The Week That Was

February 17, 2012 § 3 Comments

Zlatan Ibrahimovich celebrates after scoring against Arsenal

Yay Herve Renard! Yay fitted cotton shirts! Yay for the grand narrative! Sometimes — and if you’re Ivory Coast-inclined, then apologies, but come on — football just gets it right. Here’s Spirit of Mirko on Zambia’s Cup of Nations victory.

Arsenal, meanwhile, got skelped in Milan. Before the game, Miguel Delaney examined Arsene Wenger’s obsession with Europe; an itch that, on Wednesday’s showing, looks some distance from the scratching.

Lanterne Rouge looked at sustainability in football for The Two Unfortunates.

The remarkable story of Tony Hudd, a journalist banned from Gillingham Town since 1998 for something Tony Pulis said in an interview somebody else did.

Andy Hudson looks at the struggles faced by Swedish youth players that move to England.

Alex Hess compares Stewart Downing to a steaming pile holds forth on the iniquity/inadequacy of statistics.

From the ever wonderful Two Hundred Percent’s series of European Championship Stories, here’s two long-but-worth it pieces about the magnificent 1972 West Germany side, and the origins of the penalty shoot-out. (Panenka!)

And if you only read one of these, then make it this one. Rob Smyth looks back at 17 November 1993, the last day of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. (Bodin …)

Finally, two things that have nothing to do with football, but are still pleasing: American Psycho rewritten in the style of PG Wodehouse (“The affair of the inferior business card is one which casts rather a gloom over the otherwise illustrious annals of Bateman family history …”) and the book Martin Amis wrote, but won’t admit to, or talk about: a guide to arcade machines entitled Invasion of the Space Invaders (“The phalanx of enemy invaders moves laterally across a grid not much wider than itself.”)

Nothing from me this week, yet. Here’s Herve Renard carrying injured full-back Joseph Musonda to the celebrations. Have a good weekend.


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