Alternatives to Time-Wasting in Football

David De Gea’s goalkeeping heroics in Manchester United’s recent 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur were remarkable for many reasons. Perhaps not since Jan Tomaszewski has Wembley Stadium witnessed a Sondico-shaped forcefield of such invincibility. In fact, his instinctive reactions to a series of helpfully aimed Spurs shots ranked third on the all-time Premier League list […]

Should We Get Rid of Throw-Ins in Football?

In December 2009 Arsene Wenger suggested scrapping throw-ins. The Frenchman argued that implementing ‘kick-ins’ to restart play would significantly speed up the game. Wenger was not a reliable witness. The previous month his Arsenal side lost 2-1 at Stoke City with both Potters’ goals coming from Rory Delap’s trademark long throw. That season it yielded […]