1970s Month: The Match That Never Was

May 20, 2011


Chilean political prisoners in 1973
“The history of football is a fascinatingly diverse path. The manner in which it spread across the globe in a rapid, uncompromising fashion led to it becoming increasingly entangled in the social and political issues that were prevalent at any given time. Through such periods clubs and players were granted different connotations as they became associated with varying aspects of society, politics and religion.” The Equaliser

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Premier League season review

May 20, 2011

“As the Barclays Premier League season goes in to its final weekend, let’s take a look back at how things have panned out for each club since August…” SI


Porto 1-0 Braga: Porto win Europa League

May 20, 2011

“Falcao’s trademark header just before half time gave Porto the UEFA Cup trophy. Andre Villas Boas named the side which could reasonably considered his first choice XI for this season, with one exception – Freddy Guarin started on the right of the midfield trio, when Fernando Belluschi has seen plenty of playing time in that position.” Zonal Marking


Swindon Town internal PR briefing: Paolo Di Canio

May 20, 2011


“FistedAway can today exclusively bring you details of a memo discarded by Swindon Town’s PR department, which was exclusively found after exclusively rummaging through the (exclusive) bins outside the County Ground.” Fisted Away


La semaine en France: Week 36

May 20, 2011

“Anyone who doubts the truth in the old adage that a week is a long time in football would do well to speak to the jubilant people of Lille. Seven days ago their team had gone 56 years without winning a trophy and were in danger of being overhauled in the league by Marseille. One week on, they are practically assured of their first Coupe de France and Ligue 1 double since 1946.” Football Further


Exploitation, Youth Soccer, and College

May 20, 2011

“I begin with a warning and an observation. First, I do not want to dwell on American soccer troll topics. This post is not meant to gauge the ‘effectiveness’ of the college soccer system in producing elite players as compared to European youth academies. Rather, I want to focus on the intangible. I also want to grapple with a topic that has long ached at my soul: does our consumption of top-level European soccer foster child labor exploitation in Africa and elsewhere? As 21st century consumers with unparalleled access to tomes of information, we have a moral obligation to reflect on how our decisions in aggregate affect the world.” Run of Play