Trickery, incompetence and ignorance -- the tale of a Red Bulls corner kick
Posted by Paul Gardner on Aug. 31, 2:09 a.m.
So the Red Bulls got away with one against Chicago last week -- their use of a ploy to catch the Chicago defenders off guard, led directly to Ronald Zubar's goal that tied the game at 2-2.
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It's time for FIFA to move out of the Alps
Posted by Paul Gardner on Aug. 25, 5:37 p.m.
It has occurred to me at regular intervals during the past decades that one of the problems that entangle FIFA is this: its location. Switzerland. Is that a good place to be for an organization in charge of a sport that can lay claim to being the most global activity that the world has ever known?
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Beware the banalysts and the blight of banalysis
Posted by Paul Gardner on Aug. 17, 8:11 p.m.
The usual tripe from the TV commentators this past weekend: "The more they can get the ball, the more they can create." Or how about "Both teams want to win"? There was plenty more such pathetic stuff -- but of course, you listen to a lot of it as you want to get some insight as to what's going on.
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Soccer and Metrics (Part 2): A troubled partnership
Posted by Paul Gardner on Aug. 9, 12:24 p.m.
OK then. The aim of metrics in soccer is to improve player performance. After that, the problems begin.
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Soccer and Metrics (Part 1): Beyond the marketing silliness
Posted by Paul Gardner on Aug. 8, 12:06 p.m.
Now here's a nice example of the extravagances, the exaggerations the deceptions, and, yes, the downright silliness that are inescapably linked to the methods of the marketeers.
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