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21 June 2013 ~
FIFA's website states that they "aim to channel the power of football to make a positive impact on society". Responding to the daily protests at the Confederations Cup in Brazil this week FIFA president Sepp Blatter said "people should not use football to make their demands heard". You'd almost think he doesn't look at his own website.
Badge of the week ~ FK Goverla Yasinya, Ukraine
In Ukraine, bears wander and roam in the wild. For those interested in detail, roaming is what you start doing after you've been wandering for approximately 48 hours without a square meal. During the great Ukrainian honey shortage of 1946, wild bears would frequently roam into human settlements to scavenge food. After ransacking the bins, the bears would occasionally get entangled in clothes on the washing-line and ruin perfectly good shirts and blouses wresting themselves free.
The image at top left of the crest shows a good cotton shirt ruined, a new yannuk (a light trouser, worn over a heavy trouser, to give the impression of moral rectitude) absolutely torn to shreds and a child's mizhi (a state-approved linen glove puppet) disfigured entirely. Eventually honey returned to the land and the bears retreated to the forests, but Goverla Yasinya commemorate this time in their badge to remind each younger generation of players coming through to be hungry for success, although ideally not at the expense of their kit. Cameron Carter
from Mike Ticher
"Exciting news for Tim Cahill – he's had one of Sydney's most hideous eyesores temporarily named after him."
Trevor Francis's son, cleared of burglary charges, makes a fair point about Lee Hendrie.
Warrior's new boots include "ace plate instep area", "embossed outsider zone" and, erm, "gloryholes for precision fit in sticky situations".
Meanwhile, there are mixed reviews for Liverpool's new away shirt, also made by Warrior. "Quirkier than usual" – it certainly is.
from Chris Stride
"This commemoration of the first League season could be good if done properly – but the attempt at recreating tradition still comes with a sponsored ball and the addendum Dates and kick-off times subject to confirmation."
Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has decided to cut out lengthy negotiations, plus agents' fees, and just conduct his club's transfer dealings on Twitter.
Alan Shearer appears to be taking his career in a new direction.