Yes, it’s sadly true. Sometimes others have the goods and TSG doesn’t. An old-fashioned link-up post today–one we haven’t done in nearly a year….
…but there’s some good stuff out there!
Here’s where you should be looking:
• Two-Footed Tackle: Blind Ambition: The Simon Hill Story: Think you and I have challenges playing the game, how about playing the beautiful game blind. Two-Footed Tackle with a review of their documentary on Simon Hill, captain of England’s Blind Football Team. Amazing; stories like this always bring me to tears.
• The New York Times: A Qaddafi Son, Italian Soccer and the Power of Money: Did Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi and Libya employ state funds to further the soccer career of the dictator’s son. A fascinating tale.
• A Football Report: Blunt Questions for FIFA presidential candidate Grant Wahl: A different interview with the journalist attempting to illuminate the lunacy occurring at the FIFA global home office through the election process.
• Huffington Post: Fixed Soccer Matches Create Post Carnival Headache for Brazil: More trouble in Brazil in the 2014 lead-up. Dubbed the “Whistle Mafia” the Brazilian court has just fined the football association US$ 100M for fixing games.
The Guardian: Stadium For Next Year’s Europa Final in Some Serious Trouble: And in Romania, Jonathan Wilson takes a break from the tactical and says some serious mismanagement is afoot at the stadium that is supposed to host the Europa League Final next year.
•The Free Beer Movement: And Then They Took The Beer From My Hands: There’s a reason we give a lot of love to the Free Beer Movement here at The Shin Guardian. First, their founder is genuine, and second it is perhaps the most unusual and selfless non-profit (and probably costly) effort to promote soccer in the United States in a unique way. Here? What happened with the Free Beer Movement ran across the AO Rally in Vegas.
• ExtraTime Radio Podcast: Freddy Adu, more: The fellas at ExtraTime Radio score with a Freddy Adu phoner. Interesting to hear Adu speak on his move to the 2nd division in Turkey; he comes across as maturing….very slowly. In a nod to self-awareness, Adu talks about his need to focus on his defense and in a nod to showing he still needs to mature more Adu talks about how it’s a struggle to play his natural interior, #10 position and be trusted.
For DC United fans, Adu’s comments playing out of position stand in stark contrast to a player like Perry Kitchen who when asked after being taken in the MLS SuperDraft what position he was most suited for answered with an applause-worthy “Wherever coach puts me.”
I don’t think time is running out on Adu becoming a professional soccer player, but on being a great one? For sure. Highly recommended podcast.
• The Guardian: Why Michael Carrick Must Shine: Now moving to one of England’s polarizing figures, Danny Taylor at the Guardian wraps an analysis of Manchester United’s midfield–the one that is rumored to house Jack Rodwell next year–around the trials of Michael Carrick and how the Englishman must come good this weekend.
• From MLS-TMZ: While Teal Bunbury looks primed to be a massive star in middle American this year, his sister’s going Hollywood. Another reason for Jonah Hill to go from “6 to midnight” (and if you get that reference bully for you.)