Run of Play

April 5, 2010

Tiepolo’s The Sack of Carthage
“When in the course of human events, etc. It’s been a long time coming—boats against the current and so on—and I am extremely excited to welcome you to the new Run of Play. I hope you’ll enjoy exploring it and that you’ll like what you find. Above all, I hope it will offer a pleasant reading experience, and a different sort of reading experience from the one you usually encounter on the web. The goal has been to cut down on some of the typical distractions of online reading while also making it possible to host a more engrossing slate of images, videos, and music.” (Run of Play)

Schalke 1-2 Bayern Munich – visitors triumph despite early dismissal

April 5, 2010

“A game as tight, tense and nervy as you’d expect from a 1st v 2nd clash – Bayern emerge from it on top, despite playing for 50 minutes with ten men after having Hamit Altintop dismissed. The most notable characteristic of the game was its sheer physicality – two reds, six yellows and many, many strong challenges. In truth, neither side played great football and the game essentially came down to which side could make the most of the limited chances that came their way.” (Zonal Marking)

The South African Connection: Kaizer Motaung, Jomo Sono, and the North American Soccer League

April 5, 2010

“In the mid-1990s, when I spent a rather inglorious season as the only non-African playing in the Malawian Super League, one of the few constants across games, teams, and locales was to be found on players’ feet: Puma Jomo Sono Kings. They were simple, decent boots—cheapish black leather with a one piece foot plate of white plastic studs. And as far as I could tell, they were worn by every single player on every single top-level team in Malawi. I didn’t think much about the exotic sounding name at the time: the shoes seemed to be a mass-market version of the kangaroo leather Puma Kings I wore in college and I had other things to worry about.” (Pitch Invasion)

Media glare continues to suffocate Brazil’s stars

April 5, 2010

“In the 1974 World Cup Brazil took such a beating from Holland that four years later it was obsessed with imitating the ‘total football’ of the Dutch, with their constant positional changes and intense pressure on the ball. It didn’t work. As one Brazilian journalist commented, ‘in a team game like soccer you need to have the right cultural base to introduce modifications’.” (SI – Tim Vickery)

Ghana and Algeria are seeking last minute additions for their World Cup squads

April 5, 2010

“There are still noises about Mario Balotelli but it is more than a long shot to expect Ghana will be able to persuade the Internazionale talent to throw in his lot with their team before the World Cup. But the Black Stars, and fellow African finalists Algeria, are moving to strengthen their squad with other players before the trip to South Africa. This despite both countries performing better than anticipated at January’s African Nations Cup finals in Angola.” (World Soccer)

European Teams Vie for Champions League Semis

April 5, 2010

“Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid will be preparing for Saturday’s Spanish “clasico” with Barcelona, but the rest of the soccer world will be fixated on the four return matches in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. ‘I don’t like to watch the Champions League matches because it leaves me a bit annoyed because I know that our team was good enough to remain in the competition and we are not because of our own fault,’ Ronaldo told a Spanish television station.” (NYT)

Louis Vuitton Takes Inspiration From Soccer

April 5, 2010

“It just seems that the collaboration between football and fashion have no bounds. We’ve written about how football impacts fashion design on and off the pitch with articles featuring the works of fashion designers Dirk Bikkembergs and Stephen Wong. In another illustration of how football serves as creative inspiration for fashion designers, we bring you the work of famed fashion house Louis Vuitton.” (Nutmeg Radio)


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