Daily Archives: February 4, 2012

What’s stopping you, Kenya?

Watching the current African Cup Of Nations (ACON), it is somewhat tellingly awkward how there isn’t a stronger presence from countries from East Africa, although the same could be said for almost every ACON and since it began. The harsh reality for teams from that region is that for all the players they might have, what often trips them up is perpetual incompetence of the football administrations of these countries. With bickering in the upper echelons of the footballing set-up, the final product on the pitch is often scrappy and beset with constant managerial changes and poor organisation.” Just Football

Football ultras have a history of political violence

“Exactly what happened in Port Said on Wednesday night, and exactly who was to blame for the 74 deaths, remains unclear. What is certain, though, is that football “ultras” have become increasingly visible – and not just in Egypt. The ultras are, essentially, radical supporters’ groups, but to dismiss them as hooligans is overly simplistic, underplaying both their level of organisation and what makes them so attractive to disaffected male youths in particular.” Guardian – Jonathan Wilson

Sheffield United – Blades Rediscovering Their Edge?

“Sheffield United have made a promising start to life in League One, as they seek to gain promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt. Although many Blades fans were against the appointment of Danny Wilson as manager, because he previously held a similar role at bitter local rivals Sheffield Wednesday, his experience has helped guide United into the play-off places.” Swiss Ramble

Hoffenheim 2-2 Augsburg

“Augsburg remain rooted in the relegation zone after failing to overcome an alarmingly poor Hoffenheim side. Although the hosts played some good stuff to get their noses in front for about 20 minutes at the start of the second-half, they were lucky to go in with the score at 1-1 at the break after putting in a 45-minute performance that lacked concentration, creativity, movement and fight. Augsburg deservedly took the lead shortly after the 30-minute mark, before a mistake allowed Hoffenheim to grab an equalizer just under ten minutes later. After then falling behind early in the second half, Augsburg again grew into a position of command, but could only manage one more goal, albeit an equalizer.” Defensive Midfielder

Football’s Winter Of Discontent Reaches Arsenal

“There’s something in the air at The Emirates Stadium. Arsenal Football Club has had a difficult 2012 so far, and patience – for some, at least – is starting to wear thin, leading to a protest that has brought puzzled expressions from elsewhere. At this lunchtime’s match against Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League, a group of supporters plans to place black bin bags on seats at the ground prior to the match.” twohundredpercent