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-How can the MLS become a world class league? Quality starts from root to tip, so player development practices in the U.S. are on the armchair pundit’s list of grievances (and have been for some time now). Sideline Views takes a look at some of the steps taken to get younger players involved in a higher level of training, and some of the challenges facing youth academies in this country.
-In Argentina, the hunt is on for a wealthy, ice throwing fan after a linesman was hit by a particularly large cube. The incident happened at a recent Boca Juniors match. I quite like the quote from the official which says a lot about the luxury seats at that ground:
“‘We know it came from this area because you don’t find ice cubes of that size in other parts of the stadium.”
-Somewhat Shameless Self Promo: This is my latest review of a tried and true footie book on ESPN.com. Do check out some of the other (mine and others) reviews, and help make the section a bit more involved with your own contributions!
-Andrea at Sideline Views says there’s a bit more to the story of a ticket office worker playing in an LA Galaxy reserve game because the team was shorthanded- and she also includes a response from Ruud Gullit.
-Feel a bit dirty buying FHM? … well, we’ll discuss that issue later, but in the meantime you can read STT’s breakdown of Theo Walcott’s WAG’s female-empowering interview, and a pic from her female-degrading photoshoot.
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