• Jul. 19th, 2011 at 6:54 PM
la_vie_noire: (Era una bruja)
It's so, so sad I'm just waiting for football on the tv. I feel like my father.

So, I know I'm always demanding the same, but rec me things again!


  • Jul. 17th, 2011 at 6:08 PM
la_vie_noire: Antoinette Ataro smiling (Antoinette Ataro felicidad)
I want videos of the Japanese women celebrating their World Cup since I couldn't see it because I had to watch this other match at the Copa.

Mar. 28th, 2011

  • 7:52 PM
la_vie_noire: (Default)
Scottish FA denies Neymar racism claims.

As he prepared to take the penalty which gave him his second goal, a banana was apparently tossed by a spectator onto the playing surface.

However the SFA said it 'refutes claims from Neymar that he was the victim of racist jeers.'

Scotland fans had, however, been booing Neymar 'for perceived unsporting behaviour,' it said.

The SFA added: 'Scotland supporters are known for impeccable behaviour.'

Police match commander Mark Sheeran said: 'The Scottish fans' behaviour was first class. There were no issues at all inside the stadium.'

Yeah. "Impeccable," indeed.

I can get behind this

  • Jul. 11th, 2010 at 9:05 PM
la_vie_noire: (Default)
An article that looks at football and WC competition through political-identity lens, the meanings these games hold. Let's be honest, as much as some people like to pretend otherwise (mostly European football insiders), this isn't "just a game" devoid of political meaning (leaving aside I don't even think there can exist such a thing, but you get me); it never was, it never will be. After I have seen some of the "shenanigans" between fans of this WC (like in any other football match), no one will tell me otherwise.

World Cup 2010: looking past the diversity storyline

The less diversity-friendly narrative and legacy of this World Cup took place in the officiating. In a tournament with 64 matches, the first World Cup held in Africa, the calls that stood out, the calls that may finally lead FIFA to change its rules and adopt new review processes, were matches that went against the giants of the first world.

Every sport has its infuriating moments, times when it seems physically impossible for the officials to have missed the offense. But Alexi Lalas and Jim McManaman didn’t spend hours discussing the merits of calls of the South Korea-Greece match, but the disallowed US goal in its Slovenia game was egregious enough to warrant an expedited review of that match’s referee and technology-enhanced dissection. The outcry over England’s non-goal in its humiliating loss to Germany was almost enough to make one forget that the final score was 4-1.


The final match between Spain and the Netherlands could not live up to the excitement of Saturday, even with two teams killing themselves to win their first title. Aside from a few gruesome moments, it just wasn’t terribly suspenseful to watch the European champions play South Africa’s former colonial overlords. Maybe Paul the Octopus picked Spain because it just didn’t feel right. The game’s lone goal came from Spain’s Andres Iniesta after nearly 120 minutes of fierce but personality-free play. After so many heart-stopping finishes, the final score or 1-0 felt like anticlimax.

It was also depressing, but unsurprising, that it took until the last day of the tournament for the American television announcers to bring up the history that the Netherlands and South Africa share. Early rounds of the tournament coverage featured plenty of color pieces on the history of apartheid but managed to omit information that would have placed the policy, and the legacy of institutionalized racism in South Africa, into more context. To hear ESPN tell it, racism is simply a sad chapter in the history books.


For the fans in the stadium on that Saturday, it wasn’t about colonialism or escaping shame at the hands of the press. It was as simple as revenge, honor, and the joy of simple, all-out, bloodthirsty competition on the field. Like the end of Rocky IV. But now with bonus vuvuzelas

I can admit that in my world football holds a lot of connotations. And even if my political like for Spain is very... dubious, it was just not right for Netherlands to win this one. (Heck, it was just not right for two European Nations to have this final, and people will say, "but the better one win!" and no. The better ones are the ones who have more resources to make better players, better teams.)

(And yes, yes, yes. France, Italy and England were just awful. But you know I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about how European football is the best -heck, you don't see all football players dying to play in Brazilian clubs or something-, and how "African football is just bad right now, we deserve their cup!!" -I'm looking at you, South America- and all the shit going on. And yes, I get inequalities happen in every sport competition out there, doesn't mean I can't talk about this particular one though. I can and I do it probably because I'm fed off with this one.)


  • Jun. 26th, 2010 at 5:15 PM
la_vie_noire: (Yamamoto - Jirou - Kojirou)
Way to go, Ghana!

I'm sorry, Uruguay, but it's Ghana all the way. When we get out (because we will eventually, sorry, Ly), I'm so all for Ghana.

