‘Octodamus’ and other surprises – Eduardo Galeano

July 15, 2010

Mensaje de Eduardo Galeano para América Latina Cartagena de Indias, Julio de 1997
“Pacho Marturana, a man with vast experience in these battles, says that football is a magical realm where anything can happen. And this World Cup has confirmed his words: it was an unusual World Cup. The 10 stadiums where the Cup was played were unusual, beautiful, immense, and cost a fortune. Who knows how South Africa will be able to keep these cement behemoths operating amid pulverising poverty? The Adidas Jabulani ball was unusual, slippery and half mad, fled hands and disobeyed feet. It was introduced despite players not liking it at all. But from their castle in Zurich, the tsars of football impose, they don’t propose. …” (Dispatch)

Paving The Way For South Africa 2010: Ydnekatchew Tessema, Forgotten Hero Of African Soccer

July 15, 2010

“National team player, national team coach for his country’s only major international triumph, co-founder of his continent’s FIFA confederation, president of that confederation for 15 years, and in many ways the man who set in motion the whole chain of events that led to South Africa becoming the first African nation to host the World Cup: the late Ethiopian visionary Ydnekatchew Tessema deserves greater prominence in the annals of soccer history than he has received. Tessema’s remarkable story intertwined with deconolisation, the fight against apartheid in South Africa and the battle for respect and opportunities for African soccer in the face of a Eurocentric FIFA.” (Pitch Invasion)

The final analysis, part two: different ways of dealing with wingers

July 15, 2010

“Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s lack of pace was cited as a potential weakness before every Holland game, and the Dutch captain seemed to acknowledge his weakness in that respect. Therefore, he made sure to stick tight to whichever winger he came up against. Here, Pedro comes very deep to get the ball, and van Bronckhorst tracks him all the way.” (Zonal Marking)

All Hail Spain, Champions Of The World

July 15, 2010

“Obviously, for a football snob like myself, even the best televised football is a poor substitute for watching a couple of Scottish lower league sides playing kick and rush on a muddy pitch, but I have to say I enjoyed that World Cup. More than any other since 1994, at least, though admittedly I didn’t watch so much of the last couple. Maybe there weren’t any real classic games like the Romania v Argentina game of that year, or France v Brazil from 1986, maybe there weren’t many outstanding individual performances, but after a quiet start it developed into an enthralling tournament.” (twohundredpercent)

Hodgson hopes to convince stars to stay

July 15, 2010

Krisztian Nemeth
“Roy Hodgson is concerned some elements of the Liverpool squad are “disenchanted” as a result of a disappointing 2009-10 season, but the club are ‘working very hard’ to ensure their best players remain at Anfield. Liverpool failed to qualify for the Champions League last season and previous manager Rafa Benitez departed Anfield, leaving Hodgson with the task of convincing the likes of Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano that they would be best served by remaining on Merseyside.” (ESPN)

Inter coy on Mascherano“Inter Milan sporting director Marco Branca has refused to rule out a move for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano. Mascherano has been strongly linked with an exit this summer and, amid reports he is set for a reunion with Rafael Benitez, he has revealed he is learning Italian.” (ESPN)

BLOOD RED: Joe Cole fits the bill for Liverpool FC
“WHAT have Thierry Henry and Joe Cole got in common? They’ve both been spotted around Liverpool city centre more than the Superlambanana in recent times. Just as there were numerous sightings of Henry from Lime Street to the Lobster Pot prior to him joining Barcelona three years ago, rumours were rife this week that Cole was camped out at Melwood.” (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool FC striker Krisztian Nemeth still eager to be a hit at Anfield
“YOUNG Liverpool striker Krisztian Nemeth could be facing an uphill battle to break into new boss Roy Hodgson’s first team plans this season – but remains hopeful of succeeding at Anfield.” (Liverpool Echo)

Roy Hodgson
“Hodgson is the very definition of ‘seen it all before’ and has English top flight experience in the form of an impressive stint with Blackburn (guiding them to a UEFA Cup spot) and Fulham (with a Europa League final spot). Indeed, after a career trailing around Europe, he now cuts a convincing figure as the stereotypical cultured, cosmopolitan European coach, despite his current location on Merseyside.” (ESPN)

World Cup 2010: Why It’s Time To Reinvent Televised

July 15, 2010

“Last night, Mark Murphy tore into the coverage of the 2010 World Cup in British television. This evening, in the second of our two-parter on British television at the World Cup, Ian King argues that it is time to rip up the rule book and start all over again.” (twohundredpercent)

Operation Phantom Hooligan

July 15, 2010

“The police operation to stop hooligans travelling to South Africa was launched with a blaze of publicity. Now the World Cup has ended the Football Supporters’ Federation’s Michael Brunskill explains the problems with the campaign and what it meant for the average supporter” (WSC)

The Ball Day 43 – Bamako Mali: The Ball is about…

July 15, 2010

“The Ball continues its travels in Mali experiencing the randomness that is The Ball’s daily life. Music in this EP from Figura “Ze Bula” (Chancha via Circuito Remix) find the track right here. Next track is from Senegalese artist Rahmane Diallo with “Ndeye Fama” find some of their music here. The last track is from Mamou Sidibe with “Filalou” find the song here and more about this artist from Mali here at Akwaaba Music.” (Blip)