Juventus 1-0 Inter: Leonardo unable to respond to Delneri’s narrow formation

February 14, 2011

Pallas Expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue, Andrea Mantegna
“Alessandro Matri scored the biggest goal of his career to guide Juventus to victory in the Derby d’Italia. Gigi Delneri reverted to 4-4-2 after last week’s experiment with 4-1-4-1. Luca Toni was recalled upfront, with Jorge Martinez dropping out. Leonardo named an unchanged 4-3-1-2 side from the XI that demolished Roma the previous weekend.” Zonal Marking

Roma 0-2 Napoli: two more for Cavani
“Napoli recorded an important win to maintain their challenge for Lo Scudetto. Claudio Ranieri had a shortage of centre-backs, so Marco Cassetti moved across into the middle, with Aleandro Rosi coming in at right-back. Francesco Totti and Jeremy Menez were both left out. Walter Mazzarri used his expected starting XI. The first half of the game was dominated by the referee – both sides were committing too many fouls, and the match quickly became stop-start and lacked rhythm or outright goalscoring chances.” Zonal Marking

Juventus 1-0 Inter Milan (Internazionale) – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats – Serie A
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Brazil seeking the right mentality

February 14, 2011

“Last July, in his first press conference as Brazil coach, Mano Menezes said that he was aiming to include a sports psychologist in his back-up staff. In South Africa, of course, Brazil had just lost their heads as they lost to Holland in the quarter-finals. And Menezes was aware that in 2014, on home soil, the pressure would be much greater. The events of the last few days have shown just how important the mental aspect is likely to be for the next World Cup hosts.” BBC – Tim Vickery

Morning in America

February 14, 2011

“I have always been an early riser, but for a long time that meant only, or mostly, work: wake up, shower and dress, ingest the life-giving caffeinated fluids, and get some writing done before the rest of the world can start plucking at my sleeve. It’s an M.O. that has served me well. The more I get done in the rising day, the earlier I can ease off the gas pedal, and the more completely I can relax in the evenings: sit back with a drink and watch some basketball or baseball—whatever sport happens to be on—with a wholly vacuous, nearly flatlining brain.” Run of Play

English Premier League (EPL) Match Of The Day (MOTD) Video Highlights

February 14, 2011

“Below are EPL MOTD video highlights for February 12, 2011” The 90th Minute

The Cult of Clint

February 14, 2011

Clint Dempsey
“Alexi had the hair. Claudio brought the technique. And Brian McBride displayed such a wholesome, hardworking, can-do aesthetic they named a pub after him. Of all the American soccer players who have toiled in Europe, however, is there anybody better — or more revered — than Fulham’s Clint Dempsey?” NYT

The Anti-Xavi Interview with Robbie Savage

February 14, 2011

“After the venerable Sid Lowe’s interview with Barcelona and Spain maestro Xavi, Robbie Savage decided to sit down with our Clive Longbottom-Fellow, Esq. to give another view about how football should be played. All this took place in a parallel universe. Robbie shared his thoughts on Blackburn’s dominance under Sam Allardyce, his footballing philosophy, Blackburn’s Champions League loss to Barcelona, and Lee Bowyer’s stunning move to the Catalan giants.” Nutmeg Radio

All Perfect Angles

February 14, 2011

“How can I persuade you that Franz Beckenbauer is the greatest player of all time? I could begin with his defensive abilities. As Rob Smyth has written, “when his side were 1-0 down in the World Cup final of 1974 and he was the only man defending against Johan Cruyff and Johnny Rep, he ran gently along in front of them like a man leading a morning jog.” Few would argue that he is anything less than one of the great defenders of all time, though. Dwelling on it is unlikely to convert anyone.” Run of Play