Daily Archives: July 16, 2012

What is the Milan plan?

“You knew it was going to be a rude awakening. And it probably should have come sooner and more gradually, because we’ve all known about it for several years. But sometimes, you just have to go cold turkey. Milan’s imminent sale of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris St. Germain is probably the first major side effect of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play plan. Coupled with the departures of Gianluca Zambrotta, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Mark Van Bommel, Alessandro Nesta and Pippo Inzaghi, it represents a massive overhaul aimed primarily at saving money and moving the Rossoneri towards FFP.” ESPN (Video)

Rotherham United: Two Stadia; Two Identities

“In April, David Rawson caught the imagination of football’s online community with a striking post following the arrival of Steve Evans at Rotherham United. Here, with the Yorkshire club about to take up residency in a new stadium and with the new season a month away, David is in wistful mood…” thetwounfortunates

Eduard Geyer – Energie Cottbus’ miracle worker

“How the man the Bundesliga didn’t want took a lowly eastern club into the top flight, and kept them there. With the increasing competitiveness of the Bundesliga, and clubs now as reliant as ever on money to succeed, it certainly isn’t easy for clubs from the east to compete. We are about to enter the fourth successive season without an eastern club in the top flight, and, in the 17 years since SG Dynamo Dresden’s relegation from the Bundesliga in 1994/95, only two clubs from the east have played in the Bundesliga. One is FC Hansa Rostock, the GDR’s final champions who intermittently played at the top level until the mid-2000s.” Bundesliga Fanatic