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Month: June 2007

Livin’ The Vida Copa

In case you hadn’t noticed (and if you’re in Britain you can almost certainly be forgiven this), the Copa America got under way in Venezuela last week. I’m not sure why the British press ignore this – after all, there’s precious little happening in the football universe at the moment, and the quality of football being played on the other side of this world is, of course, fantastic. Already, the pre-tournament favourites have been dumped on their backsides and they’ve had twenty-four goals in the first six matches. All of this compares pretty favourably with the last European Championships, I think we can agree. You might think that this tournament has been little more than a platform for Brazil and Argentina to assert their authority over their smaller neighbours but, whilst Brazil have won three of the last four tournaments, the truth of the history of this competition is somewhat more complex than that. It is the oldest continental competition in the world, having started as long ago as 1916 and, in one of those little curiosities that world football throws up every now and again, neither Brazil or Argentina won the competition at all between 1959 and 1989. It went from being four yearly to biennial in 1987, and was expanded from ten nations to twelve in 1993, with the other two teams being invited elsewhere (Mexico get...

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Footballers Dressed As Ducks

Now then. NOW THEN. I promised you ducks dressed as footballers, and here’s the first two. Can you work out which one was done by me, and which was done by proper artist/cartoonist Little Dotmund? The first correct answer wins an oven ready goose, dressed in a Racing Santander away...

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Hugh Johns

I stand to be corrected on this, but unconfirmed reports are stating that the former ITV football commentator Hugh Johns has died at the age of 83. In the 1990s, retrospectives about the history of football on ITV staked a claim that Brian Moore was a behemoth of British sports broadcasting in the same way that Kenneth Wolstenholme and John Motson were for the BBC, but the truth is somewhat more complex than that. Moore commentated on the FA Cup final for ITV for many years, but this was primarily because his employers, London Weekend Television, were the company that produced the coverage of it. When ITV covered live league football in the 1980s and early 1990s, Moore more often than not shared the live commentary duties with Martin Tyler. When the World Cup final came around, though, there was only one man up for the job – Hugh Johns. It says a lot for the resonance of Kenneth Wolstenholme’s “They Think It’s All Over” commentary at the 1966 World Cup Final that Hugh Johns, a commentator for thirty years, was best known as the answer to the old pub quiz question of who was commentating on the other side for ITV at the same time – and what was he saying at the exact moment that Wolstenholme was etching himself into the national consciousness? “Here’s Hurst, he might...

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As Some Of You May Have Noticed…

…This place looks a little bit different today and, more to the point, it doesn’t look quite “right”. I’ve been fiddling about with a new stylesheet and it’s nearly (but not quite) finished. Last night I remembered why I hadn’t touched the look of this place for some considerable time. Anyway, I remain confident that it’ll be done by the end of tonight. Reviewing the results of the polls (and thank you to all of you that have voted and commented), it has become clear that at least some of you want to see ducks dressed as footballers. As soon as this little renovation is done with, it’ll be the first thing that I do. I promise. Sorry about the delay in getting this sorted...

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The Times, They Are a-Changin’…

I didn’t put anything up on here last night because I was fiddling about doing geeky things. Unforgiveable, I know. I have to say that I’ve never been enormously impressed with Blogger and the templates and CSS, and since I’ve been using WordPress I’ve found that it’s much more intuitive, better to look at and easier on the eye. So, last night I ported the whole of this blog over there. You can see it here. Now, the decision is down to you. Take a look at it and post your comments on here – then I’ll take a decision over whether to keep this place running on here or call it a day with Blogger and keep going on WordPress. To make this all a bit easier, I’ve even gone to the trouble of creating a little online poll. I’ll leave this at the top here for a couple of days, so please take the trouble to click on one of the answers below. Should I keep 200percent here, or shift it over to WordPress? Yes. I fear change.No. Move it over. Blogger is rubbish,Can’t you just keep them both running at the same time?What are you talking about? I only came here forpictures of ducks dressed as footballers. (Sorry – had to change the poll to somewhere less...

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