Five Reasons Why Brazil Won’t Win the World Cup and Five Reasons Why England Could

May 16, 2010


“Predictions, right or wrong go hand in hand with the World Cup like some beautifully ironic couple you see walking down the street. At first glance, the awkwardly short man who’s pulled a 5′8 blond model strikes a questionable chord with your intellect. You immediately resort to predicting and analyzing (if you’re honest with yourself) how you can land said women and how short man has figured out the secret. Your thoughts escape all rationality as you assume he’s either A. loaded and she’s with him for his money, or B. he’s loaded somewhere else.” (EPL Talk)


Siena 0-1 Inter Milan (Internazionale) – Video Highlights and Recap – Serie A – 16 May 2010

May 16, 2010

“Inter Milan were one win away from clinching the Italian Serie A title as they traveled to play Siena in the last weekend of the season. Siena were already relegated to the Serie B for next season but could play the role of spoiler if they were to get an upset. Inter Milan had a two point lead over AS Roma heading into the match.” (The 90th Minute)


France coach Raymond Domenech interviewed

May 16, 2010

World Soccer: Do you think that France’s difficult World Cup qualification campaign – including the infamous play-off against Ireland – has helped make the French squad and technical staff a more united group? Raymond Domenech: The qualification a bit tense from France for the World Cup 2010 has been much ink. What do you remember this qualifier and do the problems you have discussed the close-knit staff and staff alike?” (World Soccer – Part 1), (Part 2)


Chelsea and Avram Grant

May 16, 2010


“It’s something I think murderers struggle with; there are defining acts. It’s possible to do something that becomes more you than you are. I have no idea whether you live in the Middle Ages, but if you do, and you buy an indulgence, can you ever stop being the guy who bought an indulgence? You had twenty florins, and you thought they were the same as your soul. That’s a forever-type deal, as a priest once said to me. Now, maybe the world is a vale of soul-making, and maybe you’d like that to mean that you’re always freely forging your identity. But at some point, if you do a thing finally enough, it means your soul is already made.” (Run of Play)


Conspiracy theories and intrigue abound on La Liga’s final weekend

May 16, 2010

“Desperation makes for strange bedfellows. And no, we’re not talking about David Cameron and Nick Clegg coming together to find the keys for No. 10 Downing Street after a British general election that left a hung parliament and no outright winner — although there is certainly plenty of politics involved.” (SI)


Italy finally going to the World Cup without a #10 headache

May 16, 2010

“Italy has always been known to produce some of the best creative players in the world. We’re talking about the #10 players, the players that can change games at any instant, the players that are worth the whole ticket price. In Italy, this player is called the “fantasista” (literally one that creates fantasy). Because of Italy’s traditional defensive mindset, years ago there was only room for one creative player on the field, and with usually two of these players on the roster, the whole debate would commence as to who would start and who would ride the pine. There have been many of these debates throughout the years.” (World Cup Blog)