Posts from ‘July, 2012’

Men talking Women’s Soccer

This is the sort of ingrained, groan-inducing male attitude the Women’s game faces. Earnest snark from this guy here who says people are essentially lying about the quality of women’s soccer…… Continue reading

Now on iTunes

Thanks Heavens for the USA – Yes, you CAN buy The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness & Meaning of Soccer as an ITunes book

Five things to remember about the Summer Games

Jorge Hugo Giraldo Lopez of Colombia runs during a gymnastics training session at the O2 Arena before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London July 25, 2012.(BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS)

Brace yourself & be skeptical as the mind-boggling manipulative Olympic TV coverage starts. 5 Things to Remember… (#1, Snark is ok…)… Continue reading

‘Dear Meathead’ – how TV and sports drive people crazy

Angry English footy fan(simon askham/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

“Dear Meathead” – what people write to Sports writers, Arts writers & others foolish enough to report & analyze in the newspaper, (includes memories of World Cup 2006 in Germany..)… Continue reading

Barcelona sign Zak Gilsenan the ‘Irish Messi’, aged nine

Nine year-old “Irish Messi” signs for Barcelona

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Toronto FC in talks to sign Sweden international defender Olof Mellberg

Cometh the hour, cometh the Big Man. Toronna FC in talks to bring in giant Swedish defender Olof Mellberg, it says… Continue reading

Toronto FC sends De Guzman packing

Toronto FC ‘s Julian de Guzman (left) battles for the ball with DC United’s Dwayne DeRosario during first half MLS action in Toronto on Saturday May 5, 2012. (The Canadian Press)

“…the darkness that has engulfed Toronto FC since Day 1 may just be a passing cloud and not the eternal night that many predicted it to be.’ Julian de Guzman out. Who is the DP coming in..?

Please, God, make it a capable defender

John Terry’s life and ‘crimes’

From 9/11 knucklehead remarks to Not Guilty of Racial Abuse – Ten-plus years of John Terry weirdness, in pictures. A sterling reminder…

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Top Soccer Books to Read This Summer

John Doyle captures some World Cup magic including Zidanes infamous headbuttMike Hewitt/Getty Images

Oh Lookee here – Yes, My book, The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness & Meaning of Soccer, is # 4 on Bleacher Report’s Top Soccer Books to Read This Summer… Continue reading

John’s Reviews |The World is a Ball

Is informed he’s on the Fox Soccer Report, talking The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness & Meaning of Soccer. A book you really must read… Continue reading

A Canadian guy at Euro 2012 meets the real Canadian guys

John Doyle along with some fellow Canadians on a train in Poland.(The Globe and Mail)

A missing piece from the Euro 2012 story – how I ended up on a train, in a hockey helmet, drinking beer with Canadian guys in Team Canada outfits, plus an anti-Euro protest, a priest and good times… Continue reading

Euro 2012 champions Spain in a class of their own

Spain’s goalkeeper Iker Casillas celebrates after third goal during their Euro 2012 final soccer match against Italy at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012. (Eddie Keogh/REUTERS)

And…The Final Report from Euro 2012, I was in Kiev for Final – Spain’s victory means its tactics and thinking will be copied endlessly. And yet it is hard to imagine that its success, let alone its methods, can ever be matched…isn’t it?… Continue reading

Momentum with Italy at Euro 2012, Spanish era may end as it began

Italy’s Mario Balotelli arrives for a training session ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, June 30, 2012. (Darko Vojinovic/The Associated Press)

In Kiev for Euro 2012 Final. We can only speculate but..Momentum is with Italy, Spain era could end as it began at Euro2008, against Italy, it says here…… Continue reading