DVD review: The Damned United

January 28, 2010

“David Peace’s work has been a modern day staple of visual adaptations for the past year or so and the author is one of those writers whose books can often be found on the shelves of those who, as The Daily Telegraph might term it, ‘don’t read books’, an explorer of yoof issues to cast alongside Irvine Welsh, Howard Marks and Nicholas Blincoe. In truth, and without wishing to denigrate those authors, Peace’s ambition extends beyond this.” (thetwounfortunates)

Fans on Edge Before African Cup Semifinal

January 28, 2010

“Just as the general sense of outrage and anger that followed Egypt’s 0-1 loss in a decisive World Cup qualifying match against Algeria was starting to fade, both teams are now set to face each other in the semifinal of the African Cup in Angola on Thursday.” (NYT)

Donny gone (again) – AJ to follow?

January 28, 2010

“I’m a little disappointed to find myself writing this more than a day after Boro’s astonishing 4-1 away win over Doncaster Rovers. As it turned out, I spent my spare time last night watching the Manchester derby, a thrilling League Cup semi-final (you don’t often get to read those words) that contained just about everything you could want from a football match. Yes, even a charged atmosphere that occasionally spilled over into real loathing. I mean, I hate to see any player getting pelted with coins from the stands, but if you could choose just one individual as a target for your fifty pee… Only joking. Or am I?” (smog-blog)

Sympathy for the devil not enough for Milan

January 28, 2010

“It was billed as a contest between strength and beauty, substance versus style and whenever that’s the case the public generally side with the latter. And that’s why you should never trust the wisdom of crowds as Inter showed absolutely no difficulty in dispatching Milan, the overwhelming people’s favourites.” (Soccer Lens)

Barcelona’s record-breaking 2009 will be hard to repeat in 2010

January 28, 2010

“For Real Madrid, the best thing about 2009 was that it did, eventually, draw to a close. For Barcelona, that could be their only complaint. Their task now is to dominate in another year too, to ensure that this is not a one-off, to build a lasting legacy. The cliche says getting to the top is one thing, staying there is even harder; that the second season is even more difficult than the first.” (World Soccer – 1), (2 -Barcelona’s Annus mirabilis will be hard to emulate)

Michael Owen rages against the dying of the light

January 28, 2010

“Oscar Wilde memorably summed up the climax of The Old Curiosity Shop by remarking that “one would have to have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing”. The modern reader may well have had the same reaction to Michael Owen’s exclusive interview with the Guardian at the weekend.” (WSC)

Gyan goal seals finals berth

January 28, 2010

“Asamoah Gyan scored the only goal to help a well-organised Ghana book their place in the African Nations Cup final with a battling victory over regional rivals Nigeria. The only goal came midway through the first half when a Kwadwo Asamoah corner caught out the napping Super Eagles defence and the in-form Rennes striker applied the finishing touches.” (ESPN)


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