The Life, Death, & Life of Ferenc Puskas

November 23, 2009


Ferenc Puskas
“As you may have guessed, I am a practicing Roman Catholic. Within my belief structure, boxes exists for spirits and ghosts and hauntings. Purgatory awaits those with impure souls, the flames of hell toned down to a mild orange so as to burn away sinful elements of our time on this Earth. Up until this point, I had thought of Puskas as adversarial and one minded. He only wanted goat’s blood. Yet I had been equally adversarial and one minded – I had created major-struggle-mountain out of a molehill. But I took a deep breath and asked myself a very basic, simple question: why did this former Real Madrid legend want goat’s blood? And what did it have to do with me?” (Futfanatico)


Save us from Le Hand of God!

November 23, 2009

“All us fans of the Irish football team felt well and truly sucker-punched last Wednesday night. Thierry Henry’s ‘blatant handball’ (it is now the law that every mention of his handling of the ball is preceded by the word ‘blatant’) killed off Ireland’s dreams of dribbling their way to the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 (judge the video for yourself below). We were angry.” (Spiked – Brendan O’Neill)


Henry’s Handball & the Moral Ambiguity of Football

November 23, 2009

“The ball rebounded to Thierry Henry’s hand, first once and then again. He scooped it gently, and let it fall to his feet. He made a controlled pass to his teammate William Gallas, who scored a much-needed goal against Ireland. The referee didn’t call the handballs (clearly visible in recordings of the match). Henry didn’t ask him to. And Ireland are out of the World Cup. The LA Times is running a poll, asking readers what they think FIFA should ‘do’ about Henry’s handball. It’s a somewhat typical response: there must be one agent responsible for evil, a clear solution to a problem.” (From A Left Wing)


Bruce’s Masterplan Downs Big Guns Again

November 23, 2009


Steve Bruce
“Like a lower league side strutting their stuff in the latter rounds of the FA Cup, Steve Bruce is transforming his Sunderland side into one of the biggest upset merchants in the Premiership. The Black Cats’ latest scalp was a 1-0 victory at home to Arsenal. Bruce’s side have now taken 7 points from a possible 12 this season against the big four. Sunderland sit in 8th at the moment, below Liverpool who have taken just 3 points from 9 against their rivals, and above Stoke in 9th who have come away empty handed in all of their three matches against the league’s elite this term.” (EPL Talk)


Uruguay: 2009-10 Primera División.

November 23, 2009

“The Primera División de Uruguay plays Apertura and Clausura competitions like many Latin American leagues, but the champion for the season is determined by a two-legged final between the Apertura and Clausura winners, played in June each year (but in 2009 played in August after fan violence had forced postponements). Reigning champions are Nacional. The Uruguayan football scene has been dominated for decades by two clubs…Peñarol and Nacional.” (billsportsmaps)


You Can’t Fire The Players

November 23, 2009

“After three wins in fourteen matches- culminating in a humiliating 3-0 loss to a ‘rec level’ Wales squad last weekend- George Burley is out as manager of Scotland. As the title of this piece suggests, you can’t place all the blame on the manager, but… It’s worth keeping in mind that it was Burley picked the players who are now being accused of ‘not playing for the manager.’ It’s also worth noting that Scotland scored only seven goals during his tenure as manager, and none in the final three matches he oversaw, essentially ensuring that Scotland would not qualify for the World Cup.” (Avoiding the Drop)