Reading Rec: Milan v Napoli Post-Match Thoughts →
If you missed the Milan-Napoli game today, catch up with @MilanPete’s piece for @themilanguy for in-depth dissection of the tactics, the mistakes, and the occasional positive moment in the match. Excerpt: For me, Urby Emanuelson still hasn’t found his “role” as a player yet. Not to say being a utility player isn’t a role, but what is it exactly that Urby does? He’s become more timid...
Reading Rec: Why SCAF Is To Blame →
Excerpt: “Since its founding in 1907, Al Ahly S.C. has been known as ‘the people’s club,’ representing resistance against the many forms of colonialism that have long plagued the African continent. Initially the first sporting club to allow Egyptians to join, Al Ahly remains the most popular of Egyptian teams, wearing to this day the red kits that honour the pre-colonial Egyptian flag. ...
Oh! la la! I was about ten years. With my brother and some friends, we strolled...– Yoann Gourcuff, when asked what is the dumbest thing you remember most from your childhood? (via tunisiana)
I can do without flares very easily, I don’t even find them particularly...– Uli Hesse, ESPN Soccernet. From a very fair piece on the pragmatism needed to deal with ultras’ flares/pyro based on the Bundesliga, give it a read. (via pitchinvasion)
Reading Rec: The Only Play →
A great article by Pete Acquaviva (@MilanPete) for The Milan Guy (@TheMilanGuy) on a winning formation for Milan. Excerpt: This year, Milan’s combative midfield consistently manages to boss around the smaller teams in the league but not the bigger teams in the league this year or even the clubs in the Champions League over the last two years under Allegri. The “Milan default” was successful...
Superb Insight Into Yesterday's Tragedy In Egypt... →
Podcast (as described by Beyond the Pitch) Anto is joined by Middle East football expert currently at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies and is the author of the Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer to discuss the stadium tragedy at Port Said this evening which resulted in at least 73 killed and up to 1,000 injuries in the hours after bloody confrontations. James provides us some...
Reading Rec: Pride, pig-headedness and glee -... →
Excerpt: ‘Demontage. It’s a word that’s so good Germans had to nick it from the French. It refers to the taking apart of something (or someone) but there are extra layers of meaning. A Demontage is conspicuous, a very public destruction of an important person’s image and status, and it implies an element of glee, lust even. Roping in a fremdwort (foreign word) to name an...