3 To See – Rangers, Chelsea, Sevilla

October 3, 2009

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“Last week’s ‘3 To See’ brought wins for Schalke 04, FC Porto and Independiente in a weekend of derby matches and bitter rivalries. This week 5 of the 6 teams chosen were in Champions League action in midweek, with mixed results. How will they fare heading into what are some big, tasty looking games?” (Just Football)

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1990-91 English First Division Season Review: Video

October 3, 2009

“Ever wonder what the old English First Division was like before it became the Premier League? Thanks to YouTube and a tip from reader Chris, we’ve uncovered the one-hour review show of the 1990-91 First Division season when Leeds United won the title. The video review (broken into six 10 minute segments) is incredible to watch for many reasons.” (EPL Talk)


UEFA Europa League 2009-10, Group Stage, with clubs’ average attendances from their domestic leagues.

October 3, 2009

“There are 48 clubs in the Group Stage of this the inaugural Europa League competition. The biggest difference between the Europa League and the competition it replaced, the UEFA Cup, is that the group stage now consists of 12 4-team groups playing home-and-away matches against the other 3 teams in the group. The UEFA Cup had 8 5-team groups playing single matches against the other 4 teams in the group.” (billsportsmaps)


Fernando Torres chases more goals in burning desire for first club trophy

October 3, 2009

“Shortly before kick-off at Stamford Bridge tomorrow Fernando Torres will lower his haunches and stare impassively at the ranks of blue ahead. He performs the ‘crouching Torres’ act in front of thousands every week but ask the Spaniard why and a man comfortable to open up on fatherhood, family and life in the public eye recoils.” (Guardian)


‘The Golden Age’ and ‘Goal Dreams’: Two Football Documentaries, Two Very Different Pictures

October 3, 2009

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“‘The Golden Age’ is a Queens, NY league of mostly Latino players over 40 – it is also the title of a brilliantly filmed and edited documentary celebrating the global game and its particularly migratory character within the US. The film makers manage to capture the skill and energy of the players who slog out their season in Corona Park/Flushing Meadows, on the grounds of the 1964 Worlds Fair – I have never seen a documentary about the grassroots game that actually captures what it feels like to play and participate in a league like this one. And the documentary fleshes this out with terrific portraits of la cultura futbolística in the countries in which many of these guys grew up (Chile, Paraguay, Colombia). In many ways, the hour-long film is a pure luxury. You can watch it at voces.tv.” (From A Left Wing)


Top 10 Spanish Hard-men

October 3, 2009

“Anybody regularly watching La Liga since Sky popularised it in recent years would be led to believe that the Spanish game is based purely on fancy media-puntos, jet-heeled wingers and silky-skilled strikers. And they’d be about right. But back in the 70’s and 80’s the same skill and flair was on show but was counterbalanced with a number of brutal defenders, the likes of whom would make modern day so-called football hard-men run off crying to their Mummies…” (midfielddynamo)


Saturday Evening Football Newspapers

October 3, 2009

“In the early 90s, for me no Saturday evening was complete without getting the Football newspaper, giving a comprehensive match report on Cardiff City’s latest embarrassing away defeat. This was before the internet so the only news you could find on the match came from the vidiprinter on Grandstand (just the result) or fifteen or so lines on Ceefax/Teletext. But like Ceefax and Teletext, these newspapers are becoming a thing of the past and have effectively been replaced by the internet and rolling news footage from Stelling and co. on Sky Sports News.” (mirkobolesan)