Archive | February 2012

Viva Las Blogs…

I hate visiting a blog-site to find that it has not updated in days, weeks, months, or years.  When this happens, I typically become overly concerned about the blogger.  Immediately, I jump to the worst conclussions possible.

So with that, and with a somewhat heavy heart, I am announcing that after this post Viva La Futbol will no longer be updated.

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For Kicks & Giggles: Week of 2/5

Among this weeks links, a look at the case of Eric Frimpong a former UCSB soccer player. Frimpong has, perhaps, unjustly been serving time for a 2008 rape conviction.

For Kicks & Giggles is a series here at Viva la Futbol, which highlights some of the top football blogs that I have found over the course of each week.  If you would like to see your blog added here, either send me a shout on Twitter @MindOfAbram or an email to Viva.La.Futbol.Ahora[at]Gmail[dot]com.  These lists will feature between 8 and 11 blogs, videos, or various web related things at least every other Friday.

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Hooliganism, soccer riots, and the American media

By this point I’m sure that everyone has heard about the “soccer riot” in Egypt. Somewhere between 74 and 80 people have died, nearly 1,000 people have been injured, and former USMNT coach and current Egyptian National Team coach Bob Bradley was involved in a march to support the protesters.

Why do I know that most people have heard of this “soccer riot”? I know this because it was all over the American media.  They absolutely made sure that it was heard about.  This wasn’t sold as a political uprising.  At first it wasn’t mentioned that security locked the people in the stadium like caged animals at a dog fight.  There was no mention of the constant political upheaval in Egypt since the fall of former president Hosni Mubarak. No, this was nothing more than another “soccer riot.”

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What makes a citizen?

Nationalism is, perhaps, the biggest aspect in supporting a national team.  So when a player denies, or is perceived as denying, his or her heritage it seems as if a nation turns on them. However, players’ national acknowledgements and identifications do not necessarily make them Benedict Arnolds. Even if that is the storyline that supporters groups are trying to sell.

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