Friday Morning Football News
We comb the Internet for the soccer news so you don’t have to. Here are several intriguing stories that caught our eye that we believe you’ll be interested in reading:
- BBC News Presenter Revisits Hillsborough (BBC News). Mark Edwardson hadn’t been back to Hillsborough since the first time he had seen the crush in 1989. In this emotional and informative video, you see him driving up to Hillsborough and then walking you through to the Leppings Lane End and telling you about his experiences. A must-see video indeed.
- Fulham Is Not For Sale, At Least Right Now (Fulham FC). The club issues an official statement contrary to a story in The Evening Standard newspaper in England stating that Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed has no interest in selling the club.
- Fox Pan American Sports Publishes Its First HD Platform (Cloud Computing Journal). Fox Pan American Sports, who delivers Fox Sports in Latin America and Fox Sports en Español reaching over 37 million households throughout the Americas, is launching a new HD channel.
- England Teams Up With Twitter, Facebook and YouTube (The Guardian). No, it’s not the England national team nor the Premier League who are adopting social media, but instead it’s the England And Wales Cricket Board. It’s incredible over the past two decades how much the sports that were always viewed as traditional and old-fashioned (cricket and rugby) have become more modern while soccer is the sport that has remained traditional except for a few changes here and there. Back to cricket, the ideas mentioned in the article are fantastic. Are you paying attention, Premier League?
- A Football Experience Like No Other (Sports Illustrated). An SI columnist visits a pub in New York in search of English football and a traditional English breakfast and “coincidentally” runs into an American banker who is a mad Fulham fan. Interesting article to sum up the experience of many Americans across the country.
- English Football Still Terrified Of YouTube (And The Internet In General) (The Offside). Revealing article by Daryl Grove about the story of one bloke who uploaded 37 seconds of a League Two game to YouTube and found it was promptly removed by YouTube due to a copyright claim. Like the article says, the football authorities are in a never-ending battle that they’ll never win. Don’t get me started on this one!
- Banks Take Control At West Ham As Financial Crisis Deepens (The Guardian). Whenever I’ve written about West Ham’s financial problems and the jeopardy the club is in, I’ve always been met with a volley of comments from Hammers fans who are in complete denial saying that the article is full of lies. Looks like West Ham’s problems are going to get worse in the next few weeks when the club will be taken over by a consortium of international banks.
- Win Two Tickets to the Chelsea v Arsenal FA Cup Semi-Final This Weekend (Soccerlens). Hurry, the deadline is 9am ET today. Sorry for the last minute notice.
- First Soccer Movie Now Available On Hulu (Hulu). “Kicking It,” the story of thousands of players from around the world training hard to compete to be a part of the Homeless World Cup, is now available on Hulu. It’s 1 hour 38 minutes in length. I haven’t had a chance to watch it, but if you’re looking for a free movie to watch during these tough economic times, this may be your cup of tea.
- Win Tickets to the Football League Finale (Championship Talk). If you’re interested in trying to win tickets to one of the final games of the exciting Championship or League One or League Two, courtesy of Coca-Cola, head on over to Championship Talk.
- The Bundesliga Rumor Mill (Bundesliga Talk). Which Bundesliga stars have been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers? Find out, and more, with DoublePivot’s news article.
- National Teams Change Coaches In Search of South Africa (World Cup Buzz). George Metellus writes about the fallout that has been happening around the world with managers of national teams getting sacked as a result of poor results in World Cup qualification and/or in preparation for World Cup 2010.
- Barca vs The Madrid Media (La Liga Talk). Interesting article by Juan Arango about the bias in the Spanish media by the Madrid and Barcelona press.
- Soccer Thoughts On Jackie Robinson Day (Major League Soccer Talk). Fascinating article by Brian Zygo about the history of African-Americans in American soccer. So good, in fact, that Kick It Out (better known as ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’) added the article as the lead story on its home page.
Earlier this week, I promised to write an article about Hillsborough and the misinformation that is being spread around about what happened on that tragic day. Look out for that article sometime this weekend instead.