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Raves and Rants – Still Hard to Get Past the WC Awards

Written by on December 12, 2010 | 4 Comments »
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Best Reads

A compilation of some of the best articles and blog postings from the last week.

To start with a heart warmer from Rod Beilfuss.

Andreas Selliaas looks at how far England went to ingratiate with FIFA during the bid stage.

Looking to pick up a soccer book for Christmas? Here is an extensive list from Steve Goff at the Washington Post.

Jonathan Wilson on Russia’s challenges in hosting the 2018 World Cup Finals.

An interview with Jamie Smith of the Colorado Rapids that ran this weekend in Scotland.

There is live in these two yet. Craig Brown and Archie Knox leave Motherwell to take on crisis club Aberdeen. Two football men who could easily ride into the sunset knowing that they have left marks on the game. But instead they are up for a fresh challenge. And another example of how you don’t have to be a great player to be a great coach. Craig Brown was a reserve full back in the early 60s at Dundee while Archie Knox played for Forfar and Dundee United. The bad news is that on the weekend Aberdeen got whacked 5-0 by Hearts.

Elizabeth Hanchett considers the sponsorship deal announced last week by Barcelona.

Quotes

“I thought of Horn’s pointed statement when the England FA bid chief Andy Anson bemoaned the supposed treachery of FIFA vice-president and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) special advisor Jack Warner. “When people look you in the eye and promise you something,” said Anson, “you hope they live up to their word, but clearly that hasn’t happened.” Presumably, Anson then withdrew his life savings and wired it for jailed Bernard Madoff to invest and sent his wife and any daughters he has for a weekend with golfer Tiger Woods.” An article by Lasana Liburd that I don’t believe has been bettered all year.

“The big boost didn’t happen. Businesses that directly served the World Cup did relatively well, but those without direct involvement struggled.” John Saker, chief operating officer of KPMG Africa commenting on the report that South Africa made a return of just £323m on the £3bn it spent on building stadiums and infrastructure for the 2010 World Cup.

“They remind you a bit of the cargo cults of the South Pacific because of the absolute irrationality of their belief that under the Mike Ashley regime one day their boat might come in. The cargo worshippers were excited by the sight of vast amounts of military equipment being moved around by America and Japan in the Second World War and the belief that if enough magic was made, enough rituals completed, somehow all the power and the wealth would be transferred to the islanders.This seems pretty much the hope of most Newcastle fans, at least the astonishingly large number of them who remain unsick to their stomachs by the manner of Chris Hughton’s dismissal.” James Lawton with pointed comments on the Newcastle situation.

“In the simplest form we were very successful in South Africa. It was successful in a place where even though we went there we weren’t that certain we’d be successful. The event went very well. The stadiums were finished in the end. All the things that needed to get done finally got done. It was a hard process to get there, but nonetheless the event was very, very successful from a TV, marketing, worldwide perspective. Everyone came away from it saying, ‘Wow, what a great World Cup in South Africa.’ And having done it there, it gave reason for everyone in the world to say, ‘We can do it here.’ No longer was it reserved for only for the big countries in Europe and the Americas.”CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer explains to Soccer America the shifting dynamics that took the 2022 World Cup Finals to Qatar.

“Don’t ask me questions about things I have no control over. Nine defeats in 11 is not acceptable. The run we are on is not acceptable. I have been in football since I was nine years of age and this is just not good enough. It is poor at any level, in any league, in any country.” Roy Keane on Ipswich’s current run that leaves them with relegation worries despite a semi-final spot in the Carling Cup.

“With austerity measures in place across, Europe civil unrest is only likely to worsen and football has historically provided a stage for such dissatisfaction.” Jonathan Wilson writing in the December 2010 edition of World Soccer about the racism plaguing the game in Eastern Europe, and warning that the conditions exist for trouble to re-emerge in other parts of the continent.

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4 responses to “Raves and Rants – Still Hard to Get Past the WC Awards”

  1. Ursusarctos says:

    @ Bobby: ‘”… football has historically provided a stage for [social] dissatisfaction.” Jonathan Wilson writing in the December 2010 edition of World Soccer … warning that the conditions exist for trouble to re-emerge in other parts of the continent.’

    I wish I could read the Wilson article – does World Soccer mag have an online edition, or does Wilson post his articles on a personal website that you know of?

    Without having seen Wilson’s article, the underlying point must be the way football violence is generally a reflection of broader social ills, since civil discontent in Europe has a wide variety of specific sources. Unrest in the dislocation of post-Communist eastern Europe is not the same thing as austerity inspired strikes in Greece, neither of which are the same as the disenfranchisement behind the Paris banlieue riots … not to mention the brutal economic conditions in 1970s Britain, followed by the no less brutal Thatcherism of the 1980s.

    On another note, Bobby: In the past you’ve mentioned the book “Soccernomics”. I don’t know if you saw the article by Zach Slaton taking detailed, partial issue with the book’s conclusion discounting the association between transfer spending and Premier league success? I read it (with a few added comments by PT) at the Tomkins Times:

    http://tomkinstimes.com/2010/12/soccernomics-was-wrong-why-transfer-expenditures-matter/

    Worth a look, I think.

  2. Ursusarctos – There is a World Soccer website but the only columns are usually from Gavin Hamilton and Brian Glanville http://www.worldsoccer.com/

    You do have the essence of the piece though – it is a one pager. He starts with Ted Croker’s response to Thatcher’s question “what was he going to do to rid society of football’s hooligans.” To which he responded “what was she going to do to rid football of society’s hooligans.”

    Read the article you linked – very good.

  3. Dee says:

    I’m hoping that Chuck Blazer doesn’t really believe in the silly rationalization he used to vote for Russia, or as a justification for others votes for Qatar. I understand these are “developing economies” but in what way will the game grow in these two countries because of their hosting a World Cup? Will Qatar’s 1.7M people suddenly become more devoted to the sport? Will the Russian people suddenly decide that like soccer more than they already do? Where is this so-called growth going to happen? And now Blatter is talking out of both sides of his mouth: adding the possibility of other Middle East countries co-hosting while LYING about the Aussies bid including NZ. Sounds like a bunch of “Old Men Cashing Out” if you ask me. Here’s a good discussion on it:

    http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/blog.php?b=10626

  4. Ursusarctos says:

    @ Bobby: Thank you for (very pithily) summarizing the Wilson article, and for the link.

    On a related note (interesting football analysis I can’t directly access), as a Bell Expressvu victim something will again be missing from my Monday night routine …

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