A Tale Of Bristol City

February 8, 2011


“Few clubs can have endured such a tumultuous start to the season as Bristol City. Following a very promising finish to last season, when the Robins won five and drew three of their last nine matches, the summer had seen the arrival of experienced manager Steve Coppell and England’s World Cup goalkeeper, David James. Although “Jamo” is clearly now in the twilight phase of his career, this still represented a notable coup for the Championship team and was a clear sign of the club’s intent.” The Swiss Ramble


Storytelling

February 8, 2011

“Every goal ends an old match and begins a new one. That’s the hardest thing to recreate, after the fact, when you read about heroic comebacks: the sheer tremendousness of the goals, the way whatever happened took place in a reality that was totally conditioned by what had gone before, and not conditioned at all by the (still-unforeseeable) events to come, which to us are the most famous, and hence most inevitable-seeming, part of the story. 1-0 is a completely different universe, psychologically, from 0-0, or from 2-0. And by the time you reach the improbable airless heights of 3-0 or 4-0, you know the match is over, it would be crazy to expect anything else, the competitive game has been definitively killed off by the last goal or by the goal before that, and what you’re now watching is a kind of limp exhibition whose sole function is to fill a quotient of remaining time.” Run of Play


Inter 5-3 Roma: Sneijder stars in a great game

February 8, 2011

“Inter won a crazy game to move within five points of leaders Milan – and they still have a game in hand. Leonardo played Giampaolo Pazzini and Samuel Eto’o but left out Diego Milito in order to bring back Wesley Sneijder. Claudio Ranieri also went with a 4-3-1-2 shape – he was without Francesco Totti and David Pizarro.” Zonal Marking


Guardiola extends contract

February 8, 2011


“Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has committed his future to the club for another 12 months, extending his contract through to the summer of 2012. Guardiola, who would have been out of contract at the end of this season, has led Barca to an unprecedented 16 consecutive victories in La Liga – they have not dropped a single point since drawing at home to Mallorca on October 3 – which eclipses the record set by Real Madrid in 1960-61.” ESPN

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ESPN – Pep Guardiola


Dalglish strengthens his candidacy

February 8, 2011

“1. Kenny Dalglish makes his case for the full-time gig. From flirting with relegation under Roy Hodgson and playing the most unaesthetic style many observers had ever witnessed from a Liverpool team, interim coach Kenny Dalglish has overseen a dramatic turnaround in the club’s fortunes.” SI


Russian Football and Racism: Shifting the Paradigm

February 8, 2011

“Domm Norris reports on how the issue of racism in Russian football must be considered in a wider historical context, and the potential for positive change.” In Bed With Maradona