Spanish football vs. Fans who watch games illegally
The message from La Liga: When you watch games illegally, you’re hurting your team. In mostly hilarious ways.
Man City’s Empire Expands - AFR Voice Ep. 26
With Patrick from AFR Voice currently travelling through Australia, it was only right we paid an in-depth visit to football down under. Featuring an interview with Football Central AU’s Ahmed Yussuf, we discuss Manchester City’s purchase of Melbourne Heart and look at the eye-wateringly difficult group the national side have to navigate in Brazil – Spain, Holland and Chile. Gulp.
The Spanish national team itself also gets covered as we reflect on the passing of Luis Aragones – the founder of ‘tiki-taka’ football and former Spain coach who turned a group of under-achievers into a beautifully ruthless winning machine. Whilst in the Iberian Peninsula we greet the unusual site of Atletico Madrid at the top of the table and cast our eye over revamp design for the Bernabeu – a futuristic world class facility or a big silver Tupperware depending on how you look at it.
All that plus we herald Libya’s fairytale victory in the African Nations Championships and look on at Leeds United with a mixture of bemusement, fear and intrigue as they get set to be purchased by one of the most unpredictable, impatient and eccentric owners in world football.
Bienvenido al Bernabeu
Real Madrid’s cathedral, the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, is home to one of the biggest clubs on the planet; when visiting the Spanish capital it really is a must for any futbol aficionado, especially if its a match day.
NYC based photographer Nathan Congleton, did exactly that and here’s his story.
"My best friend lives 5 minutes from the Bernabeu, he is the one who made me a Madridista and taught me everything I needed to know about the club, so when I walked into the stadium, the first thing that came to my mind was Zidane, Raul and Roberto Carlos, and everything they did inside that theatre, all the incredible memories and accomplishments on that stage.
I closed my eyes and tried to picture it. I tried to envision a late night ‘El Clásico’, the sounds of the crowd and the yells from the players while calling for a pass. It’s like a show in a theatre to me, calm, always emotional and 80,000 people are there to simply watch. That’s how I see a football match, and that is what it is like inside the Bernabeu.”
This is not José Mourinho
By Nicol Hay
Picture José Mourinho. Now let me guess what’s in your head.
I think the José in your mind is raising his fists, celebrating another crushing of a weaker opponent. He is wearing a luxurious winter coat over a suit so finely tailored it would be impossible for any other man to wear it. Yes, his ego shines through – but it is backed up by the imperious display of towering athletes so devoted to his guidance that they perform unbelievable feats in roles they would otherwise consider beneath their skill. You love him, you hate him, he is indifferent. The José in your mind is in total control of a team and a club that expresses his personality completely.
Now look at the Stamford Bridge touchline. You see that man in the crumpled sportswear, peripheral to the game in front of him? The man with all of the rage, but none of the fire?
This is not José Mourinho.
Inside El Clásico
400 million watched, but only for 90 minutes. Even with the excessive coverage from the Spanish press, so much is lost in the build-up to one of the biggest spectacles in world football. With access a reporter could only dream of, FC Barcelona released a video of the scenes before and after the big match at the Camp Nou. The nerves, the fans, the hundreds of cameras, they’re all captured. Watch the full feature here. [Posted by Eric]