Day: May 18, 2010

The Tuesday Morning Links Emporium

Sorry we’re a day late with your weekly links, but everything has been a little up in the air and, of course, the weekend’s activities involving Lord Triesman required comment that couldn’t really be postponed. Anyway, this week’s links contain the application of Soccernomics to the World Cup, the pros and cons of allowing comments on your site, a sneak peak at next year’s Manchester United change shirt and a full review of the 2009/10 season in Scotland, as well as little more comment about the behaviour of the British press over the last couple of days. – As the general consensus starts to build that England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup is now hopelessly dead in the water, The Football Supporters Federation and Supporters Direct have issued a joint statement attacking the Mail On Sunday and calling on those that are in a position to do so to do what they can to salvage something from the wreckage. Meanwhile, Who Ate All The Pies share the viewpoint of this site, which is that no reasonably minded English football supporter should consider buying that particular rag (or, indeed, its sister paper) again. – “Got, Got, Got, Need” is an art exhibition taking place in London next month which will be featuring thirty-two footballers, each of which will be represented by a Panini-esque portrait. All proceeds will be going...

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World Cup Tales: When The Two Germanies Collided, 1974

The Cold War spread insiduously into every aspect of life between the end of the second world war and the end of the 1980s, and sport was no exception to this rule, whether it was the Soviets and Americans boycotting each others’ Olympic Games or Bobby Fischer facing off against Boris Spassky at chess in Rekjavik in 1972. Football was no exception to this rule, and perhaps the definitive meeting of captialism and communism on the football pitch came at the 1974 World Cup finals, when West Germany played East Germany in the group stage of the competition. Although the match was played at a time of relative detente in the overall scheme of the war itself, it was played at a time of high tension. The 1972 Olympic Games had been the scene of the Munich hostage crisis, and the recent actions of the Red Army Faction further intensified the nervousness surround the competition. Security was tight to the extent that guards with dogs patrolled the entrance of the West German team’s training camp, and the sense of unease spread into the camp itself, where a dispute over pay that threatened the appearance of several of the squad’s key players. Even the weather seemed to descend into pathetic fallacy, with pouring rain marring much of he early stages of the tournament. The dispute was resolved, but West Germany’s...

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