Beautiful Games: nostalgic paintings by Paine Proffitt

January 9, 2013

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Sunderland
“In the latest part of our weekly series we bring you the work of American artist Paine Proffitt. Since moving to England 10 years ago, Proffitt has focused on portraying working man’s life. ‘Football is central to who we are and where we come from,’ he said. Proffitt’s paintings are inspired in part by surrealism and cubism, and are created using layers of acrylic on canvas. The colour and texture is steadily built up over a period of several days before the details, collage elements and lettering are added. Proffitt was commissioned last season to produce the cover artwork for West Bromwich Albion’s programmes and is this season working with Port Vale and Aberdeen.” Guardian


Tactical Analysis: Do Arsenal need to sign a ‘natural’ defensive midfielder?

January 9, 2013

“Much talk has been made of Arsenal’s transfer options lately. M’Vila from Rennes has been consistently linked, with the club also constantly linked with strikers and attacking players. Whilst it is difficult to ascertain whether the club are going to get M’Vila, or even want him, the question remains, do Arsenal need to sign a defensive midfielder?” Think Football


The decline of Dani Alves

January 9, 2013

“There was a common theme amongst reactions to the FIFPro World XI: broad agreement for the front three, some minor quibbles in the midfield and an overwhelmingly unpopular back four. Sergio Ramos has certainly earned his place, but Marcelo has never been the most convincing left back, Gerard Pique had a disastrous first half of the calendar year and Daniel Alves has been out of form for the majority of 2012.” ESPN – Michael Cox (Video)


Nigeria and Ghana battle the egos in Africa Cup of Nations buildup

January 9, 2013

Marseille's Andre Ayew
André Ayew
“There is a new mood of militancy about west African football. The buildup to previous Cups of Nations has often been dominated by will-he-won’t-he sagas as big-name players decide whether they really want to take a month out of the league season to go to play for their countries. This year, the coaches have hit back. The Ghana coach, Kwesi Appiah, on Monday omitted Marseille’s André Ayew from his squad after the Marseille winger reportedly turned up late for a squad get-together; he follows Nigeria’s Steve Keshi, who had already refused to select Peter Odemwingie and Shola Ameobi on the grounds they didn’t seem bothered enough about representing their country.” Guardian – Jonathan Wilson


The Ten Commandments Of Goalkeeping Attire

January 9, 2013

“Goalkeepers, to quote the great Brian Glanville, are different, and this is a theory which expands far beyond the mere otherness of their stock in trade. To define the goalkeeper as the sort of person who may – thanks, John Burridge, thanks a lot – may hang a metaphorical “You don’t have to be mad to work here but it helps” sign in the netting of their goal covers only one aspect of the lot of their job. Goalkeepers are the only people on the pitch who spend most of their match standing around doing very little apart from shouting and treading down imaginary divots in the grass and they are, of course, the only ones that are legally allowed to use their hands, but we are not concerning ourselves with such trifling matters here. Goalkeepers dress differently, and they have done since an amendment to the laws of the game in 1909 made them wear shirts that were either red or royal blue, with green being added as a third option three years later.” twohundredpercent


St Pat’s ’98 and the False Dawn Of Irish Football

January 9, 2013

“Paul Lambert and Henrik Larsson were in no mood to hang around. After Celtic’s 73rd home game in Europe, they shook a few hands and immediately hurried off the pitch. It was a result that verged on the humiliating: a 0-0 stalemate, just the 12th draw in those 73 games that included 53 wins, against a team they hadn’t given a second thought to swatting aside. The 56,000 home crowd had mostly dispersed as a group of players — most of whom they’d never heard of — sprinted to salute the pocket of 1,500 delirious away fans tucked into a corner of Celtic Park. It was just the second time their team had avoided defeat in an 11-game European history.” In Bed With Maradona