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Ex-Chelsea coaches at centre of racism scandal

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London (AFP) – Chelsea pledged to help authorities investigate after a report Friday said three former youth-team players had launched legal claims against the club alleging they were bullied and racially abused.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper said former youth coach Graham Rix and ex-chief scout Gwyn Williams had allegedly abused the black players in the 1990s.

Ex-Chelsea coaches at centre of racism scandal

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London (AFP) – Chelsea pledged to help authorities investigate after a report Friday said three former youth-team players had launched legal claims against the club alleging they were bullied and racially abused.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper said former youth coach Graham Rix and ex-chief scout Gwyn Williams had allegedly abused the black players in the 1990s.

FA demands answers after Old Trafford bust-up leaves Arteta ‘bloodied’

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London (AFP) – The Football Association demanded answers from Manchester United and Manchester City on Monday following reports of ugly scenes that reportedly left City assistant coach Mikel Arteta bloodied after a fracas.

The Guardian newspaper said Arteta was left with blood streaming down his face after a bust-up involving up to 20 players and members of staff from the two clubs after Sunday’s Manchester derby, which City won 2-1.

FA demands answers after Old Trafford bust-up leaves Arteta ‘bloodied’

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London (AFP) – The Football Association demanded answers from Manchester United and Manchester City on Monday following reports of ugly scenes that reportedly left City assistant coach Mikel Arteta bloodied after a fracas.

The Guardian newspaper said Arteta was left with blood streaming down his face after a bust-up involving up to 20 players and members of staff from the two clubs after Sunday’s Manchester derby, which City won 2-1.

English Premier League

Arsenal make Vardy move – report

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London (AFP) Arsenal are trying to lure England striker Jamie Vardy away from Premier League champions Leicester City in a move worth around£20 million ($29m, 25.5m euros) Britain's Guardian newspaper reported Friday.

Vardy scored 24 league goals as Leicester, 5,000/1 rank outsiders, were crowned champions of England last season, finishing 10 points in front of second-placed Arsenal, one of the Premier League's established powers.

Arsenal make Vardy move – report

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London (AFP) Arsenal are trying to lure England striker Jamie Vardy away from Premier League champions Leicester City in a move worth around£20 million ($29m, 25.5m euros) Britain's Guardian newspaper reported Friday.

Vardy scored 24 league goals as Leicester, 5,000/1 rank outsiders, were crowned champions of England last season, finishing 10 points in front of second-placed Arsenal, one of the Premier League's established powers.

Blackburn Rovers: When Owners Turn Chicken

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One emerging problem with the "benefactor model" of club ownership is "what happens next?" Blackburn Rovers have struggled with this problem since their 1990s benefactor, steel magnate Jack Walker, died in 2000. And current owners Venky's are not, yet anyway, the solution. Walker, who famously took Rovers to/bought the 1995 Premier League title, made some post-benefactor plans, forming the "Jack Walker Settlement" (JWS), a trust based in the Jersey tax haven, where he lived from 1974, when his riches attracted taxes which the great benefactor was.

LeBron James To Attend Liverpool Match

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For the first time since he became a minority owner of Liverpool Football Club in the English Premier League in April, LeBron James will be in the crowd this weekend at iconic Anfield to see the team play.
The Miami Heat forward tweeted Thursday that he had arrived in England and later confirmed to ESPN.

Which Goals Matter? The High Value of Transition Play in the Premier League

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While some goals are certainly more beautiful than others, do some actually matter more than others? I've been trying get a bead on this question in part by comparing the relative value of goals created in different ways. My earlier analysis of Guardian Chalkboard/Opta data for the Premier League from the 2010/11 season suggested that open play goals had a stronger statistical connection with points or wins than set piece goals did (The Guardian defined set piece goals as resulting from penalties, free kicks, and corners).

The Corner Kings: Blackpool's (Almost) Saving Grace

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I've been looking for a positive way to say goodbye to Blackpool who were relegated after playing a single spirited and entertaining season in the Premier League. So here's my swan song for the Tangerines.

Corners are neither the most common nor the most efficient way to score. But as it turns out, Ian Holloway's men were the season's Corner Kings.

Why Wigan Were the Most Unusual Team of the Season: Goal Creation in the Premier League in 2010/11

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Roberto Martinez has been in the news quite a bit lately, and for all the right reasons, it seems. His Latics managed to avoid relegation, and he was courted heavily by Aston Villa. He said no, apparently out of loyalty:
"Over the last two years the chairman has been very supportive to me and loyal, and now I feel I need to be loyal and supportive back to him.

Where Did Premier League Goals Come From in 2010/11?

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As you may know reading this blog, I've been digging through some of the Opta/Guardian Chalkboards data on shot and goal creation in the Premiership and I finally had the time to take a quick look at some of the season totals to update the numbers I reported at the half-season mark.

