(December 15) – On 19 December 2009, Pep Guardiola stood and wept in the middle of Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The 38-year-old Barcelona manager clasped a hand across his face as his body gave way to huge, shoulder-heaving sobs. Zlatan Ibrahimović, the club’s towering Swedish striker, wrapped a tattooed arm around Guardiola’s neck and then gave him a vigorous push in order to jolt him out of it. But Guardiola could not stop. Continue reading
Tag Archives: Manchester United
THROUGH campaigns such as Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card, FIFA and world football (soccer) have presented themselves as anti-racist while portraying the source of racism as being the people (i.e., fans) and not something condoned by and organized by the highest levels of society. The reaction of two of the richest and most powerful English football clubs to recent allegations of prejudice in their own ranks illustrates the double standards and damning admissions of those professing high ideals. IAN PRIOR of the London Guardian newspaper comments.
Extensive research into trafficking of young African players reveals that such major European clubs as Manchester United and Chelsea systematically use loopholes in the regulation to recruit youth players from the African continent, leaving up to 20,000 former footballers living on the streets of European cities. Continue reading
By TONY SEED*
Editorial, Shunpiking Magazine
September, 2000, Volume 5, Number 5, Issue #36
In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams. – Olympic oath
THE HUE AND CRY by the sports media about drug infractions and “cheats” in the current Olympics in Sydney, Australia reminds us that there is a murkier, unsporting side to the promotion of international athletics. The intense debate about sport and the responsibilities of athletes also brings to mind an old question; who does sport serve? Is the problem in sport just one of individual athletes? Continue reading
Essay by MIKE MARQUSEE, Frontline
Yet in the trial much opinion dwells.
– William Shakespeare, in Troilus and Cressida
EVERYWHERE TODAY, sport commands an increasing proportion of the public discourse – in advertising and politics, newspapers (front page as well as back), television and the Internet. More Londoners watched the telecast of the England vs Germany football confrontation in Euro 2000 in June than bothered to vote in the recent first-ever elections for a London Mayor. Continue reading
By Neil deMause
IN THE 1930s, legendary hockey owner Conn Smythe was displeased by newspaper coverage of his Toronto Maple Leafs. Smythe’s solution: He approached Toronto Star publisher Joe Atkinson with a promise to take out $20,000 in advertising annually. In exchange, Atkinson would raise his hockey writers’ salaries by $20,000 – as a reward for more “honest” reporting. Continue reading