(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I will miss Mourinho.
But right now? I’m livid.
In news concerning a certain round ball:
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.
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.
Non-football-related link: Humanity is doomed.
Music video for Kwoon‘s “I Lived on the Moon”, by Yannick Puig.
On the Australian front: Matildas target first win.
… through absolutely no fault of the writers.
What have we wrought.