A quick caveat: the numbers are subject to the definitions of match situations used by Opta/Guardian Chalkboards, of course.

How Much Football Is There In A Match?

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Talk in the aftermath of the Barcelona - Manchester match about who had more passes and more possession (or more this, that, and the other thing, as is often the case after matches) reminded me of The Guardian's statistical review of the Premier League's season (courtesy of Opta data). I thought one of the more interesting tidbits was that, on average, "the ball was in play for 62.

The Uselessness of Free Kicks in the Premier League

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If you've been reading this blog these last few weeks, you know that I've been spending way too much time digging through data on shot creation in the Premier League with the help of the Opta/Guardian chalkboards. But I can't quite help myself, so here's yet another installment; this time it's on the (relative) uselessness of free kicks.

Which Shots Are Most Efficient? Creating Goals From Different Kinds of Shots in the EPL

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A few days ago, I took a look at the origins of goals in the first half of this year's Premier League season to see what we can learn about the connection between different match situations (defined as open play, corners, fast breaks, penalties, and free kicks) and goal creation.

In case you didn't have the time or inclination to read the details, here's the upshot: Keeping in mind that teams scored on average 1.

Where Do Goals Come From? Shot Creation and Goals in the Premier League

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Goals don't just happen - they are made. Both on offense and defense, teams control how they deploy their resources (speak: players) on the pitch, and they make tactical choices about how to attack and defend. Some rely more on fast breaks, while others try to create or avoid chances from open play. So this means that goals are created and allowed.

Shots That Matter: Team Differences in Creating Chances From Fast Breaks in the EPL

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When Hernandez scored for Manchester United in the first minute of play against Chelsea today on a fast break after a beautiful pass from Park, it reminded me of the high value such shots have for teams. Mind you, these kinds of opportunities don't come along all that much in the average match: I have previously noted that teams actually create relatively few shots from fast breaks.

Shot Creation in the EPL: Team Differences in Shots From Open Play

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Here's another analysis of shot creation in the Premier League. This time, I'm looking into the creation of accurate shots from one specific kind of situation: open play.

From the earlier analyses, we already know the following basic facts from the first half of this year's EPL season, based on data from the Opta/Guardian chalkboards.

Shot Creation in the EPL: Team Differences in Shots From Open Play

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Here's another analysis of shot creation in the Premier League. This time, I'm looking into the creation of accurate shots from one specific kind of situation: open play.

From the earlier analyses, we already know the following basic facts from the first half of this year's EPL season, based on data from the Opta/Guardian chalkboards.

Team Differences in Shot Creation: The First Half of the 2010/11 EPL Season

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I've been spending a few posts looking at shot creation in the Premiership. One of the things I haven't spent much time on is differences across teams in in terms of who has been creating the most and least shots from different kinds of situations. These situations are open play, corners, free kicks, fast breaks, and penalties.

Team Differences in Shot Creation: The First Half of the 2010/11 EPL Season

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I've been spending a few posts looking at shot creation in the Premiership. One of the things I haven't spent much time on is differences across teams in in terms of who has been creating the most and least shots from different kinds of situations. These situations are open play, corners, free kicks, fast breaks, and penalties.

Which Shots Are More Likely To Be On Target? Accurate Shot Creation in the Premier League

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In an earlier post, I examined shot creation in the Premier League to see what number and proportion of shots are created from different match situations. The numbers, courtesy of the Opta/Guardian chalkboards and covering the first half of this year's EPL season, showed that most shots were generated from open play (11 on average per team/match).

Which Shots Are More Likely To Be On Target? Accurate Shot Creation in the Premier League

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In an earlier post, I took a closer look at shot creation in the Premier League to see what number and proportion of shots are created from different match situations. The numbers, courtesy of the Opta/Guardian chalkboards and covering the first half of this year's EPL season, showed that most shots were generated from open play (11 on average per team/match).

Shot Creation in the Premier League: Data From the 1st Half of the Season

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Soccer's relatively low scores compared to other team sports make the game exciting and agonizing at the same time. After all, any one score, any one action or mistake on the field can make or break a team's day. Soccer's high stakes and the rare beauty of goals have a downside for analysts, however.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Tottenham, Gattuso and Barcelona

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Our football review of the week looks back at the Champions League matches in Europe. You can listen to these and other stories on our weekly podcast and can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Tottenham, Barcelona and Gattuso

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Our football review of the week looks back at the Champions League matches in Europe. You can listen to these and other stories on our weekly podcast and can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.

