Is This the Future of Football?

November 7, 2009

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“Today we present the first in a multipart series of articles focused on some of the financial problems facing football leagues across the world- especially those in smaller countries. By the end of the series it will become clear that many of these financial problems are the result of a century and a half old organizational model that simply cannot cope with the realities of the modern football and the modern financial world. Having highlighted the ways in which this model has increasingly come up short when faced with the unique problems presented by the sporting and financial landscape of the twenty-first century, we will offer a number of possible solutions which will help to ensure the future stability of the game, both on and off the pitch. As always, we here at Avoiding the Drop look forward to your comments, questions, and criticisms.” (Avoiding the Drop)


Fan Diary #15: Curse You, Lisandro Lopez! Now, Get In There And Win It In Italy…

November 7, 2009

“So… to review… for Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League round of sixteen one of the following scenarios needs to occur: 1.) Liverpool beat Debrecen AND Lyon beat Fiorentina AND Liverpool beat Fiorentina. 2.) Liverpool beat Debrecen AND Lyon draw with Fiorentina AND Liverpool beat Fiorentina by at least three goals. 3.) Liverpool beat Debrecen AND Fiorentina’s players are abducted by space aliens and replaced with cyborg footballers (this invokes an ancient Uefa rule that states any match influenced by extra-terrestrial involvement is automatically forfeit – see: Wolves v. Martians, 1972).” (EPL Talk)


10 Surprising facts about Johann Cruyff

November 7, 2009

“We all know about his fancy turn, his penchant for smokes and lollipops, and that something weird happened in the build up to the 1978 World Cup, but what else is their to know about Hendrik Johannes Cruijff ?” (midfielddynamo)


Not all is lost for ailing Liverpool

November 7, 2009

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Pieter Bruegel, Peasant Wedding Feast (1567)
“If you’re a Liverpool fan, you’re probably pretty angry right now. You’ve won one game since September (albeit a pretty important one, against Manchester United), qualification to the knockout stage of the Champions League seems extremely improbable right now and you’re sixth in the English Premier League, after finishing second last year. (SI)


Green Gartside

November 7, 2009

“Bolton Chairman Phil Gartside has popped his head above the parapet again. An article in today’s Guardian has once again floated the idea of a two tier Premier League. This would involve the co-opting of the current Cocaleague into the EPL structure, with those Bhoys and Gers from Glasgow added to taste.” (thetwounfortunates)


Two Legs & A Gypsy Curse: The Story Of The 1946 FA Cup

November 7, 2009

“Just as the Second World War had started at the beginning of the football season, it ended – in Britain, at least – at what would have been the end of it. It took, however, many years for the country to recover from the end of the fighting, so perhaps it is unsurprising that the Football League was unable to resume fixtures for the start of the 1945/46 season. The FA Cup, however, was a different matter. In the season immediately after the after the cessation of hostilities, The FA Cup was the only show in town.” (twohundredpercent)