The Problem with Soccer by the Numbers
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 27, 3:48 p.m.
Spurs coach Andre Villas-Boas was no doubt overstating things when he recently condemned soccer statistics as "useless." But his opinion is refreshing, to say the least.
Klinsmann and the Gurus: Weird is the Word
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 25, 2:43 p.m.
Jurgen Klinsmann's coaching methods have always struck me as having a rather weird fringe to them. Remember the fitness gurus and the team chants with the German national team? Then the curious case of the Buddha statues at Bayern?
The Decline -- and is it to be the Fall? -- of Arsene Wenger
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 20, 9:02 p.m.
Sadness -- though the rather lovelier French word tristesseseems more fitting -- haunts me when I consider what is happening to Arsene Wenger.
GLT still a blurry area for FIFA
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 19, 5:20 p.m.
The GLT -- goal line technology -- saga has been going on for well over a decade now, with FIFA adopting a ludicrous chameleon mode, dithering between a flat-out no, a coy maybe, and a reluctant yes -- with many a backtrack along the way.
Truths of the Modern Game Revealed
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 13, 6:09 p.m.
An intriguing game, the Celtic-Juventus Champions League clash. Intriguing and revealing. Because it did reveal some oft-obscured truths about the modern game: Truths About ...
Euro police gambling probe lacks crucial details
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 8, 1:14 a.m.
Europol forced itself into the news last week -- the soccer news, that is -- with a quasi-apocalyptic announcement that was not actually news at all.