In Soccer, It’s Manchester Divided

October 29, 2009

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“Kevin and Tony Parker get along pretty well as far as being brothers goes. But during soccer season they sometimes won’t talk for days on end. Despite being blood relations, the Parkers find themselves on opposite ends of a soccer debate that has increasingly gripped this industrial town in Northwest England: are you a Red or a Blue?” (WSJ)

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Football Manager 2010 Just Got a Lot More Interesting

October 29, 2009

“Say you’re on the fence. You’re sanding away the rough part of the day in the games store, and you’re thinking, ‘Gosh, I’d really like to buy Football Manager 2010, but I need some additional motivation beyond the fact that it is part of the greatest video game series ever created.’ Here. Here is your motivation.” (Run of Play)


Taxi for Laszlo?

October 29, 2009

“As the saga at Rangers continues towards a potentially horrid (or amusing, depending on your allegiances) conclusion, Walter Smith is not the only one concerned at the lack of progress. Over in Edinburgh things are not going according to plan for the Maroon half of the city, as Hearts gaffer Csaba Lazslo says he’ll consider his options unless transfer funds are made available to help his struggling strikers.” (Inside Left)


Scandals & murder taint Mbombela stadium

October 29, 2009

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“Mbombela is one of the most atmospheric new stadiums built for next year’s World Cup, nestled among the beautiful hills of northeast South Africa and supported by orange pylons that resemble giraffes. But the almost 1.3 billion rand ($172 million) stadium has been tarnished by a string of scandals, including the murder, apparently by professional hitmen, of a municipal official who blew the whistle on alleged corruption and malpractice.” (FourFourTwo)


Serious soccer back in South Africa

October 29, 2009

“With less than eight months until the 2010 World Cup, the South African national team has made a change. Joel Santana was removed as coach and replaced by fellow Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira, who had resigned some 18 months earlier. It could be a forward step. It might be a backward one. It’s certainly proving controversial. Many in South Africa are happy to see Santana go, but unhappy at the return of Parreira. They have not been impressed by the results under the Brazilian pair, and think that the time has come to put a local man in the top job. (SI – Tim Vickery)


Manzano is Mallorca’s miracle worker

October 29, 2009

“While other clubs are fighting for silverware, worrying over bad results or wondering if they could do better, there’s one team that is proving to be a revelation in the Spanish Primera División. Real Mallorca are reborn from the ashes and, with hardly any new faces, are comfortably in the top half of the table.” (ESPN)