Daily Archives: February 10, 2013

The Second Coming Of Third Lanark

“Heard the story about the Glasgow based football club who ran into financial calamity and went bust? Of course you have, but this tale of woe isn’t about the collapse of Rangers, but a club whose name is woven into the fabric of Scottish football’s early days – Third Lanark. The club who were based in the city’s south side were founded in 1872 by the 3rd Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers after the soldiers were inspired to create their own team by the first ever international match between Scotland and England at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow.” In Bed With Maradona


Tactical Analysis: Why are Chelsea playing so badly?

“Chelsea have been poor of late, there is no getting away from it. They have not won a game since beating Arsenal at home two weeks ago, losing one and drawing three in the mean time. Worryingly, one of those draws was to Brentford, one saw them crash out of the League Cup and the other saw them squander a two goal lead to Reading with just five minutes left on the clock. Despite remaining third in the Premier League, Chelsea are slipping, having won just two of their last six league games. The busy period over December and January, where the club played 9 games in each month, is now over and with just four games in February they must re-find form or risk falling out of the top four.” Think Football

Post Saddam, the future looks brighter for Iraqi football

“It was around eleven in the evening when the melody of gunfire and car horns erupted piercing (literally) the night sky. This is how the residents of Baghdad celebrate a victory for the national team, however what goes up must come down, not just the bullets in this case! The Iraqi national team had just squeezed past the hosts Bahrain (after extra-time and penalties) during this year’s biannual Gulf Cup of Nations semi-final. The celebrations were both spectacular and protracted. The ‘the lions of Mesopotamia’ eventually lost the final 2-1 to the UAE (after extra-time, once again) although the tournament had been a success for the nation and it’s near fanatical followers.” World Soccer