A Plea for a Scottish Football Pyramid

June 11, 2013

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“For now, we should be grateful, in spite of the ravages brought about by parachute payments, that movement up and down the divisions in England is a relatively fluid process and generally based on achievement on the pitch. Not so North of the Border. Here, Niall Slater, a man who previously exposed the far right leanings of Paolo Di Canio a full two years before anyone in the mainstream media became interested and serves as front man of emerging beat combo and stars of the upcoming Truck Music Festival Dallas Don’t puts pen to paper having tired of bending people’s earholes in person on the subject of the Scottish pyramid – or lack of. And he doesn’t support Celtic or Rangers…” twounfortunates


Has the time come for Klinsmann to replace Howard in goal?

June 11, 2013

” In his nearly two years as manager of the U.S. national team, Jurgen Klinsmann has been anything but averse to change. Before Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Jamaica, Klinsmann had not started the same lineup in two successive games during his now 26-match tenure. He has repeatedly shown that individuals are subjugated to the bigger cause. Klinsmann’s unofficial excommunication of the country’s all-time leading scorer, Landon Donovan, has gotten the lion’s share of media and fan attention, but Donovan isn’t alone in feeling the wrath of Klinsmann’s detachment. Last fall, lead striker Jozy Altidore was left off the roster for the team’s final two semifinal qualifiers despite being in the midst of a breakout season at his club, AZ Alkmaar. The morning of the opening match of this year’s Hexagonal in Honduras, team captain Carlos Bocanegra was dropped to the bench. He’s not even on the roster for this series of June matches.” SI


‘How Did They Do 2012/13?’ – The Highlights

June 11, 2013

“For the last few weeks we’ve been running a series of articles where our panel assess the performance and contribution of each player who’s made 10+ appearances this season, and give a rating out of 10. Subscribers could also vote in a poll on the site. The articles have been published each day over the past few weeks, finishing on Friday June 7th. One of our panel, Disco 2000, had the idea of compiling a ‘Best of’ article to showcase the best writing of the many who contributed to the series. To be honest, such is the consistently high standard on here, any would have been worthy inclusions.” Tomkins Times


England: Root of the Rot

June 11, 2013

“As Albert Einstein once said ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’. England’s performances based on this quote and on the opinions of football fans across the country would merit the term ‘insanity’. Over the last few decades England fans have had to become accustomed to mediocrity, in every sense of the word. Performances have not been fitting of a country which claims to be the father of the beautiful game. The current U21 European Championships have epitomised the England of the last decade, they lack imagination, identity and worst of all progress.” Outside of the Boot