100 days – Day 78: the morning after the night before…….
memes and photos from around the internet
Product Recall in Brazil
UK Home Office considers application from new asylum seekers
“I think that I’ll start watching the Hobos next season – they managed to lose by only 5-1”
100 days – Day 77
‘Colourful football shoes made World Cup a homosexual abomination,’ says Russian priest
(headline in today’s Independent)
Priest Alexander Shumsky seems to have taken particular exception to the brightly colored footwear on display in Brazil, writing in his column on Christian website Russian People’s Line that players who wear green, yellow, pink or blue shoes helped promote the “gay rainbow.”
“Wearing pink or blue shoes, [the players] might as well wear women’s panties or a bra,” Shumsky wrote, adding that he was also offended by the “unthinkable” hairstyles of some of the players in Brazil.
(pity we can’t see their shoes; nice dresses though!)
a footnote (sorry!) It could have been worse: ……..
100 days – Day 69: Ramadan and the World Cup
Ramadan coincides for the first time since 1986 with the World Cup. The 30-day period of fasting and prayer, which requires dawn to dusk abstinence from food, drink and sex, began on Saturday and is expected to end July 28.
Today – Monday, 30 June – will be particularly difficult for two particular teams – and especially Algeria. 99% of Algerians are Sunni Muslims – so, presumably, this statistic is the same for their national football team. Their opponents in this 16th round draw are Germany, within whose player ranks are the likes of Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, and Shkodran Mustafi – all Muslims.
According to AFP (h/t France24), the majority of Algeria’s players have decided to fast in spite of the potential health risks posed, particularly dehydration and associated potential injuries.
Brazilian physiologist Turibio Leite worked with athletes in Dubai during Ramadan for a number of years.
“When I lived there we couldn’t force the athletes to train without eating, so we trained during the night,” he said.
Luckily, daylight in Brazil adds up to only 11 hours, compared to 16 hours in Europe and England, which may give players a degree of respite.
Luckily, the disgraced Louis Suarez is not a Muslim
100 days – Day 64: Jaws
Helen and I saw this movie in Stirling when it first came out. She was so traumatised by it that she had to have a large gin and tonic when we got home! Well, that was her excuse, anyhow.
Last night, I watched “The Retun of Jaws” on TV – the World Cup game between Uruguay and Italy, during which – with the score at 0-0 – Luis Suárez appeared to bite his Italian opponent, Chellini Giorgio , on the shoulder.
I learned this morning that Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Uruguay biter….sorry, striker.
If “Jaws” (he’s got past form in sinking his fangs into opponent’s bodies) is found guilty, then he could face a very lengthy ban from playing.
Uruguay went on to win the game 1-0, a result that knocked the 2006 champions out of the World Cup
Stating the bleeding obvious, senior Fifa official Michel D’Hooge told the BBC that “biting is not compatible with normal football practice”. Really?!!!!
Meanwhile, after the match, “Jaws” had no comment to make, as he sipped from a phial containing what looked like a Bloody Mary.
I have a solution to this disgraceful incident! In future, Senor Suárez should take to the field, wearing this neat accessory to his playing kit:
And, remember, folks…….
You couldn’t make it up: the referee was the Mexican Marco Rodríguez – whose nickname happens to be Dracula!!!!
100 days – Day 56: Soccer
Stayed up beyond 1.00 am watching the World Cup game: Ghana v’s USA – and delighted with the outcome. Well done, our former Colonial sons.
Soccer – football to us – doesn’t grab the attention of Americans, as much as it does most of the rest of the world.
For most, it’s a religion; in America, it tends to be what prepubescent girls play – escorted and encouraged by their “soccer moms”
USA beat Ghana 2-1, with sub John Brooks scoring late headed winner
After the match his Wikipedia page was repeatedly hacked into. First he was described as “the greatest American since Abraham Lincoln”. That then became “the greatest American since Evil Knievel, Bill Clinton and Abe Lincoln”. Finally he was “a god among men”, before Wikipedia put a stop to the changes
At the moment, I’m reading this excellent book – and recommend that you buy it
On July 30, 1966, nine million American viewers tuned in to watch the FIFA World Cup Final on the NBC channel. It was the first stand-alone broadcast of a soccer game on U.S. network television, and England’s pulsating extra-time win over West Germany left the audience enthralled..
Within weeks, two groups of North American sports promoters were seeking to tap into soccer’s newfound popularity by launching rival professional leagues – the National Professional Soccer League and the United Soccer Association. The inaugural USA tournament featured 10 European teams and two from South America jetting across the continent from the end of May to mid-July. Aberdeen, Dundee United and Hibernian arrived from Scotland. Stoke City, Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers represented England. Top Serie A side Cagliari came from Italy boasting Italian national team forwards Roberto Boninsegna and Luigi Riva. ADO Den Haag traveled from the Netherlands, Rio state champions Bangu from Brazil and Cerro from Uruguay. Glentoran and Shamrock Rovers, two semi-professional clubs from north and south of the Irish border, completed the line-up.
