Upside: Health and safety of players

Their Words

“FIFPro condemns that the health and safety of players are let to coaches/trainers or even to players themselves. Medical professionals should be aware of any relevant medical guidelines and apply them in order to empower the health and safety on the field. The health and safety of the players should be the number one priority and should prevail against any other matters.” FIFPro medical adviser Vincent Gouttebarge

The Radar

  1. Champions League match day 4.
  2. MLS semifinal second-legs.
  3. Roma’s undefeated streak.
  4. Concussions in soccer.
  5. Kljestan’s run of form.

Ten Stories

Center-back blunders tip the scales in opening week of MLS Cup playoffs – from’s John Bolster: The bold move backfired….

RSL shakes up formation vs. L.A. – from The Salt Lake Tribune’s Christopher Kamrani: and implored a different look against the L.A. Galaxy.

Sounders’ comeback task on the road is hard, but not unheard of – from The Seattle Times’ Joshua Mayers: At the very least, it proves a comeback is very possible Thursday at Jeld-Wen Field.

Hugol fits for Pumas as club hits rock bottom – from’s Tom Marshall: But there are deeper problems at Pumas.

What Separates Liverpool, Arsenal And Success This Season – from Forbes’ Bobby McMahon: It is easy to forget that one result early is the season does not define a team’s destiny.

Jurgen Klopp: Borussia Dortmund are ‘worth falling in love with’ – from The Guardian’s David Hytner: “It is not serenity football, it is fighting football – that is what I like.”

Matchday Four pivotal for Champions League contenders – from’s Ben Lyttleton: Is it too early for Juventus to get twitchy?

While Sven tells all, Hodgson endures a reality check – from ESPN FC’s Rory Smith: How wrong we all were.

Arsene Wenger can’t have it both ways, it is either Europe or the title chase for Arsenal – from The Evening Standard’s Patrick Barclay: They ought to be careful, for United, too, are on the rise….

Beggars can’t be choosers – from Inside World Football’s Matt Scott: So traditional sources of loans are drying up.

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