Alegria

May 27, 2011


Garrincha
“Put all your partisanship aside and enjoy the ball in flight. It’s been switched crossed field from the inside-left position by the skillful, balding, English bulldog in ballet slippers to the man on the right touch in all black boots and pomade-infused black hair. Taken out of the air with the inside of the foot and stopped dead by the simplest of grace, the game has changed from a waltz on spiked Lucozade to an aguardiente-inspired pasillo remix. That sequence of events gives me joy. There is technique and there is technique. And, such deft touch is evidence of the latter. What happens next, the soccer equivalent of a crescendo, brings me happiness.” Run of Play

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Sergio Busquets: Barcelona’s best supporting actor sets the stage

May 27, 2011

“Most people don’t like Sergio Busquets. But then his club and country coaches, Pep Guardiola and Vicente del Bosque, are not most people. Nor are his Barcelona team-mates. In the bowels of the Camp Nou, the question is obvious. ‘You must be happy to be free to play in this Champions League final after everything that has happened?’ Busquets is asked. ‘Sí, muy contento,’ says the Spaniard sharply. And then there is silence and a steely stare. Next.” Guardian


La semaine en France: Week 37

May 27, 2011

“You wait 56 years for a major trophy, and then two come along at once. Eight days after ending a 56-year wait to win the Coupe de France by beating Paris Saint-Germain at Stade de France, Lille ended a 57-year wait for the Ligue 1 championship following a 2-2 draw against the same opponents down the road at Parc des Princes.” Football Further


ADO 5 – 1 Groningen: First leg trashing fires ADO into Europe

May 27, 2011

“In a first leg of what many expected to be a tight affair, ADO trashed Groningen and went on to win 5-1, thereby virtually securing their win in this season’s Europa League qualification playoffs. Groningen conceded the midfield to ADO by playing a formation bordering on 4-2-4 against ADO’s compact 4-3-3. In turn, ADO played to their strength very well and consequently circulated the ball to the feet of wingers Kubik and Verhoek. In the end, a weak performance by Groningen goal keeper Luciano did the rest.” 11 tegen 11


Days Like These – The Big Match

May 27, 2011

“‘The Big Match’, directed by Joel Simon, depicts one man’s recollection of a special day in his childhood, and it’s something we can all relate to. The film uses animated archive video footage and photographs to bring this personal story to life. Music was written and performed by the Brian Irvine Ensemble.” In Bed With Maradona