Gérard Houllier: The “Dynasty” Chapter.

December 7, 2010

“More so than any other Liverpool manager, Gérard Houllier’s stewardship is characterised by two distinct periods, divided by a single dramatic event: the building up of a very good side, and then failure as he dismantled it following a near-death experience as his aortic valve ruptured. Decisions made after that potentially fatal heart problem in October 2001 were no longer laced with a Midas touch, and while it may be merely coincidental, the After did not match up to the Before in any way.” Tomkins Times

Ten steps: Liverpool’s win over Aston Villa
“Liverpool recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over Gerard Houllier’s Aston Villa at Anfield on Monday night. The scoreline reflects the home side’s dominance – they were good, Villa were particularly bad. The game looked over after Ryan Babel made it 2-0 on 15 minutes, and Villa offered little threat for the rest of the contest. Houllier switched to 4-4-2 at half-time, as he did in the game against Arsenal when Villa were also 2-0 down at the break, but there was little sign of a fightback.” Zonal Marking

Good Day, Bad Day: Barca’s pleasant coach trip & Benzema’s shadowy boots

December 7, 2010

“To be quite honest, the blog is utterly bored with all the nonsense in Spain surrounding Pep Guardiola supposedly controlling the bigwigs of la Liga and Spanish FA by asking for the Osasuna clash to be moved to Sunday as he didn’t much fancy traveling to Pamplona by bus, despite the city not being that far away really.” FourFourTwo

There Is Power In Union

December 7, 2010

“If the kids are united, they will never be divided. Not the kids or the fans this time, a retrospective look at unity from professional players. Here’s Andrew Thomas.” In Bed With Maradona

Top 100 Footballers Weave

December 7, 2010

David Villa

Napoli 1-0 Palermo: two similar systems, the home side more fluent and fluid

December 7, 2010

“It took a 94th minute goal to win it, but Napoli were far the better side throughout. Walter Mazzarri made two changes to Napoli’s defence, bringing in Gianluca Grava and Salvatore Aronica. The rest of the side remained the same, in the 3-4-2-1 / 3-4-3 formation they’ve used throughout this campaign.” Zonal Marking


December 7, 2010

“Second item: My latest Slate column addresses the World Cup bids. It’s more about the crazy theater of the bid presentations than the actual decision, which means that it’s as much about surfing kangaroos as common sense told me it could be. Keep in mind that it was written before caring about FIFA corruption made you a tool of sinister neoliberalism.” Run of Play

Total fitness from the land of Total Football

December 7, 2010

Johan Cruyff
“Nearly 40 years after Netherlands legends Rinus Michels and Johan Cruyff unleashed Total Football on an unexpecting world, along comes a Dutchman espousing a new philosophy – periodisation.” BBC


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