The Mo Johnston Signing: Sectarianism and the Business of the Old Firm

July 18, 2009

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Lucas van Valckenborgh, 1533/1597. The Tower of Babel
“His house was petrol-bombed, his father was attacked, and he was called the ‘Salmon Rushdie of football’. It was twenty years ago this week that former Celtic star Mo Johnston became the first well-known Roman Catholic to sign for Rangers, and Glasgow erupted. One enraged Rangers fan said that, ‘My blood is boiling. Is Mo Johnston going to run about Ibrox with his crucifix?’” (Pitch Invasion)

Check Your Local Listings for U.S.-Mexico Qualifier (NYT)
“If you are expecting to crack a cold one, sit back, tune in to ESPN and watch the United States play Mexico in a World Cup qualifier from Mexico City in the late afternoon of Aug. 12 … you better check your channel guide first. That is because the game will not be shown on ESPN, Fox Soccer Channel or probably any other English-language channel that has carried a soccer match in the past.”

The Joy of Six: Great team goals (Guardian)
“That this is football’s apogee is not seriously in dispute by anyone with an anima. Yet it might legitimately be argued that this also represents the apex of all sport and, if you’re feeling particularly grandiloquent, all art.”

The first champions of Europe? (ESPN)
“‘A Dutch team will never win the Champions League again.’ This quote can be attributed to a number of leading people on the football scene in Holland and, although PSV did come close to the final in 2005, more than a few miracles during a season may be needed to see a club from the Eredivisie dancing around with the ‘The Cup with the Big Ears’ (Leo Beenhakker) in the future.”

When Bulgaria (almost) ruled the world (SoccerLens)
“The Parc des Princes, November 1993. France are seconds away from securing qualification for the 1994 World Cup, albeit nervously. Tied at 1-1 with Group rivals Bulgaria, they know a point is enough to send them to America the following summer.”

Gerrard yearning for more with Liverpool (uefa)
“Steven Gerrard discusses his ambitions with his hometown club Liverpool FC and we talk to Football Federation of Ukraine president Grigoriy Surkis in the uefa.com Magazine.”

Sheffield United boost the brand (WSC)
“Few would have noticed Ferencvaros’s brief tour of the north this month. Only a few thousand in total witnessed the Hungarians’ 5-1 win against non-League Sheffield FC, their 0-0 draw with Lincoln and the 3-2 defeat to Barnsley – on appearance a curious set of pre-season fixtures for a once splendid side.”


1970 European Cup Final

July 18, 2009

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“The 1970 European Cup Final was a football match held at the San Siro, Milan, on 6 May 1970, that saw Feyenoord Rotterdam of the Netherlands defeat Celtic F.C. of Scotland 2 – 1 after extra-time.” Wikipedia, Kerrydale Street, 1969/70: Feyernoord establish new order (uefa)