Stuck Between a Suarez and a Hard Place: What Do Liverpool Do With Suarez?

For the second summer transfer window in a row Liverpool are at risk of losing one of their big stars, Luis Suarez. This year though, is a completely different story.   In June and July of 2013 it seemed Luis Suarez was being linked to every major club from Arsenal to Barcelona and it also seemed like he wanted to move.   He spoke out saying he wanted to play at the top level of club football, UEFA Champions League, after coming off his best season for Liverpool scoring 30 goals in all competitions.   It looked a forgone conclusion when Arsenal put in a bid of £40 million plus £1, which apparently trigged a release clause in his contract. John Henry, Liverpool owner, refused the bid as he later told a university in the United States during a keynote lecture on sports business, despite the bid actually triggering theContinue Reading

Big Ban for Biter Luis Suarez, But Will He Learn?

Luis Suarez has been handed a four month total football ban by governing body FIFA after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, but will it reform him?   The 2014 FIFA World Cup will forever be linked with this incident and will no doubt always be yet another black mark against the chequered career of Luis Suarez.   Taking football away from Suarez looks to be the only way he will learn that his opponents are not consumable goods. But will it work?   No. Not if he is being welcomed in his homeland like he did after returning there once the ban was handed down. How can we expect one man to conform to the expected ‘moralities’ of the outside world when in Uruguay it seems you can do such things and be hailed as a hero?   It is absolutely mind boggling to think thatContinue Reading

Brazil V Croatia Review

In a game that Croatia will feel went against them, host nation Brazil came out on top courtesy of a Neymar Junior brace.   Croatia, themselves, did not score a goal in the 3-1 final score. Marcelo put through his own net at the start match, which went against the script many had written pre match.   Brazil however rebounded thanks to talisman Neymar cutting inside from the wing and slipping between the midfield and defence to pop off a left footed shot that snuck into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.   It was Neymar who Brazil looked to at every turn throughout this match and when he could not provide them with a solution, the Brazilian attack look disorientated.   Croatia shot out of the blocks early on, pressing Brazil high up the pitch and winning the ball inn dangerous positions. They did the same atContinue Reading