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Football: Mourinho doesn't get real reason for corners interest; THOUGHT FOR THE DAY.


IF Jose Mourinho is right (and he usually is), there may be customers for the latest addition to the range of football markets available on Betfair.

In The Italian Job, a recent book by Gianluca Vialli and Gabriele Marcotti that I cannot praise highly enough, there are some startlingly candid quotations from the current Chelsea manager.

One of them is this: "How many countries can you think of where a corner kick is treated with the same applause as a goal? One. It only happens in England.

"This is the only place where a corner kick is as good as a goal for the fans. And what is the best way to get a corner? Just kicking the ball into the box and pressing the second ball."

I must confess: I hadn't noticed that so many other people share my fascination with flag-kicks.

I thought I was one of a very small and very weird band. And, while we are on the subject, the very best way of all of obtaining a corner kick, in my humble opinion, is by trying to take the ball round the outside of a full-back.

Anyway, anyone who wants to bet on which team will gain the most corners in a match can now do so via the corners match bet that is currently being trialled for televised games on Betfair.

Admittedly, this not an entirely new market - identical or similar ones are offered by some bookmakers, and some of those are sometimes wrong.

But each addition to our portfolio of betting opportunities is to be welcomed. And this one brings with it, potentially, all of the advantages of betting on an exchange. It may even be offfered in-running in future.

One final thought: perhaps Mourinho's disdain helps to explain why Chelsea seem to be gaining fewer corners with each passing season.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 14, 2006
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