yet Burley the victim simply doesn’t wash. Ultimately, it is a lack of results rather than any media agenda or the humorous mistakes he makes with players’ names which will lead to his demise.” (TimesOnline)


European Soccer’s Top 20

September 14, 2009

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“Here it is, the first edition of European Soccer’s Top 20, a weekly ranking intended to engage and hopefully amuse. A word of caution before hitting the launch button: This is a subjective ranking based on one person’s opinion — mine. It is not democratic and does not pretend to be. Feel free to disagree, preferably politely. That said, every effort will be made to be fair. There are rough guidelines. The teams in the five top leagues — alphabetically England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain — carry more weight than those in, for example, Portugal, the Netherlands or Turkey.” (Los Angeles Times)


Just another topsy-turvy day at Anfield

September 14, 2009

“The interlull would have been fatal, were it not for the successes of England and the USMNT over the past fortnight. Thankfully, my beloved Reds took the opportunity to explode into the headlines the day before the EPL kicks back up again, and as with all things Liverpool, it’s an utterly mixed bag.” (unprofessionalfoul)


The Three Amigos: Money Well Spent

September 14, 2009

“Normally, a massive transfer fee is a good omen for future. Big money means big abilities and this usually translates well. However, this is not always the case – Andriy Shevchenko says hi – and even if the money does ring true, it doesn’t always happen right from the start. But when you put three huge money transfers into one big bowl, one of them should surely flop, right? Not so for the case of this summer’s La Liga boys, who’re already rewarding their employers with plenty of stat sheet fillers.” (The Offside)