Legendary Wolves striker Derek Dougan led his team to the Western Division crown under the guise of the Los Angeles Wolves. Aberdeen, representing the Washington Whips and boasting U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson as a season ticket holder, won the Eastern Division with a young team including future Manchester United captain Martin Buchan and American college soccer coaching guru Bobby Clark. The Wolves and the Whips produced an epic encounter at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 14, 1967 to determine who would become the first, and ultimately only, United Soccer Association champions.
It was the greatest soccer final played on American soil. “Summer Of ’67” charts the story of the tournament’s creation and demise, and recalls the experiences of its participants including Buchan, Clark, former Hibernian and Liverpool midfielder Peter Cormack, Stoke legend Terry Conroy and ex-Wolves winger Terry Wharton. Sixteen players from eight clubs share their memories of the capers, the gimmicks, the celebrity brushes and the games that combined to provide them with the trip of a lifetime
Perhaps, after the USA soccer team’s performance in the World Cup, we’ll see a revival.
Oh, and as an afterthought….. perhaps a certain Glaswegian football team, which is in some degree of off-field turmoil, could reinvent itself “across the pond” – as the “Newco Bears”? (I’m sure that that some of Mr Blatter’s nice colleagues could be “persuaded”)
100 days – Day 51: start of the World Cup
Dateline: Brazil: over the last year there have been angry demonstrations throughout the nation.
Protesters feel that the billions of dollars that have been spent on the event, should have been used to improve healthcare, education, social services, and address the appalling poverty of the country.
The media report that delays in building and updating stadiums, airports and other infrastructure, combined with anger over the price tag, have fuelled demonstrations – some of which have become violent.
Apparently, with just hours to go before the first game (Brazil v Croatia) construction work is still taking place in parts of the country
Reports suggest that there could be strikes and other industrial action, the effect of which could severely damage what should be a prestigious event.
from The Guardian
“Earlier this week, Blatter came under attack at the Fifa congress for presiding over an organisation mired in corruption scandals, deeply unpopular with the global public and struggling to explain how Qatar was awarded the 2022 tournament – a decision that the president now acknowledges was a “mistake”. The host nation too is deep in a funk that shows no sign of abating, even as Rousseff prepares for a re-election bid in October. The economy is in the doldrums, opinion polls suggest 72% of the electorate is dissatisfied with the government, and the authorities have failed to mollify a protest movement that brought more than a million people on to the streets during the Confederations Cup.
“There has never been a World Cup so important in Brazil’s history,” said Euclides de Freitas Couto, professor of social sciences at the Federal University of São João del-Rei-Brasil. “The extensive politicisation of the tournament has triggered a popular backlash against the football team. This is unheard of.”
Recent protests have been far smaller than the million-plus crowds that marched in 50 cities last year, but some have been violent and disruptive. Earlier this week, São Paulo was the scene of teargas volleys, street fires and dire traffic congestion during a subway workers’ strike that was timed to embarrass the authorities into concessions before the World Cup.
Graffiti in many cities asks “Copa pra quem?” (“Who is this cup for?”) and several giant murals have appeared in recent weeks depicting the suffering caused by the tournament. At least three groups of protesters are calling for a new round of anti-World Cup demonstrations on Thursday. One planned for Copacabana beach is publicised by the image of black-masked protesters holding a banner reading “Fifa Killers Fuck Off. Long Live Favela Riots“.”
Police in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo have used tear gas to break up a protest against the football World Cup, hours before the city hosts the opening match.
At least one protester was arrested and a CNN journalist was injured.
Protesters had tried to block a road leading to the stadium where the opening ceremony will take place.
Further protests are planned in other Brazilian cities over the expense of hosting the tournament.
TV footage in Sao Paulo showed riot police using tear gas and rubber truncheons to disperse about 50 protesters near a metro station on the route to the Arena Corinthians.
Police moved in after the demonstrators refused to clear the road.
A tweet from CNN presenter Alex Thomas said Sao Paulo producer Barbara Arvanitidis had suffered a suspected broken arm reporting from the riots.
The violence happened about 13km (8 miles) from the stadium where Brazil will play Croatia at 20:00 GMT.
Last year, more than a million people joined protests across the country to demand better public services and highlight corruption and the high cost of staging the World Cup.
Since then, other smaller anti-World Cup protests have been staged in Brazil, with some descending into violence.
BBC © 2014
And they call this “The Beautiful Game”