Klopp – Reversing the Laws of Gravity

November 3, 2015

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“To have success you need to attract ‘big names’. To attract ‘big names’ you need big money. To attract ‘big names’ you need to keep your ‘big names’. To attract ‘big names’ you need to be offering regular Champions League football. To attract ‘big names’ in England you need to be a London or Manchester-based club. Everybody knows that in modern football these are the laws of gravity. They lead to an upward spiral of success breeding more success. The bad news is that in 2015 Liverpool fail on all five laws. This puts them into a downward spiral of disappointment breeding further disappointment. For Liverpool to succeed they would have to defy the laws of football gravity.” Tomkins Times


Talent Radar Young Defender Rankings: Bellerin climbs, and Gimenez makes the cut

November 3, 2015

“Judging the calibre of a young player is often a tricky task. Perceived potential has an important bearing in any consideration and is just one of the many parameters to consider when trying to quantify the ability of football’s young stars. To add a basis to what may be a leap of faith, it is useful to look back and trace the growth, or indeed lack thereof, in young players.” Outside of the Boot


Chewing on the Champions League

November 3, 2015

“The Champions League is the pinnacle of global soccer. It’s the only time we are sure to see teams from disparate leagues matching up at full strength with the same incentives. It’s also the only time we get to see teams from leagues off beaten path match up against the big boys and get their day in the wider public eye. So it’s kind of strange how it can sometimes be treated a bit like an afterthought in English writing and specifically among stats writers. I get why: it’s much harder to draw conclusions over a smaller sample and the wild differences in opponents make it hard to compare teams that the satisfyingly balanced league schedules absolve make easier.” Stats Bomb


Hump Day Dumpster Dive: European club vows to fight racism with racism

November 3, 2015

“There is so much bloody soccer happening. Arsenal is awesome terrible awesome terrible. Bayern Munich just served up another reminder that we shouldn’t even bother watching any of its games until the Champions League semi-finals. José Mourinho is living out a terrible nightmare that will probably end in an eight-figure payout deal. Manchester United is…zzzzz. Let’s get to dumpster diving.” Fusion


Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool | Mourinho’s implosion sees disjointed Chelsea’s suffer defeat

November 3, 2015

“Chelsea’s horrendous start to the season has been matched to a lesser degree by Liverpool’s underwhelming performances. But when the due clashed at the Bridge on Saturday, it clearly felt like a team on the wane was taking on one on the up. Klopp’s energy was rubbing off on the Kop, and Mourinho’s brooding intensity seemed to be grinding Chelsea down. Daniel Wong analyses the result.” Outside of the Boot


The first World Indigenous Games reveals tensions between celebration and objectification

November 3, 2015

“Although indigenous people are the original inhabitants of the Americas, they are minorities throughout practically all of its modern countries. The exact numbers change depending on your data source, but only Bolivia and Guatemala could legitimately claim that their populations consist mostly of indigenous people. In some countries, the percentage of indigenous people is negligible. Puerto Rico, for example, counts indigenous people as being somewhere between 0 and 0.2 percent of its population. In Brazil, the biggest and most populated country in Latin America, the indigenous population is about 900,000, or a mere 0.4 percent of its total inhabitants.” Fusion