For Swiss Youth, the World Calls

November 17, 2009


“When the Swiss boys returned home from Africa on Tuesday as the champions of world youth soccer, they were met with civic pride and major questions about how many of them the nation can hold on to. It was the first time that Switzerland had qualified for the Under-17 World Cup. The boys won it. It was also the first time Switzerland had won a global trophy in its 104-year soccer history.” (NYT)


Great And…Not Great – Frank Rijkaard

November 17, 2009

“Calm. Composed. Cool. Classy. It seems that every possible adjective for Frank Rijkaard begins with a hard consonant, fitting for a holding midfielder that turned a successful playing career into an equally trophy-laden managerial spell. But after running up the video-goal tab, the time has come for “Great And…Not Great” to focus on the ticking clock master in the midfield, the tireless worker, the precision-passer. Enjoy this photo-laden take on the Milan maestro.” (futfanatico)


A North African Battle for World Cup Glory

November 17, 2009

“In Sudan, there is a love-hate relationship with Egypt, and there will be a huge number of Algerian supporters on hand Wednesday for the World Cup playoff game between the Pharaohs and the Desert Foxes. You have to wonder why Egypt chose this country to host the game, with a place in South Africa on the line.” (NYT)


The Day I Made a Difference

November 17, 2009

“Like many, many fans, I suffer from a ridiculous superstitiousness on match days. Whether it’s which part of my wallet I keep my ticket in, or making sure that every last possession in my house is lined up at strict 90-degree angles, I’m on it. I’ve gone through several phases with pants, and this particular “irrational” fear has led to a quite farcical situation whereby I have to cover my eyes before choosing which pair to go for. The logic being that it’s preferable to leave it in the hands of the Gods than to sully another pair of perfectly serviceable boxers with the stigma of being loser’s pants. All of a sudden those bobbles become so much more noticeable.” (thetwounfortunates)


Play 7 Classic Football Management Computer Games Online

November 17, 2009

“Many of the regular readers of EPL Talk will know that I’m a massive fan of retro football computer games, so I was pleased to come across a video showing what the original Football Manager game, made in 1982, looked like when played on a Sinclair Spectrum computer. The video painstakingly goes through step-by-step of how to play Football Manager, which was the classic computer game that started the football management game craze. Designed and programmed by Kevin Toms, you can see how simplistic but addictive the game is. And, if you’re feeling up to it, you can play an online version of Football Manager thanks to an emulator from World of Spectrum.” (EPL Talk)


The continuing saga of Scottish football

November 17, 2009


Casper’s 1930-era
“About a week or so ago, I wrote two articles on this site about the perilous state the Scottish game finds itself in. Back then, I bemoaned the fact that the game north of the border was being haunted by events on and off the field, from financial troubles to crowd troubles, from declining standards to declining credibility, and from a lack of competition to a lack of crowds.” (Inside Left)


Duo keen on Scotland manager role

November 17, 2009

“‘Any Scottish manager would see it as a wonderful challenge,’ former Aberdeen and Dunfermline boss Calderwood told BBC Radio Scotland. A star midfielder for Scotland in his day, Collins said: “I’d be interested in managing the national team. But it’s not for me to put my name forward. ‘But let’s make no mistake about it, it’s a very tough job.’ The 41-year-old played for his country at the 1998 World Cup and has been out of management since leaving Belgian side Charleroi at the end of last season.” (BBC)