Violent Goalkeeping (Part 2): FIFA must radically rethink the goalkeeper's role
Posted by Paul Gardner on Apr. 20, 7:49 p.m.
Last time, I asked: "What action has soccer taken to at least reduce the incidence of head injuries in the sport?" Well, FIFA -- which should be the body making the moves -- has done nothing. Incredibly, nothing.
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Violent Goalkeeping (Part 1): Players at risk as soccer ignores its own rules
Posted by Paul Gardner on Apr. 20, 2:46 p.m.
Goalkeepers, we are told, need protection. No doubt we all agree. Up to a point.
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The triumphant return of Bruce Arena
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 26, 4:56 p.m.
Well, take that Jurgen Klinsmann. Never at any time during his five years in charge of the USA did any of Klinsmann's teams put on a show like the 6-0 destruction of Honduras that marked the return of Bruce Arena.
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MLS games compare well with EPL but referees in both leagues reluctant to call PKs
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 21, 2:49 p.m.
During this past weekend, I watched -- on television, of course -- 15 games. Well, not really. I watched parts of 15 games. That's television for you, a magic carpet that started in Middlesbrough, England at 8 a.m. on Saturday and ended around 9 p.m. on Sunday in Seattle.
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Of tattoos and voodoo and science ... and soccer
Posted by Paul Gardner on Mar. 1, 12:19 a.m.
My calendar says March 1. But, quite possibly, global warming has advanced things. The weather is spring-like and there is a hint of April 1 in the air. Or so it seems to me.
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Suddenly, the sport itself rebels against low-scoring Scrooge soccer
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 23, 2:44 p.m.
We haven't seen anything like this for quite a while. In fact it was beginning to look as though soccer had lost its identity, had shrunk from being the world's most exciting sport, and withered away to tedious 90-minute installments of scoreless running around
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Pep snubs Kun -- modern soccer at its worst
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 6, 2:10 p.m.
Back in 2005 the word from Argentina was that maybe -- of course maybe -- a new Maradona was appearing. Independiente had a precocious 16-year-old already playing for their first team, already scoring goals.
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Where soccer fails, the NFL gets it right
Posted by Paul Gardner on Feb. 2, 12:57 p.m.
An impertinent book, this. The title and subtitle tell you succinctly what you are getting: "The Ugly Game -- How football lost its magic and what it could learn from the NFL."
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More urgent than Van Basten's rule changes: soccer needs a total reversal of referees' negative mindset
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jan. 24, 2:25 p.m.
The problem is this. To praise Marco van Basten for speaking out on a topic that the soccer biggies never deign to address. Or to heap ridicule on him for making such a hash of his welcome declaration.
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Clearance: an ugly play, a useless stat
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jan. 13, 3:08 a.m.
For some time now I have been wondering about the soccer term "clearance." A term, admittedly, that I have been hearing, and using for decades without giving it much thought.
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Roberto Cabanas & the Beautiful Game
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jan. 12, 2:48 a.m.
From the happiest of thoughts and memories about Roberto Cabanas to total bewilderment and sadness ... all it took was a few days.
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Soccer & Concussion (Part 2): What needs to be done -- before the lawyers move in
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jan. 10, 3:14 p.m.
The suspect nature of the enforcement of protocols is by no means the only barrier to any campaign that aims to reduce concussion injuries.
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Soccer & Concussion (Part 1): A Disgraceful Lack of Action -- Protocols are not enough
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jan. 8, 2:06 p.m.
There is, it seems to me, one thing above all others that soccer totally failed to get right in 2016. And I can see little to suggest that things will be any better in 2017.
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MLS Goal Award: A Modest Suggestion (again)
Posted by Paul Gardner on Dec. 12, 12:52 p.m.
I've been looking at the Goal of the Year winner. A wonderful free kick by Colorado's Shkelzen Gashi. A hell of a goal. A worthy winner, then? Well that depends.
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Toronto 0 Seattle 0 -- Another Forgettable Final
Posted by Paul Gardner on Dec. 11, 1:41 p.m.
Another decidedly non-memorable final. Maybe we get the finals we deserve. Scrappy, at times ill-tempered, incoherent -- all of which can be excused, will be excused by those who specialize in making excuses, as "competitive." That sounds good, now doesn't it?
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