Wasn't it epic when even USA's goalkeeper went to look for that last corner for his team? Seriously, that jump for the ball, Goalkeeper vs Goalkeeper at Ghana's area was kinda awesome.

-Someone who is not watching every match out there instead of studying. And also not watching ESPN and Fox Sports comments after the matches. And then not complaining about Fox Sports and ESPN reporters.


  • Jun. 24th, 2010 at 12:10 PM
la_vie_noire: (TYL!Yama - wait and see)
Que mal se jugó. Pero bueno, somos primeros. Eso es lo que importa. Ja'e chupe de nuevo.

Dude, way to go, Slovakia.

... Okay

  • Jun. 20th, 2010 at 12:04 PM
la_vie_noire: (kashira kashira)
Este mundial.

Jun. 16th, 2010

  • 6:28 PM
la_vie_noire: (Stop with the idiocy)
Dude. Red-haired Argentinian Fox Sports reporter. Dude. Please stop. doing. "enlightening" comments about South African people. Please.

Also, to every Sports "Latin American" channels on cable? I know Argentina plays tomorrow. It's the only thing you have been talking about all week. (I think, not sure, they are supposed to be Latin American - ESPN, Fox Sports, etc? But since most of these reporters are Argentinian anyway...)

Still on hiatus. Dear God, World Cup, if you only let me study.

ETA: Also, this is the most disgusting kind of thing I have seen around in this cup. There is this attempt by European (mostly British, because that's what I've seen) audience/press to humiliate and mock a group of people under a totalitarian dictatorship. Dude, you aren't being progressive, you are just showing your whitey ass because you want to appear superior, oh, you can talk shit and your life isn't in danger! (And yes, this is why I call you "whitey.")


  • Jun. 14th, 2010 at 4:38 PM
la_vie_noire: (leyendo)
Y. Se jugó bien, eso es lo que importa.

Ja'e chupe.

Anyway, people, I can't answer comments even if I want to. I feel bad for some reason when I don't answer comments, or entries. But I can't. :(


  • Jun. 12th, 2010 at 4:13 AM
la_vie_noire: (Utena-orz)
I drank a cup of coffee (I never drink coffee) because I wanted to be awake to study all night and else, but now I'm chipper, can't stop having fandom theories about shonen manga of arguable quality, and want to write Suzuki Adelheid/Enma Kozato fanfic exploring their relationship: her as a cool, calmed and emotional superior warrior, and his bodyguard.

If only I could write in English and not, like, have an exam in ten days.

Also, people. I'm very disappointed. In you.

You had to remind me to write about football while I was free, and now I see Eto'o half-naked and flirting with Sulley Muntari, and think, "oh shut, right." And I think other things also. Not related to football. But it's all your fault.
la_vie_noire: (Stop with the idiocy)
I'm just tired.

As you know, I'm kinda busy right now (or should be), but I'm just finding kinda... something all these white people coming out to say how Awful and Insulting is to have false accusations of racism directed at them! How their reputation will be tainted if they HAPPEN to be victims of something like that!

So, to do something different, I'm going to write about black football players in Europe. Because people obviously don't want to talk about aversive racism. So I will talk about Overt Racism. Like, happening right now.

So I will write about players like Samuel Eto'o. Samuel Eto'o and his career in Spain, and how white media and public react with these incidents, feeding up a very complex systemic issue. And white people, cry me a river. (And yeah, what happens in these games is part of our reality and important. Just because I know someone will come out and say, "oh, but these people are all just like that! It's part of the game!! Boys will be boys!! I don't take them seriously!!! yaddayadda!!" as if, you know, it doesn't impact real people. So I will not hit you because I'm a good girl. A good girl behind a monitor who can't reach you.)

Yeah, this is just a Wikipedia's article, I have other things, but I can't do this right now:

[...] However, infuriated again by Zaragoza fans' racist chants the next season, Eto'o attempted to walk off the pitch in protest. His teammates intervened and convinced him to continue playing. Video of the incident captured him saying "No más" ("No more") as he walked to the sidelines.

Due to ongoing racism from La Liga crowds, Eto'o no longer brings family members, especially his children, to matches. "It is something that has affected me personally. I think players, leaders, and the media have to join forces so that no one feels looked down upon because of the colour of their skin. At this moment in time I prefer my children don't go to football matches. In the stands they have to listen to things that are difficult to explain to a child. It is better they aren't exposed to it."

I tend to forget these things so I write them. But someone also remind me when my exams are done. Because I fail. (God, I hope I don't forget.) I'm off. For real now.


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