The art of football | Readings for 14 November 2006

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L. S. Lowry‘s Going to the Match, a depiction of crowds outside Burnden Park in Bolton, won a 1953 FA-sponsored competition, “Football and the Fine Arts.” The Professional Footballers’ Association purchased the painting in 1999 for £1.9 million.

Manchester, England | The winners of “One Love: The Football Art Prize” competition, organized by the Lowry gallery, will be announced Nov 30. Culture writer Lynn Barber seems impressed and mentions a seven-foot-high painting of a Subbuteo man. (Observer, 12 Nov 06)

Scotland | Nicol heads British influence on MLS
New England coach Steve Nicol, formerly of Liverpool, now a three-time loser of MLS Cup, favors rationality on the touchline. “Scots are pretty logical. We believe in right and wrong with no grey areas. That’s huge in soccer.” (Independent, 11 Nov 06)

Mexico | Female golfer is new hero in soccer-mad country
Lorena Ochoa is the LPGA player of the year, creating an awkward comparison for national soccer players. “[They are] the idols of millions of Mexicans, who have never lifted the World Cup or come anywhere near,” says Armando Sosa. (Reuters, 13 Nov 06)

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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  1. Brian says:

    Ironic since in the recent New York Sun, Paul Gardner lashed out at the Scottish influence of Nicol on MLS. Then again, Garder is American soccer punditocracy’s leading Anglophobe and Latinophile.

    To the point where he assumes New England forward José Manuel Abundis is a creative player simply because José and Manuel are part of his name.

    I love New England, but if Nicol were the smartest coach in MLS, I wish his team (my team) would have found a way to score more than a grand total of zero goals in regulation in three Cup finals.

    Maybe he’ll be smart enough to figure out that boring, predictable soccer hasn’t won him any Cup finals (really, it’s only worked once in 11 Cup finals for anyone) so maybe the Revs should try something else.

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