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20 July 2012 ~
In case you missed the news this week, one player wants to stay and fight for his place (unless he's offered a bit more than he currently earns), another player needs to move to a club that will match his ambitions, and a third is hoping to hear from Real Madrid but come the end of August will settle for Peterborough.
Badge of the week ~ Sanat Mes FC, Iran
Last week we featured the badge of Hong Kong's TSW Pegasus, the centrepiece of which is a rampant winged horse of burnished gold, rearing up in a kind of Hi-Ho Silver way. A noble vision, heroic and rare. The Sanat Mes version of the same mythological creature is a pair of bespectacled orange winged horses who believe they are being followed. This image refers to an Iranian horse myth – which has almost certainly been adapted into a difficult novel by Salman Rushdie – that tells of two orange winged horses who went into hiding after displeasing a minor deity.
The spectacles are a half-hearted attempt at disguise. According to legend, the Iranian Deity was cleaning some stuff out for a move and requested the help of the winged horses (who were actually known in the area for being excellent at carrying messages but otherwise impractical). The horses were tasked with clearing clutter and put everything in bin-bags, including coat-hangers. Of course, the coat-hangers broke through the bags and some items spilled out. As a result of this, the winged horses were pursued across The Heavens by the Deity and his Japanese attack dogs for 1,000 years. Their image is used by Sanat Mes to warn their players and staff of the perils of hurried, sub-standard work. And not to put coat-hangers in bin-bags. Cameron Carter
from Mark Poole
"A cheeky (presumably Dundee-supporting) person has updated the 2003 Scottish Cup page on Wikipedia in anticipation of Rangers possibly being stripped of that year's trophy."
Stadiums named after corporate sponsors are found at every level these days. Even in the Central Midlands Football League North.
from Phil Town
"Palmeiras win the Copa do Brasil and for once in his life, Luiz Felipe Scolari gets the fear of death in his eyes."
Wayne Rooney's moody disposition has been accounted for. He and Coleen would be happier if he was bald.
Getting shirty Notable kits of yesteryear
Arsenal home, 1967-77
The long-sleeved Arsenal shirt of the 1970s is regarded by many of the club's fans as the most iconic in the club's 126 year history and was the last kit before the introduction of a sponsor's logo. The long white sleeves were introduced in 1933 by manager Herbert Chapman, who began one of the most successful eras in the club's history. The shirt also marked the introduction of the cannon graphic, which related to Arsenal's foundation in Woolwich in 1886 by workers from an armaments factory.
Despite losing the League Cup final in the strip's first two seasons, Bertie Mee's team would soon be celebrating their first European trophy when they defeated Anderlecht 4-3 on aggregate to lift the Fairs Cup in 1970. Captain Frank McLintock was paraded around on the shoulders of fans in the aftermath and he would lead Arsenal to their first ever League and FA Cup double the following season. Due to a kit clash at Wembley, Arsenal were forced to wear their yellow and blue jersey in the FA Cup final against Liverpool.
The shirt remained the same throughout the whole of Mee's time at the helm. He began his Arsenal career as the club physiotherapist but by the time he was replaced by Terry Neill in 1976, he had established himself as one of the club's great figures. Players from the Mee era included future title-winning manager George Graham and full-back Pat Rice, who worked as Arsène Wenger's assistant until he retired this summer. Max Bentley