Daily Archives: February 10, 2012

So that is why they are one of the richest club in the world!

“What is the most you have ever paid for a ticket for football? An official one, mind, not one from a tout. £50? Certainly not if you follow your team away from home and have been to the Emirates, Stamford Bridge, White Hart Lane or even in the nPower Championship at Upton Park recently where £50 will get you entry and not even a sniff of a bottle of Emirates water or pie and mash in East London. What about for a cup final? The FA think fans will bend over backwards to be shafted for these tickets but rarely do they go into three figures.” The Ball is Round

Mali 0 – 1 Ivory Coast

“The Ivory Coast set up an African Nations Cup final against Zambia after Gervinho’s solo goal saw them past Mali in Libreville. The Elephants will return to the same venue on Sunday seeking their second title after the Arsenal forward ran from his own half and slotted home. His side’s defence then kept their opponents at bay in the second half to ensure their progression to the final for the third time.” ESPN

Ivory Coast to face Zambia in African Nations Cup final
“Ivory Coast secured a place against Zambia in the African Nations Cup final after defeating Mali 1-0 in the semi-finals Wednesday. The two teams will face off in the Gabonese capital of Libreville on Sunday.” France24 (Video)

The 2012 African Cup Of Nations: The Semi-Finals
“‘Check that’s not Jackie Chan, will you?’ after one particularly high challenge in the African Cup of Nations (ACN) semi-finals. Ah yes. Gary O’Reilly was back on Eurosport. And welcome back too. However, the most telling comment of any international football tournament is ‘no goals against.’ And that’s a quote from Cote D’Ivoire.” twohundredpercent

The rise and fall of Hoffenheim

“There are no Bundesliga statistics for distances covered by coaches on the sideline, but Holger Stanislawski would surely be well ahead of his peers in that particular discipline. The 42-year-old boss of TSG Hoffenheim 1899, a caffeine addict who confesses to drinking several pots (not cups) of the black stuff every day, often seems to cover more ground than one or two of his players.” SI

Harry Redknapp, Rube of the Year

“Harry Redknapp does not have a soul, but he has a sort of dead-eyed Cockney sparkle that’s served him as a pretty adequate replacement. England’s most successful English soccer manager, he’s also England’s most successful allegations-shrugger-offer, ‘Who, me?’-expression-haver, preposterous-quip-to-distract-your-attention deployer, and crafter of bespoke logic-annihilating narrative Möbius strips. When 60 police officers crash-swarmed his house as part of a conspiracy sting in 2007, Harry insisted that they were merely soliciting his help catching other people.” Grantland – Brian Phillips

Copa Libertadores Week One Round-up

“All the results from week one of the 2012 Copa Libertadores. Velez Sarsfield secured a comfortable win in the tournament opener as they overcame Defensor Sporting 3-0 in Uruguay. After going up just before the break through David Ramirez there was no doubt they would see the game out. Mauro Obolo and Seba Dominguez, with a scorching free kick, added the other goals.” Purple Patch

England disarray as Capello departs

“Another fine mess for the national team. ‘CAPELLO QUITS OVER RACE ROW AS JURY CLEARS REDKNAPP.’ The Daily Mail‘s headline on Thursday ran to nine words but they were enough to contain almost every drop of slop. England’s captain demoted by the Football Association until a charge of racially aggravated public disorder — which John Terry has always denied — has been heard in July; England’s manager resigning after publicly disagreeing with the FA’s decision; the favorite to succeed Fabio Capello, the Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp, being found innocent of tax evasion a few hours earlier.” SI