Fluminese’s troubles continue

October 30, 2009

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José Roberto Torero
“Rooted to the foot of the table and staring relegation in the face, these are dark days for fans of Fluminense who had looked forward to this latest season with so much expectation. With national team striker Fred having been enticed home from French side Lyon to lead the attack and 1994 World Cup-winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira at the helm, things got off to a flying start with a 1-0 win over Sao Paulo – champions for the last three years.” (WorldSoccer – Tim Vickery)

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The Pandemonium Of Football Away From The Pitch

October 30, 2009

“Every weekend football will consistently highlight the inconsistency of the game, whether it is Liverpool’s return to form against Ferguson United or Real Madrid being thumped 4-0 by village team Alcorcorn in the Spanish King’s Cup. Like a good thriller or horror film the weekend’s football action can leave you unsure of which way the action is going to turn right up until the final curtain falls. Away from the field of play though the bizarre twists and turns of everyday life can be just as fascinating and this week football has seemingly stepped out of its comfortable isolated bubble that it normally inhabits and has joined the struggle and annoyance of everyday of life.” (Three Match Ban)


Capello rouses Italian clubs to take power back from Ultras

October 30, 2009

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“England manager Fabio Capello breezed into the school of excellence at Coverciano on Monday with the air of authority that comes from having won everything there is in the club game. He was there to give an inspirational speech to the school’s students who want to follow in his footsteps. Instead, Capello launched an unexpected and scathing attack on the state of Italian football, telling the assembled audience that the game on the peninsula is now being held hostage by the Ultrás. “It’s impossible to stop the Ultrás running the game and no one has the courage to stand up to them. In England the grounds are always full.” (SoccerLens)


Gordon adds Bent to Boro

October 30, 2009

“So stated Gordon as he begins the arduous and ten million percent necessary task of stockpiling bodies into the Boro squad. Even the most die-hard Southgate apologists must be impressed. Days into the job and the new manager has already clinched his first signing, with more to follow as he tries to add fresh impetus to our promotion campaign. According to the Gazette, Gordon has taken Marcus Bent on loan from Birmingham City. Though an official announcement is yet to be made, it’s felt that Bent could make the squad for tomorrow’s game against Plymouth, one that currently sees Boro capable of fielding two first team strikers only.” (smogblog)


Tallest Soccer Players in the World

October 30, 2009

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“This is a list of the tallest players currently playing professional soccer around the world.” (The Best Eleven)


Video: Inter’s Mario Balotelli has to be dragged away from penalty area to let Samuel Eto’o take it

October 30, 2009

“When Inter Milan’s Mario Balotelli won a penalty five minutes into their match against Palermo last night, he obviously felt that was justification for him taking it. Samuel Eto’o disagreed, pulled rank and placed the ball on the spot.” (Off the Post)


Top 10 European Cup Finals

October 30, 2009

“Ok, so it’s had it’s fair share of duff one’s, but having been graced by some of the finest footballing talent on the planet, the European Cup Final has also conjured up some classic matches. Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing our favourite ten… ” (midfielddynamo)