Where Does Stoke City’s Money Come From?

September 18, 2010


“At last the 2010 summer transfer window is over and we can concentrate on watching some football instead of the frenetic efforts of Sky Sports presenters desperately trying to discover some exciting news on deadline day. In reality, it was all a bit of a let down with transfer spend over 25% lower than last year. A variety of reasons have been put forward to explain this drop: the effect of the economic downturn; clubs trying to sort themselves out before UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations begin to bite; and the introduction of restrictions on squad size.” (The Swiss Ramble)

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Sam Allardyce Offers Us A Glimpse Into His Mind

September 18, 2010

“Most people involved in modern football receive considerable media training from quite an early age. This manifests itself in several different ways, from the studied mind-games and self-promotion of Jose Mourinho to Michael Owen, who has spent well over a decade as a professional footballer without having ever managed to say anything of note in an interview. There are still some people left, however, an increasingly small number, who come from a different era and don’t seem to have been taught the art of talking a lot whilst saying very little. It is these people that, whether intentionally or not, provide us with considerable entertainment with occasional glimpses into the inner workings of their minds.” (twohundredpercent)


German club fans set for boycott

September 18, 2010


Triumph of Death – Pieter Bruegel
“Two historic matches take place in the industrial heartlands of England and Germany this Sunday that throw into focus just how little Premier League fans have been able to influence boardroom change. Thousands of Liverpool supporters will make the trip to watch their team play Manchester United at Old Trafford, with large majorities of both sets of fans unhappy about the way their clubs have been run by their respective American owners. Over in Germany, thousands of Borussia Dortmund fans are similarly unhappy – with the major difference that they will not be travelling to watch their team take on Schalke in the Bundesliga.” (BBC)


FIFA World Rankings For September 15, 2010; Spain #1

September 18, 2010

“The latest FIFA World rankings are out with Spain on top followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, and Argentina. There are a few changes but not many as the top 20 teams remains about the same. The major move is Slovakia who are now 16th after jumping 11 spots.” (The 90th Minute)


A Midsummer Night’s Dream Is a Little Like Soccer

September 18, 2010

“It may seem odd to think about football as comedy when it seems to catalyse suffering so effectively for a great majority of its fans. After all, in what other major sphere of secular activity do people return repeatedly to have their hearts battered? Why do footballers—at least in La Gazzetta dello Sport—speak so readily of suffering and sacrifice, in terms that are picked up and incorporated into the way fans talk about their experiences?” (Run of Play)


Footy Verse

September 18, 2010

“At least since the fifth century BC, when Pindar entreated his heart to sing the splendor of the Olympian in his victory odes, poets have found in sport a worthy subject. And soccer—as we know it, a game of relatively recent advent, despite a lineage that can be traced back thousands of years—has inspired many to write in praise of its glory and in lamentation of the heartache it can yield. As ‘the world’s game,’ perhaps no other sport has been written about by amateur and professional poets of so many nations. A commercial for the Museum of Soccer in São Paulo declares that ‘if soccer were a literary genre, it would be poetry,’ and, unsurprisingly, several of Brazil’s greatest poets—including Carlos Drummond de Andrade and João Cabral de Melo Neto—have taken inspiration from futebol.” (Poetry Foundation)