Luis Suarez is 26 years old. This is what some historical figures had accomplished by the same age (from the website Museum of Conceptual Art):
- American anthropologist Margaret Mead wrote her famous dissertation, Coming of Age in Samoa, which claimed that in some societies adolescence is not a particularly difficult time.
- Albert Einstein published five major research papers in a German physics journal, fundamentally changing man’s view of the universe and leading to such inventions as television and the atomic bomb.
- Benjamin Franklin published the first edition of Poor Richard’s Almanac, which was to play a large role in molding the diverse American character.
- Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Chereshkova became the first woman to travel in space.
- College dropout Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple Computer.
Suarez no doubt has a remarkable football career and should be proud of his accomplishments to date, save perhaps attempting to bite Branislav Ivanovic on a football pitch. While he hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory this transfer window, the ‘Daddy treatment’ from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (he required Suarez to apologize to the club before letting him back into first team training) doesn’t quite seem to befit a person of Suarez’s age. From the Daily Mail:
Luis Suarez returned to first-team training at Melwood on Friday after apologising to his Liverpool team-mates.
Suarez has tried to force through a move away from Liverpool for much of the summer and was banished to train on his own at Melwood until he issued an apology to his colleagues.
And now Sportsmail understands the Uruguay striker has said sorry to his Liverpool club-mates, hence his inclusion in the first-team training session ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Stoke.
The image here is that of a 12 year old boy nervously reading off a piece of foolscap paper in front of the class before being able to rejoin them for phys ed. But this is the odd psychological effect of the transfer market. Imagine working at a company on a contract, receiving a competing offer that you felt triggered a clause, having a disagreement with your employers over the nature of your original agreement.
At most companies, you’d think the two parties would be able to fulfill their professional obligations while working out delicate and complex labour negotiations. In football though, players are punished by getting separated from the team and then later made to say “sorry” to rejoin them. You see the same thing in negotiations with Gareth Bale at Spurs. Here’s Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas (from the Guardian):
Villas-Boas was asked about Bale’s mental state. “Nobody knows because the player doesn’t speak,” he said, referring to Bale’s public silence and attempting to deflect the question. “The only thing that we are able to see or you are able to see is the player arriving in and out of the training ground.”
His mental state? Really? He’s just negotiating to see if he can find a way out of his current contract. And when the Real Madrid move collapses (which it will), Bale will put his Spurs shirt on, smile for the supporters, and go on playing football to the best of his ability. Because they’re professionals.
Is AS Monaco going to panic sell Falcao because they can’t afford to pay French taxes on his salary? [Marca].
Michael Cox on West Ham’s focus on crosses as part of their 2013-14 tactical approach [ESPNFC].
Premier League chief exec Richard Scudamore blows off David Moyes’ contention that the fixture list was rigged [CNBC].
A tactical preview of Ajax vs Feyenoord this weekend [Benefoot].
Arsene Wenger frustrated by transfer market but won’t buy ‘for the sake of it’ [Telegraph].
A collision between Dirk Kuyt and Jonthan De Guzman [Dirty Tackle].