Champions League: Rivalries and New Starts

September 15, 2009

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“The UEFA Champions League group stage begins today with an interesting series of matchups and rivalries. Here is a brief look at three big ones that jump out from this week’s fixture list…” (NYT)


Catching up with GK Tim Howard

September 15, 2009

“The U.S. has produced some world-class goalkeepers over the years, none more accomplished than Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller, two ageless lions who are still prowling the pipes at, respectively, Aston Villa and Seattle. But if there’s one American who reminds me the most of Hatch, the fearless Allied keeper played by Sylvester Stallone in Victory, it’s Tim Howard.” (SI)


10 Players To Look Out For – Champions League 2009/2010

September 15, 2009

“The 2009/2010 UEFA Champions League proper gets underway this evening as the 32 teams that made it into the group stages begin the long battle ahead on the route to Madrid. No matter your thoughts on the competition, one thing for certain is that the Champions League brings together most of the best players in the world. But we all know about the Ronaldos and the Kakas of this world already. What about the star players who are perhaps lesser known by the competition’s wide viewing audience? Here Just-Football.com presents 10 players for you to keep an eye on in this year’s edition of the Champions League…” (Just Football)


Radio review: 5 Live Football League

September 15, 2009

“The BBC’s increased coverage of our division this season is by no means restricted to the visual medium. There has been an encouraging upping of profile on Radio too and one of the best examples of this is a new magazine programme titled, with bounteous imagination, ‘5 Live Football League’, an hour long meander through the issues of the week in all three lower divisions, on Monday nights at 9pm.” (thetwounfortunates)


The Differing Faces of Emotion

September 15, 2009

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Crossing of the Rhine by French Troops in 1672, (1699). Joseph Parrocel
“After a week of professional and methodical International football, the passion of the Premier League happily returned this weekend and amidst the action also helped to display the ambiguity of emotion. Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor is possibly the greatest exploiter of this word after he explained away the unnecessary boot force used on Robin van Persie’s face by pleading emotion was the cause.” (Three Match Ban)


Cameroon revival masterminded by Paul Le Guen

September 15, 2009

“It has taken but a month for Paul LeGuen to engineer a remarkable turn around in fortunes for Cameroon, placing one of Africa’s most consistent performers back on track for World Cup qualification. After failure at Rangers and the two seasons of contrasting fortunes at Paris Saint-Germain, the star of the taciturn French coach looked to be fading – his three successive Ligue 1 titles with Lyon dimming in the distance.” (WorldSoccer)


Plenty in reserve

September 15, 2009

“The news that Premier League clubs are to face squad restrictions continues a debate that has been going on for years. In WSC 197 (July 2003) Barney Ronay was concened about ever-growing top-flight playing staffs” (WSC)