Sympathy for the devil not enough for Milan

January 25, 2010

“It was billed as a contest between strength and beauty, substance versus style and whenever that’s the case the public generally side with the latter. And that’s why you should never trust the wisdom of crowds as Inter showed absolutely no difficulty in dispatching Milan, the overwhelming people’s favourites.” (Soccer Lens)


The dilemma of a football moralist

January 25, 2010

” In what sense is watching football a moral activity? It may seem an absurd question, but when we remove the partisan blinkers obligatory to following our own club, we all have reasons for backing one team or another when we watch a game as a neutral.” (WSC)

Football Weekly: Robinho packs his bags and Rooney runs riot

January 25, 2010

“Another Football Weekly, and it’s a show as packed as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Armani underpants (more on him later). James Richardson is joined in the pod by Sean Ingle, Barry Glendenning and Barney Ronay,and they begin by analysing a mixed weekend for Manchester United and Manchester City ahead of the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final. City’s Robinho appears to be heading back to Brazil, and – with a little help from Fernando Duarte – we discuss whether this is a case of good riddance to bad rubbish, or has British football’s most expensive import just been badly managed?” (BBC – James Richardson)

Another late surprise in the Africa Cup of Nations

January 25, 2010

“When Ivory Coast winger Kader Keita scored from long range in the 89th minute it looked as though the pre-tournament favourites would reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals. But Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra headed in two minutes later, before Hameur Bouazza of Blackpool won it three minutes into extra time. Algeria will face Egypt or Cameroon on Thursday. If Bouazza represents his country in the summer’s World Cup he will become to first Blackpool representative in that competition since Alan Ball in 1966.” (WSC)

Egypt 3 – 1 Cameroon
“Two goals in five minutes at the start of extra-time helped defending champions Egypt book their place in the African Nations Cup semi-final with a battling victory over Cameroon. The game, though, was marred by a controversial third goal by Pharaohs’ captain Ahmed Hassan which was allowed to stand by referee Jerome Damon despite replays showing the ball had clearly not crossed the line.” (ESPN)

Caf president Issa Hayatou defiant over Togo attack
“The Confederation of African Football (Caf) will never give in to “terrorism”, the ruling body’s president Issa Hayatou has said. The Cameroonian was speaking to assembled media for the first time since an attack on Togo’s team bus killed two of their delegation as well as an Angolan driver, while Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale continues to recover in hospital.” (BBC)

African Nations Cup 2010 Fixtures/Results

A Chilly Proposal for Russian Football

January 25, 2010

“It’s been a rough winter for football fans across Europe. The unusually chilly temperatures in December and January raised havoc with swathes of matches, as ice and snow left fields unplayable and traveling conditions for supporters impossible. In England, only seven out of 41 matches were played on Jan. 9, while down in the country’s fifth division, Wrexham had eight fixtures in a row canceled during the Christmas period, stretching back to mid-December.” (WSJ)