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13 November 2015 ~
From 2016-17, the Football League will be known as the English Football League as part of what it says is a "comprehensive corporate and competition rebranding”. Chief executive Shaun Harvey said: "The new EFL name rightly emphasises the central role our clubs play at the heart of English professional football.” The Welsh clubs, not so much.
Badge of the week ~ Fuerza Amarilla SC, Ecuador
The badge on the right is the new Fuerza Amarilla badge. The badge on the left is the previous one that apparently required replacing. Clearly the trouble with the previous badge lay in how perfectly adorable it was. A little boy with unkempt hair, struggling to play his favourite game with a ball approximately the same size as his abdomen, is an image that is absolutely right for a seven-year-old boy’s birthday card (or a seven-year-old girl’s, you’re not getting me on that one), but perhaps not quite the image that an ambitious group of alpha male athletes might want to project.
The new badge is starkly modernistic, not to say futuristic, and now lacks any suggestion of human warmth. It was designed by the new wave South American film director, Enrique Flores, the first film-maker to include an establishing shot of social housing at night without the incidental sound of a dog barking. This dramatic alteration of the badge is aimed at helping to remind the team to dehumanise their opponents before going in for a 50-50 challenge. Cameron Carter
So, you’ve been reading about El Dorado and have to write something about football clubs’ transfer policy. Why not combine the two…
Thanks to Paul Rogerson
Graeme Souness gets angry, for a change.
One Maidenhead fan will have some bruises from their last-minute equaliser in the FA Cup.
There may not be a worse penalty miss in the Highland League this season.
By going on I’m A Celebrity, Kieron Dyer aims to “change people’s perceptions about footballers in general”. Good luck with that.
Also in the news this week
Chelsea loanees’ app
Team walk out in protest at offside
Man Utd fans can wear the same shoes as the players