Daily Archives: March 7, 2010

The World Cup Starts Here – Just The Fourteen Weeks Early

1994 World Cup Gold
“So, there are just ninety-eight days left until the start of the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. As a very small number of you may be aware, this site started out as a World Cup site almost four years ago and we plan to mark the coming of our second World Cup finals with a build-up to and coverage of the tournament that will make your eyes and ears bleed with their luxuriousness. Some of you may note a slight change of tone over our coverage of the World Cup – there may be a tendency for this site to let its hair down for the World Cup and treat it with the curious mixture of mockery and reverence that it deserves.” (twohundredpercent)

Nigeria Might As Well Hire Me Next: Systemic Problems In African Hiring

“Nigeria has appointed Swede Lars Lagerback as their new national team coach on a five-month contract. I’m still trying to figure out why. I wrote an earlier piece about African nations’ perpetual need to hire foreigners to lead African teams. With the firing of Nigerian Shaibu Amodu, there’s only one remaining African coach poised to lead a side at Africa’s first World Cup, Algeria’s Rabah Saadane.” (Nutmeg Radio)

AS Roma 0-0 AC Milan – Recap and Video Highlights – Italian Serie A – Saturday, March 6, 2010

“AS Roma and AC Milan met in the Italian Serie A with both teams looking to keep their Scudetto hopes alive. Milan is now four points back of Inter Milan and could close that gap to one with a win at AS Roma. Roma could move back to within four points and tied on points with Milan if they were to win. Both teams are several points above 4th place and likely to earn a Champions League spot for next season.” (The 90th Minute)

Transported Out

“A common strategy for managers taking a team up into the Premier League is to “give the lads who got us there half a season, it it doesn’t work, bring in new blood”. A parallel technique has largely been used over the past couple of seasons on descending into the Championship. Newcastle decided to bank on those who ushered the club down to usher them back up and this is a policy that appears largely to have succeeded. True, some particularly coveted jewels were offloaded in Owen and Martins, but the Magpies’ decided to gamble on an automatic return.” (thetwounfortunates)

Five surprising World Cup runs

Bulgaria, 1994
“Here’s the dirty little secret about the World Cup: It’s the world’s biggest sporting event, but most of the world doesn’t actually do very well at the tournament. The World Cup has been held 10 times since 1970, and just six countries account for the 20 spots in the championship games: Germany/West Germany with five, Brazil and Italy with four each, Argentina with three, and France and the Netherlands with two each.” (ESPN)

Player wages continue to rise in France despite the recession

“French football may not be regarded as one of the financial powerhouses of the European game, but you really shouldn’t feel too sorry for the players plying their trade in Ligue 1 at the moment. Take Moussa Sow, for example. The Rennes striker (three league goals in 20 matches so far this season and with just the barest handful of international selections for Senegal to his name) has opted to join Lille when he becomes a free agent in June.” (World Soccer)

Almeria 2 – 2 Barcelona

“Barcelona twice came from behind to win a point at Almeria in a match blighted by some bizarre refereeing decisions from Carlos Clos Gomez. Clos Gomez delayed the start of the match for almost a quarter of an hour, harshly sent off Pep Guardiola and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and incorrectly awarded a free-kick to Barcelona which led to their first equaliser.” (ESPN)

Almeria vs Barca Match Report
(All About FC Barcelona)