What’s in a Name? – Sport Club Corinthians Paulista

April 9, 2010


“The story of the mighty Brazilian football club Corinthians begins in the fertile mind of N. Lane Jackson, assistant secretary of England’s Football Association in the 1880s. Jackson came up with the idea of putting together a club that could seriously challenge the dominance of Scottish football (yes, incredibly, there was a time when Scotland was THE world power in football).” (Pitch Invasion)


How Many Africans Bound for South Africa Remains to Be Seen

April 9, 2010

“As the 32 national team managers evaluate players consider injuries and plot strategy ahead of the 2010 World Cup, millions of soccer fans around the world are completing their own plans for the qaudrennial tournament. Most will watch on TV (some in 3-D). Still, organizers expect as many as 450,000 fans to travel to South Africa and join almost a million vuvuzelas-blowing local fans attending the tournament.” (NYT)


‘English clubs did not under-perform; they did what economics suggested they would’

April 9, 2010

“As an academic with an interest in economic analysis, the downfall of the English teams in the Champions League this season did not surprise me, even while it disappointed me as a Manchester United fan. Earlier this season, I was actually expecting that the English teams would “under-perform” in the competition, when set against general expectations, and now that United have followed Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool out of the Champions League, they have done so. Except I would argue they did not actually under-perform; they did what economic analysis suggested might happen.” (Sporting Intelligence)


James Elsewhere: Aston Villa v Chelsea

April 9, 2010

“I spoke to Chris Bevan of BBC Online yesterday about the prospects for Aston Villa v Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup Semi-Final. Context gives the game unusual interest. Only two weeks ago, Chelsea thumped Villa 7-1.” (More Than Mind Games)


Tactics: What’s wrong with Alberto Aquilani?

April 9, 2010


Alberto Aquilani
“When Xabi Alonso left Liverpool for Real Madrid last summer, Alberto Aquilani was swiftly brought in from Roma as an ostensible replacement. It was by no means a like-for-like exchange – Aquilani typically played further forward in Italy, poses more of a direct goal threat and cannot quite match Alonso’s superb passing range – but it is worth remembering that Alonso himself was a more attacking player when he arrived at Anfield from Real Sociedad in 2004 and the expectation was that Aquilani would be groomed to succeed him in the deep-lying midfield regista role.” (Football Further)


Liverpool 4-1 Benfica – Recap and Video Highlights

April 9, 2010

“Liverpool hosted Benfica in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League Quarterfinals on Thursday, April 8, 2010. The winner would advance to the semifinals and Benfica had a 2-1 lead from the first leg. Benfica have had strong performances on the road in the Europa League but going to Anfield would be their toughest test of the competition.” (The 90th Minute)


Good Hosts and Bad Hosts

April 9, 2010

It’s Friday again, and that uneasy feeling rising in your belly is most likely because Friday means it’s Dotmund’s World Cup preview day here on Twohundredpercent. This week, he’s been looking at the fortunes of the host nations of the tournament. Until someone figures out how to astroturf the moon and stop the corner flags floating away, all major sporting events have to take place somewhere. And when you have somewhere, you can rest assured that someone already lives there. The host nation and the home advantage are here to stay.” (twohundredpercent)