“Manuel Francisco dos Santos (October 28, 1933 – January 20, 1983), known by the nickname ‘Garrincha’ … was a Brazilian football right winger and forward who helped the Brazil national team win the World Cups of 1958 and 1962. He played the majority of his professional career for Brazilian club Botafogo.” Wikipedia, “Goal by Garrincha:” Eduardo Galeano Reads from Soccer in Sun and Shadow, Part Three, YouTube
“A year ago this month, we took a look at ten of the finest films and television shows ever made on the subject of football. In some respects, finding truly excellent programming about the game is more difficult than it is to find absolute rot, but there are some rules that we can apply which help us find our way through the minefield of production companies that want us to watch their offerings. Looking down the list of the great films, you may note that almost all of them are documentaries, with only Jimmy McGovern’s “Hillsborough” and Jack Rosenthal’s “Another Sunday And Sweet FA” making the cut from the section of the archive marked “Fiction”.” twohundredpercent
“It was the only U.S. soccer team America ever truly loved. So how do you even begin to breathe life back into the New York Cosmos without it coming off as a cheap imitation? How do you go about restarting a professional sports franchise with such a loaded name from scratch, anyway?” ESPN
“Footballers are always going to be in the headlines. Late night drinking, kiss-and-tell stories and mega transfers create big news stories. We even have Kenny Dalglish (and most of his extended family) on Twitter. Traditional media has relied on the mutually beneficial relationship between on one side players, clubs and managers and on the other, local and national journalists to publicise (and criticise) in equal measure. The advent of Twitter and other social media platforms has provided novel and more direct channels of communication and interaction.” Tomkins Times
“John Keep takes a look at one of the finest goals in World Cup history. You can follow John on Twitter” Ghost Goal.
“Many of you will have heard the fans of AC Milan on the Curva Sud sing You’ll Never Walk Alone. It’s a more original take on the song than that of other fans who have faithfully echoed our rendition (e.g. at German, Dutch and Scottish grounds). The Milan fans have adapted the song and arranged their own version, turning it into a drum-fuelled, staccato chant. It’s uniquely Italian. Uniquely Milanese.” The Kop
“Before the winter break, the colossal number of draws was beginning to get me down. As we completed the front nine and headed for the turn, the defensive nature of the game had me thinking about the level of quality in the French game, how it may be time to reduce Ligue 1 to eighteen clubs in order to preserve a competitive edge; and looking forward to an easy life of reporting on yet another clutch of goalless draws as all twenty clubs attempted to do their damnedest not to win the title. So what d’you know – round 20 gave us just the one.” In Bed With Maradona