From which train trip in Britain can you see the most league football grounds?

November 6, 2009

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“Trainspotting meets football trivia: welcome to the Knowledge’s very own perfect storm of nerdvana. Click here for our all-singing, all dancing interactive map of the route.” (Guardian)


Hungarian football in the doldrums

November 6, 2009

“During Debrecen’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League in September Clive Tyldesley referred to the Hungarian league as “the 35th strongest in Europe”. Given that the 15 or so countries below Hungary in the UEFA co-efficient included Albania, Armenia and Liechtenstein (who don’t even have a league) ‘strength’ is perhaps a misplaced word. Sadder perhaps is that Hungary is by some distance the lowest ranked country on the list to have appeared in a World Cup final. Given this weakness it is perhaps with some irony that September 2009 was anticipated more than almost any month since Hungary last appeared in a World Cup 23 years ago.” (WSC)


How Stadium Naming Rights Are Getting Out Of Control

November 6, 2009

“Traditional terrace tipplers still mouthing up their marmite at the news that Newcastle’s St. James’ Park will henceforth be known as sportsdirect.com@St. James’ Park Stadium will be further aghast to learn that Chelsea would consider cashing in on Stamford Bridge. We are not too far off from Ethan Armstrong’s vision here at EPL Talk of sponsored songs and players. While the idea of selling naming rights in England is not new, what with the Emirates Stadium, the KC Stadium, Reebok Stadium and the DW Stadium; the practice is not nearly as common as in the United States, what with Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Pizza Hut Park, the Home Depot Center and virtually every outdoor or indoor facility in the country.” (EPL Talk)


Football Weekly Live

November 6, 2009

“James Richardson was in the hot seat for our groundbreaking live video edition of the web’s favourite football podcast. He was joined by Barry Glendenning , Rafa Honigstein and Paolo Bandini for a look at the latest Champions League action, as well as a preview of the weekend’s Premier League matches.” (Guardian)


Johnson’s Brucie Bonus?

November 6, 2009

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“We should be close to learning the fate of Adam Johnson, and unfortunately it isn’t the news we all wanted to hear. Jinky’s leaving, and after all the talk about Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United, it looks as though his likely destination will be Sunderland. Bloody Sunderland. Yeah, I realise he’s a Mackem, but still. Only joking, of course. If I’m honest, I can’t blame the winger for seeing the Stadium of Light as a better choice than the Riverside. Steve Bruce is doing a fine job up there, putting together a cogent side from all those disparate elements signed in a mad rush by Roy Keane.” (Smog Blog)


Inter show much-needed adventurous side

November 6, 2009

“The grand, pillared entrance to the Valeriy Lobanovskiy Stadium in Kiev, with a large image of Lobanovskiy himself resplendent on one side, gives the old stadium a presence far beyond its sub-17,000 capacity. The chill wind from the adjacent Dnipro river is equally foreboding. Old Trafford or the Santiago Bernabéu this is not, but the team from the black-and-blue half of Milan have seemed ill-at-ease at just about any Champions League venues of late.” (ESPN)


2009-10 FA Cup, 1st Round Proper. The 80 clubs, with attendances.

November 6, 2009

“Thanks to the Paulton Rovers site. Thanks to Matthew Bissex Architectural design Limited. Thanks to This Is Somerset.co.uk (set at ‘Lacey living Cup dream’, from 5 November,’09).” (billsportsmaps)