Never mind the chaos – Argentinian football is thrilling

August 3, 2012


“After days of indecision and u-turns, the Argentinian football season is due to kick-off on Friday. In spite of the chaos, however, the title race is always exciting and Jonathan Wilson has the tough task of choosing where to put his money.” Betting.Betfair – Jonathan Wilson


How can Manchester City strengthen their title-winning side?

August 3, 2012

“With more possession, more passes completed, fewer shots conceded, and more shots per game than any other team in the Premier League, you may think Manchester City don’t need to change a thing as they look to defend their Premier League crown. But City will want to improve on last season’s disastrous Champions League campaign, as well as firmly cement themselves as the best team in England.” FourFourTwo


Ossie At 60

August 3, 2012

“Wily, diminutive, tricky, graceful; feel free to add your own adjectives. Ossie Ardiles arrived at Tottenham Hotspur from Huracán in 1978 alongside fellow World Cup winner Ricky Villa and became a firm favourite with the White Hart Lane faithful. While younger Spurs fans will marvel at the silky skills of Luka Modric, older ones will recall the guile of creator in chief Ardiles. Like Modric, not the most prolific goalscorer, but the key creative component of a number of Spurs sides in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. Sixty today, Ossie is back in management with second tier J League outfit Machida Zelvia. Here’s a nice tribute from 1985…” In Bed With Maradona (Video)


Why it makes sense to play Huddlestone in central defence

August 3, 2012


“A game, a season, a career – at whatever scale it’s observed, history turns on the smallest of details. Give Didier Drogba weaker neck muscles and Fabio Capello slacker principles and the scenario at White Hart Lane is probably Harry Redknapp leading Spurs into a Champions League campaign with Luka Modric pulling the strings. Instead, the King is dead (well, retired), ’Arry’s gone, and the Croatian playmaker is all but doing his bienvenidos ball-juggle at the Bernabéu.” Lifes A Pitch


Gomel’s battle of ideologies against Liverpool

August 3, 2012

“The city of Gomel can be traced back to the time of the first millennium where the medieval western Slavic tribe widely known as the Radimichs developed, upon the naturally fortificated banks of the Sozh River, a homestead that would gradually develop into one of eastern Belarus’ most prominent cities. Gomel’s tumultuous history has seen it captured and recaptured, over the past few hundred years, by various Slavic princes who viewed the area as a potentially important location for trade and commerce before eventually becoming the city that it is today, within one of the most controversial nations in Europe.” Slavic Football Union


From Next Cesc To Nearest Exit: The Fran Mérida Story

August 3, 2012

“There may not be a Miss World sitting on a duvet of dollars won at a Casino, there may not be a Northern Ireland waiter and he may not be George Best but the question is just the same. A player who Arsene Wenger once described as having ‘too much quality’ is suddenly looking at a very uncertain future. So the question is: Fran Mérida, where did it all go wrong? A new star was born and the entire world was watching. The Spanish invasion had started and all eyes were on a former Barcelona youth product called Cesc Fabregas.” Sabotage Times