Spain and Brazil set World Cup pace

March 6, 2010


“It’s been a week of bizarre contrasts in preparing for World Cup commentaries without forgetting the pressing need to keep on top of the Premier league scene. Michael Owen’s latest injury nightmare took me back to a hot evening in St Etienne 12 years ago. England’s penalty shoot-out defeat by Argentina remains one of the most dramatic games I have ever covered. Owen’s scintillating goal had the tournament gasping in awe – he had the world at his feet.” (BBC)

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When The Weather Attacks

March 6, 2010

“There are few more poignant sights in football than the goalkeeper that has just conceded a goal, and most goalkeepers will experience this on average once a match, if not more. It’s a small wonder that more of them don’t go insane with the existential angst of it all. Covered in the dirt that acts as a visual metaphor for the futility of their attempt to keep the ball out of their goal, they will turn and trudge back towards the goal, maybe lifting the net to pick the ball out and kicking the ball disconsolately yet angrily back towards the halfway line and standing, hands on their hips, replaying what has just happened over in their mind.” (twohundredpercent)


Video: USA 1 – Netherlands 2 (International Friendly Highlights)

March 6, 2010

“The United States fell 2-1 to the Netherlands on Wednesday night in an international friendly. Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt notched the hosts’ first goal from the penalty spot in the 40th minute following Jonathan Bornstein’s foul on Wesley Sneijder’s in the box.” (Football Fashion)


The England Outsiders#1 The Goalkeepers

March 6, 2010


“The halcyon days of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s were apparently a boom time in England’s glorious history of great goalkeepers. From the benchmark that was the great Gordon Banks and his understudy, Peter Springett, to the rotation of Ray Clemence and Peter Shilton in the 70’s and early 1980’s, England always had a top class goalkeeper.” (EPL Talk)


Eto’o, Mensah and Eboue Represents for African Football

March 6, 2010

“The German shoe and sportswear company, Puma, sponsors at least 12 African national football teams–five of which qualified for the 2010 World Cup. To commemorate the World Cup year (and because it is good PR and to sell shirts), Puma commissioned artist Kehinde Wiley to create four new works of arts inspired by the footbal stars Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, John Mensah of Ghana and Emmanuel Eboué of Ivory Coast.” (Football is Coming Home)


103. Ashley Young, 2010

March 6, 2010

“Click to enlarge, and debate the strip below the line. Keith Hackett’s official answers appear in Sunday’s Observer and here from Monday.” (Guardian – Paul Trevillion)


Russian Premier League, 2010

March 6, 2010

“The 2010 Russian Premier League begins on 11th March, with most first round matches on the weekend of 13-14 March. Click on the following for fixtures, etc., Russian premier League 2010 season, fixtures and table (Soccerway.com). Reigning champions are now-twice-straight winners Rubin Kazan of the Republic of Tatarstan. Cynics in Russia are starting to admit this squad is for real, and maybe now the Russia national team will stop snubbing their players.” (billsportsmaps)