Day: April 29, 2010

Match Of The Midweek: Fulham 2-1 Hamburg SV

It is a warm, sunny evening in West London. The sun sparkles on the Thames in the pre-match aerial shots of Craven Cottage, but there is a sense of calm before the storm in the air. Tonight, Fulham plays host to the biggest match in their history. Sometimes, it helps just to repeat the following sentence in order to assist with letting it sink in. This evening, Fulham play Hamburg SV for a place in the final of the Europa League and it is, of course, a sell-out. It’s also not unwinnable. Hamburg lost 5-1 at the weekend and fired their coach. All is not happy in the north of Germany. But have Fulham, who have already deposited the German champions Wolfsburg and Juventus on their backsides in this competition, got enough in the tank to find their way into the Europa League final? Hamburger Sport-Verein, then. Six times German champions and one-time champions of Europe, in 1983. The team that wrestled Kevin Keegan from Liverpool. The club of Horst Hrubesch, Felix Magath and Manny Kaltz. This is a club that has already won the European Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup, yet still needs this trophy to join the rarified air of clubs that have completed the hat-trick of winning all three European trophies. When much of what we in England see of German football consists of...

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Shit Shot Mungo, S02E38: Also, World Cup Wallpaper!

This week’s Shit Shot Mungo sees the race for Heart of Clackmannannshire (who, as you may remember, were kept in the SPL relegation race thanks that colossal amounts of corruption and the reintroduction of a Japanese robot that is programmed to score goals) to stay up enter its closing stages. With Mungo banished to the commentary gantry, can the team manage to string out their survival to the very end of the season? This week’s Mungo is, of course, brought to you courtesy of Ted Carter (look out for his next World Cup preview tomorrow – he is indeed a man of many talents) and is also available here. In other news, we are also very proud to be able to release the official (to the extent that such a thing can be) Twohundredpercent World Cup Wallpaper this evening. As you can see, it features the official animal of each one of the thirty-two nations that have qualified for this summer’s World Cup finals, and will look damn fine on your desktop. It is, of course, completely free charge, but we would ask you to stop by here, to have a look at (and buy, if we’re absolutely honest) some Ted Carter originals, including the original of our own wallpaper. Any pieces of artwork will look damn fine in your living room, and we have been asked to remind...

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