Friday’s Upside: Uncivilized Episodes

Their Words

"These uncivilized episodes, these whistles and chants are repeated too often now and offend the entire world of football and sport. Also because of these heinous acts, in addition to the players, the clubs and the vast majority of the fans also suffer." AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi.

The Radar

  1. Transfers.
  2. The FA Cup.
  3. Liga MX returns.
  4. So does La Liga and Serie A.
  5. MLS critics and defenders.

Ten Stories

Big expectations for Gomez, Corona in '13 - from MLSsoccer.com's Tom Marshall: Edgar Castillo has his own individual challenge.

Future Creep - from Grantland's Brian Phillips: Sport generates economic activity, but sport isn't inherently economic.

Crew begins rebuilding defensive line, signs Wahl - from The Columbus Dispatch's Shawn Mitchell: Wahl said he was surprised to not be selected during the reentry process.

Ben Olsen Slept Here: Soccer coach and family guy wanted city digs - from The Washington Post's Kathy Orton: The coach has become so enamored with his adopted home town that he is championing one of its greatest causes: voting rights.

Forlan, Friedel, Figo make the Fantasy XI - from MLSsoccer.com's Jonah Freedman: He's Special.

'You are protecting the possibility of success': Alex Ferguson talks up the importance of secrecy after Balotelli and Mancini training ground row - from The Independent's Simon Stone: Ferguson views the security measures as absolutely essential.

The Ferguson phenomenon - from World Soccer's Brian Glanville: If true, so much the worse but this hardly affects the reality of the situation.

Leeds' new owners will be judged by on-pitch results - from WSC's Simon Creasey: Despite such gestures the new owners will ultimately be judged by what goes on in the January transfer window and what happens on the pitch.

Dutch Eredivisie – Mid-season reflections - from Backpage Football's Gary Emmerson: Now, just three points separate the bottom five and there are just five points between one-time champions AZ Alkmaar in 12th in the table and Willem at the bottom.

The Boxer - from In Bed With Maradona's Lee Thomas-Mason: Disillusioned, Woodhouse had, in his own words, “fallen out of love with football”.

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