London, Mar 16 | Any traces of the UK terrace culture after which nostalgists now pine may be snuffed out permanently as of Jul 1, at 6 a.m., when a nationwide public smoking ban comes into force.
Paris, Mar 12 | Little evidence exists of Jean Baudrillard‘s rooting interests in football. The French philosopher, who died Mar 6, left behind a corpus of cultural reflection.
To him belonged clear-eyed, if not always clearly worded, explication of concepts such as “hyperreality” and “simulation”—with the latter implying more than Arjen Robben flopping around on the left-hand touchline. Such notions have lent themselves to football, including Baudrillard’s own essay on the Heysel disaster of 1985.
Rabat, Morocco, Mar 11 | A cursory survey of women’s use of the hijab within football, in both Muslim and non-Muslim lands, shows variance that likely defies a systemic approach.
For art-house and football film buffs in the United States, viewings of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival entry “Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait” likely will be a private or slightly illicit affair.
Manchester, England, Dec 15 | The Independent calls them “Â£imited editions.” These are books seeking the reverence once granted the Gutenberg Bible, instant collectibles demanding coffee tables with reinforced legs.
The latest megabook publicity splash concerns the Manchester United Opus, nearly 80 lbs of silk-coated pages with a base price of Â£3,000.
New Global Game wallpaper| Mural outside a station along the Reseau Express Regional, the urban-rail network in Paris, on 4 July 2006. On the next day France would defeat Portugal in a World Cup semifinal, but the Coupe du Monde would become known as the Coupe de Boule (Head butt).
FIFA may have its Golden Boot, but notable performances at the 2006 World Cup finals were not confined to the pitch. We present our awards in musical, advertising and website categories, including an homage to our favorite tonsured French footballer.
Les Ulis, France | Arsenal’s Thierry Henry will return to hometown Paris on May 17 for the Champions League final against Barcelona. More precisely, Henry grew up in Les Ulis, a satellite town in the southwest in the Essonne département, where children, according to John Goodbody in The Times (London), “still use the trolleys from the [...]
Madrid | With pledges “to leave it all behind” and to start playing the game with children, archetypal playmaking midfielder Zinédine Zidane has announced his retirement from football following the World Cup finals.
Typically, the 33-year-old player for Real Madrid and France looked sheepish facing the bank of microphones and cameras at Wednesday’s press conference. “Yes, he is shy,” said France teammate Thierry Henry.
New York | The New York Times Sunday editions included recollections of the 1914 Christmas truce, during which some 100,000 British and German soldiers sang hymns, exchanged gifts and played football during an impromptu day-long silence (see Nov 23). Lt. Kurt Zehmisch of Germany’s 134th Saxons Infantry recalls in a diary entry: Eventually the English brought [...]
Paris | Despite sports newspaper L’í‰quipe‘s ballyhooed investigations into Lance Armstrong‘s alleged doping, its bread and butter remains Les Bleus. When its reporting that Armstrong had submitted positive urine samples during the 1999 Tour de France appeared in August, circulation could not top the front-page announcement that Zinedine Zidane would return from international retirement. Nearly 83 [...]
Contalmaison, France | Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day, should have dawned with football scarves draped over the cairn honoring those who fell during the Battle of the Somme, including players from Edinburgh side Heart of Midlothian. Village mayor and farmer Bernard Sénéchal says that the structure, erected last year, “has given our village new life.” On [...]
Paris | Expanded comments from France and Juventus defender Lilian Thuram concerning the riots and arson attacks in suburban areas have appeared in the Times of London and elsewhere. He criticized remarks from France interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who had called rioters “scum” and taken a hard-line stance. “I grew up in a [housing] estate, too,” [...]
Fort-de-France, Martinique | On the Rue du Moulin de la Galette, on Square Van Gogh, in the Plain de Neauphle sector, in Trappes, south of Paris, Nicolas Anelka was raised. Rioting reached Trappes on Nov 3, and players on the France national side—presently on the Caribbean island of Martinique for a friendly, versus Costa Rica, to benefit [...]
Tiffeny Milbrett, along with other women players from the United States, seek opportunities abroad to express themselves on the pitch. Milbrett has landed in Skellefteå, Sweden, on a contract for Sunnanå SK in a country that has made room for women athletes in an extensive network of sport clubs.