Monthly Archives: September 2012

Barca a catalyst for Catalonia’s independent streak

At Yahoo’s Pitchside Europe blog, Andy Mitten writes about the truly intriguing footballing consequence of Catalonia possibly gaining independence from Spain.

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Sven’s forgotten City revolution

The Football Ramble’s Niall McVeigh remembers the Manchester City side from the 2007/08 season, owned by Thaksin Shinawatra, under the stewardship of none other than Sven Goran Eriksson, led on the pitch by the likes of Robinho, Elano, Stephen Ireland and Michael Johnson.

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Xabi Alonso: The Poet & The Penalty

Alex Hess, occasional writer on F65, writes an lovely fan letter to his Liverpool hero, Xabi Alonso, in a new book Life’s A Pitch; The Passions Of The Press Box’

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Rooting for Home, if Not Yet a Home Team

James Montague of the New York Times reports on Kosovo’s determination to have a recognized football team, despite not even being an official country, and their struggle for recognition by UEFA and FIFA.

Potential football players would include new Bayern Munich player Xherdan Shariqi, Granit Xhaka of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Valon Behrami from Napoli – all 3 players currently represent Switzerland. Albanian captain Lorik Cana has also indicated his support.

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Juan Román Riquelme: A Quixotic Enigma

South American football expert Rupert Fryer examines on his own website the symbolic importance of Juan Roman Riquelme to the Argentine football psyche, as well as the conclusion of Riquelme’s love affair with Boca Juniors.

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The whistleblower left out in the cold

At Yahoo’s Pitchside Europe, James Horncastle writes a troubling piece as he wonders about the implications of being a whistleblower in Italy, following the career of former Gubbio player Simone Farina who currently cannot find a club.

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Pablo Osvaldo – The perfect foreigner

The Football Ramble’s NIcol Hay waxes lyrical (man-crush style) about one of the most entertaining footballers in the Serie A, Roma’s Pablo Osvaldo.

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