In Praise Of… Floodlit Football

October 2, 2009

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“Since the start of the new season, there has hardly been week go by that hasn’t seen a full roster of midweek matches take place. This, however, hasn’t ever been thus and until surprisingly recently football under floodlights was all but barred by the Football Association. Much as many of us feel that three o’clock on a Saturday afternoon is the ‘natural’ home for matches, there remains something special about matches played in the evening. Floodlights have the effect of lending an air of theatre to a football match. They enhance the senses in a very literal sense. Colours are brighter and stand out more. The blackness of the sky acts as a roof, bringing the crowd closer to the match. Nothing can quite match the intensity of a Tuesday evening match being played at full pelt in front of a baying crowd.” (twohundredpercent)


Polish Fan’s Last Will Aids Hutnik Krakow in Their Last Gasp

October 2, 2009

“Their players have only just received their first income since July, and even that is still not enough to make a decent living: this is not the Premier League, not even Portsmouth. But even this small mercy for the players was all thanks to one fan, whose last will was to donate some money to his beloved club. The story of Hutnik Krakow’s faithful fanbase doesn’t start there, though.” (Pitch Invasion)


Classic Celtic v Rangers – Scottish Cup 1980 Final

October 2, 2009

“Celtic visit Rangers this Sunday in a top of the table clash even though Celtic have opened up a 6 point lead going into October. You can watch Celtic v Rangers live here.” (Soccer Lens)


Real Madrid makes crashing return

October 2, 2009

“If you happen to find any typos in here, I sincerely apologize. I’ve been squinting for the past 48 hours trying to follow the action on DirecTV’s Champions League Mix channel on a way-too-small, non-high def TV. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that I now have the luxury of being able to watch literally every Champions League game — but man, are my eyes killing me.” (SI)


Nasty, brutish, short – the off kilter side of Scotland

October 2, 2009

“Nasty, brutish and short is how Thomas Hobbes described the life of man. It is also how a friend of mine described Noel Edmonds but that need not detain us now. The complete Hobbes gag is actually even darker, mentioning such joys as ‘continuall feare and danger of violent death’, building up to the punch line where life is labelled ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. Good stuff, Tom but I wouldn’t open with it.” (Guardian)


The Manager

October 2, 2009

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“From anonymous secretaries to superstar millionaires, Guardian sports writer Barney Ronay looks at the changing role of the football manager over the last century…”
The manager: made in Arsenal.
The manager: the rise of the bastard
The manager: taking the game to new countries
The manager: the rock and roll years
The manager: the showman and the bootroom
The Manager episode six: The uber manager and the billionaire owner


Jeu du Jour Week 7: And then there were two

October 2, 2009

“Lyon and Marseille are making Bordeaux’s Ligue 1 title defence rather too easy this season. While Bordeaux continue to churn out one victory after another (and not always comfortably so), their main title rivals seem all too happy to drop points to ensure a safe passage for Laurent Blanc’s men.” (spaotp)