Fernando Torres | The First 16 Games 2007-2010

December 15, 2010

“TTT subscriber Tim Godden takes a look at the misfiring Liverpool striker’s record in his first 16 games of each season since arriving at Liverpool.” Tomkins Times

Hodgson suggests 11th is “right up there”
“With Liverpool playing Utrecht at home tonight in the Europa League Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson had to sit in front of the press and answer questions. The press conference came the day after the new owners had done their live phone-in, with many callers asking why on earth Roy was still in charge at Anfield.” Anfield Road

Why don’t more sides score goals like this?

December 15, 2010

“The modern offside law continues to frustrate defenders and pundits alike, but the men who should benefit from it – strikers – have not exploited it to its full potential. First, some background on the offside law is needed, specifically the recent changes to it. Jonathan Wilson’s piece gives a history of the law along with some implication for tactics, whilst the Premier League’s head of referees Keith Hackett outlines the ‘new’ law in detail. In this article, we are dealing with a very specific outcome of the changes. Now, a player who is in an offside position when one pass in a move is played can go onto participate in the rest of the move as long as he doesn’t touch the ball from the initial pass.” Zonal Marking

The Question: Why is the modern offside law a work of genius?
April 13 2010. “Nothing in football is so traduced as the offside law. Most seem to regard it as a piece of killjoy legislation, designed almost to prevent football producing too many goals and being too much fun, while for the punditocracy it has become the universal scapegoat, the thing that “nobody understands”. Just because Garth Crooks doesn’t get something, though, doesn’t make it a bad thing. The modern offside law may be the best thing that’s ever happened to football, and it is almost certainly the reason Barcelona have been so successful with a fleet of players whose obvious asset is their technique rather than their physique.” Guardian – Jonathan Wilson

More open approach fails to pay off for Internacional against Mazembe

December 15, 2010

“There’s an old saying in Brazilian soccer that organizing a team is like having a short blanket on a cold night — pull it over your neck and your feet get cold, cover your feet and your neck freezes. While Internacional of Porto Alegre is using the blanket to dry its tears, it might also reflect on the wisdom of the phrase.” SI – Tim Vickery

South American football awards 2010

December 15, 2010

Diego Forlán
“Hello and welcome to the Fútbol Fútbol Fútbol awards for 2010. The awards focus on events in South American football, however there is room for an expatriate player of the year section to pay tribute to the best of the thousands of South American footballers plying their trade on other continents. You may find some of the awards surprising or idiosyncratic, however if you are offended by any of these selections you can either find another website to tell you exactly what you want to read or failing that you could leave your opinion on why we are wrong in the comments section below. Enjoy.” Fútbol Fútbol Fútbol

The IBWM Torneo Apertura Review
“Last weekend Estudiantes clinched the Torneo Apertura title, and as Sam Kelly reports, they were undoubtedly worthy winners.” In Bed With Maradona

A Wrinkle in Time

December 15, 2010

“I do not remember whether the thought occurred to me during the first or second game when Gareth Bale carved up Inter Milan. At some point while watching the Welshman sprint past yet another defender (probably Maicon), I thought, for the first time in my life, ‘he is younger than me.’” Run of Play

Article: France rebuild after nightmare year

December 15, 2010

“A version of this piece, a review of the year 2010 in French football, was written for Agence France-Presse and published on the AFP newswire on Wednesday, December 15.” Football Further

List of Teams Qualified For UEFA Champions League 2010-11 Knockout Stage

December 15, 2010

“The Champions League has finished its group stage and below is the full list of clubs who have qualified for the knockout stage. In the draw for the round of 16, no teams from the same countries can face each other and group winners can only face group runner-ups.” The 90th Minute