Day: July 28, 2011

The Dangers Of A European Super League

The news that the biggest club sides in Europe may be looking to cast UEFA and FIFA aside and form their own breakaway league will come as no great surprise to anybody with even the most cursory knowledge of the modus operandum of those that run said clubs. At height of the FIFA corruption hysteria at the end of May, we noted on this site that, “Who is to say that the coup d’etat won’t come from a cabal of the biggest clubs and television companies that these clubs already work so harmoniously with? And who is to say that a post-FIFA carve up of the world game wouldn’t be tailor-made to suit them and them alone?”, and it now seems as if this is what may well play out over the fullness of time. So, we have to get a few things straight before we can begin to examine what all of this might mean. It may well end up being spun that this story is somehow related to alleged corruption within FIFA. This, after all, would fall in line with what has increasingly become the narrative that runs parallel to the game’s governing body. Should this line come to be put out in some piece of PR guff, though, it should be treated with the derision that it deserves. This is all about two things: money and,...

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The Twohundredpercent Premier League Previews: Liverpool

This morning, we are delighted to welcome Paul Grech back to Twohundredpercent, to preview the chances of his team, Liverpool, in next seasons Premier League. When Paul Konchesky was sold to Leicester City earlier this summer, one of the strangest and most stressful periods of the past two decades in Liverpool’s history came to a close.  Seen as the embodiment of the mediocrity that had somehow become the norm at the club, Konchesky’s departure was deemed as confirmation that the standards that had been allowed to drop were now being pushed upwards again. For all the criticism that was directed his way – a lot of which, let’s be clear, were deserved – the dignity that the player himself displayed was laudable.  He was man enough to admit that he hadn’t been good enough when Liverpool lost to a last minute goal at Tottenham, never reacted to the criticism (something that, sadly, his mother failed to emulate) and agreed to go down a division rather than stick around in Liverpool’s reserves for another season. Yet, likeable and honourable as he was, it is undeniable that Konchesky just wasn’t a good enough player for Liverpool – much like the man who had brought him there. The basis that apparently underpinned Hodgson’s appointment – the nonsensical perceived need to go for an English manager – made him the best person for...

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