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Hey. DeNunzio here. Two items in the Times of London caught my eye today:

1. Leicester City's sporting gesture at the start of its League Cup replay vs. Nottingham Forest yesterday.

A goal adrift when the initial meeting was abandoned because Clive Clarke, the Leicester defender, suffered a heart attack during the half-time interval, Leicester stood aside and allowed Paul Smith, the Forest goalkeeper, to amble from the halfway line, exchange high-fives with Marton Fulop, his opposite number, and prod home [Editor: 'prod home'?] to restore the advantage.
The idea came from Milan Mandaric, the Leicester owner, Megson and Tim Davies, the club's managing director, after Forest's response to events in the ill-fated first meeting. "It was a gift from everyone at Leicester City for the way Forest behaved in the first game," Mandaric said. "We wanted to show that morality and fair play are not dead in the game."

Also worth noting -- Nottingham Forest has one of the best names in sport on its roster -- Junior Agogo.

2. UEFA chief Michel Platini wrote European leaders to ask for their help fighting "the malign and ever-present influence of money" in soccer.

Platini's letter said: "A serious threat hangs over the development of European football: the malign and ever-present influence of money.
"Money has always been in sport and football has had a professional component for 150 years. But money has never been the ultimate objective of football: the main purpose has always been to win trophies.
"For the first time we may be entering an era in which financial profit alone will be the measure of sporting success."

I assume everyone reading the Insider has to love Leicester's gesture -- and they came back to win, 3-2.

Not so sure everyone will agree with Platini. You'd never see a sporting figure complaining about the cash rolling in in the U.S., eh? But I'm with the France/Juventus legend here. We'll see if anything changes ...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 19, 2007; 1:20 PM ET
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Comments

Thanks for the story, Goff! I thought the name Milan Mandaric looked familiar; indeed, he was involved with the old NASL (http://www.pompeyweb.co.uk/players/mandaric.htm).

Posted by: Section 410 | September 19, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Class move on both parts. Nottingham Forest and their fans have been great thru out. We in the Barra still keep in touch with a couple of them since their visit a few years back. And Junior Agogo is a straight up player.

Posted by: Chico | September 19, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe you didn't preface with "former MLS'er" Junior Agogo.

Posted by: John R | September 19, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"prod home [Editior: 'prod home'?]"

Editior: n. an editor who can't spell.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 19, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Oops! Sorry, DeNunzio. I didn't notice that it was you who filed this story, although I should have realized that Goff is (I hope) enjoying some well-earned rest at this hour.

Posted by: Section 410 | September 19, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, I missed the little underline in Firefox! Dang. Thanks for the catch, I-270 (BTW, I saw your post in Weingarten's chat yesterday. Good to see Insiders making a mark in other forums.).

Signed,

The Managment

Posted by: Jon DeNunzio | September 19, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Junior Agogo played for the Chicago Fire

Posted by: Fire Ron Guenther | September 19, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

didn't benny play for Forrest? seem to recall the supporters there loved him, and if not for the horrible ankle injuries he might have stayed there much longer. but glad to have him here and now of course.

Posted by: keithw | September 19, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Interesting article about money in sports (and I'd have to agree with the author):

http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9475866

Also- really great story about Leichester and Forest.

Posted by: laur | September 19, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

keithw, Benny went to Nottingham Forest but got injured again over there. He did gain quite a few fans there though.

Posted by: sitruc | September 19, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Rampant commercialism is threatening the game; would that be like charging 2,900 Euros for the "corporate" ticket pack at the European cup; or having the Champion's League cut away to giant bottles of Heineken?

Give me a break. Platini's effort is just window dressing while UEFA and FIFA milk the game for everything they can get out of it. Anyone have any idea what his or Blatter's salary happens to be?

Money's a big part of the game and as long as UEFA and FIFA are more concerned with making profits than protecting the game, it will continue to be that way.

Posted by: Hacksaw | September 19, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Lineup possibilities?

.........................Perkins

McTavish....Boswell....Vanney.....Burch

Namoff.......Simms..... Moreno.....Gros.

.................Emilio.....G-RoK...........

Or, you can take Boswell off, slide McT inside and Namoff back and insert either Brian Carrol or Mediate into Olsen's spot.

Subs are Dyachenko for Moreno if he gets gassed, BC or Mediate replaces the one that started, and any of the remaining forwards (maybe even give the Angolan some time against the club that ditched him) for G-RoK.

Just getting the ball rollin'...

Posted by: Soy United! | September 19, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

bad video quality, but this is a youtube link to the NF v LCFC game with the opening goal...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya6Xt6f4ZYs


Posted by: Brian | September 19, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm mostly with you soy, except that Kpene pisses me off every time he's in. I'd try the Angolan or RD and if the suck it up sub in Kpene.

And actually, maybe try out BC on the wing again- didn't he do pretty good there a few games ago (or am I imagining things)?

Which is all very similar to what you already said...

Posted by: laur | September 19, 2007 5:53 PM | Report abuse

My favorite name in sports plays Scottish football: Danny Invincible (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Invincibile)

Posted by: Doug | September 19, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Now that the New York Times has thrown in the towel on its so-called TimesSelect pay-per-view system for selected editorial content, you can now read articles such as this one by George Vecsey for free: http://select.nytimes.com/2007/09/12/sports/soccer/12vecsey.html.

Posted by: Section 410 | September 19, 2007 6:32 PM | Report abuse

"Where were you in 84'"

Posted by: nottingham? | September 19, 2007 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Ye football gods smiled upon Leicester for that bit of class.

Posted by: G-Dub | September 19, 2007 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Wow! | September 19, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

'Holy $%*#!'

Posted by: Soy United! | September 19, 2007 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow! What a strange way to end it...

Posted by: RK | September 19, 2007 10:55 PM | Report abuse

My prediction for new Chelsea manager: Juan DeRamos.

Posted by: Red Devil | September 19, 2007 10:57 PM | Report abuse

yeah, I'd go with Carrol on the wing just to keep from moving Namoff out of his right back spot, something like this:

Namoff Boswell McTavish Burch
Carrol Moreno Simms Gros
-------Emilio (?)

No idea who the best option is next to Emilio, maybe a 4-5-1 with Mediate instead? Then you can play with 2 d-mids with Simms and Carrol, kinda ugly but it's not like we've got better options.

Or why not give Monteiro a shot like laur mentioned? It's not like Kpene/Adderley/Dyachenko have given us much of anything recently. Worse case scenario is that he's over his head and needs to get subbed off at the half. (just like all our other backup forwards lately)

Posted by: uranderson | September 20, 2007 2:27 AM | Report abuse

He's absolutely right. The pursuit of money and profit is destroying creativity and humanity. Mark my words. We are seeing the beginnings of it now. This pursuits is creating a world in which people don't know how to live their lives for anyone but themselves nor how to raise children, thus multiplying the problem for years to come.

Posted by: Sean | September 20, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Those with long memories may recall that Junior Agogo once wore the green and blue of the Colorado Rapids.

Posted by: Rob | September 20, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I may be the only one here that likes Kpene, what with that speed he has. But he doesn't fit with the United attack, which is much more posession. Kpene would do better in a more direct system, utilizing more long balls.

Posted by: Dsmac | September 20, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

And, to bring the whole thing full circle, Milan Mandaric was the first owner of the NASL San Jose Earthquakes and Junior Agogo spent a season with the MLS Quakes.

Posted by: JJH | September 20, 2007 7:07 PM | Report abuse

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