January 17th, 2011

  • tralala

“Status quo, you know, that is Latin for ''the mess we're in.''”

The banner could not have been more eloquent. Nor, in a curious sort of way, could the reaction of the fans at the end of the game. Barcelona was in town last Saturday and the Deportivo de La Coruña supporters had prepared their message carefully. Huge letters spelled it out: "We don't want a Scottish league." But by the final whistle it appeared they had accepted the inevitable. Deportivo had been beaten 4-0 by Barcelona, but there was no anger, no recrimination and few empty seats, vacated by the disgusted and depressed, determined not to see out the defeat. Instead, there was applause.
That applause spoke well of Deportivo's fans, of their support for the team, of the communion between the stands and the pitch -- and fans recently turned up at the club's training ground to offer their struggling coach and players their backing rather than demand their sacking -- but it was also a little troubling. Not only had the attendance grown to watch Barcelona, the applause said something. Something like: there's no shame in losing 4-0 to Barcelona, everyone does that these days. That's just the way it is.

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I thought this was interesting in light of Real Madrid's draw equating to a devastating loss and pundits claiming the race for the title is over already, with 19(?) matches left in the season.

What do you think of the "two horse race" situation?
Would you be willing for RM/Barfa to accept a cut in profits to make for a more diverse league, even if it meant more losses?

This article about Malaga's sugar daddy is also interesting and relevant. I have read things in the past about teams like Atleti trying to get matches during the day in order to be more accessible to Asian markets too, but I can't find anything now...

if you are coming in here to gloat the fat child knows where you can stick it
FB: Sergio Worth It

The taxman is coming for your monies EPL players ...


HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has demanded Premiership football clubs pay £100 million on behalf of their players who are using a tax loophole to pay just 2% tax on some of their earnings.

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, who earns £200,000 a week, has saved over £600,000 in the past two years, according to a report in The Sunday Times. Manchester City’s Gareth Barry avoided paying £135,000 in tax.

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Cheerful - Moonangelchan

So, you want to host the Women's World Cup?

FIFA recently announced a list of possible hosting nations to a few competitions, The respective hosts of the six competitions will be appointed by the FIFA on 2-3 March 2011. The bidding nations are:

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013: Ghana and United Arab Emirates (UAE)
FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013: Turkey, UAE and Uzbekistan
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014: Costa Rica, Ghana, Macedonia, Russia, UAE and Uzbekistan
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015: Canada and Zimbawe
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015: Chile, Russia, Tunisia and Wales
FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015: New Zealand, Peru, Tunisia and Wales

Wait, what?
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015:
Canada and Zimbawe
Canada and Zimbawe
Canada and Zimbawe

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I am hoping that Canada will hosts the Women's World Cup in 2015. However, I'm not intimately familiar with Zimbabwe, so I can't really speak for that point of view. Thoughts?