Posts tagged futbol

Racism in Soccer: A Discussion with Lilian Thuram
Friday, November 8th, 6:30 p.m.
Location: NYU School of Law
Co-sponsored with Institute of African American Affairs and Institute for Public Knowledge
Lilian Thuram helped lead France to its first World Cup title and the European championship. Today, the Fondation Lilian Thuram has developed a curriculum for anti-racist education. More >

Racism in Soccer: 
A Discussion with Lilian Thuram

Friday, November 8th, 6:30 p.m.

Location: NYU School of Law

Co-sponsored with Institute of African American Affairs 
and Institute for Public Knowledge

Lilian Thuram helped lead France to its first World Cup title and the European championship. Today, the Fondation Lilian Thuram has developed a curriculum for anti-racist education. More >

sweetcocoatakky:

talk of the town!!

sweetcocoatakky:

talk of the town!!

afootballreport:

Brazil, it’s time to catch up in the race to 2014

“[Brazil] will be ready because it is the World Cup and no one can afford not to be ready for the World Cup.” - Sepp Blatter

Sepp, that’s just not how things work. The timetable of preparedness for the World Cup is against Brazil. We’re all going to try to go to the World Cup regardless of the levels of chaos, but we’ve all spoken with our Brazilian friends. The response from the World Cup hosts’ countrymen / voices of reason is the same: it’s going to be a mess.

Now, you expect a mess when the whole world throws a party for a month straight, but it’s rarely been this bad this close to the tournament. Only two of six stadiums are ready for the Confederations Cup in June.

Most recently, the Brazilian government has called upon the United Nations to assist with meeting deadlines for construction. As Reuters reports, “The Brasilia government signed this week a 35 million reais ($17.61 million) agreement with two U.N. agencies under which they will procure services and items such as tents, generators and security cameras for the stadium… The U.N.’s main advantage: It can acquire goods and services without going through the complex and lengthy procurement process required by the Brazilian government.”

Calling upon the UN is a desperate measure, but hopefully one that finally motivates the South Americans to get their act together. Brazil wants to truly showcase its standing as an emerging power, and - perhaps unfortunately - we’re all watching closely. [For more on the progress, or lack thereof, in Brazil, be sure to give our friend Chistopher Gaffney (Academic Geographer and Investigative Journalist) a follow. Posted by Eric]

President Obama watches the 2012 Champions League Final

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May 19, 2012

"At Camp David for the G8 Summit, European leaders took a break to watch the overtime shootout of the Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich Champions League final. Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, the President, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, French President François Hollande react during the winning goal." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Players of the local Voukefalas soccer team wearing T-shirts displaying the logo of their sponsor “Soula”, a luxury brothel, prepare for a soccer match in the city of Larissa about 320 km (200 miles) north of Athens October 20, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Players of the local Voukefalas soccer team wearing T-shirts displaying the logo of their sponsor “Soula”, a luxury brothel, prepare for a soccer match in the city of Larissa about 320 km (200 miles) north of Athens October 20, 2012. 
REUTERS/John Kolesidis

The most popular book at The Guardian

penamerican:

The U.K.-based Guardian newspaper has a thriving books section and maintains its own bookstore for its publishing wing. Readers might be surprised to discover that the most popular book is about soccer, entitled I Am the Secret Footballer

The author, writing anonymously, is a professional soccer player in the twilight of his career who tells-all about his rise up the ranks of soccer in England, his excessive spending, and a lot about the WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends), including some juicy tidbits about sex in swimming pools and infidelity. The more tender moments of the story relate to the author’s crippling depression and his criticisms of how fame corrupts relationships.

The Guardian has ingeniously published a video of the secret footballer juggling in full spandex and a hoodie, but the clip gives away a little bit (juggling styles are very personal, and anyway some fans suspect he is midfielder Jimmy Bullard.) It is a brilliant marketing ploy. 

Much of the story has been written about before in other sports, but here is a tasty morsel for the writing world: the author is considering writing novels. While we haven’t been dazzled by his prose, it’s worth watching the shelves. Anthony Bourdain’s bold forays into writing and graphic novels prove that anything is possible, right?

—DBO

Adebayor, Cesc, Nasri, RVP - Who’s next Arsène?

afootballreport:

By Ulysse Pasquier

Two goalless draws, misfiring new strikers, a Mancunian Van Persie wondergoal. All the ingredients are there for the overzealous pessimism that has surrounded Arsenal in recent years to thrive as we settle in this new season. The Premier League has only been back for two weeks and already that one irrational thought is ringing in the back of Arsenal fans’ minds: “What if Arsenal actually never score again without Robin Van Persie?”. Naturally the goals will come, but what will be more interesting to see is who will be taking charge of the scoring responsibilities.

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KYCK: MLS: The Hope for Expansion in St. Louis

kyckblog:

Back in 2008, St. Louis was a potential destination for the next expansion team in Major League Soccer, which ultimately went to Philadelphia. Soccer fans of St. Louis remained hopeful for another chance. The chance did come—and not just one. But they went to Vancouver, Portland,…

A Soccer Prodigy, at Home in Brazil

Neymar

At 20 years old, Neymar is already the highest-paid soccer player in Brazil. He is the face (and future) of soccer’s South American mecca. He is, in the words of no less than perhaps the greatest player in history, a technical marvel, a wizard with magical feet. “

A zesty pop song to inspire Haiti to qualify for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

KYCK: Remaining Fit for EURO2012

kyckblog:

What’s more exciting than the World Cup? Nothing really but the EURO2012 does its best job to pick up the slack as 3 summers must pass between World Cups. EURO 2012 Tournament puts 16 of the best countries in Europe into one, fun filled, month long competition to be crowned THE…

South African cartoonist Zapiro’s latest zinger.
(via 2012-06-22-eurozone - Mail & Guardian Online)

South African cartoonist Zapiro’s latest zinger.

(via 2012-06-22-eurozone - Mail & Guardian Online)

An Oral History of Spain’s Perfect Goal

afootballreport:

Since 2006, the Spanish national football team has been focused on maximising the greatest strength of its playing staff – midfielders passing the ball quickly over short distances. In the years since then, the numbers of both passes and midfielders have increased greatly in all areas of their game. On Monday 18 June – at approximately 22.31 hours local time – in the PGE Arena in Gdańsk, Poland played host to the apotheosis of Spanish football ideal; three midfielders combined to propel a ball over the goal line from the shortest range possible. This is the story of how Spain walked it in.

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How do you explain offsides to friends while at a bar?

How do you explain offsides to friends while at a bar?