Guardian Gallery Pic of the Year

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Ok, so this belongs in the category of frivolous, waste a few minutes at work, end of the year fun. Since there were so many good Guardian Gallery pictures this year, courtesy of The Guardian newspaper, I couldn't make up my mind which should win the SoccerQuantified pic of the year. So I let my kids be the jury.

Chelsea Consider Move from Stamford Bridge to Earls Court

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Chelsea may be one of the richest clubs in the Premier League, but their matchday attendances are definitely not in the same league as the Big Four of English football. Rival clubs Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool all have bigger attendances. The problem for Chelsea is not their inability to sell tickets.

Major League Soccer

New York Cosmos and NASL need to stop focusing on MLS competition

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This week, The Guardian newspaper was able to score a rare interview with New York Cosmos owner Seamus O'Brien regarding the future of the iconic soccer brand he leads in the United States. O'Brien purchased the Cosmos in 2012 soon after opting to join the second-tier North American Soccer League (NASL) rather than attempt to win an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer (MLS).

Galaxy Continue To Play Hard Ball With Beckham

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The LA Galaxy have understandably been against David Beckham joining Spurs on loan this month. They are ok with Beckham training with Spurs, but they want nothing to do with Beckham pulling on a Spurs shirt, even in a behind closed doors friendly.

The Galaxy made their position crystal clear to Spurs yesterday when they refused to allow Beckham to take part in a practice match against squad players from Queens Park Rangers.

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Uefa, Celtic and the Guardian. How are we supposed to express our views?

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By Tony Attwood

I saw a picture of a Celtic banner at a match recently which said Fuck Uefa. And I felt 100% agreement with that.

I saw a commentary in the Guardian newspaper (a liberal left broadsheet which has recently done, in my view, enormous good in revealing the extent to which the [.

How the Guardian newspaper made a total mockery of the Arsenal AGM

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By Tony Attwood

I was going to leave the AGM, and let it be. I was there, I watched and listened, and talked to fellow members of the club on the AISA Arsenal History Society stand, which we were granted by Arsenal.

So I've said my piece in an earlier article, but then I read [...]

The Anti-Arsenal (and Guardian) vision of Arsenal in the coming season

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By Tony Attwood

I have mentioned previously that the Guardian newspaper in Britain, although never Arsenal's best friend, has through the course of this summer, taken a sudden and dramatic turn towards the Anti-Arsenal Arsenal movement.

This is odd since basically the Guardian is a middle-class intellectual paper and these are attributes that I [.

Guardian and the AAA on high alert in talking up Glazer inspired finance deal for dysfunctional Arsenal

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By Tony Attwood

"Arsenal's prudence is an open invitation to be gazumped on players" read the headline in the Guardian newspaper in the UK.

It was not a balanced piece it was opinion. Nothing wrong with that for newspapers print "news" (occasionally) and "opinion". But the Guardian seems to be doing a lot of [.

The Rest

Newcastle Issue Statement On Potential Abuse

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The Guardian newspaper issued a report yesterday on the potential sexual abuse of young players in football and it was alleged a former player for Newcastle United has made comments about child abuse in football. The abuse is alleged to have been associated with a coach who once worked at Newcastle probably as a [.

FIFA Refuses To Examine New Evidence Of Alleged Bribes Offered By Qatar to Win World Cup 2022 Bid

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In a shocking revelation, The Guardian newspaper reports that Michael Garcia, FIFA's lead ethics investigator, has opted not to examine documents revealed in The Sunday Times explosive report. Garcia is in the process of finishing a comprehensive report on the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and the allegations of bribery.

The Guardian - The Fabrication of Reality

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Newspapers are for news...
... not privatised profitable propaganda for one individual.

It always flushes out the murky does the January Transfer Window - with a business restriction of just one month within season, all manipulations, criminalities, envelope stuffing, bribing and pressurising are themselves pressured by time.

Football Headlines: Republic of Ireland mount the blockade to thwart wasteful Russia

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Every week during the season, the languagecaster team will explain a football headline that has appeared in the English-speaking press and this week we feature the Russia-Ireland European Championship game.

EFW COMPETITION

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The Cradle of The GameWant to win the best football book known to man? Then pull up a chair. The Cradle of the Game is the work of a genius, namely Stuart Roy Clarke. "Clarke's love of the game is evident in the evocative, shamelessly nostalgic and absorbing images of place and people in this book" trumpeted The Guardian newspaper.

Damien Comolli and Moneyball: Soccermetrics Comes to Anfield

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A couple of interesting stories about Damien Comolli, Liverpool's new Director of Football Strategy who is fan of soccermetrics/sabermetrics and soccer writer Paul Tompkins' conversation with the new Liverpool owner (a related story in the Guardian from a couple of years ago is here). I think this all bodes really well for the club as it suggests a hard-nosed, evidence-driven approach by the new owners.