At the confluence of football and fishing:
It’s a two-year deal according to Reuters. This comes after an operational split between Italy’s second-tier professional football league and Serie A.
This is an old article from Variety (plunked from an unfinished post by @huffcity) but kinda interesting, especially to see if it has played out to be true. Basically, it says that the World Cup — June 11-July 11 — has put a real crimp in Hollywood’s movie release schedule, particularly in Europe, where they’re presuming every debut would be a flop.
Personally, I think they should just re-run Victory non-stop:
For those of us playing in the Wicked Chops FC Fantasy Pool, it all starts to mean something now that we move through the group stage.
Our group has 203 people in it … and one of my squads — Go Alexi Lalas! — is tied for 15th place!
Yes, I said one of my squads, plural. I first saw @Chazbeaner, the group’s creator, had two teams … Chazbeaner Real and Chazbeaner Wish. I was reading Real like ray-al, not reel. Anyhow, I don’t think I can win the prizes anyway, so screw off. My other team, Ditka, is doing less well. But I did recognize the power of Uruguay. And in both flights got USA #1, ENG #2 … But I didn’t give the Mexicans enough credit, and I thought too highly of the Serbians chances as a post-war, rebuilt nation to have the heart to be the first-round Cinderella.
Have been having a hard time explaining to my otherwise intelligent friends over on the poker-media side of the world how thrilling non-scoring can be … funny front page (and a great hedline!) … seen by me on Facebook via Mad & Homer:
A little more South Africa from Afar … here’s a list of places you’ll be able to watch matches over the internet via free streaming video:
Just starting to set up my bookmarks and twitter follows for the World Cup. Already friggin’ excited … just filled out my bracket, and I gotta say, I’m such a homer — I’ve got USA losing to Brazil in the semis.
Anyhow, the Washington Post is set to give us one new site, and one old one — both of which seem worthy of checking out (for now):
Steven Goff’s Soccer Insider here.
And the new Wapocup here.
Not so sure about this posterous site … plan seems to be for a group fan-blog chock-full of user-submitted content. Have seen that fail many times in many different genres before — especially with hedlines such as “Here we go!” — but maybe the power of the Washington Post combined with the World FRIGGIN Cup will be enough to give it at least a month’s worth of legs?
More click-worthy links TK for sure, as well as probably a few that turn out to be better suited for unbookmarking eventually.
Check it out … Soccerati has partnered with the dudes at Wicked Chops for a joint World Cup fantasy bracket venture. Actual prizes will be in play. (What they are we don’t know yet, but @AlCantHang has offered to buy the winner a shot of SoCo … so we’ve got at least that much already to play for.)
Anyhow, here are the deets on getting in on the action. Sign up and forward to your friends — enourage them to play on ESPN in the Wicked Chops FC group:
First select which two teams will advance out of each the eight groups. The order you select them – 1st or 2nd – determines where they are placed in the 16-team bracket. Then predict the winner of the 15 bracket matches throughout the Finals. All picks lock with the first kickoff on Friday, June 11, 2010. Good luck!
Get in the action now:
Group: Wicked Chops FC
I’m just starting to get my mind around this World Cup that’s ready to fall upon us. Perhaps shamefully, I missed the whole second half of this EPL season … playoffs included. (Do they call it “playoffs” in Europe?)
Big thanks to AlCantHang and Joe Speaker for sharing bits and pieces here so I could have at least a bit of a clue what’s been going on. (Go USA!)
Anyhow, I swear I’m not a soccer moron … I just happen to have been one recently. But thus, as I begin to figure out my World Cup Days, they will surely include regular visits to probably a half dozen or so soccer websites to see what’s up. Naturally, my first and last stops will be Soccerati … because, frankly, I trust you guys to keep me better informed and intelligently engaged than a website from some random hooligan.
But I will be seeking other perspectives, too, and one of them will come from a Brit pal of mine who happens to live in Germany. He’s @DaveAllan on twitter — Sang needn’t worry, he’s a Liverpool guy, not some douchethug Gooner — and he runs the Betfair Blog over on the poker side of the world.
He and his mate’s new soccer blog, er, sorry, an “England World Cup” blog is A2B World Cup. Check it out … as I will be because it should be particularly fun during the group stage.
BTW, since this is will be my first World Cup perusing the soccer blogosphere, let me know if there are any other sites — American or British — I should be sure not to miss … especially as it relates to Group C play.
I hardly get how to use them, but you can track matches and compare stats with the Guardian’s new Interactive Chalkboards feature. Right now it’s all about Premier League, but I can only imagine they’ll have the same movable data display available for World Cup 2010, too.
Football management newbies like myself should check out the FAQ here.
We’ve long been seeing the confluence of poker and soccer. But some of the football people just don’t quite get it yet … the whole gentleman’s game component. Outbursts are not uncommon in poker — but there’s an understanding, whatever you do, don’t mess with the chips … and if you’re gonna come to blows take it away from the table so you don’t slow down the action as authorities come to arrest you.
Check out what happened this weekend at the World Poker Tour’s stop in Bucharest. Football agent Giovani Becali was playing, but supposedly got frustrated at another player hogging the masseuse, and somewhere along the way lost it — throwing chips in the air and cocking his arm as an invitation for the altercation to come to blows:
This was the biggest poker tournament in the history of Romania — so having a brash Romanian sports agent playing seemed a great fit. But after seeing the video of Becali’s spitting in a sportscaster’s face, I can only imagine what it might be like doing a bust-out interview with him.
Earlier this year, Becali got into it with Fiorentina management over his public courting of Man City for his client Adrian Mutu.
Here’s a nifty video showing the vehicles driven by the best (and best-paid) footballers out there.
Not to give away the ending, but here’s a breakdown of who drives what:
Peter Crouch – Aston Martin D89
Didier Drogba – Mercedes SL 65
Andriy Schevchenko – Ferrari F360
Zlatan Ibrahimovich – Ferrari F430 Spyder
Ryan Giggs – Bentley Continental GT
Xabi Alonso – Range Rover Sport 4.4
Wayne Rooney – Lamboghini Gallardo
Thierry Henry – Astin Martin Vanquish
Cristiano Ronaldo – Audi R8
Sol Campbell – BMW X5
Alessandro Del Pierro – Fiat 500
David Beckham – Aston Martin D87
Fernando Torres – Audi Q7
Steven Gerrard – Range Rover Vogue
Ruud van Nistelrooij – Mercedes M-Class
Michael Essien – Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
Here’s where this weekend’s games stand for profit-minded punters:
The British press seems to like him, and suggests that he’s offering quite the valueable boost to Everton.
I don’t really get this video (any French translators out there?) but I think it’s a statement about Thiery Henry’s scoring Cup-altering goals with improper body parts: