Plans include new stand and shop
11 December ~ East Fife have become the first UK football club to use crowd funding to raise revenue for improvements to their ground. The scheme has generated £10,000 in its first week, after the club targeted small sums of money from a large number of people for three projects; replacing the club shop, extending the bar in the main stand to incorporate a cafe and, finally, to build a new 750-capacity stand behind one goal. In return the people who pledge money will receive a share in the club, among other benefits. Herald Scotland has more information.
11 December ~ Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is being criticised today because he appeared not to realise his team were only one goal away from winning their Champions League group last night. It's not the first time City have got their maths wrong. In 1996 they needed a win to avoid relegation from the Premier League but, without the internet, word spread that a draw against Liverpool would be enough. With the score at 2-2 City ran down time and only realised too late that they needed another goal, meaning they were relegated.
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What's wrong with Youth coaching?
BT Sport's challenge to Sky
Decline of English keepers
Press ban at Newcastle
Fans in charge: Dons v Pompey
Player power in Brazil
The Stadio Renato dall'Ara, home to Bologna FC, is one of the most emblematic grounds in Italy. Built under the fascist regime, it was inaugurated by Mussolini in 1926 – he was the target of a failed assassination attempt during the event. Its tower, inserted into one of the main stands, symbolises the competition and athletes' resistance, and it makes of the Dall'Ara a unique venue. The 38,200-capacity stadium hosted games in both 1934 and 1990 World Cup finals.
6 December ~ As the draw for the 2014 World Cup approaches this afternoon, FIFA will be hoping it goes more smoothly than in 1982. Then, as this unfortunately low-quality video shows, the familiar (if slightly younger) face of Sepp Blatter struggled to cope as Scotland were drawn in the wrong group. Eventually they just went back and did it again.
6 December ~ Following their first victory at Old Trafford after 21 years, Everton will be aiming to end another winless streak on Sunday. They visit the Emirates Stadium, where they have never left with three points. The last time they did so at Arsenal's ground was at Highbury in 1996, when Graham Stuart and Andrei Kanchelskis scored to come back from an Ian Wright goal.
4 December ~ Among all the clubs with bog-standard striped crests, shines out this beacon of non-conformity, the rave lighthouse. Uruguayan rave culture was driven underground in the early 1990s by draconian laws forbidding the assembly of more than ten people at any one place, unless the individual had a doctor's note stating they suffered from separation anxiety. Read more
Barcelona vs Real Madrid
"Barcelona good, Madrid bad" is a pretty common idea among English-speaking football fans. Even those who question the Catalan club's "football philosophy", or its board's financial dealings with Qatar and Brazil, still often see Barça as purer than, and morally superior to, their rivals from the Spanish capital. This idea can be traced all the way back to George Orwell's Homage To Catalonia – and is just plain wrong, according to Sid Lowe's new contribution to the growing pile of English language books on Spanish football. Read more
The approved biography of George Best
Despite what Immortal would have you believe, George Best divides opinion in his home country. For each of the tens of thousands who stood reverently in the Belfast rain for his 2005 funeral, there is a counterpart embarrassed and infuriated by the constant scandals and drunken antics. It is a mark of his status, of course, that most people in Northern Ireland still care enough to have an opinion about Best – good or bad – and it is unlikely that Duncan Hamilton's "approved" biography will change what they think. Read more
The unknown story of football's true talent spotters
Shaun O'Connor arrived at the Potters Bar pitches to check on the progress of some under-12 players who'd shown potential, but when the referee for a neighbouring game between teams of under-9s failed to show, he volunteered to officiate. He was about to start a new job with Arsenal's academy and one eight-year-old, playing on the wing for Luton, caught his eye. Read more
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6 November ~ Anyone heading to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday for Chelsea's Champions League match against Schalke will get exclusive free access to the latest WSC digital edition. In partnership with digital publishers Exact Editions, the When Saturday Comes app will be available to download for anyone with an iPhone or iPad in Stamford Bridge over the next three weeks, showcasing for the first time the latest ByPlace geo-location technology for the iOS newsstand. All you need to do is download the When Saturday Comes app from the App Store and open it up when in Stamford Bridge.
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