Illustrated La Liga Map

August 14, 2009

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“Bill of the outstanding Bill’s Sports Maps returns to Pitch Invasion with another wonderful map, this time an illustrated map of La Liga for the upcoming 2009-10 season, including attendance, city population, and club badges. Beautiful work from Bill, as ever.” (Pitch Invasion)


Football managers: camel coat optional

August 14, 2009

“In the early 1990s, football entered a new era. A media-led, lad-culture-infused revival was in train. Football was, cautiously, on its way to becoming a mainstream pursuit, a lifestyle choice in an era of aggressively marketed leisure. The manager was part of the wider scene now. There was no need for him to seek fame. It came looking for him. And in the process some peculiar things started to happen.” (Guardian)


The usual suspects in Portugal

August 14, 2009

“Failing an extremely unlikely historical blip – such as Boavista’s success in 2001 – you can once again choose any one from three for the Portuguese title. Benfica claim to have six million fans around the world and they were jubilant last Christmas – the team were sitting on top of the table and were thus the unofficial winter champions. It didn’t last, naturally, and they trundled in third behind FC Porto and Sporting.” (WSC)


Fernando Torres: The Next Golden Boot?

August 14, 2009

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“Why do I care about the Golden Boot? What does it matter to me as a lover of a club? The Golden Boot doesn’t guarantee titles (eh, Mr Anelka?) or even European placement (eh, Mr Phillips?) It is glory for the individual in a collective endeavor and should be a mere footnote to the supporter who hungers for team glory. ‘Should’ being the operative word. I’m desparate to see Fernando Torres make the Golden Boot his own.” (EPL Talk)


World Cup: 300 days to kick off

August 14, 2009

“WITH exactly 300 days to go before the first ball of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ is kicked, the City has made big strides to ensure the event is a big success – from building world-class stadiums to generating excitement. Signing the lease Today marks yet another milestone in the road to the World Cup, with less than a year to go to one of the most exciting World Cups ever.” (Joburg)


The Ten Best Football Debuts

August 14, 2009

“With the new Premier League season underway tomorrow, numerous players will be making their debuts – and with it comes the chance to make a name for themselves.” (Independent)