Referees: Gods Playing the Fools or Fools Playing the Gods?

May 29, 2009

“Referees lie at the center of the game’s most cruel paradoxes. They are the only true gods of the field. And they get harassed like goobers. They exist to uphold justice. And they get booed like villains. This is true in almost any sport. But soccer refs get unusually harsh treatment.” (Foot Smoke)

Ammo Baba: The Amazing Story Of Iraq’s Football Legend (Goal)
“The Iraqi football community is in mourning with the news that the former national team player and coach, Ammo Baba, passed away on Wednesday evening at the age of 74 after complications with his health. The legendary figure had been suffering from diabetes for many years and was earlier this year diagnosed with prostate cancer after he fell ill at the Gulf Cup in Muscat.”

FA Cup final 2009: Top 10 Cup final goals (Telegraph)
“We’ve compiled some corkers from FA Cup finals past. Some of the strikes deserve superlative praise, others make the list as they simply recall the romance of this famous competition.”

Five great FA Cup finals (ESPN)
“In placing the FA Cup final on the Saturday after the Champions League’s conclusion, the Football Association look to have scored another own-goal in the continued devaluing of the jewel in their crown.”

How Fellaini became Everton’s mane man (BBC)
“Whatever happens at Wembley on Saturday, it is safe to say that Marouane Fellaini has already done more than enough to get himself noticed in his first season in English football.”

Mali, France set for tug-of-war (BBC)
“Mali and France seem to be on a collision course over the services of French-born forward Sambou Yatabare. Yatabare has been included in France’s under-21 squad, just a week after Mali named him in their squad for two World Cup qualifiers in June.”

Ribery and Bayern have a big decision to make (Reuters Soccer Blog)
“Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery is a joy to watch. His acceleration, ball control and creative play have quickly elevated him to the Bundesliga’s biggest asset. But come next week the Frenchman could be gone as the pulling power quickly fizzles out of the German league.”