In Britain, just as the football season ended 5 months ago, a football fan and journalist launched an endeavour to buy a club. MyFootballClub
asks for £35 from their members and in return, trustees are given the right to vote on transfer deals, squad choices and managerial appointments. But first they are to decide which football team to buy. From across the world people are invited to play the tycoons
at their own game. With the target 50,000 members signed up already, and with the new season set to start in a few weeks it looks like
this radical trust has a fighting chance.
posted by takeyourmedicine
on Aug 2, 2007 -
When everything that could go wrong goes wrong, it is awesome to see that something like this happened.
posted by dov3
on Jul 29, 2007 -
Ready or Not.
"South Africa is a great place to have a party, and people are incredibly generous of spirit. What we should be doing is trying to make the World Cup experience uniquely African: where the bus comes 10 minutes late but nobody gives a toss because they are having such a good time. Instead, the organisers seem to want to try to run the World Cup as efficiently as the Germans did. What a load of bull. The Germans could invade Poland in three days. We could not invade Swaziland in three months." Article in today's Observer about preparations in South Africa for the soccer World Cup in 2010.
posted by hydatius
on Jun 3, 2007 -
"It is very rare I am lost for words but I saw the statue last week and it is awesome - a tremendous tribute to a great man. [Southampton] Fans have waited a long time for this and it is going to be fantastic. I really believe it will be the best football statue anywhere both in size and the amount of detail"
-- Ted Bates Trust
chairman Dave Ford
, maybe not
posted by crumbly
on Mar 27, 2007 -
Guy Kawasaki interviews Aziza Mohmmand.
What’s the most inspiring story of entrepreneurship that you’ve heard in 2006? My answer does not involve two guys in a garage who sell their company to Google for $1.6 billion. No way...my answer is a woman who runs a soccer-ball factory in Kabul, Afghanistan.
posted by davar
on Jan 8, 2007 -
are become scarce in the final 16 knockout phase of the World Cup. A discussion has been going on over at the Guardian's World Cup blogs
In the knockout phase the number of goals has declined from 42 in 1986 to about 25 in 2006. There hasn't been a World Cup Final since 1986 where both teams scored. There have been a mere 3 games in the knockout phase from 14 where both teams have scored. For the first time ever a team, Switzerland
, has been eliminated without conceding a single goal. Does something need to be done? Do bigger goals, no goalkeeper, fewer players or changed rules need to be considered?
posted by sien
on Jul 6, 2006 -
Keep your balls in check: The Saved Sect Website
calls for Muslims to stop supporting The World Cup, as "[...]soccer plants the seeds of nationalism, and is therefore part of a 'colonial crusader scheme' to divide Muslims and cause them to stray from the vision of a unified Islamic identity."
posted by naxosaxur
on Jul 3, 2006 -
The Da Vinci Cup
Think of it as a gathering of tribes... There's a lot of ritual involved. It's probably the biggest single unifying event that our species can muster. Forget the Olympics. Not even close.
Poor poor China.
Keeping the romans entertained since BC.
posted by Unregistered User
on Jun 25, 2006 -
The London Review of Books has a World Cup blog.
So has The New Republic
and Tony Blair's spinmeister Alastair Campbell
. WFMU tracks World Cup related fatalities on its World Cup Death Watch
while Slate's William Saletan sends us Dispatches from the World Cup
. And then there's the expected gaggle of World Cup blogs from the mainstream media (NYT
, Sydney Morning Herald
, Der Spiegel [in english]
, The Guardian
And finally, the mother of all World Cup blogs, worldcupblog.org
, with individual bloggers for each country, a main blog, and, my favorite section, a referee's blog
posted by Kattullus
on Jun 19, 2006 -
In the competition for best streaker ever, I'm torn between this
choice, which gets points for the impact the streak has on the news reporter, & this
one, which has the added bonus of unlikely athleticism. Both links go to embedded video, both found via this page
, which details the revised rules of streaking).
posted by jonson
on May 21, 2006 -
The guy who stormed the pitch and cheekily presented Thierry Henry
with a Barcelona jersey during last week's Champion's League match versus Villareal has a website
. Regardless of where you stand on pitch invaders, "there will be no way to remain indiferent in front of his universal cause of feeling implicated with what he does
He's got a few videos
posted by TheFarSeid
on Apr 30, 2006 -
Let me make you an offer you can refuse...
The Nigerian Football Association has adopted the "if you can't beat 'em join 'em" policy regarding bribery of officials. They now say that officials can accept bribes, so long as said bribes don't affect the game's outcome.
Brilliant. Why didn't anyone think of this before?
posted by TheFarSeid
on Apr 3, 2006 -
George Best dies at 59.
Footballer George Best has died today from an infection after a protracted iillness due to ill health following his battles with alcoholism.
A great talent
he was famous for his good looks, ability and love of the ladies.
"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars - the rest I just squandered."
Rest in peace Besty.
posted by ClanvidHorse
on Nov 25, 2005 -