Inter 0-1 Milan – Nerazzurri

November 15, 2010

“Milan were fairly comfortable despite playing with ten men for the final half hour. Rafael Benitez chose a 4-3-1-2 formation to accommodate both Samuel Eto’o and Diego Milito upfront. Maicon was out, so Ivan Cordoba played at right-back, with Marco Materazzi in the centre. Joel Obi started on the left side of the midfield three, with Esteban Cambiasso only fit enough for the bench.” (Zonal Marking)

Inter 0-1 Milan – Nerazzurri
“In a 4-3-1-2, Inter were attempting a new formation under Rafa Benitez, one borne from players available and a willingness to place Samuel Eto’o and Diego Milito in attack together. However, the team’s uncharacteristic high-line was stung by a simple lofted ball that saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic outmuscle, outpace and outsmart Marco Materazzi for the decisive penalty inside five minutes.” (Football Italia)

Inter Milan 0-1 AC Milan – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats – Serie A
(The 90th Minute)

An Assist for Soccerreform: Why Promotion/Relegation in U.S. Soccer Might Be the Answer

November 15, 2010

“Yesterday on the American Soccer Show, Ted Westervelt, founder of, shared his views on why he finds the current MLS structure to be an impediment to the soccer’s growth in the United States. He then attempted to lay out his alternative vision for the professional U.S. soccer system. After listening to Westervelt deliver his argument using a variety of metaphors and anecdotes (there’s talk of wolves and various canine experiments), I realized that several important details were missing from his vision (although a more robust argument can be found on his here on his website). As a public service, I want to help Westervelt out.” (Nutmeg Radio)

Third-World Football: 1/3rd Season Review.

November 15, 2010

“A third of the Premier League season, and not even a third of games won. That’s how bad it’s been. As noted here, Liverpool won just three of the first 10 league matches, and in the next three, it’s been only one win. There’s a pattern present. Roy Hodgson sees the Stoke result as a ‘blip’, but when you’ve failed to win nine of 13 games, the blip appears to be the victories. Maybe he’s spent too long as a big fish in a small pond. His own words tend to prove the theory.” (Tomkins Times)

Can Godoy Cruz make history?

November 15, 2010

Godoy Cruz
“Buenos Aires is calling to the faraway towns this week. In Argentina and all over South America, plenty of attention will be given to the modestly entitled ‘superclassico’ – the Buenos Aires derby between River Plate and Boca Juniors. Both clubs grew up in the working class docklands area of the Argentine capital. River have long since fulfilled the immigrant dream and moved out to the leafy suburbs. Boca have defiantly stayed put. The strength of the rival identities helps give the game its flavour. Over the years, the game has acquired a weight of tradition that makes it important even when it isn’t – like this Tuesday.” (BBC – Tim Vickery)

Good Day, Bad Day: Mou ‘flicks the V’ as Real sneak win

November 15, 2010

“It’s that time of the week again – Tim Stannard runs through the winners and losers of the weekend’s action in Spain…” (FourFourTwo)

`Low Life` Mourinho Causes Chaos…
“It should have been a weekend in la Liga dominated by the Super Sensational Sexy Saturday Showdown clash between Barcelona and Villarreal. It was a key, strategic encounter between second and third to see if the plucky, as glamorous as a gangrene-infested granny, east-coast club could prevent la Primera’s prime-movers from breaking away with less than a third of the season gone.” (Football 365)


November 15, 2010

“European Football Weekends is an absolute treasure trove of away days around Europe, from the San Siro to the Dripping Pan. The man behind it all, Danny Last, speaks to Dave Hartrick…” (In Bed With Maradona)