Patriotic support | The fifth photo-contest winner

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Copyright © 2006 Ruth Franklin | Vinson Gallery

Artist Ruth Franklin of Decatur, Georgia—the Global Game’s hometown—submits from East Anglia our fifth photo-contest winner. Unidentified England supporters in Norwich appear hopeful before the penalty-kick phase in the quarterfinal versus Portugal on 1 July 2006. After managing to convert just one of its spot kicks, however, England again crashed out of a major tournament. Writes When Saturday Comes (Aug 06):

One view is that if you’re taking part in a lot of shootouts it’s because you’re not doing very well at the business of actually winning matches in normal play.

Franklin is a studio artist represented by Decatur’s Vinson Gallery. Her work has featured previously in this space (see 10 Jun 06).

The Global Game offers a logo T-shirt, delivered worldwide, to winners of the regular photo contest. We select the image that best represents the place of football in world culture and daily life. Previous winners not eligible. For more information and previous winners, see The next deadline is 31 December 2006.

About the Author

John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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