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Hooliganism has arrived in the U.S.! Paging my friend Dougie Brimson. . .
- So that fight in Columbus we just can’t hear enough about. . .Was really lame, as the video shows. In some ways it’s good that the issue of security in MLS has come up again — clubs need to hire more professional staff who understand the sport — but this whole Hudson Street Hooligans versus West Ham ICF is being blown way out of proportion when a Guardian writer is asking if “hooliganism has finally arrived in MLS” based on this. Much worse incidents have taken place in MLS with barely any press (perhaps thankfully).
- Meanwhile, the Red Bulls 2006 fan of the year got banned for life from the Meadowlands for what sounds like absolutely nothing. The Red Bulls Offside has an exclusive interview with the man, who says stadium security is deliberately targeting and provoking the Red Bulls fan section, ESC.
- A small supporters’ group in Carolina held their own when they were heavily outnumbered by Mexican fans as the Railhawks took on Monterray. Being an away supporter in your own stadium is not fun: good on them for keeping up the vocal support, with barely any trouble breaking out.
- You’ve probably heard the news that Landon Donovan’s wants another shot at playing in Europe, believing this time he is properly prepared. So Many Balls is skeptical.
- Giorgia Chinaglia hit with mob charges and on the lam. Surprised?
- Abel Xavier, released by the Galaxy this week, absolutely lays into Ruud Gullit: “I know Ruud through his years in Europe. No one knows him in the United States. He was a legend. I admired him as a player, but I do not admire him as a coach. The way he conducts himself, his lack of ability to communicate with players and his way of developing the team shows a lack of respect.”
- The Montreal Gazzette argues the quality gap is closing between USL and MLS, an argument bolstered as the USL’ Montreal qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League last night by holding MLS’ Toronto to a draw at home.
- Simon Kuper of the FT looks at the new European Club Association (UEFA’s sanctioned successor to the G-14, chaired by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge), and concludes that “the European football family now looks pretty harmonious, as families go. Rummenigge and his fellow former legend, Michel Platini, president of Europe’s football association Uefa, want most of the same things. Behind the wild headlines about plans for anti-English witchhunts, quotas for foreign players or bans on debt, we can now see what the future of European football will be.” Which seems to be, more of the same: rich getting richer.
- Unprofessional Foul tries to explain why Villareal pulled out of a charity match with Motherwell in honour of the late Phil O’Donnell. But it’s still something of a mystery, and disappointing.
- The Daily Mail sits down with Alex Ferguson, who as usual, has some interesting things to say (On Man City’s ownership: “I’ve heard some unbelievable stories.”)
- Alex James looks at how food has changed over the years in English grounds in the Guardian — gone are the days of the simple meat pie, as he says travelling round England now provides a “gastronomic tour”.
- Today, EPL Talk has the best five shirt designs in the Premier League. None of them are very impressive.
- Television coverage of football in Germany is in danger of losing a traditional cornerstone.
- Spangly Princess brings us a little more detail about the weird mafia bid for control of Lazio.
- Tim Vickery says that the idea of introducing quotas for homegrown players in the Brazilian squad is absurd.
- Fifa and the representatives of the European Professional Football Leagues met this week to discuss details of Blatter’s 6+5 scheme. This incredibly unhelpful article on Fifa.com manages to tell us exactly nothing about what was actually discussed.
- Meanwhile, Blatter reminds clubs yet again that releasing under-23 players for the Olympics is mandatory.
Stadium demolition in Switzerland.