I’m an African

December 24, 2009


“The wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst Premier League bosses over the loss of players to the upcoming African Nations Cup in Angola is a sight to behold. Players were signed in full knowledge of their nationalities, and there have been the typical range of myopic comments about the competition’s timing fail to take into account the impact of rainy seasons and heightened temperatures in the summer months (although Angola, south of the Equator as it is, might be little steamy this January).” (thetwounfortunates)


Hints of a New Order in the World’s Favorite Sport

December 24, 2009

“The first decade of soccer in the new millennium was one of awakenings and departures, of arrivals and goodbyes, some moving and affecting, at least one moment stunning in its transgression. Until the 2002 World Cup, the co-host South Korea had never won a match in soccer’s world championship. Then it won its opening game, 2-0 over Poland, and eventually became the first Asian country to reach the semifinals. An insecure country became transformed and self-confident. You could see the collective chest swelling.” (NYT)


The Biggest Losers of 2009: Ranieri, Referees, Ireland and More!

December 24, 2009

“There are winners and there are losers in football and it’s time to weed out those who suffered in 2009. But losing is not a simple concept. Some are major contributors to their own downfall and deserve the brick bats that come their way, while others are victims of circumstances and probably deserve better…..and in our 2009 review we’ll look at both, some with sympathy, others without.” (Soccer Lens)


Remember When… (pt.III): Premier League Decade in Review

December 24, 2009


Javier Zanetti
“In Part 1 & Part 2 of our Remember When… retrospective look at the decade we dipped into the past ten years of international football to bring you some of the game’s most memorable moments on the world stage. Now for Part 3 we turn our attentions to domestic football, with our English Premier League decade in review…” (Just Football – Part III), Remember When… (part IV): starring Chelsea, Arsenal, Leeds, West Brom, Manchester United & The Special One – Premier League Decade in Review


Christmas Eve 2009: Tom Finney and Duncan Edwards

December 24, 2009

“In a better world, this could be described as the Host of Football Past handing over to the Host of Football Future. Finney and Edwards, together for England. But we don’t live in a better world, and this is what’s left. As you read this, I’m enjoying Wigilia in the Galloway Forest. A glass of krupnik with you, everyone, and I hope you like the clip.” (More Than Mind Games)


Craig Levein

December 24, 2009

“It is not a done deal that Craig Levein will be confirmed as Scotland manager but it looks as though it is almost certain. Now, we can all guffaw at Gordon Smith’s claim that some of the biggest names in world football were interested and, having reviewed the applications from Ferguson, Mourinho, Hiddink et al, they picked the bookies favourite. This is more than a little harsh.” (Left Back in the Changing Room)