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World Cup stunning moments: Dennis Bergkamp's wonder goal | Rob Smyth
“Ronald de Boer’s pass is flat and hard and waist high too high to control with my foot and too low for my chest so I have to fall to my left and squash my body so that I can cushion it with my head but where do I cushion it out of the corner of my eye I see Kluivert making a run off Chamot if I head it towards him between Sensini and Chamot the control will be too difficult at high speed besides there isn’t much space there the space is between Sensini who has come towards me and Ayala who has gone out to meet de Boer so I need to play almost a square pass with my head the other side of Sensini into the angle of Kluivert’s run I can’t cushion it as gently with my head as with my foot but that’s fine because the space is fairly big and if I head it too softly Roa will stay on his line and stay big so it’s okay to put a fraction more on it to entice Roa from his line because if he comes out Kluivert has a much easier finish.”
bergkamp  arsenal  holland  art  football  worldcup  ajax 
yesterday by colm.mcmullan
The Way Everybody Measures NFL Schedule Strength? It’s Wrong. | FiveThirtyEight
After Thursday night’s two-hour special on the NFL Network, we now know exactly what every NFL team’s schedule looks like for the upcoming season. But what we don’t know is how hard any of those schedules will be.
Every year when the schedules are released, NFL analysts ritually compare the strength of the 32 teams’ slates. And every year, they do it the one way we know doesn’t work.
football  analytics  538 
yesterday by rgl7194
Arsène Wenger: Arsenal’s miracle worker who lost his touch but kept his values | Amy Lawrence
“Wenger’s own apparent acceptance of more modest fare is perhaps the most intriguing element of all. He knew exactly what ingredients were needed to build a conquering team. So why settle for less? He could have left Arsenal at several points along the way, not least when he knew he was in for a few challenging seasons in the immediate aftermath of the move from Highbury to the Emirates. Finances were restricted, the football landscape was changing rapidly with the arrival of oligarchs and investors from far and wide. He chose not to be tempted by offers from some of Europe’s giants, clubs with more financial muscle and stability, to oversee a huge redevelopment. There was no trophy for that even if Wenger regards that period – keeping the club near the top – as one of his successes.”
amylawrence  football  arsenal  arsenewenger 
3 days ago by colm.mcmullan
Arsène Wenger shows that no one can be a pioneer twice
“He still very nearly won the ultimate prize, one that he deserved. In the 2006 Champions League final, Arsenal were leading Barcelona 1-0 with just 15 minutes left — but lost 2-1. The next year, I sat a row in front of Mr Wenger in the stands in Athens watching the Milan-Liverpool final. While Milan’s players collected their winners’ medals, he grimly pounded his hands together and exclaimed, “You see, you only need an ordinary team to win the Champions League.” His own moment never came.”
football  arsenewenger  simonkuper  arsenal 
3 days ago by colm.mcmullan
Merci Arsène | News |
“To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club.

"My love and support forever.”
life  arsenewenger  football  arsenal 
3 days ago by colm.mcmullan
‘Iron Union!’: East Berlin’s Favourite Football Team – Beyond The Last Man
That chanting from Union’s terraces was often directed against manifestations of state power (Popular were “Stasi out!”, “Shit Dynamo!” or “The Wall has to go!”, usually popular when a team built one to defend a free kick) further reinforced suspicions that authorities had about the Köpenickers and their Club.
ddr  germany  football  1fcunion  berlin  wall 
4 days ago by yorksranter
Best undrafted NFL players in every team's history
Los Angeles Rams
QB Kurt Warner
Warner might be the poster child for undrafted NFL players. He went unselected in 1994, tried out for the Packers but was cut before the season began. So he stocked shelves at a grocery store in Cedar Falls, Iowa, then spent three years playing indoor football and another season playing quarterback in Europe. Warner was the Rams' third-string quarterback in 1998 and finally got his chance after Trent Green tore his ACL in a preseason game prior to the 1999 season. He never looked back. Warner went to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons as a starter for the then-St. Louis Rams, passing for 12,612 yards and 98 touchdowns. He went to two Super Bowls from 1999 to 2001, winning one of them. Now he is in the Hall of Fame. -- Alden Gonzalez
football  rams  kurt_warner 
6 days ago by rgl7194

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