How far are Liverpool from Brendan Rodgers’ vision?

July 30, 2012


“New boss Brendan Rodgers looks to oversee a revolution in style at Liverpool this summer, as Kenny Dalglish’s under-performers are given a much needed revamp. Alex Keble, editor of tactics website TheChalkBoard.org.uk, asks: what changes will Rodgers make? Who will be leaving, who will be joining, and which current players will come to the fore?” FourFourTwo

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How Olympic football affects the World Cup

July 30, 2012

“Olympic football may not be the main event of the Olympic Games but those teams taking part have an excellent opportunity to try things out as they prepare for the next World Cup. This has rarely been clearer than at Old Trafford on Sunday, when 2014 hosts Brazil were confronted with a problem they will surely meet time and time again in two years’ time. Opponents Belarus put 10 men behind the ball and looked to frustrate them, forcing them to pass sideways, hoping that Brazilian frustration would lead to error and then launching the counter-attack.” BBC – Tim Vickery


Football Needs Multiculturalism

July 30, 2012

“Multiculturalism has become an inordinately loaded concept in recent years – like ‘health and safety’ and ‘political correctness’, it’s a marvel how a presumably once positive set of values has now been branded with negative connotations. As Stewart Lee once said, ‘you can’t even write racial abuse in excrement on someone’s car without the politically correct brigade jumping down your throat’. When in doubt, ‘blame the effing Muslims’.” thetwounfortunates


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini determined to strengthen champions’ squad before start of season

July 30, 2012


“The City manager, who struck a conciliatory note towards the club’s hierarchy by insisting they should no longer pay excessive fees for transfer targets, has yet to add to the squad who delivered the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium last season. And while the Italian admits the priority this season is to retain the title and progress merely to the knockout stages of the Champions League, he insists that his recent calls for reinforcements have been rooted in his determination to elevate City from European also-rans to contenders for the club football’s premier competition.” Telegraph


Klinsmann At Inter

July 30, 2012

“The baker’s son from Botnang done good. On the occasion of his birthday today we thought we would give you a little bit of Klinsmann at his best. We could have chosen one of the many compilations of goals scored for Germany, we could have gone with his time with Spurs and in particular that video of his goals set to ‘Gertcha’ by Chas and Dave, but as good as that would have been we went with this.” In Bed With Maradona (Video)


Raith Rovers: Kings Of Europe 1922

July 30, 2012

“When the dust settled on a difficult season last term for Scottish First Division side Raith Rovers it seemed that most fans were accentuating the positives. The final quarter of the season saw the team second only to champions Ross County in terms of consistency and points won, survival was finally guaranteed with a game remaining and a final day flourish in Greenock against Morton saw the team finish in a respectable seventh position.” In Bed With Maradona


Slavic Football Union

July 30, 2012

“The Slavic Football Union (SFU) is a collective effort to provide English-language coverage and analysis of the leagues, clubs, and cultures of central and eastern European football. Despite the Iron Curtain falling over twenty years ago, for many football fans the central and eastern European game remains shrouded in mystery. Troubled by the insufficient and scattered information available in English, the SFU is designed to assemble intelligent journalism devoted to football being played throughout the former Eastern Bloc countries.” Slavic Football Union