Alex Ferguson | My Autobiography

Alex FergusonHere is Simon Kuper’s picky review of Alex Ferguson’s controversial book.

Here, however, is how things went when Ferguson was interviewed by Channel 4’s Jon Snow about the book and AF’s career…

JS: “The interesting thing about you is you brought on all these incredible star players, Keane, Beckham, van Nistelrooy, and yet you fell out with all of them.”

AF: “Well those three.”

JS: “And Rooney in a sense. And Norman Whiteside . . . and Paul Ince?”

AF: “Yeah, but you have to deal with things as they are at the time . . . control is all.”

JS: “Sounds a bit Stalinist.”

AF: “Jesus Christ!”… Continue reading

A story about the women’s game

Stephanie RocheRep of Ireland International Stephanie Roche’s sensational goal goes viral, the world is awed…… Continue reading

World Cup Qualifying from Europe

The Tables. Sure to make it: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands. Otherwise, lots of surprises to come… Continue reading

Do they make them like this, any more?

Rickie Lambert“Lambert, not afraid of a bit of hard work, spent the summer of 2001 working in a beetroot factory, before Macclesfield offered him £50 a week in travel expenses.”

Now he’s playing for England…… Continue reading

Women’s football’s forgotten heroines

SuffragettesThe Origins & Heroines of Women’s Soccer in England…(“quite unsuitable for females” it was said). Oh my… Continue reading

Manchester United reject £20m Chelsea bid for Wayne Rooney

 

Wayne Rooney looks likely to leave Manchester United with Chelsea desperate to secure his services. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Wayne Rooney looks likely to leave Manchester United with Chelsea desperate to secure his services. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Chelsea “furious.” Wayne Rooney is “angry and confused.” David Moyes is “playing hardball. This week, the EPL is better than Coronation Street and just as disconnected from reality. Wayne Rooney’s value is now a figment of somebody’s imagination… Continue reading

Top Soccer Books to Read This Summer

The World is a BallRemember: The World is a Ball was listed as Top Soccer Books To Read, by Bleacher Report. Soccer, meaning, the games, the fans, the religion and cross-cultural power… Continue reading

How Muslims are changing English football culture

Papiss Cissé, striker for Newcastle United

Papiss Cissé, striker for Newcastle United

English Premier League now has 40 Muslim players… the impact.

“Children playing football in the parks of Newcastle have even been spotted falling to their knees as if in prayer themselves after scoring a goal.”… Continue reading

Neymar, whatever!

According to John Doyle, Brazil looks dazzling at times but must improve tactically. (Andre Penner/AP)

According to John Doyle, Brazil looks dazzling at times but must improve tactically. (Andre Penner/AP)

Brazil not “ready” to win World Cup. Tactics are “jejune”, this guy says… Continue reading

Brazil’s soccer riots are a lesson in the limits of television

A woman watches the Confederation Cup match between Brazil and Mexico on a television in Rio de Janeiro on June 19. (PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS)

A woman watches the Confederation Cup match between Brazil and Mexico on a television in Rio de Janeiro on June 19. (PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS)

Television’s coverage of sports is as shallow as it is vast. Protests in Brazil, Turkey & the insult of the spectacle…… Continue reading

Women’s Soccer in India

You got your Confederations Cup in Brazil. And the protests. And all the big shot players. You got the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. You got mad money in the European transfer market. And then there’s this: Women’s Soccer in India. A reminder of why the game, in its simplicity and universality, actually matters at all:

http://youtu.be/xkB6_8DAn5o… Continue reading

Canada loses 0-3 to the USA

Spectators wave flags as Canada and the U.S. play during the second half of their friendly women's soccer match in Toronto, June 2, 2013. (MARK BLINCH/REUTERS)

Spectators wave flags as Canada and the U.S. play during the second half of their friendly women’s soccer match in Toronto, June 2, 2013. (MARK BLINCH/REUTERS)

Never. Mind. What a fabulously raw, livid with emotion event. Soccer offers the opportunity for a revolution in women’s sports…it sure does, boys… Continue reading

Toronto FC = Futility Club

Toronto FC fans are loyal, but sometimes embarrassed, too, wearing bags over their heads at the end of last season. (Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Toronto FC fans are loyal, but sometimes embarrassed, too, wearing bags over their heads at the end of last season. (Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Club goes back to Zero over & over. Club has no identity. None. A sober look at 7 years of TFC…by me… Continue reading

Sporting Herald review

The World is a BallJohn Doyle’s book can satisfy both soccer fans and those interested in the world and its culture. Especially to anyone with an interest in learning about life in foreign countries, this book would make a great read.”… Continue reading

David Beckham retires

David Beckham warms up for a training session at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on March 6, 2012, ahead of his team's CONCACAF quarter-final first leg tie against Toronto FC tomorrow. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press/Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

David Beckham warms up for a training session at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on March 6, 2012 (Chris Young/The Canadian Press/Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Everything you know about David Beckham is wrong… (From the recent past.)… Continue reading

Thorns shutout Red Stars 2-0

Christine SinclairGod (Christine Sinclair) is tearing up the National Women’s Soccer League: “Sinclair leads the league in scoring with five points (2 goals, 1 assist).”… Continue reading

We Must Go

This looks v. interesting – We Must Go, a documentary under way about American coach Bob Bradley, former U.S. men’s national team coach (leading the U.S. in the Gold Cup, Copa America and World Cup 2010), now in charge of Egypt, attempting to lead the battered, chaotic country to its first World Cup in 24 years… An in-progress teaser here -… Continue reading

Cardiff City

Vincent Tan

Cardiff City’s Malaysian owner, Vincent Tan, has vowed to invest up to £25m into a squad that is functional but ageing. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

And we welcome Cardiff to the English Premiere League. Aged players, fanatical fans, rich owner, who knows what will happen… Continue reading

Kansas City and Portland draw in first NWSL game

4-13-13 KCvPOR Starting XIGod (Christine Sinclair) scored penalty for Portland in opening game against Kansas -… Continue reading

NWSL Game of the Week: FC Kansas City vs. Portland Thorns FC

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan – Reuters

Great good luck to the National Women’s Soccer League, underway this weekend. Our icon Christine Sinclair is with The Portland Thorns…… Continue reading