The Pichichi: Exploring The History Behind Spain’s Pichichi Award

December 10, 2009


“If you follow Spanish football at all, chances are you’ve heard of the Pichichi. As an award it holds status as one of the most prestigious individual merits Spanish football has to offer. As a name it rolls off the tongue delightfully. But what is the Pichichi award and what is the history behind it?” (Just Football)


Football Weekly Extra: The Champions League group stage ends … at last

December 10, 2009

“James Richardson is joined by Jonathan Wilson, James Dart and trusty steed Barry Glendenning to round up the midweek Champions League action. They discuss yet another defeat for Liverpool, a make-shift Manchester United side edging out Wolfsburg and wonder: why all the talk about Michael Owen going to the World Cup when it blatantly isn’t going to happen?” (Guardian)


Player Pulled Into Soccer Betting Maelstrom

December 10, 2009

“What broke Marcel Schuon was his fear of the gun. A middling player in Germany’s second-tier soccer league, Schuon had gambled away everything. He had borrowed from the bank. Built up debts with a dingy betting office. Borrowed more. Gambled more. Lost more.” (NYT)


A Nation’s Shaken Ego Seen in a Soccer Loss

December 10, 2009


“Of all the events in contemporary history, it is the soul-shattering military defeat of 1967, when Arab armies lost land to Israel, that some Egyptians have pointed to for comparison as the nation struggles to come to terms with the debacle that followed their loss to Algeria in a soccer game.” (NYT)


World Cup 2010: Argentina’s Star Snub Award

December 10, 2009

“In feverish anticipation of the World Cup, we are going to take a moment and recall, relive, recycle, some of our favorite World Cup moments. These patterns constitute the fabric of the international game, these recurrences form the waves of the World Cup ocean.” (futfanatico)


Levein favourite to take on Scotland’s poisoned chalice

December 10, 2009

“Has the Scotland job become the most poisoned chalice in the world? In the wake of George Burley’s inevitable dismissal there has hardly been a queue of recognised coaches desperate to follow in his footsteps. The Hampden chiefs certainly appear to be no closer to finding a successor to former Ipswich and Hearts boss Burley, who was dismissed in November following a string of dismal performances.” (ESPN)


UEFA Champions League 2009-10, 1st Knockout Round (16 teams)

December 10, 2009

“Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Internazionale, Lyon, Manchester United, Porto, and Real Madrid.” (billsportsmaps)