Old Futbol Buffet–Inbetween Vacations

Odds and ends as I came back from one vacation and get ready to leave for another . . .

As I got ready to go to the airport and head back to my JOB, flashes came across the interwebs that John Spencer, coach of the Portland Timbers, had been fired.  Turned out to be true, and if Portland was looking for a new manager bump, they did not get it, getting hammered by LA 5-3 on 7/22.

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Juventus’ home kit made their first competitive, well semi-competitive, appearance.  I am working on a post for the home and away strips and have to say that seeing the home kit in action got me excited.

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On vacation I got a chance to listen to a lot of podcasts.  A couple caught my fancy:

Sid Lowe was on Beyond the Pitch hours after Spain’s historic win.  Not only are La Furia Roja dominant now, but youth teams continue to excel (U-19’s won European Championship).  There is a foundation for international dominance for the foreseeable future.

Following with the Spanish theme, Jimmy Burns was on Forza Football to discuss his new book La Roja.  He was able to take the listener from the Basque origins of Spanish football to the current FCB/Real Madrid dynamic, including the emergence of a powerful national team.  Sounds like a fantastic read.

Finally, Paul Merson was on the Beyond the Pitch.  The former Arsenal star started with the RvP saga and how Arsenal has changed as a club over the last 15 to 20 years.  Then he gave his thoughts on AVB at Spurs before turning to England and Team GB at the Olympics.  He doesn’t hold back so get ready.

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