2009 European Football Weekends Awards

December 15, 2009


Most over the top pre-match
“In the rare moments when we are not picking up awards here at EFW, we like to dish them out ourselves. Following the relative success of our 2008 ceremony, we had a little think tank here at EFW Towers and decided that we should end the year with a look back on 2009. Why change a winning formula!? So, without further ado, roll up and enjoy the 2009 EFW Awards…” (European Football Weekends)


Sidelines and bloodlines

December 15, 2009

“Please don’t split on me, but I was moonlighting during the World Cup draw. I had been invited to supply running commentary (read: incoherent ramblings made bearable only by the odd hilarious typo) for another website alongside roughly a dozen other writers from all over the world, including Englishmen exiled in Bangkok and Berlin.” (ESPN)


Yolanda Sousa Hammermeir: Painting as Match Commentary

December 15, 2009

“The above is not a portrait of a footballer, clearly, but rather the West Indian cricket player Daniel Lara. The painting is by Goan artist Yolanda Sousa Hammermeier. I love it, just for the colors & graphic sensibilities. She’s also done fantastic paintings in response to 2002 World Cup matches. Turns out she made headlines in the late 70s and (very) early 80s as a prolific striker – I came across her name as I was looking for women footballers in Goa, and was thrilled to learn she was also an artist.” (From A Left Wing)


In Argentina, Banfield Wins First Title

December 15, 2009


“The Argentine Apertura went down to the final day of matches, and did not involve any of the big-name clubs, and the names of the clubs battling at the top came straight from England. Britons built much of Argentina’s infrastructure (and the trains still run on the left) and planted the seeds of the game.” (NYT – Jack Bell)


Great And…Not Great – Edgar Davids

December 15, 2009

“The protagonist glares at himself in a hand-held mirror, snarling then poignantly asking: “who am I?” He then shatters the mirror against the wall and stomps off. The camera fades to black. What is Edgar Davids? A great player – I would argue so. Even if his exact position on the field defies the principles of scientific certainty, the holding/attacking midfielder provided his fair share of probing passes and pulsating tackles. And he also won a few titles.” (futfanatico)


U.S. to Meet Honduras as Bradley Evaluates Roster Choices

December 15, 2009

“Last week, we wrote that the six months before the World Cup in South Africa would be filled mostly with banter and speculation, plus a few friendly matches between national teams preparing for the 2010 tournament. Add another match to that list: U.S. Soccer announced a Jan. 23 friendly against fellow Concacaf World Cup participant Honduras at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.” (NYT)


Scotland’s Player of the Century

December 15, 2009

“As we near the end of the year, it is time to take stock and review the state of the game in a rational and moderate way by searching for SCOTLAND’S PLAYER OF THE CENTURY. Yes, let’s take a look back through the first ten years of the millennium and determine who is the player who best represents our very own lost decade. I’ve picked my top ten… so in the memorable words of a kid in my brother’s year at school, “see you dae better”. In the comments, during playtime or after school.” (First Touch Online)