August 19, 2014

O AN HE CESC-Y.

seriously, all Fabregas, all the time on that assist. ridiculous.

(Source: shuaitou)

August 18, 2014
Via the Guardian, we have an interesting case of football club vs. its own fans — a fight over Wi-Fi at PSV Eindhoven. Turns out some  of the hardcore supporters don’t want it — they blame mobile phone use for the lessening of support at the Philips Stadion because people are looking at their phones rather than the match.

If it’s not obvious, the banner reads “FUCK WI-FI SUPPORT THE TEAM.”

 (via PSV Eindhoven fans protest against introduction of Wi-Fi at stadium | Football | theguardian.com)

Via the Guardian, we have an interesting case of football club vs. its own fans — a fight over Wi-Fi at PSV Eindhoven. Turns out some of the hardcore supporters don’t want it — they blame mobile phone use for the lessening of support at the Philips Stadion because people are looking at their phones rather than the match.

If it’s not obvious, the banner reads “FUCK WI-FI SUPPORT THE TEAM.”

(via PSV Eindhoven fans protest against introduction of Wi-Fi at stadium | Football | theguardian.com)

August 15, 2014
Join TWG for Fantasy Premier League

This is last call to join all of us here at The World’s Game for the start of Fantasy Prem this season! Teams must be submitted by tomorrow at 8:30am EST if I did my time zone conversion correctly.

Think you can take us? Click the link and create your team! It’s free! And most us forget to update our teams after week 4, so your chances of beating us are high

Our league code is 1056461-252612.

It’s good to have you back, EPL!

August 15, 2014
Ahead of the kickoff of the Premier League tomorrow, ESPN FC put together this excellent interactive page detailing the kit deals each team in the Premier League has and the importance of the money.

Ahead of the kickoff of the Premier League tomorrow, ESPN FC put together this excellent interactive page detailing the kit deals each team in the Premier League has and the importance of the money.

August 14, 2014
Not much movement in this month’s updated FIFA rankings, but a mysterious three-slot drop for the USA? What’s up with that?
Thoughts on the rankings?

Not much movement in this month’s updated FIFA rankings, but a mysterious three-slot drop for the USA? What’s up with that?

Thoughts on the rankings?

August 13, 2014
thebroadcastblog:

U.S. soccer player Abby Wambach is known for her diving headers, but she won’t be executing any of that signature move in the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. For the first time, artificial turf will be used, rather than grass. Artificial turf poses significant risks of injury to players. Some soccer players have equated it to playing on concrete.
It’s probably not even necessary to note that artificial turf has never been used for major men’s soccer tournaments. “It’s a gender issue through and through,” Wambach told the New York Times.
Wambach, along with other players from around the world, have signed petitions and recently sent a letter to FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association mentioning a possibility of legal action if the decision to use artificial turf is not reversed.
“For Wambach, celebrations usually mean a sprint to the corner flag and a double knee slide in the grass,” Juliet Macur wrote for the New York Times. “But not on turf.”
photo via ten sports club

thebroadcastblog:

U.S. soccer player Abby Wambach is known for her diving headers, but she won’t be executing any of that signature move in the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. For the first time, artificial turf will be used, rather than grass. Artificial turf poses significant risks of injury to players. Some soccer players have equated it to playing on concrete.

It’s probably not even necessary to note that artificial turf has never been used for major men’s soccer tournaments. “It’s a gender issue through and through,” Wambach told the New York Times.

Wambach, along with other players from around the world, have signed petitions and recently sent a letter to FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association mentioning a possibility of legal action if the decision to use artificial turf is not reversed.

For Wambach, celebrations usually mean a sprint to the corner flag and a double knee slide in the grass,” Juliet Macur wrote for the New York Times. “But not on turf.”

photo via ten sports club

August 13, 2014
Ibra pays £30k to send Swedish learning difficulties team to World Cup

No one needs a reason to love Zlatan, but here’s yet another one. 

August 8, 2014

Former Spurs manager Ted Lasso is back working with NBC as a pundit. It’s going really well, I think.

August 7, 2014
Lukas Podolski (and the rest of Arsenal’s Germans) will be missing the opening of the Premier League season, but I get it. Poldi’s been a busy guy. Winning the World Cup, joining the Expendables 3 cast, etc. etc.
(Özil’s been busy too.)

Lukas Podolski (and the rest of Arsenal’s Germans) will be missing the opening of the Premier League season, but I get it. Poldi’s been a busy guy. Winning the World Cup, joining the Expendables 3 cast, etc. etc.

(Özil’s been busy too.)

(Source: facebook.com)

August 7, 2014
USMNT leading scorer and world champion sexy water fountain drinker Landon Donovan will be retiring at the end of the MLS season. Donovan could largely be considered the poster boy for American soccer over the last decade. While he never was able to make a splash in Europe, he was able to put together a very strong career in MLS.

USMNT leading scorer and world champion sexy water fountain drinker Landon Donovan will be retiring at the end of the MLS season. Donovan could largely be considered the poster boy for American soccer over the last decade. While he never was able to make a splash in Europe, he was able to put together a very strong career in MLS.

(Source: espnfc.us)

August 5, 2014
Fantasy Premier League 14/15   

bluesfan:

It’s that time again, friends. The start of the Premier League is still a week and a half away, so what can you do to fill the void?

Create Create a fantasy Prem team and join The World’s Game Tumblr League, of course! Most of us here at TWG forget about our teams half way through the season, so you have great odds at beating us out for the league crown! The prizes, as always, are bragging rights and personal pride.

Our code is 1056461-252612.

