My Funes Mori faux pas

November 10, 2015

during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on September 28, 2015 in West Bromwich, United Kingdom.
“When the Argentine centre-back joined Everton from River Plate I did not think he stood any chance of success. I felt that in the Premier League he would be exposed for lack of quality, pace and physicality. True, his first couple of months have not been unblemished. He is unlikely ever to be a candidate for a world XI. But he appears to have settled in well, exuding confidence right from the off. Clearly, he is considerably better than I had thought.” The World Game – Tim Vickery (Video)


Gute Woche / Schlechte Woche: Matchday 12 Edition

November 10, 2015

“You cannot accuse the Bundesliga of failing to offer something for everyone. For those who want some feisty and aggressive football, there was Derby drama to be had this weekend. For those who enjoy predictability, there was a routine Bayern Munich victory to whet the appetite. For those who anticipate the surprise and shock factor of the game, there was a defender netting a brace in the Rhine derby and a Salomon Kalou hat-trick. The 2015-2016 Bundesliga campaign is really starting to heat up, and while the league is beginning to take some sort of shape, it remains as fiercely competitive as ever.” Bundesliga Fanatic


From refugee to signing for Zico

November 10, 2015

“At the age of three, Zohib Islam Amiri fled the war in Afghanistan to find refuge in Pakistan. Now he’s a football hero in his homeland. Listen as he recounts his perilous journey to safety, his pride at playing for his national team, the shock of being signed by Brazilian legend Zico and the terror of watching Taliban executions on the pitch he would later play on for his country.” BBC (Video)


The Premier League so far: a majestic muddle that continues to entertain

November 10, 2015

“A third of the way through the Premier League season and it is still to take shape. There is a pleasingly old-fashioned look to the table, with the top seven separated by six points. To put that into context, 12 games into last season, the leaders Chelsea had six points more than Manchester City do now and the gap to seventh was 14. The usual suspects – or some of the usual suspects – will presumably kick on but this promises to be a closer, less predictable race than for years.” Guardian – Jonathan Wilson


Why modern football is failing minorities

November 10, 2015

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“For almost a century and a half, the beautiful game has offered excitement, advancement and delight. But only, it seems, if you’re white, straight and male. Such is the dissonance between football in theory and in practice. If there is a European equivalent to the American dream it is this, the universal promise of a game that can transform regions, offer hope to broken communities and raise even the poorest from rags to riches.” backpagefootball


Mauricio Pochettino is building Spurs from the back, the opposite of Arsenal

November 10, 2015

“Once upon a time, pundits said that great teams were ‘built from the back.’ Concentrating on defence before attack was considered the optimum way to create a winning machine, but this has proved trickier in an era when almost every fan base is determined for their side to play ‘good football’ and managers aren’t given much time to impress. Besides, whereas great defending was once considered the domain of the back four, and maybe a screening midfield player too, it’s now a collective effort. Can great teams be built from the back if the defending starts from the front?” ESPN – Michael Cox


David Moyes: Where did sacked Real Sociedad boss go wrong?

November 10, 2015

“David Moyes has been sacked as Real Sociedad boss. The Basque side are marooned near the bottom of La Liga – they are above the relegation zone on goal difference – and a limp performance in Friday’s 2-0 defeat against lowly Las Palmas was the final straw. This is how his 364 days in charge went.” BBC


League success – is three the magic number?

November 10, 2015

“From Sheffield FC to FC United of Manchester, clubs have been born with the same ambition: to become the greatest in the world. In France, this sentiment is echoed loudly by the capital city’s starlets Paris Saint Germain. Relatively speaking they’re a new club, formed in 1970 with the merging of Stade Saint-Germain and Paris FC. For a brief time in the early 90s this dream of footballing conquest almost became a reality with Ligue 1 titles and pantheons of the game like George Weah and David Ginola in the side.” backpagefootball