The legend I never saw - A Tribute to Eusebio, ‘O Rei’

By Dominic Vieira, writing from Lisbon

The amount of times I’ve walked to the Estadio da Luz from my grandmother’s apartment to watch a Benfica match is countless. The trip with my father and brother is always the same: a repetitive route with Benfica scarves wrapped around our neck all, where all we’d talk about was our club. At that time the heroes were Nuno Gomes, Karel Poborksy and Joao Pinto. It had been years since we’d won the league, and European glory was only sensed in black and white photos published in dusty books. I had no idea how great Benfica was. None at all.

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"Cantona’s Collar", written and performed by Musa Okwonga

I’m everywhere that Eric is -
His shirts, I crown -
And, like excessive volume,
Some would turn me down.

I’m white iron, defiant from my toes to tip,
Yes, I am France’s most famous cliff
And Eric’s two-point plan for winning a derby 
Is: number one, lace boots; then, two:
Starch me.

I’ve seen umpteen glorious battle-scenes;
Look, I am football’s Bayeux Tapestry -
And for those who say of me “whoa, he’s arrogant”
I have two words:
"Trophy cabinet."

Filmed by Jon D Barker. Football x Poetry x King Cantona. It’s a beautiful thing.

Garrincha, the little bird

Translated by Gordon Fleetwood with help from his friend Jorge

Garrincha é o nome de um passarinho alegre, cor de terra

[Garrincha is the name of a little bird, color of the earth]

Que quem apelidou Manoel Francisco dos Santos “Mané Garrincha”, conhecia tanto o rapaz quanto o passarinho. E era um poeta 

[Whoever nicknamed Manoel Francisco dos Santos “Mané Garrincha” knew much about the boy and the bird. And he was a poet.] 

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Song: (The phrases that come on the screen - and their translations - are in bold)

Vocês devem saber

Porque o Garrincha

Foi bicampeão

[You must know

Why Garrincha was twice a champion]

Quando ele chuta a bola

Ate parece um tiro de canhão

[When he shoots the ball

It looks like a cannon shot]

Ele balança pra lá, balança pra cá

Com essas pernas de arrasar

[He wings from here to there

with those devastating legs]

A torcida presta atenção

Ele fazendo cara de João**

[Pay attention supporters

He’s doing the face of João]

** (Joao was the first defender to defend Garrincha in Pau Grande and Garrincha said “no matter how famous or good a defender was, in front of him, he would be just another João”)

Vocês devem saber

Porque o Garrincha

Foi bicampeão

[You must know

Why Garrincha was twice a champion]

Quando ele chuta a bola

Ate parece um tiro de canhão

[When he shoots the ball

It looks like a cannon shot]

Ele balança pra , balança pra

Com essas pernas de arrasar

[He wings from here to there

with those devastating legs] 

A torcida presta atenção

Ele fazendo cara de João

[Pay attention supporters

He’s doing the face of João]

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Interviewer: Garrincha como aqui você rapidamente traçaria o seu perfil? Como é você, segundo você mesmo?

Interviewer: Garrincha, how would you quickly desribe your profil? How are you?

Garrincha: Eu sou isso aqui que você ta vendo, nunca mudei em nada. Sempre uma pessoa alegre, sempre brincando…e cerra. Sou assim mesmo, nunca esqueci o que eu fui antes nem depois.

Garrincha: I’m how you are seeing here, never changed anything. Always happy, always playing around…and that’s it….I am anyways, never forgot what I was before or after. 

Alessandro Nesta and The Classiest Moment at the Camp Nou last night

35 years old. 78 caps for Italy. 19 years of club football calcio in Italy. For Milan fans, for Italians across the world, Alessandro Nesta is a man that makes you proud to be associated with him in any way, shape, or form. Though Thiago Silva may have stolen the show at the Camp Nou last night with a last minute equaliser that allowed the match between FC Barcelona and AC Milan to finish 2-2. But the headlines only tell so much of the story. Nesta put in a performance that resembled his best days from 8 or 9 years. He never backed down against an opponent, his timing on every tackle was impeccable, and his unparalleled defensive instincts could be seen from anywhere in the stadium. This moment, this sublime tackle against the best player in the world has shown another generation of fans what true legends in this game are made of.

An artistic triumph for football fans living in university dorm rooms across the globe! 
Ohthehumanityyy has created dozens of stunning poster designs from some of the most iconic figures in football (past and present). The posters are available for purchase and you can view them all here. A gift for my mate’s birthday next month? Sorted.

An artistic triumph for football fans living in university dorm rooms across the globe! 

Ohthehumanityyy has created dozens of stunning poster designs from some of the most iconic figures in football (past and present). The posters are available for purchase and you can view them all here. A gift for my mate’s birthday next month? Sorted.

(Source: cheekychip)

On this day, September 2nd, William “Bill” Shankly was born 98 years ago. He passed away on September 29th, 1981, but not before giving a life of service to the club he loved: Liverpool FC. After a playing career at Preston North End and earning 5 caps with Scotland, Shankly managed at Anfield from 1959 to 1974. 
After his retirement from being a football manager he said: “I was only in the game for the love of football - and I wanted to bring back happiness to the people of Liverpool.”
He is also known for saying, “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”
[Here’s a testament to good ol’ Bill, spotted over at Who Are Ya Designs]

TWO TEAMS IN LIVERPOOL (SHANKLY) Standard Fit SmallOn this day, September 2nd, William “Bill” Shankly was born 98 years ago. He passed away on September 29th, 1981, but not before giving a life of service to the club he loved: Liverpool FC. After a playing career at Preston North End and earning 5 caps with Scotland, Shankly managed at Anfield from 1959 to 1974. 

After his retirement from being a football manager he said: “I was only in the game for the love of football - and I wanted to bring back happiness to the people of Liverpool.”

He is also known for saying, “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

[Here’s a testament to good ol’ Bill, spotted over at Who Are Ya Designs]

Real Madrid Says Good-bye to a Legend

By Elizabeth Hanchett, writing from New York. Elizabeth is an FC Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao and Spain NT supporter from the United States, although she has spent most of her life in Spain. She has been following La Liga off-and-on since 1997 (on since around 2007).

After a press conference held yesterday in Madrid announcing that Real Madrid’s Guti was leaving the team, it was announced that there would also be a press conference with Madrid and Spanish legend Raúl to discuss his future as well.

And today, Real Madrid bade him farewell, and Raúl said good-bye to the fans.  It was the final moment of a career which began in 1994, of a player who made his first cap for Spain in 1996, and since then has scored 323 goals on the club level in all competitions, and who is currently the leading goalscorer for the Spanish national team, with 44 goals.

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