Category Archives: Sport

Steve McLaren’s personal revenge

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A once good manager, projected to have a bright future in management, was vilified by the nation and the press when he was the England boss. But for an unfortunate defeat in Moscow, England could well have qualified for Euro 2008

Anyhow, Steve McLaren then went to Holland to manage FC Twente. Again the press joked about his ambition and even his accent. Nevertheless, he has proved many wrong (or possibly reminded those that had forgotten him), by winning the Dutch title in his second season, after initially coming runner up in the first campaign and being forced to sell some of his better players. Anyone surprised if we find him managing a Premier League team within the next couple of yeas? Not me.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/football/europe/8657029.stm

Credit where it’s due: Sepang GP circuit produced a good race

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The design of the first section of corners, following on from two long straights ensured the cars were able to stay close and lots of overtaking manoeuvres were seen. In addition, cars that had been overtaken were able to come back at those that had gone by, due to the sequence of right-left-right turns 1,2 and 3. The aerodynamics are still a bit of a problem for following cars, but good circuit design definitely helps to promote close racing.

John Terry runs into Chelsea official – is it the media’s responsibility?

So, driving out of stamford bridge at a crawl due to the media scrum surrounding his car, John Terry accidentally ran over someone’s foot. This was an unfortunate incident but this story should be more about the media’s role in the incident than John Terry’s. The unfortunate official injured was only there to protect the player from the mass of journalists trying to photograph the player. Perhaps they should have been focusing on the game that had just been played rather than trying to get a photo of a player, one which would reveal nothing but the face of a person driving through an unnecessary crowd.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/mar/17/john-terry-hit-steward-car

Argentina to join the Tri-Nations

Finally, a decision that makes perfect sense: an exciting,yet relatively unknown sport to much of the world, needs to make the most of countries where it has greatest support. Despite being geographically distant, argentina have demonstrated that they would enhance the trinations tournament, further diversifying the sport from its British colonial roots. In turn, this will spread rugby’s global appeal to many other countries where it still remains a minority sport.

http://www.guardian.couk/sport/2010/mar/09/argentina-tri-nations-2012-irb

Villeneuve set for Stefan GP seat fitting: why?!?!

What is Jacques VIlleneuve doing going to a team that will be trailing around the back fo the grid for most of the year? They may have a reasonably establoshed former-Toyota chassis, but they will have done no testing even if they make it to the first grand prix in place of USF1. A former world champion should hope for more.

autosport.com – F1 News: Villeneuve set for Stefan seat fitting

Rocky Baptiste – The Miss of the Century

Speechless…

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Eight goals were scored in this match – Harrow Borough beat Waltham Abbey 5-3 – but the only topic of conversation in the bar was the astounding miss by non-league legend, Rocky Baptiste.

France vs Ireland: this is getting out of hand (!)

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Given that they weren’t able to replay the game, the Irish have now asked FIFA to be added as a 33rd team to the World Cup, 4 days before the draw is made.

These sentimental approaches to football just don’t work. Who’s to say that France wouldn’t have scored later in the game even if Henry’s infringement had been spotted? How many other incorrect refereeing decisions in any of the other group matches do we want to retrospectively correct? If FIFA accept this request (which I’m sure they won’t), they’ll end up very quickly with a massive list of countries trying to correct all sorts of results in the past. Perhaps we should turn the history books into some sort of Wikipedia experiment, which can just be edited by anyone depending on their point of view of the historical course of events.

Montreal back on F1 calendar

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Finally, Formula 1 is adding back a traditional venue to the calendar, where good quality racing and passionate fans often go hand in hand. Now for Silverstone hopefully….

The revolving doors of Formula 1: here come VW

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Car manufacturers have been dipping in and out of Formula 1 for many years now, and I’m beginning to think that all this talk of developing cutting edge technology and applying it to road cars is a lie. It’s surely all about publicity. No sooner have 3 manufacturers (Honda, BMW and Toyota) left, then others have tried to take the exposure slot off them. First Mercedes increase their involvement by buying a team, and now VW want a piece of the action too. I guess there’s no rules to stop companied doing this (and after all they do bring investment into the sport), but it just highlights how Formula 1 has, sadly, become foremost a shopfront for manufacturers and sponsors to make short term impacts in other markets. Oh and there are also highly skilled drivers that offer exciting races…

Liverpool FC: the next Leeds United?

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This article in the Guardian begins to touch upon the financial implications of Liverpool failing to progress in the Champions League. Though they have a firmer financial basis than Leeds ever did, the parallels of over-acquisition of good but not great players, often at inflated prices (hence unable to recoup value by selling), combined with an assumption of uninterrupted success and the cash that brings,sets up a potentially dangerous financial scenario. Failing to finish 4th or higher in the league this year may continue to push things towards the Elland Road model.