The Sweeper: How Not to Question the US Soccer Federation About Diversity

February 18, 2010


Sunil Gulati
“Our post yesterday on the future of SoccerAmerica sparked an interesting discussion in the comments about the purpose of the magazine in print and online. The magazine still has outstanding access to decision-makers. This week, Paul Gardner has a two-part interview on the SoccerAmerica website with the recently re-elected President of the US Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati.” (Pitch Invasion)

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Match Of The Midweek: Porto 2-1 Arsenal

February 18, 2010

“Sometimes, it feels as if Sol Campbell’s entire life might be scripted by someone that was laid off from the Eastenders’ writing team. In recent times, there doesn’t appear to have been very much in his life that hasn’t been accompanied with some sort of melodrama, and this didn’t let up in tonight’s match at the Estádio do Dragão. Moreover, the match raised fresh questions over Arsene Wenger’s goalkeeping policy, as both Porto goals were, ultimately, the fault of the Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and the match is now balanced on a very delicate line ahead of the return match at The Emirates Stadium.” (twohundredpercent)


Barcelona lead the way at the halfway mark

February 18, 2010

“No sooner had Barcelona lost their first-ever competition under Pep Guardiola than they won a seventh title. No sooner had the coach sealed up a virtual contract renewal than he wrapped up a virtual title. Top of the table at the halfway stage of the season, Barca are Spain’s campeon de invierno (winter champions). And while Guardiola said it was “merely anecdotal”, most others insisted it was rather more significant.” (World Soccer)


First XI: World Cup legends

February 18, 2010


Pelé
“Very few players become legends of the game without making an impact at the World Cup. Injuries and limited team-mates can be restrictive given the nature of the tournament, with perhaps only George Best and Alfredo Di Stefano considered among the all-time greats despite failing to appear at football’s biggest tournament, so Soccernet takes a look at the top XI players who have made their mark on the biggest stage.” (ESPN)


Podcast: Tim Vickery interview, Arsenal howlers & Cole v Milner for the World Cup

February 18, 2010

“BBC’s South American football expert Tim Vickery chats to Adrian Clarke & Iain Spragg on the latest episode of the world famous Soccerlens podcast, giving us a fascinating insight into the Copa Libertadores and the best prospects involved in the competition.” (Soccer Lens)


Hijinks and Low Comedy in Champions League

February 18, 2010

“The coincidences during Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League games were simply too delicious to go without notice. At Porto’s Dragão Stadium in Portugal, the referee from the game that featured Thierry Henry’s infamous Hand of Gaul goal, Martin Hansson, was excoriated by Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger for a call that led directly to Porto’s game-winning goal. Henry, of course, is a former star at Arsenal. Hansson’s vapor lock during France’s playoff victory over Ireland last year sent the French to South Africa and the Irish into conniptions.” (NYT)


‘Real’ Rooney offers antidote to football glamour

February 18, 2010

“A streetfighter, a product of the terraces, the antithesis of David Beckham, earthy, real, unmanufactured: branding Wayne Rooney has been profitable business. Just how lucrative is up for debate, as the agency Proactive – who produced that description of the Manchester United striker – is claiming he owes them £4.3 million. An alternative viewpoint is to wonder about the necessity of spin to deliver an accurate image of Rooney.” (ESPN)