May 2010

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The Supporters Trust Movement Reaches Serie A

Yesterday was an important day in Italian Football Culture, as Serie A’s first Supporters Trust – Azionariato Popolare AS Roma – was formed, as the first attempt to run a football club by the fans in Italy. Azionariato Popolare AS Roma are the second Trust to be formed it Italy, after Società Cooperativa Modena Sport Club was formed in 2008, by fans of Serie B Modena.

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May 28, 2010
Ian

World Cup Preview: Group G

The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off in just two weeks today, which is so exciting the hair on my legs keeps on spontaneously erupting into flames. By this time next week – when your correspondent Dotmund (to use his Brazilian footballer nickname) completes his guide to the groups – all the final squads will be announced and we’ll be good to go. This is especially useful for him, as he’s just realised he’s not written the preview for Group H yet. Group G, however, is in the can. Let’s suckle at the teat of knowledge and learn about the fortunes of Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast and Portugal.

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May 28, 2010
Ted

Shit Shot Mungo: Substitute! S02E02

There are only two weeks now to go until the World Cup finals, and with Mungo McCrackas having decided to cycle to South Africa rather than fly (he apparently insists that it is “good for his guns”), this week we have another episode of “Substitute!”. In this week’s extract, some of the Heart of Clackmannanshire’s…

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May 27, 2010
Ian

World Cup Tales: The Murder Of A Footballer, 1994

In amongst the razzamatazz of the 1994 World Cup, which kicked off with Diana Ross putting a penalty kick wide of the goal during the opening ceremony and finished with Roberto Baggio putting one over in a penalty shoot-out that seemed pre-ordained to follow a desperately bad final between Italy and Brazil, the darkest of…

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May 26, 2010
Ian

East Stirlingshire Lose Their Sugar Daddy

The resignation last week of East Stirlingshire’s Vice-Chairman Spencer Fearn marks the end of another chapter for a club who have been through the mill over the past decade, and leaves their immediate prospects a little uncertain. Contract offers to players have been put on hold while the club works out a new budget, and manager Jim McInally has offered to take a pay cut in order to stay on.

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May 26, 2010
Ian

Are Wednesday & Palace Cracking Up?

A brave, or foolhardy, contributor to the Sheffield Wednesday fans’ website “Owlstalk” last week asked the straightforward question “Who did what?” about club chairman Lee Strafford’s recent departure. The last time I dared look at the thread, it had stretched to 57 pages of responses but barely an answer. Meanwhile, at Crystal Palace, former chairman…

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May 25, 2010
Mark

World Cup Tales: The Story Of The First World Cup, 1930

It should come as no great surprise to any seasoned FIFA watchers that the entire history of the organisation has been about its politicking, and still less that this has frequently extended itself into the hosting of its showpiece tournament, the World Cup. When we go back as far as to look at the formation…

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May 24, 2010
Ian
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