Roy of the Rovers

June 24, 2009

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“Roy of the Rovers is a British comic strip about the life and exploits of a fictional footballer named Roy Race which has run in various publications since 1954. The strip gave its name to a weekly (and later monthly) comic magazine, published by IPC and Fleetway from 1976 to 1995, in which it was the main feature.”
(Wikipedia)

Roy of the Rovers kicks off series of comic reissues (Guardian)
“Fans of Roy Race will be able to relive the fictional football star’s tumultuous career – and introduce their children to the flaxen-haired soccer hero – with the publication of a collection of classic Roy of the Rovers comic strips next week, MediaGuardian.co.uk can reveal.”

Roy of the Rovers (down the tubes)
“Arguably the most famous British comics character of all, ‘Roy of the Rovers’ forty year playing career began on the cover of Tiger no.1 in September 1953. Since then, the phrase ‘Roy of the Rovers stuff’ has become part of the English language, regularly invoked by pundits to describe the essence of footballing dreams.”

Roy of the Rovers profile: All you need to know about the classic football comic (Mirror)
“Football fans who grew up reading classic comic strip Roy of the Rovers are in for a nostalgic treat when Roy Race and his Melchester United chums return to the newsstand next week.”


Xavi Is Spain’s Maestro of the Midfield

June 24, 2009

“In this, the hometown of J.R.R. Tolkien, it seems fitting that Spain’s attack is controlled by a hobbit-size midfielder. Xavier Hernández, known simply as WHITHER Italy? What price Marcello Lippi? After that crushing 3-0 defeat by Brazil, he can hardly put up the lame kind of excuse he did when the Azzurri in the Confederations Cup lost 1-0 to Egypt.” (NYT)

Liverpool close to vital refinancing? (ESPN)
“The last few days have brought good news and bad news for Liverpool fans. The good news is that something approaching financial stability could be on the horizon amid reports that banking groups RBS and Wachovia are ready to refinance the £350m debt that was threatening the club.”

After Fighting Out of Corner, U.S. Back in Ring at Confederations Cup (NYT)
“The e-mail messages kept coming until there were 200 of them, mostly angry, nearly all demanding that Bob Bradley be fired as the coach of the United States men’s soccer team. The United States had lost to Italy, 3-1, and to Brazil, 3-0, in the Confederations Cup. At least the Americans had played confidently against Italy, the game changing on a disputed red card.”

Spain aiming for record (Liverpool)
“Liverpool duo Pepe Reina and Albert Riera have been declared fit after a training ground collision left them both nursing minor knocks. The USA may stick with the same 11 players who outplayed Egypt. They are boosted by Sacha Kljestan’s return from suspension, while ex-Fulham defender Carlos Bocanegra has recovered from a hamstring injury.”

Brian Glanville: Whither Italy? (World Soccer)
“WHITHER Italy? What price Marcello Lippi? After that crushing 3-0 defeat by Brazil, he can hardly put up the lame kind of excuse he did when the Azzurri in the Confederations Cup lost 1-0 to Egypt. Viz: that his team didn’t take account of his instructions in the first half.”

Taking a moment to admire Spain (Soccer By Ives)
“Some teams are easy to hate, but some teams are just so good at what they do that you can only admire them. Spain is one of those teams.”