A South American team for the Noughties

December 28, 2009


Agustin Delgado
“Last week Phil Minshull picked his European team of the decade – so I was asked to do the same for South America. But what would be the criteria? Obviously in this globalised age the top South Americans play their club football on the other side of the Atlantic. But European football is not my beat, and I don’t watch enough of it to supply an authoritative opinion. So if anyone wants to suggest a South American side based on club form, then use the space below – and let a hundred flowers bloom, a hundred schools of thought contend.” (BBC – Tim Vickery)


Boxing Day 2009: “City!” Malcolm Allison’s Televised Downfall

December 28, 2009

“In 1981, Manchester City, a club in Salford whose big spending hadn’t brought results, allowed in the television cameras. Not entirely by coincidence, he chose the same period to sack championship-winning City coach Malcolm Allison in favour of John Bond, who’d take them to the FA Cup Final. Twenty years earlier, Bond had been a disciple of Allison’s, part of a group including Bobby Moore and Noel Cantwell who grew up in Big Mal’s exuberant shadow at West Ham. It’s all here. Compelling, saddening, and embarrassing all at once…” (More Than Mind Games)


The Month of Pear-Shaped

December 28, 2009

“What a month December has been in the Smog household. Christmas preparations have dominated, obviously, from the sheer difficulty of buying a decent tree once you reach the fifteenth of the month (I see no reason why we can’t buy an artificial, but noooooo) through to the traditional illnesses that we have all suffered since finishing work and school. Physically, I’m in the best shape of the Smog family, but spiritually I’m not doing too well. Boro’s form has seen to that.” (Smog-Blog)


9 January Transfer Window 2010 Players on the Move (including Spurs, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid etc)

December 28, 2009


Ruud Van Nistelrooy
“The January sales. No sooner is Christmas over and the presents unwrapped than people are off out shopping for bargains in the winter sales. The same applies to football. With the 2010 World Cup but a few months away, the upcoming January transfer window is the last available chance for players out of favour at their current clubs to secure a move and revive their dreams of a trip to South Africa.” (Just Football)


Ten Scottish (*) Football Books Worth Reading, In No Particular Order

December 28, 2009

“(*) ‘Scottish Football Books’ are defined under the ‘FIFA granny rule’ – even if they’re not Scottish but they mention Scotland, they qualify. (I ignore the fact that Fever Pitch would almost certainly choose to play for England if it had the choice.)” (First Touch Online)


Premier League Predictions: Champions and Contenders to Break the Top Four

December 28, 2009

“As we move towards the new year, five teams are fighting it out for third and fourth in the Premier League. Arsenal, Aston Villa, Spurs, Manchester City, and Liverpool are striving to lay claim to those coveted Champions League positions and only two will prevail. But who? The season has hit it’s halfway mark, and truth be told, the top three has a predictable ring about it. The only real surprise, position wise, has been Liverpool’s disastrous start to the season, which see’s them floundering in seventh, out of title contention, and with their manager under severe pressure to finish fourth.” (Bleacher Report)