Argentina · Football History · Managers · World Cup 2010

The next step in managerial evolution in Argentina

It wasn’t just the score line that Argentina managed against Spain that I enjoyed this week. The team itself looks better-poised and more balanced, and lost none of the attacking verve that they displayed in South Africa. It also seems to augur the continued employment of Sergio “Checho” Batista as manage, another reason to be happy.

Europe · La Liga · Premier League · Transfer Market

English football’s import tax

Hidden amongst the reasons of Ronaldo’s move from Manchester United to Real Madrid is an important element which should have a significant impact on transfers to the Premier League, namely the UK’s coming 50% tax rate on earners of more than £150,000. That, combined with a weaker pound, is making destinations such as Spain more attractive to top footballers looking for a big payday.

Europe · Premier League · World Cup 2010

England’s Number 1 (if you know what I mean)

Of all the positions on the field, there is one more than the others that any manager would like to fill and forget about: goalkeeper. One team suffering greatly from indecision at this key position is England. David James has gotten by far the most time in goal but has never been able to generate any confidence either with teammates or any of the last 3 coaching staffs.