The painful past and uncertain future of Diego Buonanotte
By Five in Midfield - Follow on twitter @fiveinmidfield
Just a few short years ago Diego Buonanotte was a young man with the world at his feet. Already a regular in the River Plate side by the age of just eighteen, the talented midfielder was even being mentioned in the same breath as the great Diego Maradona, a comparison not without merit. Dubbed El Enano – the Dwarf – Buonanotte stands at just five feet and three inches tall, but despite his tiny frame he was making a huge impression in his native Argentina. Full article >>
The Unwritten Law of Managerial Suitability.
The Tomkins Times - Follow on twitter @paul_tomkins
“You don’t know what you’re doing” has to be the harshest phrase for a manager to hear from his club’s supporters. (That said, maybe the name of another manager being chanted ranks up there on the hurtometer.) While many will think that Roy Hodgson doing well at West Bromwich Albion proves his critics (myself included) wrong, it seems to merely back up my oft-made point: he’s clearly a good manager, but only in certain situations. He has some great skills, but they are not universally transferable. Full article >>
Imperfect Arsenal still reliant on their fantastic eleven
The Arsenal Column - Follow on twitter @ArsenalColumn
Arséne Wenger is not normally known for his reactive substitutions but this one sticks out for other reasons. Perhaps it is the greatest indication that Wenger is finally feeling the pressure to deliver – to his fans, himself but most of all, his team, particularly after the confidence he expressed that his side had the capability to win four trophies. But this was the substitution of Denilson, his Mr. Dependable and the one he calls the “stabiliser.” Two misplaced passes in quick succession, both in the same area of the pitch convinced Wenger that urgent action had to be taken. Full article >>
Cracking coaching's final frontier
By John Sinnott - Follow on twitter @JohnSinnott
Countless reasons have been put forward to explain England's repeated failure at international tournaments, so here is another one - a lack of intelligence. Nothing to do with GSCEs, A-levels or university degrees, mind, but when it comes to football IQ, surely England has been sitting in the dunce's corner for too long. A year ago former England international Chris Waddle hinted at English footballers' cerebral deficiency when he said Arsenal winger Theo Walcott lacked a "football brain". So given its importance, why is the brain the one part of the body for which players receive no special training or instruction? Full article >>
Like A Local Day #3: Punk football experiences
By Andrew Weber - Follow on twitter @FootballNomad
In one of my favourite football blog posts, TwoFootedTackle's Jamie Cutteridge asked the question: Is football the new punk?
Jamie suggested that as more money is poured into top-tier football the experience of watching live football has become generic, overpriced and to a certain extent, soulless. In an almost subconscious protest, many people are now turning to the lower leagues because, while the football might not be of the same quality, the experience is more personable, more colourful, more positive. This is something I can relate to quite personally. Full article >>