Must-Follow World Cup Pundits: Men in Blazers

If you’re not following them already — and if, as I’m assuming, you love everything about the World Cup and the U.S. team — be sure to follow Roger Bennett and Michael Davies, a.k.a. Men in Blazers. The two pundits, Brits who are long-time U.S. residents, combine in depth knowledge of the sport with an […]

On England and the World Cup

Snips from “A Soccer Empire, Deeply Confused,” David Winner‘s contribution to the New York Times‘s feature on the World Cup and national playing styles: Soccer has long been a bastion of a peculiarly 19th-century conception of Englishness the nation seems reluctant to relinquish. The game was born during the era of empire when the country’s […]

My Favorite Moment from the Confederations Cup Final: Brazil Sings the National Anthem

Brazil beat world and European champions Spain 3-0 to win the Confederations Cup last night. But really, the game was decided before the teams even kicked off. It was hard to imagine Brazil losing, at home in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã stadium, after seeing this (video embedded below and online here): HIMNO BRASIL by dm_505f34141e1f6 […]

Euro 2012: English Commentary on GMM Grammy

For the record: I wrote, in a earlier post, that the GMM Grammy Euro 2012 broadcast doesn’t offer English-language commentary. But it does. Simply click the button labeled “audio,” near the bottom of the remote*, two or three times to alternate between Thai and English. Thanks to @tonygjordan for the tip. (*The remote and AV […]

TrueVisions Subscribers and Euro 2012 Games

The Bangkok Post reports today: Cable television operator TrueVisions has failed to resolve its dispute with Euro 2012 Football Championship broadcast rights holder GMM Grammy. About 2 million True subscribers saw Euro 2012 broadcasts from Channel 3, Channel 5 and Modernine TV cancelled last night during the tournament’s opening match between Poland and Greece at […]

World Cup qualifier: Thailand 3, Oman 0

The Bangkok Post reports on Thailand’s surprise win over Oman last night in a World Cup 2014 qualifier here in Bangkok: Thailand beat Oman 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier last night in their finest moments in football in recent memory. Two first-half goals from strike duo Sompong Soleb (35) and Teerasil Dangda (41) and […]

Thailand FA chief Worawi: cleared by FIFA

To follow up on previous posts regarding England’s failed World Cup bid, the cancelled Thailand-England friendly, and allegations against Football Association of Thailand President Worawi Makudi, I wanted to point out a Retuers/Bangkok Post story today. It says: Thailand’s Worawi Makudi and three other Fifa executive committee members accused by former English FA chairman David […]