Football

Coventry City FC

August 12, 2013
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Coventry City FC

There will be about 8 of my twitter followers that will care about this. To everyone else I’m sorry, go to my other blog and look at pictures of Reykjavik. I’m a Coventry City supporter and former regular at Highfield Road. No idea how I ended up looking for CCFCs results first when they start rolling in on a Saturday morning, but I do. I lived in Coventry for a few years and strongly believe your football club chooses you, not the other way round. Coventry City Football Clubs current “issues” are well publicized, one thing I know is there is plenty of blame on both sides. The problems go back to the former chairman Bryan Richardson leaving the club close to 60 million in debt when he moved on after relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2001 season. Since then they have been on the brink of administration. 15 managers in 25 years shows the problems run deep at this club. It all came to a head last winter when they owners of Ricoh Arena, their “current” ground, requested the administrators were brought in. There are plenty of sources that cover this better than I...

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Sounders-Montreal

March 4, 2013
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Sounders-Montreal

It took a great goal from Davy Arnaud to mark what was otherwise a very forgettable game. However the season has started and an evening watching football, and enjoying good beer with friends will always time well spent.  

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Normal service is resumed – Sounders 3, Toronto 1

March 18, 2012
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Normal service is resumed – Sounders 3, Toronto 1

Last night was the Sounders first league game, another big night under the lights against a decent team. Midweek tonight’s opponents Toronto booked a place in the Champions League last four. They did this by doing something Seattle has yet to manage, beating LA at the Home Depot Center. Coming off a 6-1 hammering in Mexico Wednesday night there were questions about what Seattle Sounders we would see. We need not have worried; this team was over the Champions League elimination and opened their league season in style. Last week David Estrada scored against Santos, tonight he got his first league goal. And quickly followed that with two more tonight to complete the routing of Toronto 3-1. It was a very solid performance from Seattle. The Alonso-Evans-Fernandez-Rosales midfield looked extremely confident and was in control all night. This team played a great game all over the field, at the back JKH was back to his usual steady self after a horrible game in Mexico. It’s difficult to find any real issues, Montero was perhaps a little quiet and struggled to find space. With Zakuani and Eddie Johnson still to come back from injury, this team really could be special...

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What is there to say?

March 15, 2012
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What is there to say?

Some games are bigger than others, and some losses mean a little more. Seattle getting hammered by a good Santos side feels like a big loss. It was the quarterfinal of a huge tournament, it was big game and Seattle were well beaten on the night. There is no real way to put a positive spin on the result. JKH had a bad night, Leo Gonzales had no answer for those running at him on the left and they never had any control in the middle of the field. Coming into the game 2-1 up after the home leg the Sounders lost two early goals, came back and going in at half time the game was level on aggregate. Then Seattle gave up 4 goals in the second half and we saw just how big the gulf between Mexican and MLS sides are. On any given day MLS teams can compete and win, but when it comes to overall quality there is a huge gulf to overcome. When an MLS team goes to Mexico it’s not a foregone conclusion any more, but it’s still an upset when they win down there. We still expect the good Mexican teams to...

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Opening Night…

March 8, 2012
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Opening Night…

For the last few months there has been the twitter hashtag going around “#isitmarchyet”. It’s now march and that means it’s time for a couple of IPA in the Pyramid, a Diablo burger and a lot of laughing at friends wearing the fluorescent third kit (every bit as bad in real life as the photos).  Then 15 minutes before kickoff, the walk to the stadium. Opening day is special, and a quarter final of the awkwardly named CONCACAF Champions League made this one a little different. I’ve taken part in plenty of opening days and I think what we have is real. This was a special night and what we share here in Seattle is authentic, every bit as authentic as Highfield Road, Rec Ground, San Siro or White Heart Lane. Really, the atmosphere here is as good as any other stadium in the world. It can’t be faked. I love the feeling of walking into the bowl of the stadium. Looking up at the lights, checking out my new seats and on my left the Emerald City Supporters are already pogoing away. Its match day at RBP, and the atmosphere is as good as any other stadium in...

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Revisiting Boxing day

February 9, 2012
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I got sent a like to this today on YouTube. , it’s the game highlights of the Boxing day fixture of Woking hosting Farnborough Town. It’s not the beautiful game at it’s finest, but pretty typical of non-league football in England.

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Midnight Lights

February 2, 2012
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I got sent a link to Joshua Mayers Sounders FC blog (excelent reading by the way) and this video. It was done at Century Link Field (also known as Royal Brougham Park) by Bodega Studios. I thought it was rather cool and interesting. The high res version is here at Bodega Studios

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Sounders schedule anounced, and I like it!

January 5, 2012
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Sounders schedule anounced, and I like it!

The 2012 MLS schedule was published this morning. A couple of nice surprises, a little disappointment, but over all I think it’s a good schedule for Seattle. Prior to the MLS schedule we have the Champions League quarter final home and away legs. That has the potential to really open the season up in a big way. Win over the two games and it’s into the last four and that is a big deal. additionally, in August through October there is the group stages for the 2012-2013 Champions League that the Sounders have already qualified for, no play-in game this year. and somewhere in this there will be open cup. A fourth US Open cup in a row would be tough, but they are holders until someone knocks them out. The league has given us a schedule that supports Seattle being successful in this competition, and that’s huge. They have a bye weekend between the two quarter final legs, and no east coast travel after the NYRB game in July. What else do I see as good. Midweek games: I love big midweek games under the lights, it creates a special atmosphere. We host LA and Salt Lake twice,...

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The dog has been the best defender for Ireland!

December 29, 2011
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The dog has been the best defender for Ireland!

i got sent a link to this. Galic Football is an entertaining game to watch, this is an Ireland (home of the game) Australia game where a dog not only gets loose on the pitch, but joins in the game. The commentators are having fun, worth 4 minutes of your time. At 1.40ish, “The dog has been the best defender for Ireland in this game!” I was amused. Tweet

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A Big Year in Football

December 29, 2011
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A Big Year in Football

2012 is a big year in football, Euro2012 in Poland and the Ukraine is the big international tournament. So my big question is what sort of summer is it going to be for England and Capello? Redemption for the humiliation against the Germans in Bloemfontein, or will we have it confirmed that the idea of the foreign mercenary manager, however good their resume, is over. For Fabio Capello and the FA the answer will be known by the beginning of July, and there will be little interpretation required. South Africa in 2010 was a disaster, Capello said he learned from what went wrong and that Euro 2012 will be approached in a different way. Unfortunately, the legacy of the lackluster world cup campaign is that I don’t think the country believes in Capello or this team. Will anything other than glory in Kiev see Capello considered a failure? I hope that’s not how it’s measured, as piling on more unrealistic expectations is not going to help anyone. Managing England is called “the impossible job” for good reason, but Capello knew that before taking on the challenge. I think we need to see progress from where we were two years...

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