FIFA 100

November 21, 2009


“The FIFA 100 is a list of the world-renowned Brazilian striker Pelé’s choice of the “greatest living footballers”. Unveiled on March 4, 2004 at a gala ceremony in London, the FIFA 100 marked part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the international governing body of football.” (Wikipedia), (YouTube)


Football Weekly Extra: Ireland’s World Cup dreams ended by Thierry Henry

November 21, 2009

“James Richardson welcomes a bumper panel of Paul Doyle, Barry Glendenning, Sean Ingle and Jonathan Wilson to discuss the week’s dramatic World Cup play-offs. The pod start by discussing the reaction in Paris and Dublin to Thierry Henry’s double handball before William Gallas’s goal, before arguing about video technology, Henry’s reputation and what, if anything, Ireland can do now.” (Guardian – James Richardson)


Accepting Defeat in Egypt and Ireland

November 21, 2009

“International relations continued to suffer on Friday from the reverberations over two soccer matches played on Wednesday.” (NYT)


How It Feels To Reach The World Cup Finals…

November 21, 2009

“204 nations entered the running for a place at World Cup 2010. From Burundi to Guam to Tahiti, everybody wants to be involved in the planet’s most popular spectacle. ‘Around half the planet watched the 2006 World Cup final,’ writes David Goldblatt in his seminal masterpiece The Ball Is Round. ‘Three billion human beings have never done anything simultaneously before.’ But only 32 nations make the finals. The other 172 can only watch and dream.” (Just-Football)


Pack up your troubles in your old Kit(son) bag and smile, smile, smile

November 21, 2009

“Again, my apologies for the lack of recent postage. In fairness, not a lot has happened. A drab international match between England and Brazil, which meant so much to all concerned that the majority of Fabio’s team got their mums to scribble some quick notes. I fell asleep during the second half, by which point a disinterested Brazilian team that was a little bit better than England Seconds had taken control and proved Wes Brown and Darren Bent aren’t international class, telling us nothing that we don’t already know. I’m writing this while listening to Ireland contest extra time against the French. This has heartbreak written all over it, the hapless Domenech’s team capable of shading it on quality, but I should very much like to see at least one Boro player go to South Africa in the summer.” (Smog-Blog)


The Friday Five: Footballing Heartbreakers

November 21, 2009


“In the wake of Ireland’s heartbreaking aggregate defeat to France, where Thierry Henry’s handballed assist for William Gallas to score an equaliser in extra time denied a team who had performed magnificently to haul themselves level, we pay tribute to five of the greatest footballing heartbreakers in recent memory. We start off, perhaps predictably, with the greatest last-gasp turnaround of events in recent footballing history.” (SoccerLens)


Liverpool draws with Manchester City 2-2 – Recap and Video Highlights

November 21, 2009

“Liverpool hosted Manchester City in the English Premier League on Saturday, November 21, 2009. The match took place at Anfield as Steven Gerrard returned to the line-up for Liverpool but Fernando Torres was out with an injury. Were Liverpool able to get a much needed win or did Manchester City show they are ready to challenge for a top four finish? Here’s a recap of the match along with video highlights.” (The 90th Minute)