The Premier League returns: how are the title contenders shaping up? https://t.co/NmLFN1yHs6— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) October 14, 2016
This weekend, the Premier League finally returns after more
stupid distractions international football. Huzzah! The Guardian has a look at the title contenders and how things are looking thus far.
Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend https://t.co/0d2Ab52MjK— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) October 14, 2016
More from The Guardian, here are 10 things to look out for this weekend. Let’s see how things shake out. Anybody do anything weird/creative with their fantasy teams?
Hey look, it’s another thing about shirt sales, which everybody seems to have become obsessed with this year. I’ll give you a hint: the kit manufacturers come out on top. Teams don’t really see that money!
BREAKING: Germany will play a friendly against England at Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park in March 2017 pic.twitter.com/junDU9ocFV— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) October 14, 2016
Well, okay. That’s neat, I guess.
Here’s more from the outstanding Unusual Efforts, this time about women’s soccer in Spain.
Imagine a national team that has been led by the same head coach for 27 years. A head coach that has been never held accountable for the performance of his team, that has never put together a proper development plan and doesn’t even travel abroad to scout the best players, who have had to emigrate to play the game they really excel at. Now add a big amount of totalitarianism, a patronizing attitude and a total disrespect for the players. Stir it all and spice it up with a federation that overlooks and underestimates the players’ formal complaints about the way the team is run. Finally, top it with the fear of never being called up again if, as a player, you ever decide to speak up about the situation. There you go, you got yourself the Spain women’s national team.