Suspending Animosity: The Football Shirt Swap

July 20, 2009

River-bank with Cows, c. 1650. Aelbert Cuyp
“It’s the little things. I’ve been fully enamoured with the concept of the shirt swap since I first saw it in action. Mind you, I’m an American and a latecomer to world football, and we don’t have anything like this in American sports. I’ve never seen a baseball pitcher record the last strike of the last out of a playoff game and then trot to home plate, unbutton his shirt and give it to the batter.” (EPL Talk)

Seba Veron, an heir to Cerezo (BBC – Tim Vickery)
“A couple of decades ago when I worked in the West End of London, I used to frequent a little Italian café, sadly no longer in existence, so I could watch the Serie A on their satellite TV.”

The making of a Bayern great (ESPN)
“As the clock slowly winds down to the start of the German Bundesliga season on August 8, Bayern Munich’s Uli Hoeness must have prompted a few laughs among German football fans when he revealed he was going to keep a low profile in the upcoming season.”

The transfer window heats up – can Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham strengthen their squads in time? (SoccerLens)
“Another week, another set of additions to the Manchester City strikeforce. This week it was Carlos Tévez & Emmanuel Adebayor who made the move to Eastlands, swapping Big Four unhappiness for Big Four hopefulness for a combined fee of around £50.”

David Beckham gets some love, anyway (LA Times)
“Some Galaxy fans boo the star midfielder in his return to Home Depot Center, but AC Milan players, coach are happy to see him, and feeling is mutual at the end of teams’ 2-2 tie.”

In Defence of: David Beckham (The Offside)
“So, right now former England captain David Beckham is not exactly the most popular man in America. After his spell in Europe (at the behest of England manager Fabio Capello) he’s being seen as a bit of a traitor on the otherside of the water, in fact in the friendly against Milan, he looked as if he might do a Cantona, as he rushed over to where the Galaxy fans had been jeering him.”

Club America Downs Inter on Penalties to Kick Off the “World Football Challenge” (The Offside)
“Well, that was unexpected. Did anybody else look at the lineup for the World Football Challenge — AC Milan, Inter Milan, Chelsea, and Club América — and think, ‘This might not be pretty for Club América’? With particular worries about the first game last night against Serie A Champions Inter?”

Barca chief defends Zlatan deal (World Soccer)
“Barcelona president Joan Laporta insists that Barcelona’s big-money bid for Zlatan Ibrahimovic should not be compared to Real Madrid’s massive spending spree this summer.”