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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