It’s 1930s Month on The Equaliser

January 5, 2011

“A short time ago I announced my ambition to start a new feature on the blog, a ‘Decade by Decade’ project which I hope will combine my own writing with contributions from readers in order to create an archive of material relating to each decade in football from the 1930s onwards.” Equaliser Football – It’s 1930s Month on The Equaliser, 1930s Month: Chapman and Arsenal’s ‘Golden Age’, 1930s Month: When Italy weren’t the Azzurri


Deeper Running Problems?

January 5, 2011

“One of the supposed benefits of Roy Hodgson’s arrival was his ability to get closer to players and re-invigorate their on the pitch performances. Despite what he has eluded to, or (some of) Fleet Street will spout, we do have a squad of players and certainly a first XI which should be competing for fourth place – as a minimum.” Invincible Bastion

Henry Winter: Kenny Dalglish would want Liverpool manager’s job long-term if successful at Anfield
“The manager, Roy Hodgson, is struggling, retaining the faith of the dressing room but patently not the majority of the Kop nor the owners. The former manager, Kenny Dalglish, would readily accept caretaker duties should Hodgson be sacked, giving the board six months to locate a long-term successor. Liverpool’s most famous name would want to be considered permanently if he revitalised the team. It’s complicated in L4. With the fans so full-throated, Anfield risks becoming Animal Farm.” Telegraph – Henry Winter

Ralf Rangnick: Hoffenheim’s loss could be Liverpool’s gain
“The rumour mill has been fully operational lately as the transfer window opens and management changes become a seemingly hourly occurrence. Terry Duffelen has been interested by one in particular as a coach from the Bundesliga has been increasingly linked with a move to England to manage in the Premier League.” two footed tackle

Maybe We Should Just Give David Beckham Everything

January 5, 2011

“This David Beckham character has the world in his palm. After successful stints at Manchester United and Real Madrid, Beckham decided to pursue a new challenge in America (the North one). As part of Beckham’s unique deal with MLS, he was given the option to purchase an MLS club if he stays with the LA Galaxy for the remainder of his contract. That’s a good deal for Team Beckham. And now, long-time Daily Mail football writer Martin Samuel wants to give Beckham English football.” Nutmeg Radio

Grounds For Concern At Schalke?

January 5, 2011

“Despite winning their last three matches before Germany’s winter break, including a notable success against reigning champions Bayern Munich, this season has been a mixed bag for Schalke 04. They have struggled in the Bundesliga, making a desperately poor start when they lost their first four games, including a crushing home defeat in the derby against bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund, but have cruised through their Champions League group, finishing ahead of Lyon and Benfica to secure a very winnable last 16 tie against an inconsistent Valencia.” The Swiss Ramble

Long Player: Barcelona’s Pitch Perfect Mixtape by Fredorrarci

January 5, 2011

“In previous editions of ‘Long Player,’ we have soundtracked games in the NBA and the NFL, in an attempt to tap into their essence. In doing the same for soccer, one cannot currently look beyond FC Barcelona, whom many are earnestly bracketing with the greatest teams of all time. So dominant are they at present that one can even talk of there being such a thing as a generic Barcelona game. So who better to turn to than — —, player with [Generic Barcelona Opponents], who has kindly agreed to provide us with this playlist, reflecting his experience against the fearsome Blaugrana machine.” Norman Einsteins

A noisy start of 2011

January 5, 2011

“The first week of 2011 isn’t a over yet and quite a lot happened already. A short update. First, and most important: Frank de Boer has signed a long term deal with Ajax. His contract runs until the summer of 2014. It’s no surprise for anyone De Boer is now officially the manager of Ajax. It was only a matter of time. General manager Rik van den Boog has admit Frank de Boer had the best profile to replace Martin Jol even though he said there was a very short shortlist.” World of Ajax

Eastern European football review of 2010: Shakhtar Donetsk on top

January 5, 2011

“The year ended with a reminder of what used to be in eastern Europe, as Robert Prosinecki was appointed manager of Red Star Belgrade. It is 20 years since he was a key figure in the last eastern European side to win the European Cup; this season only one, Shakhtar Donetsk, has reached the last 16 of the Champions League. Following CSKA Moscow’s progress to the knockout stage last year, that perhaps hints at the beginnings of a renewal, but two sides making it through the group stage in seven years is still a world away from the era when crack eastern European outfits were the bane of British clubs.” Guardian – Jonathan Wilson