Discussion in 'football' started by manny-p, Jan 30, 2012.
James McClean of Wigan, a native of Derry, who steadfastly refuses to wear the poppy on his shirt.
Documentary on Carlos Caszely and Chile's 1974 world cup playoff farce. Reddit link.
Jack Wilshere is North London RO for the EDL.
Cristiano Lucarelli, ex "bomber" of Livorno:
i don't think this is true.
If only someone had thought to mention him 2 and a half years ago on this thread.
Who rattled your cage? Always sarcastic and always a cunt.
At Hackney Picture House earlier today.
Top man Eric.
Ben Bella played for Olympique Marseille.
stood as independent East Belfast 1997; (even UKIP, it seems later on, 2006 appeared on Q Time for them.)
Staunch advocate of footballer's rights and free agency and nearly got chairman against too soft Terry Neil. Turned out for All Ireland team (under guise of Shamrock Rovers in '73 - and never selected for Northern Ireland again. Authored 'The sash he never wore'.
I was reminded of him few weeks back when he appeared on ITV panel with Crerand and Allison during one of those world cup build up flashback vox pop programmes; Danny Baker's I think. I'm pretty sure he said in retort to public poll saying he was wrong / Allison right on something ' that the public were also wrong to reject a socialist government in '70. He wasn't a socialist though, from what I gather.
What might have been. An SPGBer who turned down Millwall.
What do you mean, that's too obscure? Millwall have had their moments.
Oh aye, a real man of the people. Even takes the bus according to his Twitter front page photo.
Here's some of his tweets of wisdom after he watched 'Benefits Street':
"Strong evidence to support the breeding licence theory. What chance do these kids have?"
"World is f****d sometimes. Surely you should have to pass a test or at least show you are capable of looking after kids. Surely?"
“They don’t even keep their own homes clean."
“Romanians. If you don’t like it here. You know what to do."
Edwin van der Tsar
Socrates and the Corinthians' Democracy
How Brazil's football legend turned every Corinthians' match into a political meeting for democracy.
Presented by King Eric
Turns out Sabella is yet another Argentinian footie type with a political background:
In conversation with Tati Almeida, one of the Mothers, Ricky Villa says he wasn't aware of the dictatorship's antics at the time. Googletrans
I remember reading somewhere that Birmingham City's Albert Tarintini confronted one of the military bigwigs in a dressing room after a game, asking him about the political disappearance of people from his neighbourhood. That takes some bottle.
Paul Breitner didn't go in 78 because the arrogant cunt had fallen out with everyone. His Maoism was something of a pose too, he was more than happy to take advantage of any commercial opportunity going
Indeed, he ditched the national team when he moved to Real Madrid - when Spain was still a fascist dictatorship.
On the subject of Real, the 'Franco's club' stuff is overdone somewhat. It was Barca who honoured him twice, had his personal sig on land deeds and who won the league five times after the war before Real managed it even once.
Franco didn't even like football. Obv the regime used their five cups as propaganda but that's what governments tend to do.
Debatable how much he liked football, he did win the pools, which means, uhh, nothing. And he did bestow national honours on Real, before those European triumphs, something he never did for Barcelona.
The regime pushed through citizenship etc for Puskas, di Stefano and co as well. But then again there's a great pic of Real doing a clenched fist salute in 37 too.
Not saying there's some substance to it but much of it is unfair
It appears that Hyde FC have been signing a bunch of political footballers
Well that updates the answer to the question posed by The Stranglers I guess
Javier Hernandez supporting the 43 missing Mexican students.
Another non-footballer that reminded me a bit the bloke in this old post, former Maoist guerilla in Nepal who is now a champion ultra-runner: From teenage guerrilla to top athlete - BBC News
Wrong kind of football, but still..,
"Someday you are going to have to decide what is most important to you: the profit you make and the property you own or the establishment of a democratic egalitarian society. In such a society, football as a professional sports activity will no longer take place, and I hope that when the barricades are drawn, you will be on the right side."
A fascinating read, cheers.
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