Fabulous Falcons win 5th Africa crown | Readings for 15 November 2006

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Warri, Nigeria | Perpetua Nkwocha, who plays club football in China, lifted the Super Falcons past Ghana in the African Women’s Championship final on Nov 11, scoring her seventh goal of the tournament. After the goal in the 14th minute, Nkwocha, according to the Confederation Africaine de Football account, “ripped her jersey open to reveal ‘I love you Jesus,’ written boldly on her inner vest.” Ghana and Nigeria qualify for the 2007 Women’s World Cup. (CAF, 11 Nov 06)

A “grip-and-grin,” minus the gripping and grinning. Left to right, Boria Majumdar, executive editor of Sport in Society and Soccer & Society; Sepp Blatter, with award; J. A. Mangan, executive editor of International Journal of the History of Sport; and Routledge Journals managing editor Jonathan Manley. (Copyright © 2006 Taylor & Francis)

Kudos | International Journal of the History of Sport honors Sepp Blatter with achievement award
After receiving the award, Blatter said his most poignant moment as FIFA boss came when handing footballs to children orphaned by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami: “The way they embraced the ball was special. That moment, the unrivalled joy, will always remain with me.” (informa.com, 11 Nov 06)

Referees | Women have so much to offer, despite Newell’s rant
Luton Town manager Mike Newell‘s blast at assistant referee Amy Rayner following a 2–3 loss to Queen’s Park Rangers—“This is Championship football not parks stuff” formed part of Newell’s message—draws scorn from Sue Mott. Refereeing requires fitness and competence, she writes: “No one said anything about gonads.” (Telegraph, 14 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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