Real Films Meet Reel Football

May 18, 2010


“Abas Suan’s life straddles two worlds that seem inexorably locked in eternal conflict. Suan is an Arab citizen of the state of Israel, one of 1.4 million Muslim citizens of the Jewish state. Suan is a hero to the people who support his hometown club team, Bnei Sakhnin. Suan is also a beguiling figure among Israelis — an Arab who played on the country’s national soccer team and scored a crucial goal in a World Cup qualifying match against Ireland in the country’s abortive attempt to advance to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.” (NYT)


South American trio count down to World Cup

May 18, 2010

“Four years ago, in the build-up to the World Cup in Germany in 2006, there was a real buzz about South America’s big two. Brazil could boast a dazzling collection of individual talent. Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira had such riches at his disposal that, as he later confessed, he felt obliged to go against his own principles and select a team that was almost a throwback to 4-2-4.” (BBC – Tim Vickery)


Barcelona 2009/10: fewer trophies, better team

May 18, 2010

“Barcelona’s 2008/09 season was the most successful in their history; the most successful in any club’s history. Surely they couldn’t have an equally good campaign this time around? The most immediate answer to that question is no. Out of the Copa del Rey to Sevilla on away goals, eliminated from the Champions League in desperate circumstances at home to Inter – a repeat of the treble was not achieved. But in the league, Barcelona have exceeded their achievements from last year.” (Zonal Marking)


MRS Original: Dunga Ruins My Marriage (Again)

May 18, 2010


“Brazil 1994 — that most unBrazilian of Brazil sides, exemplified by Dunga, ‘the fart aimed at futebol-arte,’ who belied everything a future husband told his future wife about Brazilian football as grace, as style, as art. And here we go again — this time with a 10-year-old’s happiness in the balance… An MRS original.” (Must Read Soccer)


Serie A Team of the Season

May 18, 2010

“The third of our end of season awards, in association with Castrol Rankings, is the Serie A Team of the Season. The formation of 4-2-1-3 worked for Jose Mourinho and Inter Milan as they won the title, so let’s stick with that.” (ESPN)


23 for 2010 – Holland: World Cup squad analysis Pt.1 (Keepers & Defenders)

May 18, 2010

“Much has changed in the Dutch national team since Euro 2008. Marco van Basten is gone as national coach and after a failed stint at Ajax all but forgotten. His successor, Bert van Marwijk, is probably best known for managing Feyenoord (with whom he won the UEFA Cup in 2002) and Borussia Dortmund, and is a more conservative manager than Van Basten in that he is far less inclined to experiment with tactical formations and his selection of players.” (Just Football: Pt. 1 – Keepers & Defenders), (Pt.2 – Midfielders & Strikers)


Bursaspor claim their place in history

May 18, 2010

“It has been quite a long wait – 26 years to be exact – but finally Turkey can claim to have a league that is not completely dominated by the big boys. Besiktas (in the early 90s) and Trabzonspor (in the late 70s/early 80s) have offered resistance to the dominance of Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe in the past, but all too often a smaller side’s challenge for glory has fallen short. Lowly Sivasspor, last year, were the ones to fail at the final hurdle and, just 12 months on, found themselves fighting a relegation battle which they only just won.” (ESPN)