Who is Scottish?

February 12, 2010


“Interesting piece over at the Beeb. It is good news for Scottish football that Driver has decided to play for Scotland. He’s a decent enough winger and one that will add some much needed verve to the Scottish squad. Of course, some of the Tartan Army are annoyed with this.” (Left Back In The Changing Room)

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2010 World Cup mock U.S. roster

February 12, 2010

“With World Cup qualification confirmed, U.S. coach Bob Bradley continues to evaluate players. ESPNsoccernet projects whom we think Bradley will choose as his 23-man U.S. roster for the 2010 World Cup. Players are ranked from top to bottom in terms of how certain a lock they appear to be for the roster and their current perceived pecking order. As befitting standard squad composition, we’ve chosen three goalkeepers, eight defenders, eight midfielders and four forwards.” (ESPN)


Safari: Are too many tourists killing Africa’s wildlife?

February 12, 2010

“I have barely been in Zarafa, Botswana’s newest exclusive safari camp, five minutes when I have my first encounter with a wild animal. I am halfway along the pathway that leads to my tented room when a bull elephant emerges out of the bush and stands, stock still, just 20 yards up the path, directly in front of me. I hold my ground, as the guides instruct you to do, but I can hear my heart beating, partly out of excitement and partly out of fear. For a moment there is complete stillness as two tons of bull elephant stares down on 190 pounds of puny homo sapiens.” (Telegraph)


The Joy of Six: Long-range screamers

February 12, 2010


“Long-distance goals should intrinsically have a reduced element of surprise, but tell that to Ronaldinho. Just because you are outside the box doesn’t mean you can’t think outside the box in the way that you shoot for goal. Ronaldinho’s incomparable imagination manifested itself in under-the-wall free-kicks and strikes with scarcely any backlift.” (Guardian)


Richard Scudamore contemplates business end of a thrilling Premier League season

February 12, 2010

“Yet the backdrop to the Premier League’s breathless, wildly popular game of snakes and ladders is one of seething supporters, controversial owners and angry tax men as well as bewitched viewers. The Premier League is a story of two halves, of rich entertainment and unbridled debt, of clubs reaching for the stars and risking overreaching themselves. So is the sport heading towards Shangri La or Armageddon?” (Telegraph – Henry Winter)


Football accused in homophobia row

February 12, 2010

“Professional footballers have refused to appear in a campaign video against homophobia because they fear being ridiculed for taking a stand against one of the sport’s most stubborn taboos, The Independent has learnt. Both players and agents declined a request by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) to take part in a video which was to use high- profile players as figureheads in the association’s drive against anti-gay prejudice.” (Independent)