Links for 19/02/11


Only one place to start this week…

The Superstar at Play by Brian Phillips at Slate – Probably the best tribute written after the retirement of one of the world’s greats Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima

Man to Man Marxing by Andrew Thomas at In Bed With Maradona – Karl Marx. Religion. Football. Simples.

In the Shadow of Greatness by Adam Digby at In Bed With Maradona – Italy’s forgotten generation of defenders, marginalised by the ubiquitousness of Nesta and Cannavaro

It’s Time for Someone to Depose Sepp Blatter as FIFA’s Leader by Grant Wahl at Sports Illustrated – A campaign message from the people’s choice to succeed Blatter

Zesh Rehman Foundation by Martyn Landi at Footy Matters – Brilliant insight into the great work being done by the ex-Fulham defender

Don’t Call Me Paulinho by me at Footy Matters – A look at the career trajectory of former Arsenal prospect Paulo Nagamura


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 09/01/11

With other distractions consuming my attention over the Christmas and New Year period, it has been a while since the last Pele Confidential reading list. As a result, I will bring you an extended selection of articles, from the holiday period as well as the last week.

David Beckham signing for LA Galaxy in 2007 (photo: Jeremy Ryan)

LA Galaxy deserve better than Beckham by me at Footy Matters – Would fans of English clubs stand for the way the former Manchester United man has treated his MLS club?

Why Aston Villa would be the perfect fit for Omar Cummings by me at Footy Matters – A look at how the Jamaican forward would fit into the set-up of the club where he is currently on trial

Major League Soccer should welcome Guille Franco with open arms by me at Footy Matters – An examination of what the Mexican has to offer to the league

Chris Wondolowski: The Carlos Tevez of the MLS? by me at Footy Matters – An assessment of whether the deep-lying forward could replicate his club form to provide the United States with a new avenue of attack

Teal Bunbury will gain a lot from Stoke City rejection by me at Footy Matters – A look at how young talents pften have more to gain from not getting a big move before they are ready

Togo's national team at the 2006 World Cup (photo: the weaver)

In Togolese memoriam by Gary Al-Smith at In Bed With Maradona – an emotional look at the Africa Cup of Nations one year after the tragic attack on the Togo team bus in Cabinda


Sir Alex, El Tel and Barca: What If? by Alex Dimond at In Bed With Maradona – a thought-provoking assessment of one managerial decision on the whole spectrum of European football over the last 23 years.

Has transsexuality in football turned a corner? by Chris Ledger at In Bed With Maradona – a revealing analysis of an issue which perhaps has been given insufficient coverage in the past

The revolution must be televised by Juliet Jacques at In Bed With Maradona – an rallying call for the English broadcast media

The saddest thing in football by Domm Norris at In Bed With Maradona – a sensitive approach to the agony felt by fans of Russian club FC Saturn Moscow Oblast

Former Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved (photo: Mike Brown)

Juventus – Team of the Decade by Liam Apicella at Footy Matters – The best eleven players to have graced the Stadio Delle Alpi in Turin

Why David Beckham to Spurs makes sense by Andrew Fitchett at Footy Matters – What the North London club would have to gain from the introduction of the former England captain

Stevenage have come a long way since they last met Newcastle by Joe Tyler at Footy Matters – An assessment of the progress made by the League 2 club in the decade-or-so since they took yesterday’s Premier League opponents to a famous FA Cup replay

Break-ups to make-ups: On Rooney, Tevez, and letting go by Greg Theoharis at Just Football – The impact on fans of their favourite players moving to pastures new

Why write about football? by Dominic Pollard at Polly’s Pause for Sport – the title says it all, really. A must-read for any budding football writer.



Links for 17/12/2010

SOCCER/FUTBOL COPA DE ORO 2009 ESTADOS UNIDOS VS HONDURAS EN TERRITORIO AJENO Action photo of Stuart Holden (L) of USA and Mevin Valladares of Honduras, during the semifinals games of the Copa Oro 2009 at the Soldier field stadium of Chicago, Illinois./Foto de accion de Stuart Holden (I) de Estados Unidos y de Melvin Valladares de Honduras, durante el juego de semifinales de la Copa Oro 2009 celebrado en el estadio Soldier Field de Chicago, Illinois. 23 July 2009. MEXSPORT/ETZEL ESPINOSA Photo via Newscom

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