Links for the day

November 25, 2007 at 3:25 pm | Posted in A-League, English Premier League, Euro Championship, Internationals, Melbourne Victory, Politics, World Cup | Leave a comment

Ding dong, the gnome is gone! It somewhat makes up for the fact that I’m slowly becoming an alcoholic.

(It may just be the distance and the fact that I get grumpier with old age, but surely I cannot be the only person not in the least bit excited about Sydney FC v David Beckham La Galaxy. Melbourne Victory, this is your cue to play the current MLS champions and give us more than a media circus. PLEASE.)

Today’s must-read: FIFA, Blatter, Blackmail and the 2010 World Cup Draw. Follow the links.

Mourinho: Come and get me, England.

David James has a go at the system of goalkeeper selection for England.

India’s inaugural professional football league season starts.

A short and not very illuminating interview with David Bentley.

Brushing dust off the covers

November 23, 2007 at 12:05 am | Posted in A-League, Euro Championship, Internationals, Women's football | Leave a comment

Thank the universe. Now can we please move on? The analysis and criticisms have been quick in coming (as has the speculation over the next manager), but what hasn’t been evident is any confidence-inspiring longterm plans by the FA — on not just the England national team, but football development in England in general.

News:

Women’s A-League Challenge opens this weekend.

India launches a pro football league.

North Queensland plans in anticipation of an A-League expansion.

Some recent reads:

This piece on Javier Zanetti by Marcela Mora y Araujo has been making the rounds, but it bears repeating: And they call it Pupi love.

Jonathan Wilson has a lovely feature on Niko Kranjcar in the Independent: Kranjcar, reborn playmaker, awaits dramatic last act.

Martin Samuel talks about youth development in England: Long and the short of growing pains that stunt England’s finest.

Martin O’Neill (not the Aston Villa manager) puts the boot into irrationality and the calls for the imposition of a quota on non-British players: Football, amnesia and England.

I remember their faces

October 4, 2007 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Today is International Bloggers’ Day for Burma.

SOLIDARITY VIGIL IN SUPPORT OF BURMA’S PEOPLE

Date: Friday, 5 October 2007
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: KLCC (entrance nearest to Menara Maxis, opposite Avenue K)

The peaceful solidarity vigil is to support of Burma’s people, who are unable to exercise their human rights in their country, and to express our opposition towards the Burma military junta’s bloody crackdown on anti-government protests. The death in toll is now in the hundreds and some media have estimated this to be thousands in the crackdown on demonstration of Buddhist monks and Burma’s people.

The vigil is an initiative of civil society organisations including Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Civil Rights Committee of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH-CRC), Youth For Change (Y4C) and Amnesty International (AI) Malaysia.

Please come to show your solidarity. Please bring candles, candle-holders and banners. For further information, please contact SUARAM (Moon Hui) at 03-77843525 or Amnesty International (K. Shan) at 03-79552680.


Free Burma!

This picture says it all

September 28, 2007 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Women's football, Women's World Cup | Leave a comment

Brazil 4-0 USA

Bring on Germany.

On Mourinho’s departure

September 22, 2007 at 10:22 pm | Posted in Chelsea, English Premier League | Leave a comment

I watched the game the other day and Abramovich didn’t look that bothered when Rosenborg scored, he was too busy trying to pull that new bird of his by the looks of it.

You concentrate on that and let the manager do the job. A football club’s not a toy, it belongs to the fans.

Ian Holloway

I will miss Mourinho.

But right now? I’m livid.

Happy birthday, Malaysia

September 16, 2007 at 8:49 pm | Posted in A-League, Chelsea, Malaysia, Matildas, Women's World Cup | Leave a comment

For what it’s worth, we tried.

In news concerning a certain round ball:

Mourinho wants official’s apology. Don’t hold your breath, mate. Though that goal was never offside, damn our luck. To top it all off, Drogba may be out for a month due to a knee injury.

O Melbourne, why do you hurt me so: Victory remain winless.

On the other hand, the Matildas now need only one point against Canada to make it to the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup, so not everything is doom and gloom.

Normal blogging will resume in 48 hours

September 13, 2007 at 10:12 pm | Posted in Chelsea, English Premier League, Homophobia, Sexism, Women's football, Women's World Cup | Leave a comment

Good read of the day: ‘Do other Martas exist?’ over at the Global Game, one of the best football-related blogs around.

If you haven’t been following interviews with Graeme Le Saux and extracts of his autobiography as they’re being published in The Times, there’s no time like the present.

James Lawton: Le Saux shines light on the prejudice and ignorance that destroyed Justin Fashanu. Eloquent.

Another commentary, this time by Lawrence Donegan at the Guardian sportblog.

Michael Henderson reviews Le Saux’s autobiography in The Daily Telegraph.

Non-football-related link: Humanity is doomed.

Daily music

September 11, 2007 at 2:53 pm | Posted in Music, Video | Leave a comment

Music video for Kwoon‘s “I Lived on the Moon”, by Yannick Puig.

Holding up half the sky

September 11, 2007 at 2:14 am | Posted in Women's football, Women's World Cup | Leave a comment

Germany crushes Argentina 11-0 in the Women’s World Cup opening match. More at Kickster.

Also worth reading are Tim Vickery’s column on Brazil’s women footballers and this article on Karen Carney.

On the Australian front: Matildas target first win.

Bad reading

September 10, 2007 at 1:11 am | Posted in Malaysia, Politics | Leave a comment

… through absolutely no fault of the writers.

Live bullet fired at ceramah crowd.

Read Malik Imtiaz’s commentary.

What have we wrought.

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