Rebuilt To Last

“Charlie Davies has seen the photograph. Taken on the morning of Oct. 13, 2009, it shows the back section of a gray Infiniti SUV, sheared clean in half by the impact of a horrific one-car accident on the George Washington Parkway in northern Virginia. One passenger in the vehicle died. Davies, a blazing striker who had emerged as a vital piece of the U.S. World Cup puzzle, was in the back. Partway through the ride he had put on his seat belt, a move that probably saved his life. ‘When I saw the car, I thought, Was I really in there?” says Davies. “How could someone just six inches in front of me die and I’m still alive?'” SI


Protests, Presidents and Promotion: The Rayo Vallecano Story

“Discounting Liverpool fans marching from a pub to the ground or Manchester United supporters wearing gold and green scarves to show their opposition to their owners, protest at football is not something we are used to in England. In Spain, public displays of disaffection by fans are a bit more common. In 2009, tens of thousands of Real Betis fans marched through the streets of Seville to demand the resignation of then president José León Gomez. Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad fans (and sometimes players) have long been known for publicly supporting the cause of Basque independence, while the same goes for Catalan self-determination at Barcelona.” In Bed With Mardona

1950s Month: Fever, Calcio and the Danish

“As I was dealing with a near-death experience recently (the doc later, somewhat laconically, described it as a case of tonsillitis, but what does he know about disease?), oddly enough, my life didn’t flash before my eyes as you’d expect it to. Maybe my life up until now has simply been too dull to be worth a re-run? Maybe I wasn’t really dying – who knows? The fact of the matter is that the feature film in the Last Chance to See (Anything) Cinema had nothing to do with myself but a whole lot to do with a country in an epoch so foreign to us 21st century boys (and girls) that it might as well have been a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” The Equaliser

The Sinister Ones

“Being left-handed helps athletes in one of two ways. If you are a left-handed batter in baseball, most of the pitches you see, because most pitchers are righties, start away from your body and come towards you. The angle works in your favor: you don’t have to turn your head as far, you get a better and longer look at the ball. That’s the less common kind of advantage, and perhaps confined to baseball and (maybe?) cricket: the more common one is simple unfamiliarity.” Run of Play

Jonathan Wilson interview – The Blizzard

“You might know Jonathan Wilson as a football journalist (Guardian, World Soccer magazine, Sports Illustrated etcetera) and author of four books (including Behind the Curtain: Football in Eastern Europe, Inverting the Pyramid), a tactics genius and historian, an expert on Slavic and Eastern European football, a Guardian Football Weekly regular, and a giant brain sitting in a tub of nutrient solution hooked up to a talking computer wheeled around by some lackey in a janitor suit, writes Richard Whittall. Well, he’s certainly most of those things, but now he’s also the editor of a massive (184 pages!) new football quarterly called The Blizzard.” European Football Weekends