Team Focus: Chelsea Wobble Not Yet Reason to Worry

September 16, 2013

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“Defeats happen. It’s the nature of football, far more of which than we often like to imagine is rooted in luck. In Chris Anderson and David Sally’s book The Numbers Game, they estimate that the result of any individual game is based roughly 50% in luck: talent tends to win out over the course of a season, but there is a significant random factor over the course of 90 minutes. So good teams sometimes lose to bad teams. There are set backs that are down to nothing more than the bounce of the ball. Nobody should ever panic on the basis of one result.” Who Scored? – Jonathan Wilson


Inter 1-1 Juventus: Tactical Analysis

September 16, 2013

“Inter and Juventus went head to head in an enthralling clash on Saturday. The Derby D’ Italia, as it is labelled, is one of the biggest football fixtures in Italy. However, a vast gulf in class has developed between the two over the past few seasons as Juventus have taken a lead of their rivals. But the match itself is one that doesn’t disappoint. As the latest clash bears witness, it showed how Italian football has developed over the past few season, completely removing it’s ‘boring’ tag. The game was a fast paced clash, with both sides equally effective in their own rights. The gulf in class wasn’t as visible as both sides managed to hold their own. Juventus did seem to create more but Inter effectively began to soak in the pressure and use it to their advantage on the counter. The final result of Inter 1-1 Juventus seemed a fair reflection of the game as neither side managed to gain the upper hand for a prolonged period of time.” Outside Of Football


Genoa get their homework done and promptly pass the Sampdoria test

September 16, 2013

“On Wednesday the headlines spoke of global domination, after Italy qualified for the World Cup with two games to spare. By Saturday the focus had shifted completely. Instead of speculating about the strength of foreign rivals, reporters were now fretting about spies within their own borders.” Guardian


Reshuffling of managers adds to UCL’s unpredictability

September 16, 2013

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“It’ll come as no surprise to learn that following Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire after 27 years in the dugout at Manchester United, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not only the longest serving manager still active in the Premier League, but in the Champions League too. The only coach working in Europe’s elite club competition to come anywhere close to him for longevity is Mircea Lucescu, who will complete a decade at Shakhtar Donetsk at the conclusion of the current campaign. Continuity like that is hard to find among the rest of the continent’s Champions League qualifiers. Call them the last of the managerial Mohicans.” ESPN – James Horncastle


Sep 15 – Fictionalized films…

September 16, 2013

“Fictionalized films about football are usually a bust. It seems hard to recreate on-field action. And nowadays professional footballers’ lives off the field can be regimented and organized, drained of any real drama. So we are not sure what to expect from the planned biopic ‘Pele’ by the Zimbalist brothers (to their credit, they directed the documentary ‘The Two Escobars,’ which even the Colombians we know, admit is a very good film). The hype for the film ‘Pele’ started in May this year and shooting was supposed to have started in August. That we know and (from the producers’ website) the film will only focus on his early life: from ‘… his impoverished youth to his unlikely rise to futbol stardom in 1958.’ …” Football is a Country


Team of the Week – Match Day 5

September 16, 2013

“The Bundesliga returns after the international break and matchday 5 was filled with several tremendous individual performances. From Marco Reus’ dominant outing against Hamburg to Kevin Volland’s match-winning performance against Borussia Mönchengladbach, this weekend was filled with some of the most memorable individual performances of the young season so far. Dortmund put on a show in the second half against Hamburg to maintain their perfect start while defending champions Bayern Munich continued their fine record against Hannover. Stuttgart continue their bounce back after a big win in Berlin and Eintracht Braunschweig won their first point of the season.” Bundesliga Fanatic


Why Erik Lamela Going to Spurs Is a Huge Loss to Roma

September 16, 2013

“For Roma, Erik Lamela’s departure to Tottenham is a huge loss. Or not, depending on how you look at it. On the one hand, the Giallorossi have lost an immensely gifted young player who has been among their most consistent performers for the last two seasons. The 21-year-old was the footballer who many in Rome felt the future of the club could be built around—the type of forward who could consistently entertain the Curva Sud and fire the Lupi to long-awaited glory at the same time. He was the rarest of things: a possible heir to the throne of Francesco Totti.” Bleacher Report