Friday, 2 November 2012

The Football Blether pilot

(This is, as you might guess, a pilot of a thing I might do more often if people like. Instead of long rambles about football, just a few snippets here and there, with links to news stories and articles you might like.


Thistle's start. Not the League cup exit, or losing to Raith parts. But being 2nd in the table in November keeps a wee bit away from relegation for now, and some of our wins were achieved with such swagger and attacking brilliance that it is nice to see other teams and the media pretend we are promotion contenders for a little while longer before Dunfermline run away with the league. Enjoy every Indian Summer if you don't get many, I say!

Dortmund beating Real Madrid 2-1. In fact, Real's league performance, seeing them so many points behind Barcelona!

The rise of the Magyars: 3-0 for Videoton in Europe against Sporting of Portugal, 3-1 in Hungary against the Turks in World Cup qualifying.

Brendan Rodgers style at Liverpool.

Edgar Davids, Barnet manager. Really?

Pleasing European results: Arsenal 0-2 Schalke, Ajax 3-1 Man City, BATE 3-1 Bayern, Spartak Moscow 2-3 Celtic


Scotland. Our cavalier approach to attacking football (ie, not to) leaves us with 2 points from 4 games in the World Cup qualifiers already. A difficult task looking nigh impossible already, and a large part of the blame is down to manager Craig Levein's tactics.

Reading going 4-0 up in the League Cup, losing 7-5 to the dreaded Arsenal.

Dynamo Zagreb continuing their quest to be the worst Champions League side in history.

El Salvador conspiring to blow World Cup qualifying. Uruguay's ongoing attempts to do the same. The Sudan farce in Africa* leaving Africa's finest representatives, Ghana, on the brink of World Cup elimination through no fault of their own.

*To sum up, Sudan beat Zambia 2-0 earlier this year, but with an illegible player. The result's been turned into a Zambia forfeit win, which, coupled with their win over Ghana, gives them 6 points. Zambia now face the whipping boys home and away, before facing Sudan at home, meaning they might have 15 points before next facing Ghana, who have to take on a decent Sudan side home and away. This is the perils of having too many very good sides for too few World Cup spots in Africa.

Dortmund: Back in the Game The Swiss Rambler presents a indepth look at the fall and rise again of a German institution. It's like Save the Jags, but with Champions League football and a cast of millions.

From the world of Hungarian football comes a slightly optimistic look at Hungary's attempts to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

The peerless Brian Glanville on the Hillsborough revelations.