Stereotyping the African: 99 Days to a Change of Imagination?

March 2, 2010


Abou Diaby
“An article by Jonathan Wilson in the Guardian today asks an interesting question for those of us who grew up in an era in which West African football was the realm of skilled artists such as Abedi Pele, George Weah, Roger Milla, and exciting teams like the ‘original’ Nigerian Super Eagles who played swashbuckling, imaginative football. In a piece that starts out by discussing Egypt’s tactical formation (very interesting as well), he goes on to ask…” (Soccer Politics)

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World Cup 2010: England fans will undermine dressing-room if they boo John Terry

March 2, 2010

“Fabio Capello urgently needs the supporters to back all the players against Egypt, resisting any temptation to boo John Terry. Welcome to the 90 minutes that will define the mood surrounding England going into the World Cup. Judging by the critical disposition of certain sections of England’s support, there is a desire to voice, however briefly, some disapproval of Terry’s conduct.” (Telegraph – Henry Winter)


England, Scotland and World Cup Ennui

March 2, 2010

“I know I’m not the only one who isn’t really looking forward to the World Cup. But your reasons will be different from mine. I don’t enjoy tournaments which feature home nations – too tense, too much hoopla. And I enjoy ones with only England in even less – the loneliness leaves them even more exposed than they already were. Oh, to be in 1998, in the summertime, with a beer.” (More Than Mind Games)


Why Aren’t Real Madrid Storming La Liga?

March 2, 2010


Florentino Peréz
“In the summer of 2009, Real Madrid sent shockwaves around the world by spending an estimated €252 million pounds. After FC Barcelona dominated Spain in 2008-2009, winning an unprecedented treble, Florentino Peréz felt it was essential to topple the Catalan giants.” (Just Football)


Liverpool vs. Blackburn Rovers

March 2, 2010

“SimonK… Liverpool seemed to play a little rubbish during the beginning of the game though great game. And of course, MotM should go to Reina. Saved the day!” (footytube)


How Much Can Football Books Tell Us?

March 2, 2010

“Noticing the lack of decent writing about the post-devolution Scottish experience, Gary Hassan turns his attention to the superior insights available in – of all places – recent books about Scottish football…” (More Than Mind Games)