Stories about FIFA

Local event overshadowed by Football World Cup

While the whole country is busy admiring Messi’s magic, showing their depression over unfair sending off for Kaka, and worried about England’s hope of winning silverware, there are a few lads out there in People’s Stadium, Karachi representing their cities in Pakistan’s 2nd edition of Super Football League.  Teams from Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Islamabad and Quetta are fighting head to head, to win this years tournament. I mentioned in a previous post, that the decision to organize this event right when World Cup fever was high was a wrong one and lacked planning to organize this event when World Cup ...

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Definitions of Vuvuzela: The farangi dictionary!

vu·vu·zela –noun 1.  An object whose potential noise experience at the FIFA World Cup 2010 will always be missed by David Beckham, Ronaldinho, Michael Ballack, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Essien. 2. A stadium horn devised to produce ultrasonic waves as well as shock waves which shall now be the national election symbol of all African politicians. 3.  A gift which every European is destined to present to his African friend, on the next Thanksgiving Day! 4. The cure for healing hearing disorders and choked ears, produced as a result of an extensive African teen-age medical research! *Not to forget the complaints from Europe and others During ...

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France’s defeat, Zidane’s ultimate vindication

You were there when that red card was shown that changed your feelings about the Italian Football team forever, we all were. In fact I struggle to think of an event since 9/11 that shocked such a large audience watching their TV sets, in what was a relatively calm atmosphere some 5 minutes prior to the fact. The truth is that Zinedine Zidane carried France through to the Final of the 2006 World Cup almost single handedly. That he potentially threw away what was probably the best four weeks of football he ever played with an emotionally charged head butt ...

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Three old men intent on ruining the World Cup

In the modern game of football, it is argued that national team coaches can only do so much. The players, after all are all (theoretically) at the top of their game. They all belong to club sides which keep them in shape and hone their skills and the national team coach is little more than a cheerleader, tagged along for the ride, watching them do their thing. This is mind numbingly blithering and gut wrenchingly wrong. For proof, I provide you with three exhibits, each seemingly intent on taking something beautiful, and ruining it. Exhibit A is our old friend Diego, coaching ...

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Kicking off the World Cup: The contenders, Part I

With the FIFA World Cup 2010 well and truly underway, it’s time to take a look at the performances of the traditional heavyweights. From the qualifiers, three teams stood out as strong contenders: Spain, Brazil, and England. The champions in 2006, Italy, did not particularly impress in the run up to South Africa 2010, while their fellow finalists France achieved qualification in what can only be described as dubious circumstances (just don’t ask the Irish.) Argentina’s presence has required a fair bit of divine intervention, while both Germany and the Netherlands championed the no-fuss approach. How did these teams actually ...

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Bullets, drugs and football

Lyari is considered one of the most dangerous places in Karachi due to ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry in the area. Certain parts of the town are literally controlled by gangs and municipal authorities have no power. This is the common statement you will hear from people of Karachi. But despite all those gang wars, bloodshed and police operations, love and passion for football or soccer is not dead in this part of Karachi. A few days back, a newly started gang war took dozens of lives but that doesn’t stop any Lyariite from cheering for their favorite team in ...

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World Cup fever: Spain, your time has come

Forget the fact that the country’s domestic football structure is in crisis, with the Primera Division breaking away from the rest of the league, and within that division two teams dominating both play and income to the point that their next challenger, Valencia, was a spectacular 25 points behind them. Twenty five points. That’s just ten less than relegated Xerez managed all season. No, forget the epic battle for footballing supremacy that left both Barca and Real Madrid with a points total that was “freakin’ barbaric”, according to Barca coach Pep Guardiola, because now it’s time for the World Cup, where ...

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