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Jose Mourinho and the Sacchi influence

Franco Baresi is one of the first names to come to anybody’s mind when you mention the Libero (or sweeper) position, simply because he was the on-field general and symbol of Arrigo Sacchi’s great Milan side in the late 1980s; a side that arguably boasted one of the greatest defences […]

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New Arsenal, Same Failings

Arsenal used to try and emulate Barcelona, but now they’re closer to Real Madrid. They used to be a side of clever, tricky players. Now the London club trots out a much more physically imposing lineup, represented in the early part of the season by the magnificent Abou Diaby. Wenger […]

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 17, 2010

Here’s a good find provided by Goal.com. They put together a nice set of classic Manchester United vs. Chelsea match videos. Here’s the links: Football gear [Studs Up F.C.] Andrei Kanchelskis [Narrow The Angle] Podcast [Winning Ugly] Champions league draw [UEFA] Holloway dismisses rumors [Soccer Net] Transfer talk [Soccer 365] […]

Liverpool Accept Ryan Babel Bid to Hoffenheim

Liverpool have accepted a bid from Hoffenheim for striker Ryan Babel. “The Bundesliga Club have now been given permission to discuss personal terms with the player, who has travelled to Germany,” said a statement from Liverpool FC. Bild, the German newspaper, quoted Hoffenheim’s main financial backer, software billionaire Dietmar Hopp, as […]

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Qatar says six more workers hurt building World Cup venues

Qatar’s World Cup organizers said on Wednesday that six laborers building stadiums for the 2022 tournament suffered work-related injuries last year but there were no fatalities. Qatar has been widely condemned for its treatment of almost two million foreign workers. Critics have estimated that several thousand workers could die in […]

Chelsea and PSG owners eye Beckham MLS Miami buy-in, says report

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Paris Saint Germain’s Qatari owners and a Chinese group are among investors looking at purchasing a majority stake in David Beckham’s Major League Soccer team, the Miami Herald reported. Citing an unnamed source close to the negotiations, the newspaper said Beckham has been around the world […]