“For just £275+VAT you can spend the evening of November 17, courtesy of the League Managers Association (LMA), in the company of the 14 living managers who have totted up at least 1000 matches in England. For the majority a key characteristic is persistence.” (WSC)
“James Richardson is joined by Sean Ingle, Rob Smyth and Paul Doyle. On the pod this week: • The team are joined on the phone by Raphael Honigstein to reflect on the death of Robert Enke. • A full World Cup play-off preview. • Brian Oliver drops by to discuss the African World Cup qualifiers and reminisce about the infamous Egypt v Algeria game from 1989. • And Sid Lowe is on the line to preview Spain’s friendly against Argentina.” (Guardian)
“First up, Fernando Duarte reports from the mountains of Oman to look back on the clash between World Cup favourites Brazil and a depleted England. What lessons, if any, will Dunga and Fabio Capello have learnt from this encounter? We also look ahead to the second leg of Ireland’s World Cup play-off with France, and the other battles in the quest to get to South Africa – not all of them as dramatic as Algeria’s fiery tussle with Egypt.” (Guardian)
The U.S. men’s soccer team heads out onto the field.
“The penultimate lap of the marathon of World Cup qualifying left little decided with just three certainties: Cameroon, Nigeria and New Zealand advanced to the last 32 in South Africa. For 12 other nations, vying for six remaining places, it goes down to the wire across three continents on Wednesday. And of those, it will be a blessed relief when Egypt and Algeria settle their differences on neutral soil in Sudan because the encounter Saturday in Cairo fired nationalistic enmity that forced huge police mobilization, not just in their lands but also in Marseille. Soccer is more than just a game. Its contrasts were writ large on the Sunday morning front pages.” (NYT)
“The Legendino, Tim Vickery, and the Top Brass, Andy Brassell are joined by Mark Gleeson to discuss the rising stars of African football, amongst other things.” (BBC)
“My co-worker Doug has become Football-Curious. Between me talking about Liverpool every week (lately: moaning about Liverpool most every week) and an article he read about Clive Owen talking about being a Liverpool supporter, he has taken an interest in the Reds. He asks me tons of questions whenever we work together, everything from “What’s a Scouser?” to “What’s the offside trap?” He catches what matches and highlights he can on TV (limited to what’s on CSN since he doesn’t have Fox or Setanta). And he pores over every football book he can find at Barnes and Noble as well as FourFourTwo and the Premier League highlights in The Irish Emigrant.” (EPL Talk)