Messi leads list of top 10 South Americans in Champions League

February 25, 2010

“It’s no secret that without the top South American players, European soccer’s biggest club competition — the UEFA Champions League — wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining. With the amount of South American talent integrated into the competition in recent years, the quality of play has reached a level never imagined before. (SI)

United States (USA) 2-1 El Salvador – Recap and Video Highlights – International Friendly – Wednesday, February 24, 2010

February 25, 2010

“The United States played a friendly against El Salvador on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. It was a chance for USA manager Bob Bradley to give Major League Soccer players a chance to prove themselves. While many of the spots will go to European based players, there are still a few left to MLS based players. The match was in Tampa, Florida at Raymond James Stadium.” (The 90th Minute)

Fan Diary #27 – At Least Torres Is Back…

February 25, 2010

“Well, Torres is back. That’s about the biggest consolation I can take from the last two outings. We may have gotten the right result against Unirea, but if you didn’t watch that match, trust me, the outcome doesn’t reflect the awful, numbing football we sat through for most of ninety minutes. Where was the team who beat Everton with only ten men? Where was the spark that undid Spurs? We were saved by N’Gog switching on at just the right moment (he was useless up until then) and Unirea’s players forgetting how to strike a ball any time they got a look at goal.” (EPL Talk)

Soccer Players and Anglo Saxon Prayers

February 25, 2010

“John Terry. Did I miss the bandwagon? Or am I fashionably late? Regardless of your level of interest, know this – John Terry’s sex life has stuck a simmering poker into the gaping chasm between the anglo-saxon cultures and the Latin world. And yes, I am referring to Sepp Blatter’s odd comments. And yes, I am giving him way too much credit. And yes, I will muse on the Bridge snub. Just bear with me…” (futfanatico)

English Football Clubs Face Heavy Debts

February 25, 2010

“The full extent of the debts engulfing English football has been laid bare in a report that shows Premier League clubs are carrying more debt than the rest of Europe’s clubs put together. The findings are contained in a study from European football’s governing body into the state of football’s finances and come as the Premier League’s bottom club Portsmouth FC prepares to file for administration—a form of bankruptcy protection—on Friday as a result of debts of roughly £70 million ($105.5 million).” (WSJ)

Barry Hearn On Administration

February 25, 2010

“Michel Platini, with all of the elegance that one might expect from a man with such a playing career, describes it as ‘financial doping’. It is, in short, the accumulation of debt to purchase success on the pitch. Some clubs do it as a result of the egos of their chairmen, some do it from the fear of what might happen if they don’t, and some do it in the genuine but misguided belief that somehow everything will be okay if they manage to get the team winning on the pitch. The result, however, is usually the same. The players and the manager leave when things turn sour, there is a desperate rush for new investors and, when these can’t be found, it ends in either administration or a close shave with administration.” (twohundredpercent)

Football Weekly Extra: Bridge waves World Cup goodbye

February 25, 2010

“Sean Ingle, Paul Doyle and Raphael Honigstein join James Richardson to talk about the midweek’s action. As Wayne Bridge calls time on his England career, the pod ponder his reasons and consider how missing Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge will affect England in South Africa. Could the excellent form of Leighton Baines ease Fabio Capello’s pain?” (BBC – James Richardson)


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