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)