Jersey? Sure. - AFR Voice Ep. 30
With Jersey Week in MLS now in full swing, this week’s podcast is getting into the spirit of things by delving into the delights of the highest footballing fashion that 2014 has had to offer so far. We’re talking Portland’s exquisite third kit, San Jose’s 40th anniversary rebrand, as well as the finest kits that will be gracing this summer’s World Cup. And once again, the Dutch have not let us down.
Russian football is rotting: the decline of Rubin Kazan
By Domm Norris
The winds of winter continue to reverberate across Russia, as all eyes begin to turn away from the snow-capped mountains of Sochi; however, the carnival atmosphere in the southern reaches of the nation have not been wholly felt in other areas of the world’s most vast state. Rubin Kazan’s plight this season has been one of demoralisation as the memories of league title successes a mere five years ago begin to feel like incomprehensible dreams.
Rubin’s league victories, in both 2008 and 2009, brought the club to the fore of European football, with memorable Champions League performances against Barcelona major highlights in the club’s history. Despite those fantastic performances, there remained notable voices questioning just how legitimate the club’s domestic successes were, with some believing that they had used a complex match rigging system to ensure a short period of dominance. However, under the guidance of Kurban Berdyev, accompanied by the influential performances of Alejandro Dominguez and Aleksandr Bukharov, Rubin looked as though they would be capable of competing at the top of the table for the foreseeable future.
Fast forward to the present day and the club is rotting.
Aimar Footballer, Get Me Out of Here - AFR Voice Ep.29
We may still be a few months away from the World Cup in Brazil, but the draw for the tournament that will see Europe’s finest pit themselves against each other in two years’ time has already been made. On this week’s show, we’ll be trying to get out heads around the new-look Euro 2016 draw, complete with France playing in a qualification group despite hosting the tournament itself, match schedules that club managers will lose sleep over, and new boys Gibraltar making their debut in competitive international football.
Rest In Peace, Captain
Today Portugal and Benfica bid farewell to one of their greatest captains, Mario Coluna.
Both on and off the field he was an exemplary leader, bursting with energy that a modern day Yaya displays, a passionate competitor, champion and gentleman. Born in Mozambique like his legendary teammate and friend Eusebio, who referred to Mario as his ‘older brother’ and called him ‘sir’, Coluna too is considered a national treasure.
The ‘Sacred Monster’ was a loyal Benfiquista competing in a total of 677 matches, scoring 150 goals and lifting 19 titles, which includes 2 European Cups, as well as losing 3 other finals. He’ll always be remembered as the club’s greatest captain as well as Portugal’s, where he wore the armband in the 1966 World Cup.
Descanse em Paz.
Adriano Returns - AFR Voice Ep. 28
After two years in the footballing wilderness, hulking Brazilian centre-forward Adriano is back playing football again, representing Atletico Paranaense in the Copa Libertadores. As we tentatively welcome his return to the game, and hope that issues of alcoholism and ‘poor nutrition’ are behind him, we look back on the rise and fall of ‘The Emperor,’ and express regret that he’s not leading the line in the forthcoming World Cup.