Whether it’s a controversy over goal-line technology, a linesman plastered across newspapers after a dubious call, or a referee put to the sword after falling prey to a bit of simulation in the box, football is a sport preoccupied with its own minutiae. So much so, that for all the vitriol and passion that trails every small incident on the pitch, it’s often easy to forget that at the end of the day, football is just a game.
San Sebastian-based artist Maider López built upon that premise with her Polder Cup project, where she hosted a football tournament in Southern Holland across a series of mismatched pitches. From jagged boundary lines to hollows and bumps littering the field and even ditches of water splitting fields in two, Maider parodied the rigid official rule-set by creating a situation in which players had to adapt their strategy and interpretation of the rules to the environment around them.
11:50 pm • 8 September 2014 • 770 notes
Luis Suarez: Newsmaker of the year
By Anthony Lopopolo
A villain makes a story, and Luis Suarez made a lot of them this year. He bit a player on the field – not for the first time! – and months later he travelled to London to accept an award. He got suspended for 10 matches and he still scored more goals than any other player in the Premier League. He thought he could leave Liverpool, only to sign a new contract with them worth £200,000 a week. He is a paradox and he is flawed, and may Luis Suarez never change.
An excellent take on Suarez’s paradoxically brilliant year.
2:56 am • 30 December 2013 • 495 notes
Kicking in the mountains of Bhutan: Changlimethang Stadium
Definitely added to the list of places I need to play
2:24 am • 9 December 2013 • 282 notes
The World Cup Draw Survival Guide
With only hours until the World Cup draw that we’ve waited years for - the World Cup draw which will effectively decide your team’s fate next summer - we thought it was a decent idea to offer a few tips that could come in handy while you struggle to maintain your composure. We can’t make any promises, but if you follow these tips, we’re sure you’ll make it through at least the first hour of coverage. After that, it’s on you.
- Expect to insult the unexpected (i.e. “Bosnia’s main export is leather? Haha, what are you, ….a…a…cow?”)
- Expect a major period of emotional turmoil. Keep kleenex, a snuggie and your illicit Football Manager addiction nearby; use them generously: this draw is going to last 3 hours.
- Prepare your pop culture references to maintain your sanity. Remember who the real enemy is.
- If your nation is placed in a group of death, there will probably be good cultural cuisine involved. Be ready to eat your emotions.
Never underestimate the healing powers of good cultural cuisine
1:11 am • 6 December 2013 • 367 notes
A Trip to England’s 9th Tier: Penrith FC
Penrith Football Club, founded in 1894, are members of the Ebac Northern League Division One, the 9th tier the English league pyramid. In 2009, they relocated to a new stadium at Frenchfield Park after the development of Penrith New Squares took over the site of their historical home, Southend Road. Nathen McVittie grabbed his camera and propped it up right next to the pitch to experience Penrith FC for the first time.
Nothing quite like non league.
4:54 am • 5 December 2013 • 134 notes