Monthly Archives: March 2011

Dead man attends soccer match.

Dead man attends soccer matchWe realize we’re getting close to April Fool’s Day, but this is no joke: Just hours after 17-year-old Christopher Jacome was gunned down in his local park on Saturday, ultra fans of top level Colombian team Cucuta Deportivo stole his body from the funeral home, and charged through security to bring it into the stadium, coffin and all.

The medic for the soccer club, Julio Rivera, told the press, “They don’t let in the “barras” (soccer fanatics) but yes, a cadaver. This is the only part of the world where this has happened.”

Man gets full soccer jersey tattoo to honor team icon.

From the archives: This post originally appeared in October 2010, but we thought it was worth one more look-see.

Felipe Alvarez, an Atletico Nacional supporter, decided to pay homage to murdered club legend Andres Escobar by having a replica Atletico shirt tattooed across his torso, complete with Escobar’s number on the back.

We’re not sure about you, but we might suggest a less-permanent solution: one of our team jerseys to show your support. You don’t have to wear it 24-7, it doesn’t leave unsightly stretch marks, and you can frame it on your wall when your playing days are over.  Felipe Alvarez, Soccer Jersey Tattoo

Understanding offside in soccer: think P-I-G.

soccer linesman flagOne of our favorite soccer scribes, David Falk, recently checked in with Seattle-area referee Ray Moffatte on the all-too-complex Law 11. Moffatte says to simplify things, think of the word PIG:

The “P” stands for position. Was the player receiving the pass in an offside position when the ball was played by a teammate?

The “I” stands for involved. Was the player who was in an offside position involved in the play? Sometimes a player who was in an offside position will clearly indicate that they are not playing the ball thus allowing a teammate who was in an onside to play the ball.

The “G” stands for gains and advantage. Does the player in an offside position gain an advantage by being in that position? One example being, a player in an offside position shielding a goalkeeper from playing the ball that is shot towards the goal. Another example is when a player is in an offside position when a shot is taken and then scoring on a rebound off the goalkeeper or a rebound off the frame of the goal.

Visit Seattle Soccer Examiner for the full story, and be sure to check out our own selection of soccer referee gear and accessories for what you might need in that department.

British Soccer Team Loses 55-0.

From the archives, here’s a story we originally published in December 2010…but thought we’d share it one more time.
Think you’re having a bad season? Think again. The goalkeeper for Madron FC of Britian’s Cornwall Mining League, on average, picks the ball out of his own net once every 4.36 minutes. After losing its opening matches by the relatively modest margins of 11-0, 4-1 and 16-0, the team slumped to 27-0 and 27-1 defeats before succumbing, two sorry Saturdays ago, to a monumental 55-0 thrashing.

The squad did rebound last Saturday, as it were, losing just 22-0.

 Madron Football ClubIn 11 matches this season, says stand-in team manager Alan Davenport, Madron have scored two goals and conceded 227. It’s a degree of sporting incompetence that has won the team admiring mentions not just in the national press, but in sporting newspapers as far afield as France, Italy and even Brazil. Madron plays in the U.K.’s 13th-level league. (Think Premier League, then go down 12 notches.)
Davenport, who’s also the club’s secretary, treasurer and chairman, is not letting it get him down. “Morale’s high,” he says. “Heads are up. We’re getting better.”

A dispute over money lies at the root of the club’s troubles. At the start of this season, its newly promoted first team walked out en masse when Davenport informed them they had to pay their subs. “Fourteen players – guys who hadn’t lost a single match the whole of last season – just upped and left,” he says. “Their manager had told them that they needn’t pay, but we’re a very small club . . . So I then had to put a scratch team together. For the first division.”

The coach decided it would not be fair to plunder the club’s second team, which could win its division this season. “So we played with who we could get,” he says. “Unfortunately, that mostly means lads of 16 or 17 who haven’t really played football before and can’t get a game anywhere else. Often there aren’t enough of them, either. In 11 games, we’ve fielded three full teams.”

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Soccer Pinnies by Code Four AthleticsBuy in bundles of 6 and save! Simply purchase our plain pinnies in packs of six per color/size, and save 15% off our individual pinnie price. Our soccer practices pinnies (or pennies) are made of lightweight mini-mesh polyester for extra durability. Available in five colors, youth and adult sizes. Includes reinforced stitching.

Soccer Goal-Line Technology On The Way.

LONDON — Goal-line technology could be coming to the Premier League next season, with Hawk-Eye hoping to test its system during top-level matches for the first time. But with soccer’s lawmakers yet to allow referees to consult high-tech aids, the trials and results will remain secret.

German Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer

German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saw the ball in the goal - but referees didn't.

Hawk-Eye founder Paul Hawkins is also concerned that if his system contradicted a ruling on a disputed goal and the results were made public, the matchday officials would be undermined.

The sport moved closer to adopting goal-line technology earlier this month after the International Football Association Board approved another year of testing and FIFA president Sepp Blatter declared that it “helps referees.”

Blatter reversed his opposition to goal-line technology after England was wrongly not awarded a goal at the 2010 World Cup when the ball clearly crossed the line in the last-16 match against Germany. Frank Lampard’s “goal” would have levelled the match at 2-2, but Germany went on to win 4-1.

Other technologies to help the game, including “intelligent soccer balls,” are also in the works.

Soccer jerseys, MLS style: then and now.

FC Dallas MLS jerseys
Soccer jerseys for FC Dallas, 2011 season

Back in its inaugural 1996 season, the MLS sported jerseys that looked like “the result of a tragic Spin Art accident,” according to a recent AOL News story. For a look back, and look ahead to the current jerseys, check out the full story here.

If you’re in the market for kits for your own team, circa 2011, check out own collection of soccer jerseys and more.