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Podcast 68: Gosh It’s Tosh (& Swansea City)

The eagle-eared amongst you mayhave noted that, during last week’s Premier League preview podcast, we completely forgot about the existence of Swansea City. Well this, we thought, was a pretty terrible oversight on our part, so we thought we’d make it up this morning with a podcast about Swansea City’s 1981/82 First Division season. And to mark the occasion, we thought we’d have a go at writing some poetry in the style of the club’s manager of the time, John Toshack. So, there’s something to look forward to. These for our record, are our poems. Here’s Edward’s effort: And...

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Olympic Football: The Semi-Finals

WOMEN BBC commentator Nigel Adderley nearly said it but bottled out just at the last minute. “Brazil/Canada will be…a good game.” But he was thinking that the Women’s “Bronze Medal match” will be better than the final. Co-commentator Sue Smith suggested that “there will be two good games…er…with the final.” But her nervous laughter betrayed her lack of conviction. Brazil 0 Sweden 0 (Sweden win 4-3 on penalties) Somehow, Lisa Dahlkvist didn’t seem quite such the heroine when she struck the winning shoot-out penalty this time. Despite her “travels” during the quarter-final shoot-out against Australia, Brazil keeper Barbara just...

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Joao Havelange: A “Tribute”

There are three perspectives on the death of Joao Havelange in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, aged 100. Havelange’s family and loved ones are currently grieving his loss, which no-one has the right to disrespect that grief or question. And I’m certainly not about to. But when Sepp Blatter and the repugnant Jack Warner pay you your two kindest tributes, that’s another matter. And when highly-respected investigative journalist Andrew Jennings tweets that Havelange “was a gangster, urbane but still a gangster,” that’s another matter again. Because if the bad guys love you and the good guys hate you, what...

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Blackburn Rovers: debt, silence & stagnation

The early stages of the season are probably not the right time to be drawing too many inferences from league tables, but Blackburn Rovers’ position at the bottom of the Football League Championship mirrors increasing disillusionment at the way in which the club is being run at the moment. On the pitch, Rovers’ season couldn’t have started much more inffectively. On the opening day of the season, they were handed a sharp reminder of the amount of work required to be done if the club is to get anywhere near challenging for a return to the Premier League. Three...

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Olympic Games Football: The Quarter-finals

WOMEN’s QUARTER-FINALS Hopefully, the Olympic football quarter-finals finished two things. Hope Solo’s international football career. And my attempts to predict Olympic football matches. I was one well-struck Australian shoot-out penalty from getting all four women’s quarter-finals’ wrong. So, from now on, I’m sticking to history, such as…Hope Solo’s international football career. USA 1 Sweden 1 (Sweden win 4-3 on penalties) Sky’s Paul Kelso tweeted that Solo’s press conference after Sweden’s penalty shoot-out win was “remarkable.” It wasn’t. Not for her. She’s a veteran hissy-fit egomaniac. Her accusations of Swedish cowardice wrote headlines. But her pig-ignorance was greater exposed by...

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