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July 02, 2020



"There is a type of player that England does not produce: the player such as Xavi, Pirlo or Modric who can control the pace of the game by retaining possession. The nearest we've had in recent decades is Paul Scholes,"

Scholes is a #10. Carrick would be a better fit. Plus I'm not sure they tend to thrive in an environment where an opponent's boot might imminently end up with your femur wrapped around it, witness what Son did to Gomes recently.

"(We might add that there are countless great foreign players which have no equivalent in England: Cantona, Bergkamp, Zola, Ozil and so on.)"

Cantona had (exactly) the skillset of Sheringham - his uniqueness lay in his absurd self-regard. He taught Utd's underachievers the Way Of The Arrogant Gobshite and freed them from the class cringe you outlined above. Bergkamp was a Beardsley (and not necessarily a deluxe one) Zola a Scholes and Ozil the kind of gifted liability clubs cull by the dozen. One advantage foreign footer cultures do have is putting all-action headless chickens like Robson and Gerrard at full back rather than anywhere involving an advanced grasp of space.

""what I know most surely about morality and the duty of man I owe to sport and learned it in the Racing Universitaire Algerios.""

The world can be thankful he wasn't a Kopite.

Rik Keating

Interesting stuff, as always.

Although the Scientific American article (linked to on 'hot') is actually proving the existence of a hot-hand and so is a direct rebuke to Tversky and Kahneman? Dunno if the same reasoning would extend to unit trusts though...

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