Written by Will Parchman

Hoo boy. This will not end well.

On Monday, England’s Telegraph ran with the scoop of the decade: former FIFA vice president Jack Warner may have accepted $1.2 million from a company controlled by a former Qatari soccer official just after the nation won its bid for the 2022 World Cup. That video is not a tacit admission that Warner is guilty, but how ironic is it that he’s walking into a local Trinidadian newspaper office as he’s harangued by a newspaper about impermissible benefits?

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Written by Will Parchman

Watch that video and tell me what you see.

Sepp Blatter is in Haiti on a much publicized CONCACAF tour, and the Blatter Experience was in full swing. Swaying through rutted dirt streets, shanties leaning over the crowded thoroughfares, Sepp swaggers through with a besuited entourage en route to a ribbon cutting. Stepping over and around the issue but never in it. The FIFA way.

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Written by The 91st

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Make no mistake about: Sports Illustrated’s Most Powerful People in sports is not a place for the athlete. This about the figures that wield the ultimate power behind the scenes: owners, presidents, agents …

And when it comes to the true shot-callers in sports, soccer answers to no one. Here are the people who are affiliated with soccer and ranked and SI’s list.

 

3. Philip Anschutz, AEG owner (LA Galaxy, part owners of Houston Dynamo)

4. John Skipper, ESPN president, admitted soccer fan

6. Stan Kroenke, Kroenke Sports Enterprises owner (owns Arsenal, Colorado Rapids)

7. Mark Lazarus, NBC  Sports Chairman (NBC broadcasts MLS, EPL in the fall)

12. Robert Kraft, Patriots/Revolution owner

16. Sepp Blatter, FIFA President

21. Richard Scudamore, Premier League CEO

29. Glazer Family, Manchester United owners

36. Sheikh Mansour, Man City owner

 

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Written by Dill Pickle

The soccer world got all dressed up Monday for FIFA’s Ballon d’Or gala. People danced and sang and Messi’s suit broke out in a rash – it was good times all around.

Then the moment of truth arrived and the player of the year awards were announced. Hope Solo presented the Women’s World Player of the year to teammate Abby Wambach, who beat Alex Morgan and Marta for the honor. Marta was quoted as saying: Congrats on your ONE, Abby … I have FIVE (loosely translated).

Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro arrived to present the men’s award. The tension was thick … or was that just Sepp Blatter hogging stage space? When Messi was announced the winner, Cristiano Ronaldo sucked his teeth so loudly it created microphone feedback.

Ronaldo digested the news, connected the dots (on Messi’s suit) and there was applause and forced smiles. The end.

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

It’s about time Sepp!
My two least favorite arguments against technology in sports are that it will remove the human element from the game and that there is traditional value in the methods that have been used for years. This means that you are ok with a home run being called a foul ball, a touchdown catch being called out of bounds, a three being called a two, and a game-changing goal being taken away. I DON’T GET IT!

I guess I just have to come to terms with the fact that there are certain things in life that I will never get.

Things I don’t get:

    *Pizza box is a square. Pizza is a circle. Pizza slice is a triangle.*It’s called double-u even though it’s double-v. (W) 

    *Six Flags uses an old creepy dancing man to attract children.

    *The point of cursive.

Sorry, I blacked out for minute. The point is that soccer needs to stop being so afraid of change. It would take less than 2 minutes to review a goal and we can finally stop listening to those Bloody Brits complaining about Lampard’s disallowed goal in the World Cup. (which you can see after the jump)

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Written by Jahmal Corner

By Jahmal Corner

You hear that? It’s the growing chorus of opposition to penalty kicks. Like clockwork, soccer’s imperfect tiebreaker comes under fire every now and again, whenever a match we care about ends unceremoniously in PKs.

But this time the resistance seems to have some real clout, with Sepp Blatter commissioning the exploration of alternative ideas.

Hey Sepp, here’s an idea: LEAVE PENALTY KICKS ALONE! Unless, that is, you’re not a fan of can’t-take-your-eyes-off-the-screen-drama.

The truth is, for all of the moaning about the injustice of deciding a game in 1v1 fashion, penalty kicks are the most exciting five minutes in all of sports.

The next time you turn off the television as two teams prepare for penalty kicks will be the first. Because when it comes to entertainment value, PKs never disappoint. They consolidate much of what’s great about the game while eliminating the few things that aren’t (not enough action … teams play too defensively).

Is it fair? Well, is Brandi Chastain the soccer queen of the sports bra?

The answer is yes, people, yes. As long as both sides get the same opportunity to score we’re not breaching any code of fairness here. More importantly, having teams play on beyond a full 90 and an overtime may sound like a good idea until you’ve actually witnessed it (ever watched the Boston Marathon? I didn’t think so).

No thank you, I’d rather stick with penalty kicks. I love them, and so do you.

 

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Written by Seth Burleigh

Well, not exactly.  But it isn’t too far off…

Today, Sepp Blatter and FIFA commissioned Franz Beckenbauer and “the league of extraordinary gentlemen his panel of experts” to explore alternative solutions to penalty kicks.  Clearly, in response to last week’s Champions League Final that ended on penalties.

All I can say is, THANK GOD.  It is hands-down the single worst “overtime” in all of sports.  Even the old NFL structure (where only one team got the ball) was better because at least it partially preserved the Team vs. Team concept.  How can you take the ultimate team game, and decide the outcome in a 1v1 manner?  It’s hypocritical.  It’s cruel.  It’s uncreative.  I’d rather see a team dance competition, or crown the winner of a team multiple choice exam.

Here is my (the right) proposed solution:  After 120 Minutes >> untimed Golden Goal.

You would need to allow more substitutions (including switching out the referee), but the game needs to be decided on the field, and by the teams.  In my opinion, this only strengthens the team concept, because the depth of your team (top-to-bottom) will be on display. The best team (20+ guys), not just the best 11, would win.

Now Sepp, we need to discuss my payment…

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini died Saturday after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing on the field during a Serie B match at Pescara.

The 25-year-old player is the latest in a series of recent on-field futbol tragedies. Indian player D. Venkatesh died on the field last month while Fabrice Muamba famously faced a life-threatening moment as well.

Morosini fell to the ground in the first half and attempted unsuccessfully to get up. He was pronounced dead upon reaching the hospital.

The match was suspended with Livorno leading 2-0.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter tweeted (in Italian):

“Only tears. There are no words to express what I tried to when I found out about Piermario Morosini’s death. The tragedy which hit everyone who wished him well, is a source of great pain for football fans.”

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Written by Jahmal Corner

The scandalous nature of FIFA is well documented. The World Cup bribes, the political maneuvering for high profile positions, the fact that Sepp Blatter is still in charge, the list goes on. We’ve heard of all the match-fixing in [name the country] by players, coaches, presidents, referees, and other officials.

And this just in: another illegal scam in Malaysia that raked in up to $1 billion dollars:

“The highly-organized and well-funded ring operated for a month from several luxury properties in an upscale gated community – home to several ministers and former cabinet members,” The Star Newspaper reported.

A preliminary examination of the ring’s records indicate it may have taken in nearly four billion ringgit ($1.3 billion) in bets and fraudulent income over that period…”

What is it about soccer, futbol, fusball, whatever you want to call it that opens itself up to illegal activity? The supposed beautiful game has a pretty awful ugly side too. I suppose there will always be crooks throughout the world and since soccer is the #1 sport in the world it opens itself up to myriad of illicit opportunities. But I can’t help but wonder what Cruyff, Pele or Best are thinking now. The sport they nurtured, now seems to be the easiest to exploit. If only these idiots listened to the fans a little, either that or let us hand out red cards.

 

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