Copa America: a lively tournament, a scandalously poor final
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jul. 1, 6:01 p.m.
The grand final of Copa America Centenario was simply a disgrace. An ugly, shameful event. It sullied what had been an enjoyable tournament, it utterly ruined what should have been a wonderful evening of the best the sport has to offer.
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Goalkeeper cheating -- yet again
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 22, 1:15 a.m.
Are these guys for real, or what? A penalty kick. A regular occurrence in soccer. Any experienced referee will have had plenty of them to deal with. He should then, surely, know what the rules say.
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Imported coaches: A formula for failure in MLS
Posted by Paul Gardner on May. 31, 5:22 p.m.
This business of foreign coaches in MLS -- why does it drag on? Have we not learned enough during the 20-plus years of MLS activity that these guys do not do particularly well here
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Soccer's new-look rulebook (Part 2): Making room for the Spirit the Game
Posted by Paul Gardner on May. 15, 12:11 p.m.
Alongside the changes in the organization and wording that David Elleray and his team have brought to the revamped rule book go what I think of as "mood" changes -- the business of modernizing the rules, of making them "more accessible," etc. Tucked away in that category is a time-bomb of a phrase that makes its first appearance in Rule ...
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Soccer's new-look rulebook (Part 1): Much improved but still a way to go
Posted by Paul Gardner on May. 14, 1:41 p.m.
No doubt it was asking too much of ex-referee David Elleray and his colleagues to turn soccer's rulebook, almost overnight, into an easy-to-understand, organized, readable document.
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Two badly botched PK calls -- but the MLS remedy is misguided
Posted by Paul Gardner on Apr. 26, 10:50 p.m.
Well, not that brilliant a weekend for MLS refs. Specifically, a couple of dead-cert penalty kicks not called. If you assume -- which we always do, I think -- that a PK means a goal, then these were arguably game-defining calls, given that both games were won on one-goal margins by the team that profited from the miscalls.
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Soccer, from the Heart
Posted by Paul Gardner on Apr. 21, 2:25 a.m.
A small book, the classic "slim volume" if you like ... but Brian Glanville's "The Man Behind the Goal" weighs in as a massively important contribution to any telling of the phenomenon that is soccer.
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How long for Nigel de Jong?
Posted by Paul Gardner on Apr. 13, 10:40 p.m.
So the talk is now focused on what sort of punishment the MLS Disciplinary Committee will settle upon Nigel de Jong.
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Fernando and Joe Hart share the blame for Man City fiasco
Posted by Paul Gardner on Apr. 9, 1:03 a.m.
The recent tragic, disastrous and possibly hilarious screw up by Man City that allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score a totally unexpected goal for PSG is worth scrutiny.
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One Nation, One Team -- a tainted slogan for U.S. Soccer
Posted by Paul Gardner on Apr. 4, 12:20 a.m.
I, like you, have to live with the daily insults to our intelligence provided by the public relations and marketing and advertising brotherhood. Their commercials, their advertisements, their slogans, their buzzwords. Above all, with their relentless stupidity.
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Klinsmann's cronyism reaps its reward: A calamitous Olympic flop
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 31, 9:27 p.m.
Jurgen Klinsmann decided to give the U.S. Olympic team job to Andreas Herzog. Make that his friend Andreas Herzog. Herzog had absolutely no special soccer qualities that made him a candidate for the appointment. His previous coaching experience was hardly a recommendation, as my colleague Mike Woitalla has made clear. In fact, Herzog has one quality that should have ruled ...
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Maybe we're asking ARs to do the impossible
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 29, 3:32 p.m.
We are still waiting for a look at the new -- rewritten, and greatly condensed -- rule book. The IFAB has been making a big deal of this. I'm not about to belittle it, it is a big deal, involving a lot of work.
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Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 25, 6:19 p.m.
Johan Cruyff, dead at the far too early age of 68, will surely not be forgotten. He leaves the most wonderful memories of sublime soccer skill, of course. But not just memories -- Cruyff becomes one of the first of the soccer greats to leave a career-long record -- on film and tape and discs -- of his dazzling skills.
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Soccer's protective pall is holding back what it needs -- more teenaged stars
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 24, 3:14 p.m.
Are teenage players getting a fair shake?
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IFAB: one step forward, one step backward
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 9, 1:38 a.m.
I think it unlikely that there are many people around who would consider the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to be an up-to-date group. But, the IFAB is making an attempt, it seems. It has just approved a major rewriting of soccer's rules and David Elleray, the man in charge of the overhaul, says one of its aims is to ...
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