Charlotte, North Carolina | Given the rigors of a night-shift job, Ron “Pop” Miller sometimes would sleep until the last possible moment before practices preceding the Homeless World Cup. Physical conditioning, fatigue and poor nutrition all posed obstacles for Miller’s participation in the fifth homeless tournament between Jul 29 and Aug 4 in Copenhagen. Further, Miller found himself learning a new game that some teammates from Central America had been playing much of their lives.
Dundee, Scotland, May 31 | In our second podcast, Billy Kay, author of The Scottish World, recalls Scotland’s influence on the worldwide spread and ultimate dominance of the passing, artistic style of association football. Scotland will not let England forget that “it wes us.”
Nationwide parliamentary elections have lifted Scottish nationalists, for the first time, into a plurality of seats in the Scottish Assembly at Holyrood. Did feelings for the Scotland football team, made explicit in the lusty terrace singing of “Flower of Scotland,” play a role?
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.
Articles on the Palestinian Territories national women’s soccer team, on tensions at Heart of Midlothian in Edinburgh, on the run on Â£5 notes depicting George Best, and on the assassination of a Sunni Arab soccer official in Baghdad.
Articles on football in Montserrat, an Arsenal stadium mystery, a winner in the Football Art Prize competition, possible relief for German referee Robert Hoyzer, the “wee ones” in Scotland, and a plan for cleaner World Cups.
Articles on the cult status of Celtic’s Shunsuke Nakamura, prospects for Australia’s A-League, Icelandic influence in the form of a takeover at West Ham United, FIFA’s ban on Iran, and pessimism over South Africa 2010.
Articles on the football arts, Scottish influence on MLS, and the Mexican golfer temporarily displacing futbol from the headlines.
Edinburgh, Scotland | Pity the Hearts or Hibs supporters who must plan a dawn awakening Sunday, shuffle through sleep-addled fog onto a westbound train or auto and negotiate riot-ready police cordons to enter the national football stadium at Hampden Park in Glasgow. All this is to see two fiercely supported Edinburgh clubs who, in defiance of probabilities and history, meet in a Tennent’s Scottish Cup semifinal at 1215 GMT. A Scottish Police Service spokesperson predicted “one of the biggest exoduses ever from Edinburgh.”
Glasgow, Scotland | It is a long time to wait for a souvenir. The Scottish Football Association announced Feb 8 that it was reversing earlier policy and granting caps—an actual braided, tasselled hat, bearing the player’s name, date and opponent—to players who competed for Scotland in matches outside the British International Championship (see Dec 26). Players such as Hibernian’s Eddie Turnbull, [...]
Edinburgh | Eddie Turnbull of Hibernian was the first British player to score in the European Cup (see July 27). Yet due to arcane bylaws of the Scottish Football Association, his nine appearances for Scotland, including the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden, remain mere historical footnotes. Until the 1970s Scotland’s international players were only [...]
Newtyle, Scotland | The famed football truce (see 26 Dec 2003) of 25 December 1914 has lost its last witness. Alfred Anderson, 109, believed to be the oldest man in Scotland, died in a nursing home Monday. His death severed “the last tangible link between the nation and the 690,235 Scots who served in the Great [...]
London | The story of a stoical, much-journeyed footballer for Scotland, Nottingham Forest and several other clubs has been named William Hill’s Sports Book of the Year. My Father and Other Working-Class Football Heroes (Yellow Jersey Press) by Gary Imlach chronicles a period (the 1950s) when top-class players earned £20 per week and looked to other [...]
Glasgow, Scotland | Lawrie Reilly, the only surviving member of a Scotland side that in 1952 was the last to play the United States in Hampden Park, recalls the event as “a walk in the park really.” Scotland, behind a Reilly hat trick, won 6–0 over a team similar to the one that had beaten England [...]
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 [...]
Listening to Scottish-football broadcasts over the Internet—a new season in the Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier League starts on 30 July—puts us in mind of ancestry and separation.