…fifa, fi-fum: blatter gets past the blather…

…fifa, hotbed of corruption and ‘bad, bad stuff’; blatter, new us ‘hitler’?…

Incumbent President Sepp Blatter’s victory, not even close to a drone-like US ‘bug splat’, albeit tainted, does send a message. Though no Prince Charming of World Football, not being the favourite of the US or the UK was sufficient for him to roll on: ‘Ils ne passeront pas!‘ The sole opponent, the Jordanian Prince? The football world can breathe easier. In essence, the vote was a ‘red card’ for the  West’s clumsy attempt at a putsch, aside the clear need for some ‘house cleaning’ at FIFA.

Great was the head scratching when the Attorney-General (AG) of the US launched her attack on FIFA, indicting some of its officials for alleged bribery and corruption. And the sums she listed amounted to an astronomic US$150m, a truly mind-boggling sum.  Read the rest of this entry »

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…the congress, not of the us, of football – fifa…

…as the corporate us msm, with the obviousness of the name, football, insists pretzel-ianly on soccer….

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). So, the US DoJ has found the time from its hectic schedule to indict a bunch of officials in Zurich, Switzerland, for stuff like racketeering, conspiracy and corruption. And these are FIFA officials, most of whom reside in other independent countries. The sums? Some US$150m, and a decades long business, an ‘open’ secret.

Yes, but those sums, multiples upon multiples of US$150m, involved in LIBOR rigging, laundering drug money, and similar not so minor transgressions by officials of financial institutions who make US campaign contributions? And those charges laid against which officials, when, where? Curious business, corporate democracy. What next, the US DoJ confiscates FIFA and its funds? Read the rest of this entry »


…39 steps? nope, tiki-taka, 13 passes…

…in four to six years some names world famous?…

Some Ipswich Town youngsters treat us to some almost Barça-like football: The Guardian treats us, Ipswich Town Under-14s score great 13-pass goal against Millwall

…nice start to a weekend…


…the cup still runneth over?…

…and thanks to tiny, tiny, tiny Barbados?…

So it turns out that that perky little charmer, Rihanna, is not only entertainer extraordinaire and designer but also a football pundit. That her tweets on matches were better than any analysis from ESPN is certainly no great accomplishment but to be up there with the other pundits? And in the process the young lady did enjoy herself as did other regular football fans, and with the inevitable silliness. The culture of football in the blood.

Which brings us to this, Jennifer Lopez performing at the World Cup instead of Rihanna? The cynical would suggest that Fifa wanted to capture the obscenely lucrative US market, the same Fifa that conned Brazil to change its law to allow the sale of beer at matches, Bud Lite, that is, a product that defies even the loosest of definitions of beer.

…yes, not unnoticed, the virulent scorn from the media heaped on the individual Brazil players and not on the fact that, with so many very talented players, a Brazil team had still not been crafted…


…as night falls, and the euphoria slowly dies down…

…wistfulness  becomes a temporary companion, welcome or not…

And to respect that mood and summon serenity,

And as lagniappe why not we add some joy to Tristeza,

Yes, four years to Russia WC2018 is a long and unpredictable time. A goal, a rendezvous to shout ‘Goal!’, not all will meet…


…as the odyssey nears its end, we celebrate…

the journey from Manaus to the Maracana…

We liven the mood for the battle of the Titans, Argentina v Germany, as we get ready. Doing us the honour, a native of the host country,

The citizens of the world, all winners. With Costa Rica, Algeria, Colombia, and others, all pleasant, exciting surprises…


…the brew, the thought – the end draws near…

…a rich and varied culture that is Brazil, the country that has proved itself an excellent host…

To imagine only yesterday the World Cup 2014 had started. What other way to show appreciation for an enjoyable World Cup 2014, despite those 7-1 and 3-0, mere motivation for 2018, when there will be some of the same and other countries vying for football supremacy.

…a hearty thanks for the memories to the teams, ‘upstarts’ and favourites, that had us watching is certainly in order…