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FA has right to credit where it is due for England’s advances in Russia | David Conn
Ruling body has been trying to raise playing standards for more than 20 years and its overhaul finally bore fruit in Russia
england  football  development  youth  thefa  worldcup  sports  investment 
10 hours ago by coldbrain
World Cup 2018: The Tragicomic Opera of Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic | The New Yorker
Mandžukić, in fairness, is the kind of forward who is easy to miss. The game naturally celebrates players who like the ball at their feet, who set rhythms, weave passes, and waltz past opponents. But there are other footballers, who are masters of space—with what is not there—and who are more than equally effective. Mandžukić is one of those. You don’t tend to hear his name much in commentary, until it’s “Mandžukić!” And he’s there, six yards out, hammering the ball toward the goal, ...
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yesterday by evilsofa
Pro Football Focus: OL rankings for 2018 put Los Angeles Rams in top 10 - Turf Show Times
The Rams’ big men up front dropped a few spots in PFF’s latest OL rankings.
A year ago, Pro Football Focus projected the Los Angeles Rams to be about middle of the pack in their rankings of the league’s offensive lines. The veteran leadership of C John Sullivan, LG Rodger Saffold and LT Andrew Whitworth, coupled with the development of RT Rob Havenstein and RG Jamon Brown, propelled the unit to a top ten finish when reviewing the 2017-18 season.
For 2018, PFF’s projections still have them in the top 10:
10. LOS ANGELES RAMS
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP:
Left Tackle: Andrew Whitworth, 79.8 overall grade
Left Guard: Rodger Saffold, 84.6
Center: John Sullivan, 74.6
Right Guard: Jamon Brown, 52.1
Right Tackle: Rob Havenstein, 77.9
2017 season-end rank: 6th (-4)
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yesterday by rgl7194
Ranking the top 5 Rams players under 25 | Rams Wire
Although the Los Angeles Rams acquired a few grizzled veterans like Aqib Talib and Ndamukong Suh this summer, they remain a young team overall. Guys like Talib, Suh and Andrew Whitworth are outliers in what is very much still a youth movement. To highlight how young of a core the Rams have, we’ll be taking a look at the top Rams players under the age of 25.
There are plenty more young guys who are a very important part of the team but narrowly missed the cut. At 25, Marcus Peters and Cooper Kupp are just barely not eligible.
football  rams  ranking  gurley  goff 
yesterday by rgl7194
Cassius Marsh says he hated being with Pats: 'They don't have fun there'
it's the patriot way.
Marsh told the newspaper that he was so unhappy in New England he began to question whether he wanted to continue playing football.
"They don't have fun there. There's nothing fun about it. There's nothing happy about it," he said. "I didn't enjoy any of my time there, you know what I'm saying? It made me for the first time in my life think about not playing football because I hated it that much."
Marsh, who has received negative feedback from Patriots fans on social media, responded to them with a video posted to Reddit. The video has since been deleted.
"I just want to address all you Patriots fans who don't like this new article. I'm sorry to hurt your feelings. Seems to be breaking your heart. But if you can't handle the truth, stay off my page. Don't read articles. That's how I felt. That's how I still feel and I'm grateful to be away from there, grateful to be where I'm at," he said, according to ProFootballTalk.com, which transcribed his comments.
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2 days ago by jimmykduong
Ranking NFL's best, worst offensive arsenals, weapons - 2018
6. Los Angeles Rams
I grossly underestimated the Rams' weapons last year. Running back Todd Gurley looked stuck in mud during his second season with Jeff Fisher, then subsequently led the league in fantasy points in 2017. Robert Woods, who had been a more notable blocker than pass-catcher in Buffalo, averaged just over 65 receiving yards per game. Cooper Kupp was the second-most productive rookie wideout in the league. Sammy Watkins had a middling year, and it didn't even really matter. The Rams were a joy to watch for most of last season, and they upgraded on Watkins by trading a first-round pick for Brandin Cooks, who has averaged 1,131 receiving yards and eight touchdowns over the past three seasons.
Excitingly for Rams fans, this is a young group of weapons. Jared Goff's top six targets will all be 26 or younger in 2018. (Somehow, Cooks is younger than Kupp.) If everyone produces at the same level from a year ago and they swap out Watkins for Cooks, this could be the best group in football. My one concern is that Gurley is more likely to be very good than transcendent. Here are the most recent backs who paced all rushers in fantasy scoring over the past 10 years and where each ranked among their brethren the following season...
David Johnson is obviously the outlier because of his injury, but recent history suggests that Gurley is more likely to be something like the seventh-best running back in football than repeat as the league's most productive halfback.
football  rams  ranking  gurley  goff 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Interview: Tschutti-Bildli | Kickschuh-Blog
Vor 10 Jahren startete eine Handvoll Fußballenthusiasten in der Schweiz eine grandiose Aktion. Zur Heim-EM brachten sie ein Sammelalbum heraus, in dem die Spieler der Teilnehmernationen von Künstlern gezeichnet, illustriert und gemalt worden waren. Zehn Jahre später erscheint das tschutti heftli (vom schweizerdeutschen tschutten = kicken) im Vorfeld der WM in Russland zum sechsten Mal.
football  sports  art  collections  pictures  albums  2018  switzerland  luzern 
3 days ago by navegador
Why France produces the most World Cup players - YouTube
"France has had the most native players and coaches in the last 4 World Cups… and their dominance has been on the rise. Players like Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba are the children of immigrants and the product of the French soccer academy system. French- born players have played for Togo, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Argentina, Portugal, and many more."
football  culture  france  paris  development 
3 days ago by colm.mcmullan
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