Directing Traffic: Friday Link-Up

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:

Simon Hill....hero....

Two-Footed TackleBlind 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.

Aduing it, aduing it, Aduing it well?

• 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.)

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dth on 2011/03/11 at 1:05 PM

    Also: the Blizzard, Jonathan Wilson’s new thing, looks to be excellent work. It’s too bad he won’t make it available in electronic form; I’d gladly pay for a digital quarterly magazine if it’s up to these standards, but I’m not sure I want to read a big quarterly magazine, especially since it’s a huge hassle to change your address if you move. Which hopefully I will.

    Re: Perry Kitchen-Freddy Adu. I’m not some huge Freddy Adu lover; in fact I doubt Adu will ever play a significant game for the USMNT again. That said, he’s got a point when it comes to the #10 issue: oftentimes, you can’t just rearrange #10 players as you can players at other positions. I”m watching Brescia-Inter right now and Wesley Sneijder is a prime example: it’d be lunacy to ask him to play out there on the wing. Now maybe you say that Sneijder has earned the right to demand to be #10 and Adu hasn’t, but at one point in time Sneijder hadn’t earned it either and was nevertheless given the chance. People like to complain about the dearth of creative American players, and they particularly complain about the lack of #10s, but if you don’t give anyone the chance to be a #10, how are you going to get a #10?


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/11 at 1:16 PM

      However, Sneijder both played out of position this year as striker and did his best under Rafa and dutifully filled whatever role was asked at Real Madrid.

      I understand on the #10, but perhaps if Adu was endearing himself to coaches and teammates before this present stop then he would have earned #10 status wherever he went.


  2. Posted by dth on 2011/03/11 at 1:06 PM

    And, re: Teal Bunbury’s sister. Always great for a black woman to get a chance in Hollywood. Hopefully she gets a chance to do well and maybe do some substantial roles, though there are precious few good roles for black people of any gender these days.


  3. Posted by dude on 2011/03/11 at 3:21 PM

    Freddy Adu doesn’t have to be a “great” soccer player, but the US definitely needs players like him to feed the more athletic stars in on goal, and can score some pretty special goals himself. If the team achieves promotion, I’d be interested to see them keep Freddy on and try to stay in the Super league.


  4. Posted by John on 2011/03/11 at 3:23 PM

    and BOOM goes the NFL (albeit temporarily)


  5. Posted by dth on 2011/03/11 at 4:27 PM

    Argentina releases call-up list:

    Most of the usual suspects–no Tevez tho.


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