21 posts tagged World Cup
21 posts tagged World Cup
Love this creative campaign by @trivelafutebol to solve Colombia and global football fans’ World Cup problems in one fell swoop. “NATURALIZE IBRA!”
Jordanian World Cup banner from today’s qualifier.
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Another treasure unearthed from Roger’s vaults: Back in 1978, football was an altogether less commercial entity and anyone that wanted to create a World Cup product could produce one, licensing be damned. Hence English schoolyards were stuffed with the classic card set WORLD CUP 1978 TOP TRUMPS. A simple game whose instructions are re-produced on the second card above. It’s beauty lay in the fact that football was so insular back in those days, all of the players were unknown to us and exotic. England had failed to qualify, and as we played countless games of cards, the names “Platini, Deyna, and Daniel Killer” became impressed upon our imaginations…
A big win for the U.S. deserves a big pod. In our World Cup special, the Men in Blazers praise America, mourn England, and tag on a bonus interview with Bob Bradley.
On the streets of downtown Salvador. Similarity to Rog’s handwriting entirely coincidental. "Peace, health, education, free bus pass, f*** the World Cup."
Bob the Raven takes in his first World Cup qualifier with GFOP Bill Carty. We couldn’t be more proud.
With Michael Davies away, Rog goes solo, welcoming USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann to the pod. Fresh from the March of the Penguins win against Costa Rica, and a gutsy draw in the Azteca thunderdome, Klinsmann candidly discusses his own identity, management style, change strategy, and vision for American soccer’s future. He is also willing to broach the big topics: the heroic role Kyle Beckerman could play for the US team at World Cup 2014 in Rio.
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The Men in Blazers go global in this week’s pod as Roger Bennett reports live from the most violent city in the world (in 2011) ahead of the United States’ World Cup qualifier against Honduras. Merry Hexmas one and all!
Meanwhile, over on the other continent, the Blazers recap a weekend of Premier League football marred by dropped points for Manchester City, Chelsea, and Everton. The pod’s dual attractions include an update on the Men in Blazers National Team, and a no-holds-barred interview with one of football’s most powerful men, a representative of football park staple Pukka Pies. Michael and Roger then offer listeners a chance to win their very own case of pies — the last obstacle to America becoming a true football nation will soon be a thing of the past.
Fox Soccer’s Rob Stone corrupts the competition… Hipster Sir Ian Darke.
In light of today’s World Cup qualifying clash between the U.S. Men’s National Team and mighty Antigua & Barbuda, Michael Davies and Roger Bennett were graced by the dignified presence of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer on this morning’s SiriusXM program. His Excellency surveys his own national side, explains the whole Barbuda thing, and soothes the Blazered Ones’ concerns for piddling England.
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Meet the endangered armadillo that will serve as the official mascot of the 2014 World Cup. FIFA will soon hold a vote to decide the mascot’s name. How do you say Toilet in Portuguese?
Jurgen Klinsmann’s secret weapon.
In this week’s Men in Blazers podcast, Roger interviews legendary referee Abraham Klein about the 1970 World Cup, his days in the NASL, and how he’d deal with today’s petulant players. For more on Klein and his incredible personal narrative, check out Rob Smyth’s recent feature in the Guardian.