Posts tagged football
Posts tagged football
“Messi” by Daniel Kliger
Oil on canvas. 18x24.
“Sport seems to me the best expression of modernism. It is a balance between war and art, competition and beauty. Lionel Messi, as one of our greatest footballers, is also our greatest warrior and our greatest artist. Here Messi finds himself in an impressionist landscape and under the more violent sky of a war painting like Benjamin West’s ‘The Death of General Wolfe.’”
Daniel Kliger lives in New York City, where he attends Columbia University. We’re delighted to be featuring “Messi” on AFR. [Posted by Eric]
I was browsing ESPN FC and saw “Eden Hazard kicks ball boy,” as a headline. At first I thought, “What?!” and proceeded to watch a video where the Chelsea player inexplicably kicks a 17-year-old Welsh ball boy in the ribs.
Bad choice Eden Hazard. Unfortunately for you, this will be a career-defining moment. There is so much talk about villains in soccer/football - about those who master in the so called “dark arts” of feigning injury and falling over after being breathed on wrong. This moment was unlike those, it was a clear example of sporting villainy.
Believe it or not, people in my profession get paid to produce things like this…
Update: this video was featured on ESPN’s College Football Live on Aug. 24.
My first day in summary:
It’s started! It didn’t really feel like work, but I did work hard.
“One of the benefits of not having a career is the ability to watch major sporting events when they roll around. The latest one is the European Championships for soccer (football) held over the next month. The tournament opens tomorrow with host Poland facing off against 2004 Champs Greece at 9:30 a.m. (MST). I smell a draw, and a boring one at that. Prediction 0-0 with an over/under of two goals scored total (1-1).” - DangerDTM on Jun. 8
Look at the last line, the game report can be found here.
Kevin can attest to this.
One of the benefits of not having a career is the ability to watch major sporting events when they roll around. The latest one is the European Championships for soccer (football) held over the next month. The tournament opens tomorrow with host Poland facing off against 2004 Champs Greece at 9:30 a.m. (MST). I smell a draw, and a boring one at that. Prediction 0-0 with an over/under of two goals scored total (1-1).
I chose the Germans to win this tournament about five weeks ago, so I really hope that they come through for me. To me they have the most stable, consistent, and injury free team heading into the tournament with relatively few distractions - aside from the fact that a significant portion of their side plays for Bayern Munich and lost the Champions League Final to Chelsea last month.
Since some of you are English, I thought I’d offer something about the English national side competing in Group D with France, Sweden (again), and co-hosts Ukraine. Having viewed Sky Sports News and the BBC the past few days, it seems to me that the expectations for the team heading into a major tournament are at a low, a level not seen in some time. Every pundit seems to think this may work to England’s advantage because of the relative lack of pressure from the fan base and media.
From my point of view and based on previous posts, the hiring of Roy Hodgson was an outstanding effort by the FA to hire someone who was the complete opposite of Jose Mourinho - at least in terms of personality. That said, the man tends to be pragmatic just like the “Special One,” employing tactics designed to get results at the expense of the much desired sexy, attacking, free-flowing football wanted by the fan base.
Hodgson does have the ability to guide squads with modest talent and resources to positive results at the club and international level. England is a mid-table side on the international level, so perhaps he can overachieve. If anything else, perhaps he can deploy a side that can gain valuable experience as he readies for the World Cup qualifiers, it seems like a prime opportunity to do so. Winning/getting results in tricky games looms large in the Qualifiers and the fixtures against Sweden and Ukraine (on its own turf) certainly fit the bill.
England is probably the second-best team in their group on paper but I think Group D is unpredictable. I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up top or bottom of the group. However, my instinct tells me they’ll make it to the Quarterfinals with France.
At least one time a day, I imagine that I am a European soccer (football) star. Usually I take a free kick or penalty kick. Once I put the ball in play, the overwhelming roar of the imaginary crowd compels me to celebrate in my customary manner (which is pretty awesome.)
I love this story for several reasons:
1. When I was younger, my parents insisted I put my name on my sports equipment so it could find its way back to me if lost - even if it was lost in a natural disaster. Props to the 16-year old for listening to his wise Japanese parents (which I also have and I am constantly feel baffled about how frequently their advice rings true as an adult.) This is the one thing that humans had control over.
2. I feel that football (soccer) unites the world like no other sport and this incident provides even more evidence of that. I have no doubt that should a soccer ball lost in the 2005 tsunami in Indonesia finds its way to Chile, the ball would be returned (assuming there was a name on it.)
3. The fact that the ball was found at all is a miracle. Its survival defies inconceivable odds - there was probably a 99.8% chance the ball would/should have sunk to the bottom of the Pacific.
“If a soccer ball can survive a tsunami, travel 3400 miles across the sea over a 13 month time span and get mailed back to its owner because he put his name on the ball, then I can (fill in something that seems impossible here.)”
My family vacated the house today, so I had the option to stay home and enjoy whatever programming I wanted. I usually don’t watch too much TV, but these programs were on the agenda: