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A quick whip around the world of soccer.

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ARSENAL/ENGLAND:

Arsenal have supposedly expressed interest in Stephan El Shaarawy. Whether that interest was an actual conversation or just a note with "DO YOU LIKE ME YES ( ) NO ( )" passed to Stephan's friend, with instructions to give it to Stephan during lunch, is not clear.

Sir Alex Ferguson is releasing a book that will outline his theory of management. The table of contents lists 15 chapters, but once you get to the end of the book it just inexplicably keeps going until Ferguson is done.

Bafetimbi Gomis fainted during a game last week, and not for the first time. Thankfully, he's back in training with seemingly no ill effects.

WORLD:

Are you a country wanting to host a World Cup, but needing to build expensive stadia from scratch to do it? Well, before you start digging, take a look at Brazil, whose most expensive World Cup stadium has been used twice in 2015, for less than 10,000 fans each time, and most of the time is a bus depot. Does anybody still think hosting a major international sporting event is a financially sound idea?

The Indonesian company Salvo Sports has been compelled to apologize after the laundering instructions they printed on replica shirts were discovered to be 1950's-US-tv-sitcom level sexist. Unfortunately, their apology may have been even worse.

What's it like playing soccer at 12,000 feet? Turns out it's really, really hard.

MLS:

The Guardian has a good, non-condescending look at what MLS is, designed for its readers who don't really follow the league all that much. It's a good primer for anyone interested.