The Football Pantheon
is a new website by football journalist Miguel Delaney. The aim of the website is to "present objective lists of the greatest clubs, players, countries, managers and so much more." The first entry is a very impressive list of The 50 Greatest European Club Sides
, which breaks down the various legendary teams, from the late 19th Century until today, and ranks them according to their achievements.
The Guardian recently published a beautiful article
about Danish Dynamite, the '80s Danish national soccer (football) squad
. Rob Smyth and Lars Eriksen write about how the success and failure of the national team highlighted national traits that Denmark has. The writing about the matches is among the most inspired I have ever read. [more inside]
European Fields: Landscape of Lower League Football
Gorgeous shots of some football pitches throughout Europe. Taken by Dutch Photographer Hans van der Meer
. From SpoFi
"We're Hunting The Jews"
go the chants at the Feyenoord
soccer stadium in Rotterdam whenever Ajax
is in town. Supporters of Ajax, one of the top Dutch football clubs based in Amsterdam, call themselves "Jews" or "Super Jews"
based perhaps on historical Jewish communities. They wave Israeli flags
and wear Stars of David in one of the oddest traditions
in sport. Of course, the story wouldn't be complete without their opponents chanting "They've forgotten to gas you!" and hissing to mimic the gas chambers. Further complicating matters is the mosque being built
overshadowing Feyenoord's stadium. Ajax wants the Jewish symbolism
to stop to prevent further embarrassment, but this isn't the only case of "Jewish" clubs
in European football, and the reaction they provoke
The Man Who Best Understood America Was A French Aristocrat:
If there's a book which manages to grow better and more pertinent with every passing year, it's Tocqueville's
fascinating, prescient and utterly apposite Democracy in America
. Of how many other books could you safely say every American and European should read it and know beforehand
they will enjoy it and learn from it? Of none.
Old Firm dialectics
It's going down the thinnest wire tomorrow in the Scottish Premier League (football/soccer/fitba that is) as Celtic and Rangers, with one game left to play in perhaps the most absurd league in Europe, stand equal on points and goal difference after 37 games thus far.