If you signed up with us last season, you should automatically be signed up with us again when you create your new team.

Good luck to all of our players!

And I fail at posting in the correct place. Apologies.

August 3, 2014

It looks like Neymar’s “recovery" from his back injury in the World Cup is going…well.

August 1, 2014
Cultural Leonesa of Spain debuts their new pre-season tuxedo kit. 

Cultural Leonesa of Spain debuts their new pre-season tuxedo kit. 

July 29, 2014
Rog On Picking A Premier League Team

meninblazers:

I am fascinated by how American Premier League fans identify a rooting interest.  Free of such obligations as a “local” team to support, the stories are most often full of wonder. The product of a chance exchange student experience in Leicester or a random relative hailing from Stoke.

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One of my favorites was a Tottenham fan I encountered who had the Spurs tattoo inked on his forearm, the result of the fact that the North Londoners’ jerseys had once been sponsored by Thomson Travel and his surname was Thomson.

Out of such tiny details can all-consuming passion grow.

In the wake of the surge in US interest caused by the 2014 World Cup, we are receiving hundreds of emails from Americans asking themselves variations on the same question: facing the Premier League with a clean slate, who should they chose to support?

When Fox broadcast the Premier League, the rational choices were narrower.  Only a couple of games were broadcast live.  Why wouldn’t you support one of the big four — Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City or Arsenal —  who were guaranteed to be broadcast every week?

But one season into the NBC-era in which every teams and every game is available, the options are suddenly boundless.   Yes, on-field success remains a massive driver.  The thrill of goals and glory remain alluring.

But let me make a case for diversification of interests.  For supporting the road not taken.  Cheering for the little guy.  Full disclosure: I have lived for Everton Football Club from birth. Almost every lesson of life — both good and bad, joyous and painful — has come as a result.

Sport is ultimately about feelings.  Feeling emotions you are meant to experience in everyday life — happiness, anticipation, fear, ecstasy, searing disappointment — but are regrettably numb to.

A palette of textured experiences that can be stunted by picking a big club.  So my advice would be to dive into the rich histories of the subtler teams and the cities they hail from — revel in Aston Villa’s night of European Cup glory (Villa 1 Bayern Munich 0), marvel that Burnley, a town of just 73,000 people, has somehow gifted the world with both a Premier League team and Chumbawumba.

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And savor Philip Larkin’s description of parts of Hull, a town in which ”silence (is) laid like carpet”.

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I promise this: Every goal will feel like victory, and every victory, like a title win.  So, let us know which team you end up with and why.  And remember, once you have chosen a team, stick with it through thick and thin.  You can change your partner, you can change your underwear, but you can never, ever change your football team.

An excellent piece from our friends the Men in Blazers

July 23, 2014
This is a fair point from roxanneroxanne about MLS distributing players to certain cities, but at the same time, I think MLS has grown to a point where they don’t really need to do that anymore. When Beckham came to the league I think it would have been stupid to move him to Columbus or something, but we’re now 7 years past Beckham’s arrival, and I think the league has grown. 
Personally if I was Frank Lampard I probably wouldn’t want to go to a small team in Houston or Utah, but at the same time MLS has to put themselves in a position where they can turn down these guys looking to come to the states to live in a fancy apartment in NYC and half ass it on the pitch.
It’s not as if flights to NY or LA are cost prohibitive for someone who’s made millions over the last 10 years, you can still have a nice place in those cities and play in a less desirable city. I think we’re beyond the sign a 40 year old forgotten star and let him trot around against players in a league that isn’t all that great. MLS is slowly becoming a really good league, and it shows just based on who’s come to the league from overseas just this year. It’s still not a great league where 10 million dollar transfer fees exist, but it’s getting there. 
I’m fairly certain Kaka, a man who spent the last 10 years of his life living in Milan and Madrid, has always dreamed of living in Orlando, but he will be next year. Meanwhile he could have been moved to a team already in the league and could have played this season, and helped draw fans in that way. 
I think over the next few years as MLS grows it will have some more growing pains, and I think it’s going to be because of their transfer policies. This is a league that I see gaining success via parity, not by constantly stacking 5 teams and letting the rest battle it out for mediocrity.

This is a fair point from roxanneroxanne about MLS distributing players to certain cities, but at the same time, I think MLS has grown to a point where they don’t really need to do that anymore. When Beckham came to the league I think it would have been stupid to move him to Columbus or something, but we’re now 7 years past Beckham’s arrival, and I think the league has grown. 

Personally if I was Frank Lampard I probably wouldn’t want to go to a small team in Houston or Utah, but at the same time MLS has to put themselves in a position where they can turn down these guys looking to come to the states to live in a fancy apartment in NYC and half ass it on the pitch.

It’s not as if flights to NY or LA are cost prohibitive for someone who’s made millions over the last 10 years, you can still have a nice place in those cities and play in a less desirable city. I think we’re beyond the sign a 40 year old forgotten star and let him trot around against players in a league that isn’t all that great. MLS is slowly becoming a really good league, and it shows just based on who’s come to the league from overseas just this year. It’s still not a great league where 10 million dollar transfer fees exist, but it’s getting there. 

I’m fairly certain Kaka, a man who spent the last 10 years of his life living in Milan and Madrid, has always dreamed of living in Orlando, but he will be next year. Meanwhile he could have been moved to a team already in the league and could have played this season, and helped draw fans in that way. 

I think over the next few years as MLS grows it will have some more growing pains, and I think it’s going to be because of their transfer policies. This is a league that I see gaining success via parity, not by constantly stacking 5 teams and letting the rest battle it out for mediocrity.