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
Hurling, the national sport of
is known as the fastest
(mpeg) field sport. It is one of many Gaelic games unique to Ireland ,
collectively they are known as the GAA. The origin
of hurling date back at least 2000 years and is prevalent in many Irish legends
(rm). Playing hurling (wmv)
requires great skill
it’s described as cross between field
hockey and lacrosse,
but with the ability to hit the ball like a baseball into
the air. Equipment mainly consists of
the hurley and the sliothar
(ball), while many players wear helmets, many choose
not to. Every year, the All-Ireland
Championship is played in Croke Park
where the top two counties
compete. All hurlers are amateur athletes, there are no professionals. Its
popularity is on the rise in North
America as well as Europe.
The women's version of hurling is called camogie. Ireland
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.