No laughing matter with Raheem Sterling in danger of bursting balloon | Andy Hunter | Football | The Guardian

No laughing matter with Raheem Sterling in danger of bursting balloon | Andy Hunter | Football | The Guardian.

Good article here on the recent happenings with Raheem Sterling. All those shisha pipe and laughing gas pictures/videos couldn’t have come at a worse time when he’s trying get his new contract.

At the same time, the article below makes a good point as well(Had to laugh at the whole contrasting opinions on the same site type thing the Guardian had going here)

So what if Raheem Sterling took laughing gas? Many footballers have done worse

If Raheem Sterling plays stellar football for the rest of the season and, most importantly, helps Liverpool win the FA Cup then all this will be forgotten. Until some other time at least.

Liga MX an increasingly attractive option for American players – ESPN FC

Liga MX an increasingly attractive option for American players – ESPN FC.

What a piece. Very, very informative and interesting. Great read. Fascinating to think about how that may progress in terms of US National team selection down the years. The MLS surely won’t be happy to be losing these talents.

Manuel Pellegrini is still a good manager despite Manchester City decline – ESPN FC

Manuel Pellegrini is still a good manager despite Manchester City decline – ESPN FC.

Very true. In this win at all costs mentality it is so easy to lose perspective.

Anyone saying Manuel Pellegrini is a bad manager is being reactive. Sure, Manchester City’s second half to the season has been bad and Pellegrini has played his part in that. He’s still a good manager though and I wouldn’t be surprised if he leaves Manchester City and picks up another top job. Not that there are many options available.

If he’s not immediately back on the bench then a lack of vacancies would be the reason as opposed to clubs looking at a 6-month period in his career. Unless, as mentioned, the clubs have lost perspective too. Maybe he just can’t manage a global powerhouse like Real Madrid or a team like Manchester City that intends to be one. Very few can. Will be interesting to see where he turns up next if he is sacked, or leaves.

Why Man City should move for Jesus – before Barcelona or Real Madrid do | FourFourTwo

Why Man City should move for Jesus – before Barcelona or Real Madrid do | FourFourTwo.

You know what? That’s a really, really good shout. You wonder what Jorge Jesus would do with Manchester City’s resources at his disposal. Somehow I doubt he’s on their radar. Big kudos to them if they make the move though.

His work definitely speaks for himself and reading about the antics etc was funny. Great article.

PSG and Monaco fly the Ligue 1 flag in the Champions League – ESPN FC

PSG and Monaco fly the Ligue 1 flag in the Champions League – ESPN FC.

Well, they’re not flying it so well now.

The answer to the question about seeing a French team in the final would’ve been no before the games and it’s definitely no now. Still good performances from these two sides and hopefully Ligue 1 will start to make an impact in Europe again on a regular basis. As my earlier post suggests, I want to see Marseille back in the Champions League next season. Hopefully that happens.

Aldo ‘Buff’ Donelli: the man who ignited the USA-Mexico rivalry in 1934 | Football | The Guardian

Aldo ‘Buff’ Donelli: the man who ignited the USA-Mexico rivalry in 1934 | Football | The Guardian.

Again with the history. The recent USA vs. Mexico game came at a random time and was ultimately a predictable result given Mexico’s lack of first-team players. Always an interesting match though. Remember that time when Giovani Dos Santos scored that goal?

Barcelona’s winning philosophy makes them coaching incubator for top clubs | Sid Lowe | Football | The Guardian

Barcelona’s winning philosophy makes them coaching incubator for top clubs | Sid Lowe | Football | The Guardian.

Great article here. Interesting to read about the progression of those players into managers. Are there any top players today that we think would make a good manager? I really can’t think of any of the top of my head, not even Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. You never know though.