ZM’s European Team of the Season 2010/11

June 16, 2011


Horatius Cocles Defending the Bridge, Charles Le Brun
“A self-explanatory list of eleven starters, and eleven substitutes.” Zonal Marking

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Top ten likely sagas

June 16, 2011

“Each window provides big stories and the next few months will be no exception as teams across Europe prepare for intense negotiations and skullduggery from antagonistic rivals.” Sky Sports


Liverpool Formed 1892, Elected to Division Two 1893

June 16, 2011

“The club came into existence following a row between the directors of Everton FC and the owner of their Anfield ground, John Houlding. Houlding was a brewer as well as the club’s landlord. He insisted that only his beers be sold inside the ground and, as Everton grew in stature he put up their rent from £100 in 1884 to £250 in 1890. On the 12th March, 1892, Everton quit Anfield and three days later, Houlding formed Liverpool FC. Originally the new club played in the blue and white shirts that Everton left behind (see photograph – Everton changed to ruby red) but in 1896, they adopted the municipal colours of red and white and in 1901, took the city’s liver bird emblem as their badge.” Historical Kits


Valencia’s Mata looks likely to exit

June 16, 2011

“Once the tipping point is reached departures become inevitable and the slide becomes harder to arrest than ever; what starts as an emergency solution risks becoming a permanent situation, the enshrinement of inequality and the inability to compete. Handled well, the effects can be palliated but, barring a sudden shift, the trend is unavoidable. Spanish soccer has reached that tipping point. Valencia certainly have.” SI


The Great Pretender

June 16, 2011

“His CV is that of a relatively successful, if transient, Brazilian striker. An impressive collection of domestic clubs – Vasco da Gama, Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo – is complimented by more exotic names; Ajaccio in Corsica, and Mexican side Puebla. Yet Carlos Henrique Kaiser is nigh-on unknown in the football community, and for good reason; he only managed around 30 full games (and no goals) during a career that spanned over two decades.” In Bed With Maradona