A Week Is A Long Time In Serie A: Feb 3rd 2010

February 4, 2010


“Another eventful week in Italian football, both on and off the pitch. Following the possibly season-defining Milan derby, both Milan teams faced midweek Coppa Italia quarterfinals at San Siro. Milan were humiliated by Udinese in a 1-0 loss, while Inter bounced back from a Francesco Toldo error to defeat Juventus 2-1, courtesy of goals by Lucio and Juve-killer Mario Balotelli. Juventus’ exit from the Coppa was the last game in charge for Ciro Ferrara, who was replaced by former Udinese, Milan, Inter and Torino manager Alberto Zaccheroni, after Juventus’ public courting of Guus Hiddink and Rafael Benitez proved fruitless.” (First Touch Online)

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The Monday Miscellany – Africa Cup of Nations Special

February 4, 2010

“In the history of stupid decisions made by sport’s governing bodies, it is difficult to find one which compares, for sheer crassness, with that of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to ban Togo for the next two Africa Cups of Nations. Togo, you will surely not need reminding, were attacked by terrorists in Cabinda on the eve of the tournament. Three men died and others were seriously injured. Everybody, it is safe to imagine, would have been seriously traumatized by the assault.” (Footballing World)


Football Weekly Extra: Portsmouth taken over yet again

February 4, 2010

“James Richardson invites Barry Glendenning, Kevin McCarra and John Ashdown to round up all the big football stories, some of which don’t involve takeovers, administration and bedroom shenanigans. FA Cup replays are on the agenda, after Spurs ended Leeds’s spirited run and Palace knocked out Wolves with a perfect hat-trick from Danny Butterfield, of all people.” (Guardian – James Richardson)


Haiti’s devastated football community begin the rebuilding mission

February 4, 2010


Kim Peterson
“The name Roselord Bordella probably doesn’t ring any bells, but her footballing achievements are worth recording. During an international Under-17 match last November, at just 15, she scored eight goals. Four of them came in a four-minute spell just before half-time. Can you imagine the dizzying thrill she must have felt?” (Guardian)


Trigger Happy

February 4, 2010

“Our first guest post for some time comes from Stockport County fan and activist Simon Holt (aka ‘Scarf’), who casts his opinion on Peterborough’s new manager, Jim Gannon, who enjoyed a successful spell at Edgeley Park between 2005 and 2009.” (thetwounfortunates)