Alleging Racial Remarks, Soccer Player Seeks ‘Moral Compensation’

June 12, 2009

“During eight years of playing professional soccer in Europe, Oguchi Onyewu of the United States had grown wearily accustomed to monkey noises and racial remarks made by fans toward black players. But Onyewu, a defender whose parents immigrated from Nigeria, said he had never heard such discriminatory remarks uttered at him by another player until a playoff match last month to decide the Belgian League championship.” (NYT)

Beating the international minnows (WSC)
“Following England’s sound disposal of Andorra, a well rehearsed debate arises again: does the tiny nation deserve a place in UEFA’s qualification tournament? With a population of only 68,000, the principality is yet to field anything approaching a competent side. Last night’s game was, according to Martin Samuel in the Daily Mail, no more than ‘a training session dressed up as a football match… England scored as many as they could be bothered to’.”

For the World’s Best Players, Italy’s Lure Fades (NYT)
“Apart from Brazil, perhaps no country is more synonymous with soccer than Italy, where fevered fans are known as tifosi, or carriers of typhoid. The Italian national team has won the World Cup four times, only once fewer than Brazil, and is the defending champion. And the most celebrated team in the Italian League, A.C. Milan, is owned by none other than the country’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi.”

What is the Confederations Cup? (BBC)
“On Sunday, the eight-team Fifa Confederations Cup gets under way in South Africa when the host country take on Iraq in Johannesburg. It is the eighth edition of a tournament that is still something of a mystery to many football fans around the globe. So, what is the Confederations Cup?”

2010’s unlikely star (BBC – Simon Austin)
“Zurich, 15 May 2004: The destination of the 2010 World Cup has been revealed and the icons of modern South Africa are celebrating. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, president Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela are enveloped by hugs and congratulations on stage at Fifa’s headquarters.”

Bloggers are Not Journalists (A More Splendid Life)
“First, to get this Real Madrid transfer business out of the way: Sir Alex Ferguson is getting pilloried for going back on his ‘I wouldn’t sell that mob a virus.’ But he didn’t sell them a virus, he sold them Ronaldo. So case closed.”

South Africans ring in one-year World Cup countdown (TopNews)
“Johannesburg – With exactly one year to go to kick-off in the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa, the organizers of the tournament were thumbing their noses at the sceptics Thursday and assuring preparations were on the ball. On June 11, 2010, the first salvo in the first World Cup on the African continent will be fired at Soccer City stadium outside Johannesburg, where home side Bafana Bafana meets an as yet unknown opponent.”

Football Fans Gone Wild (The Offside)
“Two videos have come to light in the last two days that display, unfortunately, just how stupid, for lack of a better term, football fans can be. The first comes from Mexico, where a fan was caught on video camera laying out another fan with a right hand.”

Lies, Damned Lies… (World Soccer – Brian Glanville)
“All the more – or less – so when you think of the resurgence of a Brazilian team capable of winning 4-0 in Montevideo against Uruguay, so often their bogey team, or the sweet combinations of Spain in midfield, bolstering an attack which contains Fernando Torres and David Villa.”

Pro Vercelli – Roma: The 2019 Champions League Final, Live from the Estádio do Dragão

June 12, 2009

“Welcome to Pretty Much the Exact Opposite of the Thunderdome. Okay, here’s the deal. It’s 2019. A dozen years after Twitter (not a fad, by the way) transformed the very way we think about information, the power of social networking is being harnessed at all times to redefine who we are and how we interact in a world of dynamic choices.” (The Run of Play), (1 – Pro Vercelli: Carpe Everything), (2 – Pro Vercelli: Iron Fine as Sand), (3 – Pro Vercelli: Blossoms to the Wind)