In case anybody was wondering, Manchester city manager Manuel Pellegrini confirms his team plays one way regardless of who is on the field or who they’re playing. In other words, plenty of concern for Championship club Watford when they meet in the FA Cup. Also, more issues to address for FIFA as the days count down for staging a successful World Cup in Brazil along with the rest of Friday’s soccer news.
“We try to continue to play our attacking style throughout the season. There may be games we don’t score so many games but we won’t be changing our style and will continue our philosophy.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
- Who doesn’t like a Premier League vs non-league matchup in the FA Cup?
- Sporting KC and MLS won’t sell Erik Palmer-Brown to Juventus.
- The USMNT returns to Carson for their final days of training before playing Korea next Saturday.
- MLS training camps open. It might have the same ‘it’s finally time to think of spring’ tug on hearts and minds as ‘pitchers and catchers report’, but it will do.
- The Bundesliga is back in business in Germany with Bayern Munich in the Pep era not the runaway leaders. Ok, they’re leading by seven points with a game in hand.
John Arne Riise is sure that Clint Dempsey is still a force– from The Evening Standard’s Guiseppe Muro: “He is aggressive and knows the Premier League so he has given us a boost.”
A streamlined approach to personnel at FC Dallas under new manager Oscar Pareja – from Pro Soccer Talk’s Steve Davis: From what I gather, it’s now on new manager Oscar Pareja and Clavijo, which is how it should be, of course.
Organized Chaos: The key to Brazil’s soccer success, Part 2 – from Soccer Wire’s Kika Toulouse: the minimum amount of structure necessary to control chaos is what contributes to Brazil’s ability to continuously create elite soccer players.
A new El Tri in friendly against South Korea – from ESPN FC’s Andrea Canales: Not only did it seem as if Mexico needed to be rescued by a naturalized player, but then FIFA squelched the whole scheme.
W/Cup players threaten return to court; TTFA pact on knife’s edge – from Wired 868’s Lasuna Liburd: the local football body is now five months late in the second of five payments due to the 13 players and is running out of negotiating room.
Invisible man gives Bournemouth their moment in the sun – from The Guardian’s David Conn: Yet the club quietly believe they can upset Liverpool on Saturday afternoon….
Sunderland cup tie will earn minnows Kidderminster £300,000 – from The Sunderland Echo: It is all a far cry from when chairman Mark Serrell rescued the cash-strapped outfit in 2011.
‘Confidence reigns’ in Zurich as Blatter hosts Rousseff – from Inside World Football’s Andrew Warshaw: To what extent he and Rousseff discussed the crisis in private was not disclosed….
Three-sided football: A game of alliance and betrayal – from The BBC: but it is the team that concedes the fewest goals, rather than scores the most, that wins.
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