Football revolution?

November 9, 2009

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“One of the men in charge of European football when the Berlin Wall came down has told World Football the international game suffered as a result. Gerhard Aigner – a German himself – was General Secretary of UEFA on 9 November 1989. He was speaking on World Football’s special programme on Football and the fall of the Berlin Wall.” (BBC)


Is This the Future of Football? Part Two

November 9, 2009

“Today we present the second 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)


Video Of The Week: The Big Match – April 1979

November 9, 2009

“This week’s Video Of The Week takes us back to the race for the Second Division title from the 1978/79 season and features three matches from an episode of London Weekend Television’s ‘The Big Match’, presented as ever by Brian Moore. The first match is between from Selhurst Park and is between Crystal Palace and Notts County, the second match is from The Goldstone Ground and is between Brighton & Hove Albion and Blackburn Rovers (about whom Moore says, ‘they’ve already been relegated to the Third Division, so at least they’ll be relaxed) and the final match is from Roker Park, and is between Sunderland and Cardiff City’.” (twohundredpercent)


Football’s obligations on Remembrance Sunday

November 9, 2009

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“It is not difficult to find fault with some of the decisions made in the boardrooms of Manchester United and Liverpool. But the haranguing the clubs have faced for not joining the rest of the Premier League in displaying poppies on their shirts for the weekend fixtures is more disingenuous than the supposed offence. The Daily Mail’s Charles Sale has been applying “poppy pressure” on Premier League clubs this week after only 12 of the division’s 20 clubs announced plans to attach a poppy onto their kits.” (WSC)


The spectre of match-fixing haunts the game

November 9, 2009

“The integrity of football is under severe threat. What other conclusion can be drawn from news revealed by UEFA that it is investigating 40 separate cases of suspected match fixing in the Champions League and the UEFA Cup, its two elite competitions?” (WorldSoccer – Jim Holden)


Brazil’s new breed of guard dog

November 9, 2009

“Brazil coach Dunga is fiercely loyal to his group of players – which is hardly surprising. When he was appointed after the last World Cup, this novice coach was widely seen as a short-term solution, a poor man’s Luiz Felipe Scolari keeping the seat warm while the real thing was unavailable. Instead of which, Dunga and his band of men have, bar last year’s Olympics, won everything in their path – they have claimed the Copa America, Confederations Cup and finished top of South America’s World Cup qualification table.” (BBC – Tim Vickery)