Fri, November 30th 2007

...this week, 16 Scotsmen played in the Champions League. Only 14 Englishmen could say the same. And three of those - Peter Crouch, Owen Hargreaves and Theo Walcott - were substitutes.

From: Guardian Unlimited: Sport blog: The killer stat that demands a response



Thu, August 9th 2007

Rangers are set to sign French striker Daniel Cousin for $1.5 million. Cousin is so unpopular with his current club Lens’ fans that he now only plays in away games.

The first signs that he might get the move he craves came when Lens agreed he would no longer have to play in their home matches.

Cousin has been given a torrid time by Lens fans and insists fears over his own safety sparked an unusual request to be used in away games only.


From: The Daily Record



Thu, August 2nd 2007

Fifa has warned the Scottish FA that its plan to use video evidence to hand out retrospective yellow cards for diving would contravene the rules.


If that wasn’t bad enough…

Fifa suggests that it would first have to propose a rule change to the International FA Board, but that does not meet until March.


March! That’s 8 months time. Surely a Fifa committee can meet more frequently than this - what do they do for the rest of the year?

From: BBC - Fifa could thwart SFA video plan


Wed, June 21st 2006

Tony Blair today condemned violence against England supporters in Scotland after incidents at the weekend in which a boy and a disabled driver were assaulted for wearing England shirts.

From: The Guardian



Wed, May 31st 2006

Celtic striker John Hartson says he is shocked by the news that the SPL champions have accepted an offer for him from West Brom.


I’m shocked that West Brom have bid for John Hartson, but probably different reasons.

By the way (and I know I’ve said this before), I cannot believe John Hartson is only 31!



Fri, March 17th 2006

Fifa announces hard line on football racism

Scottish and Spanish FA's likely to be the firing line

Fifa has reacted to the apparent inability of national football associations to deal with racism by announcing that it plans to enforce sanctions on consistently offending clubs.


Sat, March 11th 2006

Rangers have announced that Paul Le Guen will replace Alex McLeish as manager at the end of the season.

From: BBC


See also: Guen deserves better than Scotland



Fri, February 17th 2006

In an survey for French football website MaxiFOOT , three quarters of the voters thought that Paul Le Guen should not join Rangers at the end of the season.

Voters commented that moving to the Scottish Premier League (“a second rate league”) would be a backward step for a manager many see as being capable of taking on a top European club.

Via MaxiFOOT (in French).


Thu, February 9th 2006

Alex McLeish has been sacked and will leave his position as Rangers manager at the end of the season.

Rangers are claiming to already have a successor lined up—thought to be Lyon manager Paul Le Guen.


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