Links for 26/11/10

July 27, 2010 - Palma De Mallorca, BALEARIC ISLANDS, SPAIN - PALMA DE MALLORCA, 27/07/2010.- Canadian born Dutch midfielder Jonathan Alexander de Guzman poses with his new jersey during the press conference of his presentation as new player of Real Mallorca team for the next three seasons, held in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, 27 July 2010.

As promised, the end of the week means a summary of the week’s best football stories on Pele Confidential. Here are a few for you to feast your eyes on:

Canadian Brothers in Arms by me at Just Football – A look at the diverging paths of brothers Julian and Jonathan de Guzman

MLS Cup Final: Agony For Dallas as Rapids Snatch Extra-Time Victory by me at Footy Matters – a report on the season-ending MLS Cup Final, won by Colorado Rapids thanks to an extra-time own goal

MLS Expansion Draft – New Boys Set Out Their Stalls For the New Season by me at Footy Matters – a round-up of the signings made by MLS newcomers Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps, and their prospects for their debut season at the highest level

Diary of a Pro Footballer: The Truth About Footballers and Money by Rohan Ricketts at Sabotage Times – a brilliant insight into professional football from a player’s perspective, as close as any article will come to eliciting total sympathy for the highly-paid professionals

Feyenoord Falling Fast by Stephen Farrell at Just Football – a look at the sad decline of a once-proud football club

We’re Not Singing Anymore – Who Silenced English Football Fans? by James Appell at Who Ate All the Pies – the title says it all: how support at English football grounds is not what it once was


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