Imagine if the Athletics World Championships was being held in London. The impression I get from the stadium and atmosphere is that it would be more lively and full of excitement and passion.
Not just the views on the BBC of the stadium, but there was a lack of support along the marathon course including the stadium yesterday morning.
Is it that Russia isn’t that interested in track and field and more so in gymnastics?
Imagine the euphoria that would have hit London if the world championships 2013 were here instead of Moscow. Of course it isn’t and wasn’t a possibility, but I am certain that the city of London and Mayor Boris Johnson would have done a lot of work to put it on the map.
I wonder what Moscow has done to do this?
I haven’t heard anything and would have thought there would have been some work done by the government and the tourism body to make sure that Moscow benefits from the exposure to bring in tourism beyond the championships, and really do a great marketing job.
Move back a couple of weeks to the London Anniversary games which was in effect a Diamond League meet, the Olympic Park and stadium was rammed for the entire weekend, with no spare seats or tickets.
I was fortunate enough to attend on the Friday evening and found it to be very close to the atmosphere created during the London 2012 Olympic Games, pure excitement for everyone. The Olympic and sporting legacy that Lord Seb Coe and others talked about being vital for UK.
Here’s a bit of good news on Tottenham Hotspur’s stance on selling the best players at the club. An official statement from the club chairman Daniel Levy:
“I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer. We are building a team for the future to consistently play at the highest level and retaining quality players is crucial to that.
“In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club.
“We made our stance on this issue abundantly clear in writing to Chelsea. They chose to ignore it and then subsequently made the offer public.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, let me reiterate that we shall not enter into any negotiations whatsoever, with any Club, regarding Luka.
I think it would be foolish for anyone to blame Robert Green for the major mistake he made for England vs USA in yesterdays World Cup group stage game, after Clint Dempsey’s shot. It’s easier for people like Heskey or Rooney to get away with mistakes, which indeed they did. Though because Green is the last line of defense his errors are made more visible.
Instead of blaming Green perhaps ask the question, why didn’t England score more goals? The answer in my opinion is that England are a totally overated team and USA are probably on par with them. Think about the FIFA rankings, USA are 14th and England are 9th, so not much between them. In addition in 2006 USA were actually ranked 4th in the world.
Whether Green is picked for the next game or not people should getbehind him and get his confidence up, focus on the positive, not the negative.
Despite hampering England’s World Cup preperations with Rio Ferdinand’s leg injury, it has given Tottenham’s Michael Dawson a deserved place in the England World Cup squad. Dawson was instrumental in Spurs’ charge to 4th place in the English Premier League and his inclusion is totally deserved. In fact you could argue that despite Michael Dawson being uncapped, both him and Ledley King should really be the England central defensive partnership, especially in terms of form. They play together at Spurs and are far more use to each other than playing one alongside the out of form John Terry.
The news about England football manager’s new initiative, the Capello Index, is sending questions around the media about Fabio Capello’s exact motives for introducing this system. Capello Index website describes the index as “The Capello Index was created in order to benefit all those football lovers that rarely have the opportunity to use an in-depth, objective and understandable analysis system.”
However the main question on this that many people have is why would Fabio Capello introduce a system that he will use to rate his England players during the World Cup? Okay, it creates some sort of authority for Capello in that this is a business venture for him to position himself as the person and index that rates the players in the most effective way. However, if he rates his England players in a mildly negative manner, how will they react? Will there be a backlash in the sense of public humiliation?
The interesting aspect of this is that the ranking doesn’t include the ‘mentality’ of the players, so really selection isn’t just about the performance that a player has (which is what the index is based on), but it is also important that the value they bring to the team is thought about. so that could even be down to the influence the player has as a spirit in the dressing room / morale. Fabio Capello mentions that the index isn’t the only measurement of including someone in a team as “If I just relied on the index I cannot select the Liverpool players because their performance was not that high”, Capello outlined.
Go and have a look for yourself at the Capello Index on the link below. For the football enthusiast it’s extremely insightful and thorough and currently covers the English Premier League, La Liga in Spain and Serie A in Italy.
I thought I would share with you the top 10 posts with the most hits since the launch of the blog back in Jul 2008. So here they are below in order of most hits – many of which are in there thousands!!
In advance of Andre Agassi’s autobiography book launch, the former tennis star has admitted using Crystal Meth with his assistant back in 1997. It really does make me wonder how many other sports stars used various drugs. Agassi was quizzed back over 10 years ago about his use of drugs to which he denied ever doing so, despite testing positive. How many other did this and got away with it?
Still, I think Andre Agassi is great and one of the most inspirational tennis players ever!
See below for a link to the story on the BBC website.