Links for 07/02/2011

With such a long gap since my last reading list, I thought it only fair to cut down on the self-promotion and show you some of the best pieces from across the football blogosphere in recent weeks.


Cosmos Cantona Coup – Too Good to be True? by me at Footy Matters – is the appointment of Cantona as the Cosmos’ Director of Soccer good for the game?

Charlie Davies on the Comeback Trail After Horrific Car Accident by me at Footy Matters – a look at the career of the American striker, looking to rebuild his career with DC United after a difficult 16 months.

Football Against Corrective Rape by Keph Sennett at In Bed With Maradona – a must-read article on a topic which should not be ignored

The Man They Call Pedro by Luke Colbourne at In Bed With Maradona – A brilliant assessment of a talented player who often fails to get the media plaudits enjoyed by his team-mates

True Grit by Adam Digby at In Bed With Maradona – Another piece on an underappreciated legend, this time Nicola Legrottaglie

Mind Your Language by Greg Theoharis at Dispatches From a Football Sofa – An accomplished article on Ian Holloway, Sarah Palin, and the use of language when addressing the media

Intolerance in the Terraces by Dominic Pollard at Polly’s Pause for Sport – Addressing an important topic: The continued use of football stadia as a safe haven for the airing of otherwise-unacceptable views

Russian Icons: Oleg Romantsev by Alex Jackson at Footy Matters – A wonderful tribute to the enigmatic former Spartak Moscow coach


Links for 15/01/11

Konrad Warzycha and John Rooney – What’s in a Name? by me at Footy Matters – a look at the pressures associated with following a famous footballing relative into the game

The MLS SuperDraft: A Crowded Playground of Opportunity by me at Footy Matters – a discussion of the SuperDraft system, BASEketball and Freddy Adu

Chelsea’s First Black Footballer: Paul Canoville on Why Black and Blue Didn’t Mix by Danny Gipson at Footy Matters – an intriguing interview with a player who has gone through more than most over the course of his life and his football career

The Revolution Must Be Televised Part II by Juliet Jacques at In Bed With Maradona – A follow up on Juliet’s recent piece on football broadcasting

How the Stone Roses Stopped the Hooligans by Chris Ledger at In Bed With Maradona – Acid house, drugs and 90s football: An eye-opening read

Adams Breaks New Footballing – and Diplomatic – Territory by James Appell at The Football Ramble – What connects Wikileaks with professional football? An assessment of the power structure in the Azeri game

Richard Offiong: The Sun Goeth Down by John McGee at Bring Me the Head of Keith Mincher – Carlisle United, Ernest Hemingway and the depressing decline of a once-promising football career


Links for 10/12/2010

Ricoh Arena Coventry City v Middlesborough (1-0) NPower Championship 04/12/2010 Marlon King (Coventry) celebrates scoring winning goal from penalty spot, his first for Coventry  Photo: Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
  • Arsenal and the Cold War by Nick Wright at In Bed With Maradona – A look back to Arsenal’s exhibition match in communist Russia
  • A Champions League Fairytale by Josh Clarke at The 39th Game – An interesting assessment of FC Copenhagen’s long and winding journey to the Champions League knockout stage, and a lesson in just how far you can stretch an analogy

Links for 03/12/2010

PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 07: Coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid during the pre-season friendly soccer match agianst Los Angeles Galaxy on August 7, 2010 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Real Madrid will travel back to Spain after the soccer match completing their pre-season USA tour. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Could Seattle’s Steve Zakuani Cut it in the Premier League? by me at Footy Matters – an examination of the talents of the exciting winger on trial at Everton

Barcelona vs Real Madrid – El Clasico Preview by me at Caught Offside – a look ahead to what turned out to be one of the best games of the season so far

El Clasico: Barca Batter Madrid by Sam Parker at Footy Matters – an analysis of the same game

MLS Season Review 2010: Winners and Losers by me at Footy Matters – a look back on a thrilling campaign for America’s top flight

Poland and the War by Juliet Jacques at In Bed With Maradona – an intriguing examination of the impact of the Second World War on Poland’s footballing heritage

Extraordinary – Justin Fashanu at Torquay by Juliet Jacques at In Bed With Maradona – an insight into the later years of Fashanu’s career

World Football’s Overrated XI: I’m Just Not That Into You by Bobby Hare at This is Futbol – a controversial selection of players perhaps being given more credit than they are due