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22 Jul

The first 3 links are related. They are about corruption in football.

‘Fake’ Togo football team at Bahrain match being investigated. This is incredible. The incident took place three years ago. I am quoting from the BBC news story dated 14 September 2010.

Togo’s football authorities are investigating allegations that a fake national team played a match against Bahrain earlier this month.

Bahrain won the friendly match 3-0, but said they were surprised by the poor quality of the Togolese team.

Togo later said it had never sent its national team to play in the game, staged at the national stadium in Riffa on 7 September.

Togo’s sports minister said he would ask Fifa to investigate.

But Fifa says it has not yet received any official complaint and so has not launched its own investigation.

The following two are from The Economist magazine and these are actually what led me to finding out about the above incident. The first is Welcome to the beautiful game while the second is Ref!

The fourth and final link is written by my favourite football analyst/tactician Michael Cox and its heading is Of pace and peaks: Some attackers’ careers on fast forward and it’s about at what age players actually reach their peak and the emphasis that managers put on the pace of young strikers.

Around 15 years ago, there was a strong consensus about when footballers reached their peak. Conventional wisdom suggested it was a fairly standard process, regardless of position — top-class internationals generally produced their best form close to, or shortly before, their 30th birthday

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