Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: Spurs defend deep, narrow – and brilliantly

April 15, 2010

“Tottenham record their first league win over Arsenal for a decade, and simultaneously rule Arsenal out of the title race. Arsene Wenger’s side have been written off on at least two previous occasions, but this, surely, is the end of the road. No major surprises in the starting line-ups – with injuries throughout the side, Wenger merely chose what he had. As against Barcelona, the only choice was between Emmanuel Eboue and Theo Walcott, and the Ivorian got the nod. Denilson played in space behind Abou Diaby and Samir Nasri in a 4-1-4-1 shape.” (Zonal Marking)

What a Debut, What a Goal
“What a Premier League debut and what a golazo. Danny Rose, a 19-year-old wing for Tottenham Hotspur, will have a difficult time topping the first goal of his English Premier League career — a 30-yard blast 10 minutes into the north London derby against rival Arsenal on Wednesday. (NYT)

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal – Recap and Video Highlights – English Premier League – Wednesday, April 14, 2010
“Two London based clubs met in a derby match in the English Premier League as Tottenham Hotspur hosted Arsenal on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. Arsenal needed a victory to keep their title hopes alive while Tottenham needed a victory to keep pace with 4th place Manchester City. A draw or loss would likely end both club’s chances of their goals.” (The 90th Minute)


The Game Is Afoot in Spain

April 15, 2010

“Even a work stoppage can’t stop Lionel Messi. Strike action had threatened to halt the world’s top striker, but the Barcelona forward is now free to continue his tear through the record books this weekend after Spain’s football players’ union, the AFE, called off a walkout over unpaid wages that would have prevented matches in the country’s top four leagues.” (WSJ)

Burying War Through Football in Lebanon

April 15, 2010

“A student posted a link on my ‘Global France’ blog about a fascinating football tournament organized in Lebanon recently as a way of commemorating, but also burying, the wars that tore about the country starting in the 1970s. You can read her post here, and the full story here. Interestingly, while the match was intended to create a context for peaceful encounters between political groups that were once at war, it was considered to delicate an event to allow for spectators, though the event was broadcast on TV.” (Soccer Politics), (Google – Lebanese mark war’s outbreak with political soccer)

Why Video Technology Is Not The Answer

April 15, 2010

“Sports have kept in touch with technology as the information age has changed the face of modern games. Cricket, basketball, rugby, tennis, American football, and a plethora of other sports employ video technology in order to help referees make decisions and review calls. However, football, arguably the world’s most popular sport, has yet to integrate video technology into its rules. Although I disagree with the majority of FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s opinions, I am in concord with him distancing football from the use of video technology.” (Soccer Politics)

Al Jazeera Story about Iran’s women’s team & a follow up to last week’s post

April 15, 2010

“Reaction to last week’s post about football and hijab has been caught up in the veil (represented by some commentators as the first step in a “slippery slope to fundamentalism”). Some readers seem to have lost sight of the story at hand: whether FIFA’s support of the ban against headscarves specifically, and hijab more broadly, makes sense.” (From A Left Wing)

Roma ready set to take advantage of Inter’s faltering form

April 15, 2010

“All of a sudden, we have a contest. For much of this season Internazionale have been the strongest side in Italy with most observers agreeing that they are on course to win a fifth consecutive league title. By the end of January, Inter were cruising along on top of the table, nine points clear of Milan and 11 ahead of Roma. The scudetto looked a mere formality, an annoying but gratifying distraction from the club’s main seasonal objective, namely Champions League glory.” (World Soccer)

The new Belgian golden generation

April 15, 2010

“If anyone had said at the beginning of this season that an unknown Belgian defender’s move from Ajax to Arsenal would be one of the best signings in the Premier League, they would probably have been laughed at. Yet Thomas Vermaelen soon proved his worth, adding steel to the Arsenal defence and chipping in with some good goals.” (ESPN)