Football Dynamics – El Clasico

March 22, 2014

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“Bloomberg TV Africa’s Football Dynamics combines unique analytics from BSports with expert opinion from Efan Ekoku, Dave Farrar and Ben Lyttleton to give you the inside track on African players in the top five European leagues. Presented by Ayesha Durgahee. Football Dynamics has a derby feel this week. First up the team discusses one of the biggest club matches in world football and Real Madrid face Barcelona in El Clasico before looking at the upcoming Manchester derby as City make the short trip to Old Trafford. Our panel of experts also explore the UEFA Champions League quarter-final line-up. In the Football Dynamics regular features, Ben and Efan discuss the African Team of the Week and Efan’s African Star of the Week, and Algeria features as Richard Connelly is on hand in the ‘Road to Rio’.” backpagefootball (Video)


Ukrainian ultras put aside differences in demonstration of solidarity

March 22, 2014

“Two weeks ago, the Ukrainian league should have restarted with Shakhtar Donetsk’s trip to the capital to face Dynamo Kyiv. For obvious reasons, the programme that weekend and the following one was postponed, but the ultras of the two clubs met anyway. Given they are the bitterest of rivals, that would normally be cause for concern, but on this occasion all that happened was a football match.” Guardian – Jonathan Wilson


Gazprom, Zenit St. Petersburg, and the Intersection of Global Politics and World Football

March 22, 2014

“Zenit St. Petersburg will almost certainly bow out of the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund today. Zenit going out of the Champions League is an almost annual event. Seemingly every year, Zenit represent the Russian Premier League in European competition. They play some matches, remind everyone for a little while where the once-were and almost-stars like Hulk, Danny, Axel Witsel, Andrei Arshavin, and Domenico Criscito have wound up. We watch them play and ask, Zenit? Why are they all playing in St. Petersburg? The answer, of course, is money.” Grantland


Joe Gaetjens – the footballer who disappeared

March 22, 2014

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Joe Gaetjens (centre) with friends in New York
“One of the biggest shocks in World Cup history happened in 1950, when the US beat England, thanks to a goal scored by Haitian Joe Gaetjens. After Gaetjens returned to Haiti a hero, he later disappeared and was killed, possibly by the president himself.” BBC


Chile transformation is a real coup

March 22, 2014

“There is much wisdom in the old piece of advice that it is a mistake to meet your idols, because you are bound to be disappointed. Great ex-footballers, for example, have sometimes become dangerously accustomed to being listened to, even on subjects on which they have no special authority. It does not always make them the most agreeable company. There is a price to pay for being idolised. A few hours, ago, though, I came away from a meeting with a personal idol who did not disappoint. I am on a quick visit to Santiago, where I dropped in on Joan Jara, English-born widow of the great Victor Jara.” The World Game – Tim Vickery (Video)


Wenger’s Arsenal must go ‘vintage’ to beat Chelsea

March 22, 2014

“In a funny way, Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham last weekend was ‘vintage’ Arsenal. Not the vintage Arsenal associated with the Arsene Wenger era, fast approaching its 1,000th game at Chelsea this weekend, but the vintage Arsenal of the pre-Wenger era — the George Graham era, when Arsenal were regarded as somewhat unexciting but extremely effective.” ESPN – Michael Cox