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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Straight from the coach's mouth -- well maybe not
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 4, 7:42 p.m.
I don't know about this. Someone -- one of the TV guys, I suppose -- is under the impression that, during MLS telecasts, we don't get enough of the coaches.
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De Jong? Disgraceful
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 2, 3:10 p.m.
Not much point in mincing words over this one. In its 4-0 loss to Santos Laguna the LA Galaxy was frankly pathetic. Outplayed, out-thought, out-skilled, utterly humiliated. A night to forget for Bruce Arena and his players as the quicker, sharper Mexicans ran rings around them
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So bad, all you can do is laugh
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 29, 1:07 a.m.
Manchester City's shootout victory over Liverpool in the Capital Cup was what we now almost expect from grand finals -- disappointing, short on good soccer, miserly on goals.
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Demands for a more physical game should fall upon deaf ears
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 24, 10:44 a.m.
Right at the end of Vancouver's preseason game against Chicago there was a coming-together of players. That's a term that has been cropping up in ref-talk lately. It denotes a collision but -- possibly -- it shades the meaning slightly. A collision carries the suggestion of hard contact, something, if not violent, then certainly forceful.
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Rule Changes: The best, the worst -- and one that needs reversal
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 14, 11:05 p.m.
While awaiting the latest changes to the rules (the IFAB will announce them at the beginning of next month), I have been amusing myself trying to decide which has been the best and which the worst of the changes made during the past 25 years -- since 1990. And which change I would make, were I in charge of the ...
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Arena and the Lawnmower: Why, Bruce, why ...?
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 4, 2:32 a.m.
Bruce Arena's signing of Nigel de Jong is a shameful episode. The most experienced American coach of the lot, with so much to admire about him ... what can have possessed him?
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Losing Miazga, Gonzalez, Villafana -- How is that good for MLS?
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jan. 30, 1:23 a.m.
Let's see now. Matt Miazga -- we can define him, at age 20, as one of the most promising of the American youngsters -- is leaving the Red Bulls, going to England to join Chelsea. At the same time, Ashley Cole, who, as it happens, once played for Chelsea but is now a 35-year-old who is coming off being a ...
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Coming soon: a slimmer, snappier -- and maybe better -- rulebook
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jan. 26, 2:38 p.m.
Right now, I'm thinking that IFAB -- you know, the soccer rule-making guys -- have really done it this time. In the past, I've relentlessly criticized them for being a virtually useless group that does very little, and is composed of the wrong people anyway.
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The MLS PseudoDraft and other obstacles that Latino Americans face in American soccer
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jan. 13, 11:24 p.m.
Time for another MLS SuperDraft. It would be better called the MLS PseudoDraft. It might also be known as the Slim Pickings Draft. Most of those involved are college players, and the day has long since passed when a bumper crop, or even an ordinary crop, of pro-ready players might be expected from that source.
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A new type of coach -- appointed by the sponsors
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jan. 5, 11:52 p.m.
Keeping up with the changes and additions to the English language -- I'm talking now about demotic usage, the every-day words that we speak and read -- is a topic of much fascination to me.
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