Buy low and sell high - The nature of the selling club?


Another year and another transfer window. Throughout the month of January clubs all over Europe frantically try to conduct business, and whilst some gain significant firepower, others lose crucial cogs in their machine. It’s a brutal month for managers and fans alike, but there is a certain type of club that it usually spells doom for: The selling club.

Like a baton that nobody wants, the notion of being a selling club is usually placed on small to midsize provincial sides, which after a short period of sustainability in their domestic league have been deemed ripe for the harvest as larger sides cherry pick the highest performers (it’s also worth noting that any team can be classed as a selling club, but for the sake of continuity we will go with this definition).

There’s an old adage in football that there is no time for sentimentality, and for fans of selling clubs this couldn’t be truer. No sooner has the club shop run out of a player’s name for the back of the replica shirts, the player is subject of a big money move to another club. It’s a harsh reality, but for a term that is usually considered an insult, is it really so bad?

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Showdown in Goiânia: Brazil vs Netherlands

By Gordon Fleetwood, writing from New York

Tomorrow in the Serra Dourada Stadium in Goiânia, these two juggernauts of world football will clash once again. Their last meeting just under a year ago in the World Cup in South Africa was not a classic, but it was memorable for the Dutch fight back which saw them book a place in the semifinals. Now, Brazil have a chance for revenge - albeit one that is sugar-free - on home soil.

Since that heart-breaking loss to the Dutch in Port Elizabeth, the Selecão has gone through a number of changes, the most important of which was the appointment of Mano Menezes as the new coach. Menezes’ first priority was to replace Dunga’s dour, defensive, counter-attack based football with the smooth passing game that the world has come to expect from Brazil.

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Edwin van der Sar - A trendsetter. A pioneer.

Edwin Van der Sar’s heroic career has ended and we’re proud to have two of the best experts on Dutch football and Ajax, Mohamed Moallim and Babette van Haaren, each pay their respect to one of Holland’s greats. We start with the biography-esque piece from Mohamed (Twitter / Personal Blog), who is a British freelance journalist currently writing for publications such as World Football Columns and FourFourTwo amongst many others on the brilliant world of Dutch football.

One of the preeminent goalkeepers of his generation, Edwin van der Sar came to define a role that became more than just keeping the ball out, he in some ways was a pioneer and trendsetter, which, in turn, is his biggest legacy. He was more than a keeper; he was the reference, he changed the game and effectively became the eleventh man.

Known as ijskonijn (ice rabbit) in his native home – courtesy of his easy-going demeanour – with his strong and agile frame, he was perfect as the sweeper-keeper, an extra player on the pitch, which was an idea originating from Johan Cruyff.  Attacks would start from Van der Sar – one of the very first keepers of his kind.

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