Daily Archives: December 27, 2010

On the third day of Christmas – The best journalist

Jonathan Wilson
“We love Twitter. It is like visiting a Roman Forum back in 50BC, stopping to chat to all and sundry about everything under the sun. Want some chat about the wrong tactics used by Inter Milan at the weekend, then touch base with Jonathan Wilson or Zonal Marking. Fancy trying to understand what on earth is going on at Upton Park then have a chat with Jacob Steinberg, Mark Segal from ITV Sport, Matt Law from the Express or Dan Silver from the Daily Mirror. And want to get a Pro’s view on life now or as it was a few years ago then have a chat with Martin Allen, Garry Nelson or Bolton Wanderers Kevin Davies.”
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Team collective more important than individuals

“When he was first making his name with Santos, former Manchester City striker Robinho often spoke of his big ambition to be elected Fifa World Player of the Year. True, he was seeking to place himself in a tradition of some of his illustrious compatriots, but even so I always found it a depressing declaration. For what it is worth, my view is that far too much attention is given to these individual awards.” BBC – Tim Vickery

Bundesliga: Top Players of 2010-11 Season at Winter Break

“Winter break in Bundesliga is underway. First half of the league finished last week with much clamor and glamour. We have witnessed fall of the giants and rise of the pretenders in this half, to say the least. This statement is true for the teams and the players alike. Some famous players departed and fresh new faces arrived and the ‘business’ went on with the same passion of the fans.” Football Stryder

La Maisa: Where Barca’s stars are produced

“Xavi Hernandez, the world’s finest midfielder, remembers the advice he received when, at age 10, he made a first tentative journey to La Masia, the 18th century farmhouse in the shadow of the Camp Nou where Barcelona school their youngsters.”‘My coach said, ‘Watch how Pep Guardiola plays. He is perfect in his position – your position.’ And he was right. If Pep was still playing he’d be in the side ahead of any of us.” Xavi’s progress meant he eventually played alongside Guardiola, now the first La Masia graduate to coach the first team.” The National

Arsène Wenger is confident brains can beat the brawn of Chelsea

“Arsenal against Chelsea always seems much more than just a match between two title and city rivals. It’s a little symbolic even. It’s a battle between self-sustenance and foreign investment. Aesthetics v results. Romanticism v pragmatism. Okay, perhaps that is a disservice to Chelsea because they are capable of playing some breathtaking football while Roman Abramovich has worked on implementing a structure to ensure greater sustainability for the future. Indeed, an increased focus on youth has been displayed this season although not in the way it may have been intended.” Arsenal Column