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Becoming a managerial stepping stone
Sharing hotels with Barça
Taking in the Olympic football final
US women stars without clubs
When goalkeepers try to score
Brazil's preparations come under attack

Inside Knowledge When football nearly went indoors
"Many people are aware that Eric Cantona's only public appearance for Sheffield Wednesday was an indoor game against American opposition. Less is known about the match itself and its role in a broader scheme to extend the US's indoor Major Soccer League (MSL) to England. Billed as the Transatlantic Challenge, the six-a-side match in January 1992 at Sheffield Arena was dedicated to the Football League's ex-president Bill Fox, who had died a month before. Baltimore Blast were mid-season in the MSL while Wednesday lay fifth in Division One, the final year before it was rebranded as the Premier League." Buy here to read the full article Buy here to read the full article

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Opening day samba at Portman Road
"There are few clubs who regard the second tier of English football to be their natural home. Of the 24 teams in this season's Championship, at least 15 would make a case for saying that the top division is their 'rightful' place. Several of the remainder have spent most of their time in the lower divisions and probably consider each season at this level to be an achievement in itself. It's a transient sort of a place, the Championship – like a once-great city fallen on hard times; all the moneymakers and serious people are trying to get out, while a few aspiring artists and bohemians try to get in." Buy here to read the full article


Passing criticism How managers present their tactics
"For many fans the new football season is a time of barely justified optimism. For managers it can be a time of utter nonsense. With six managerial changes in the Premier League alone over the summer, it is difficult to avoid talk of a coach's 'vision' or the need to 'buy into their philosophy'. Invariably the culture that they are desperate to be seen to develop is one of passing football – regardless of whether they have any intention 
of playing that way. Brendan Rodgers has become synonymous with this passing game and it is fair to say he is delighted with that fact. No surprise to discover what he has been telling players in his early months at Liverpool. 'We passed the ball nicely, there were lots of short passes, and you could see the goalkeepers wanted to get on the ball,' Joe Cole said after some pre-season kickabout. 'Of course it is going to take time but you can see the mind-set changing.'" Buy here to read the full article


308MythBusters Myth busters The end of football fantasists
"In the late 1980s I started working for a company whose deputy manager, I was told, 'used to play for West Ham'. Naturally I was impressed by this fact, even though I had never heard of him. So when circumstances threw us together on an airport bus, the topic for our small talk was ready made. Yes indeed, he 'used to play for West Ham', my superior confirmed. 'But they brought me back down to the Reserves to help the young lads come through.' Then he changed the subject but I was a trusting soul and saw no reason to disbelieve him. I mentioned the name of the player to a West Ham-supporting friend but he had never heard of him either. As it happened, he was working on a statistical book about the club that would list every player who had ever made a first-team appearance for the them. A few weeks later he got back to me with his findings. My company colleague had never played for West Ham's first team. I didn't broadcast the news at work. Somehow it seemed better to leave the myth undisturbed." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
Ruling on policing costs
Northwich in trouble
Port Vale struggle
Cups for the colonies
Racism judgement for Gillingham
Celtic in Carlisle
Manchester United's stock take
Wembley FC get some beer money
Footballers' fashion statements
Focus on Dutch teams of the 1960s
Poland look to their domestic league
Greek debts spiral
Málaga miss their payments
Colombia's inspirational coach
Results of the WSC survey
Reviews of El Clásico; Is The Baw Burst?; Manchester City Ruined My Life; Thinking Inside The Box


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