Football News Roundup – 5/12/06

A bunch of stuff that I wanted to write about over the weekend but didn’t have the time…so here it is.

Before you do anything though, make sure you go and download Guardian’s weekly podcast – blows the pants off the other podcasts out there.

Football Videos

It’s not just the videos Rob Smyth points out – the contributions in the comments section will take a month to trawl through. The good thing is, all of them are really good, and the goal from George Best is pure genius.

Remarkable Goal Celebrations

Simon Hattenstone with a fantastic collection of Goal celebrations.

Favourite picks:

  • Cameroon’s Roger Milla. His goals in 1990 were celebrated by dirty-dancing the corner flag with supreme lubricity.
  • Sevilla’s Francisco Gallardo – he did not score the goal but his role in the celebration was central. After José Antonio Reyes banged one in against Valladolid in 2001 he marked the occasion by nibbling the scorer’s penis.

Go read it, and catch the discussion in the comments.

General News

Real Madrid are just a point behind Barcelona in 2nd place, the leaders drawing against Levante (with one eye on the Bremen clash at Nou Camp) and Madrid capitalising on their early progression to the second round by winning at Bernabeau and catching up with the leaders.

Injuries, CL, World Club Championship – can Madrid be on top before they travel to Nou Camp later in the season? Should make for a fantastic clash.

Juventus are top of Serie B and are on course to return to Serie A next season. No chance of them selling players in January then…

David James on why football clubs should take a stand on the environment – for all his quirks, the man as a point – few institutions have as much of a community involvment as football, and football clubs can and should help. David James would do well though to study the research that tells us that recycling is not only not cost-effective but also not working in many cases.

Paul Wilson on the lack of goals in the Premiership. It’s not because teams in the Premiership aren’t letting Arsenal score by defending…teams are more defensive in general, with the price of relegation (losing out on 20 mil) is too much for some clubs to bear.

Mathew Upson is itching for a transfer (something about knowing that if Birmingham are promoted they’ll never let him go) and news is that Liverpool and Portsmouth are after him.

I’m more of the disposition that Newcastle, a team in desperate need of quality defenders, will be far more interested than Liverpool, although Portsmouth could be a more attractive option with more money (and a higher league position) to attract Upson.

Upson: “I think it may be in City’s interest, if they want to get as much money as they can for me, to sell me the sooner the better.”

Surely Upson will go for more money in the summer (if Birmingham are promoted) than he would in Jan?

UEFA Pro License

In wake of Southgate’s ‘special dispensation’ to continue managing Middlesbrough, the BBC takes a look at what the UEFA Pro License is all about. In Southgate’s case there’s a lot that he may already know in terms of managing players and strategy, but specific stuff such as contract handling and sports medicine are probably things that he’s had to integrate on the fly at Boro and while he’s gotten help from the support staff, he could use the full qualification.

Good read, although I’ll only pay interest if they tell us how we can get into coaching.

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