Great And…Not Great – Zinedine Zidane

November 4, 2009

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“Has any other player been so frustratingly brilliant as Zinedine Zidane? The Frenchman kept a quiet private life to his credit, but his transgressions on the pitch alternate between a rap sheet and a rhapsody. His feet could take down a 40 yard pass like a feather, yet in the blink of an eye bludgeon a Saudi player. Genius, yes. But deviant. Devlishly deviant. Zinedine Zidane, known as ‘Zizou,’ the French-born son of Algerian immigrants, plied his trade in France and Italy, making his name at Juventus, where his dizzying roulettes dazzled the catenaccio faithful. And his play for the French (les bleus) captivated a nation and a world.” (futfanatico)


Turkey: 2009-10 Super Lig.

November 4, 2009

“On the map, I have included a photo of each club’s stadium. If possible, I selected an exterior shot of the stadium, to give a view of the surroundings of each location. Kayserispor’s Kaydar Has Stadyumu is brand new; the photo I used is from last winter, and shows the now-completed structure about three-quarters finished. Here is a photo of the interior of the stadium {click here (TinyPic.com; photo by Serkam Erdogan)}. The stadium will be one of the main assets in Turkey’s bid for hosting a European Championship in the future.” (billsportsmaps)


Soccer Coaches Sweat With Mancini in Play

November 4, 2009

“The news broke late Friday afternoon. It was the kind of information which, had it emanated from Wall Street, would have been said to move markets. Former Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini had terminated his contract with the club, freeing him to take another job. In a matter of hours, rumors were swirling around those clubs among Europe’s elite with embattled managers, particularly Liverpool (Rafa Benitez) and Real Madrid (Manuel Pellegrini).” (WSJ)


Rangers & Their Influential 10% Shareholder

November 4, 2009

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“It’s not what you own, it’s what you’re owed – this is how the balance of power currently lies at the Rangers Football Club. Lloyds Banking Group is owed far more than they own, and they are prepared to take drastic measures to get what they are owed – up to and including administration, if reports of Rangers’ mid-October board meeting are to be relied upon. The immediately subsequent appointment to that board of “corporate recovery specialist” Douglas Muir was the clearest indication that Lloyds wanted their money, about £30m of it, but even those in Scotland who knew that something like financial implosion was coming Rangers’ way weren’t prepared for amount of figures thrown at them recently, concerning the debts and borrowings which have kept them just within touching distance Celtic over the latter part of the decade.” (twohundredpercent)


UEFA Needs a Lyricist

November 4, 2009

“Sometimes, when you hear a specific piece of music, the words fail to register in your head. Usually, this is background stuff; you hear it on hold, or it’s in an radio ad you hear a lot, or it’s just so damn catchy that, years later, you’re remembering that damn ‘Garfield-1-2-3-2-3’ jingle that haunted Cleveland for about ten years and wondering how the hell that’s even a phone number.” (Avoiding the Drop)


Losing a few games is not a crisis

November 4, 2009

“‘The crisis of yesterday is the joke of tomorrow,’ HG Wells once wrote. Not that you’d have found anyone at Anfield on Sunday laughing about the previous day’s defeat at Fulham, or players and coaching staff at Real Madrid last week watching footage of the 4-0 defeat at Alcorcon in the Copa del Rey, and sitting around clutching their sides at a defensive performance that lead to arguably the most humiliating result in the club’s history. For the rest of us, of course, the hilarity is there from the start, whether we are laughing at the results, or whether we are laughing at the idea of teams like Liverpool and Real being in ‘crisis’.” (WSC)


Standings

November 4, 2009

“The top two teams from each UEFA Champions League group go into the first knockout round in the spring, with the third-placed clubs to enter the UEFA Europa League Round of 32.” (UEFA)