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Wednesday 9 May 2012

From a Different Point of View – 1st Week of May Edition

Some things you may have missed from the last week:

    Some Canadian Content to kick off the proceedings, what with World Cup Qualification set to begin in the coming weeks.

    Striker Olivier Occean has been tearing it up in Germany, but what do we know about his club, Greuther Furth? A profile, courtesy of FIFA.com.

    The briefest of interviews of Will Johnson, in the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Onto Toronto FC; things are bad for the club, but recall one story that puts on-field struggles in perspective.

    Seventeen year old defender Zac Herald was forced out of the game by a previously unknown heart defect, a reality which has at times been a struggle. The club should fly him up for a game sometime, it’d be good to say hello, as Mike Ulmer does for the TorontoFC.ca Blog.

    TFC’s current plight puts a smile on at least one face, courtesy of NBCsports.com’s Pro Soccer Talk.

    MLSsoccer.com’s Opta Spotlight highlights what makes the San Jose Earthquakes so devastating in attack; an indication of what may come in Toronto once things begin to click.

    Followers of MLS have undoubtedly caught a glimpse or two at KickTV. Jack Bell of the New York Times takes a deeper look at the rationale behind the new venture.

    The UEFA European Championship – Euro 2012 – kicks off in exactly one month; the onslaught of information has begun, check out this map of the nations involved via CNN.

    With national representatives preparing for the summer tournament one of Europe’s preeminent club sides will be going through a period of change. Pep Guardiola has declined his rolling one-year contract and will be leaving the club at season’s close.

    A few thoughts on the news from some of the best – Phil Ball of ESPN and David Winner writing for The Guardian. Jonathan Wilson takes a slightly different tact – also for The Guardian, asking the question, “Why Must Great Teams Come to an End?”

    The Swiss Ramble, meanwhile, takes a look at the mountain of debt swirling around the two giants of Spanish Football and whether it is as dooming as some portray.

    A couple of interviews from around Europe as Ligue1.com talks with Jean-Michel Aulas, president of Olympique Lyonnais and Bundesliga.de speaks with Sebatian Kehl about his club repeating as German Champions.

    More on Egypt as one writer reexamines the events and reform surrounding the terrible tragedy in Port Said; courtesy of AlJazeera.com.

    Returning to the English speaking world, Bobby McMahon takes a look at what makes Sir Alex Ferguson the Champions that he is, including some excellent archival footage from his playing days - courtesy of Forbes.com.

    The Guardian wraps up another season in the Championship with their end-of-year blogger review.

    Oh, can’t forget Roy Hodgson has been appointed England manager. BBC Sport looks at Roy’s career in pictures, while Michael Cox of ZonalMarking.net examines the implications of the FA’s choice.

    As a new age of English football dawns, some favourites from the past are moving on – Sol Campbell announced his retirement and David James has been released from Bristol City.

    And finally, a little eye candy – some beautiful foos, courtesy of In Bed With Maradona.

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