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How is Qatar building a national team for the 2022 World Cup?: by importing promising children from poor countries. Their families are given stipends and the boys come to live in a beautiful, possibly insane facility ("Across the campus, speakers pipe in the sounds of birds chirping throughout the day.") in hopes of some day making it onto the Qatar-owned team in Belgium. Doubly so since their options, much like those of the people building stadiums for 2022, limited:

Aspire executives were displeased by the departures. "They didn’t want us to talk to other agents, they definitely did not," said Tchoutou, who now plays for A.S. Roma’s top youth team. But after three years, he decided to leave with their approval or not. According to one scholarship agreement, the boys pledge not to sign any contract without the written authorization of Aspire. Of the few boys who have left the program, Bleicher said agents approached them secretly and made promises.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:33 AM on July 15 - 6 comments

A search for the original New England Patriots' fan: has a strange and surprising twist to it. The calls are coming from inside the house!

posted by yerfatma to football at 03:01 PM on June 25 - 1 comment

Even if you don't follow La Liga, it's worth reading The Sids: the annual awards from Sid Lowe. They start about a quarter of the way down with "Best signing" and move on to videos of mooning a penalty kick, stories of fans playing linesman and the eloquence of Javier Aguirre:

“I said hijo de puta but I say that 10 or 12 times a game: that’s the way I talk,” Aguirre admitted, going on to say hijo de puta rather a lot to reinforce the fact that he does indeed say hijo de puta rather a lot. Out came a magnificent stream of Mexican mouthing off, his accent getting stronger with every smirk and every swear word.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:28 AM on May 29 - 1 comment

Kansas State denies player the right to transfer away: "With a release, Romero could go to another Division I school and receive scholarship money while sitting out the required year to transfer. But without the release, she would have to pay all her own expenses for that year, which she says she's not in a financial position to do as a foreign student."

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 07:58 AM on May 07 - 5 comments

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SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Joe Posnanski on Tom Glavine. Worth it for the personal story and

Atlanta Braves baseball: Better than getting hit in the head with a hammer, unless it's a doubleheader.

posted by yerfatma at 12:56 PM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Are these teams still as valuable when half of them are below average in Euro Super League

That sounds like the killer to me. It's great to be Bayern or PSG or Barca/ Real in your current domestic league but losing to some other superpower would Devalue The Brand. Why not soak up the upside-down TV contracts and keep stomping your local opposition while the rigged game is still rigged? Losing one estrella* out of the galactico to injury every couple of years in a tournament is a small price to pay. As much as I complain about the NFL, the owners look like Marxists when compared to European football teams. A TV contract that pays all teams equally? Might as well dust off the guillotine! Let them eat transfer fees and loan players.

* Yes, I've been drinking, why do you ask?

posted by yerfatma at 08:31 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Shows what I know. I also didn't know he was a Real Madrid fan. Sid Lowe provides a good rundown of the open questions about where he fits in and who is leaving now that Kroos and Rodriguez have arrived.

Not addressed: how the hell this all works under Financial Fair Play regardless of who leaves. Then again, Real and Barca have such huge incomes maybe it does. Which suggests they should remove the first two words from the title.

posted by yerfatma at 02:43 PM on July 22

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

I wonder how much of the rise in Unwritten Rules lawyering is down to defensive shifts. Most of it is probably down to ESPN making a big deal of every pitcher who barks at a hitter now, but some of the "You never do that!" crap might be cases like this. Lewis has no reason to bitch about a bunt in the middle of a game that's not a no-hitter, but he has doubleplus no reason to bitch about a guy hitting .220 dropping a bunt against an extreme shift. If you're going to move your fielders into a shift based on a player's tendencies, you can't get pissed if he changes his habits. Rasmus was just listening to the advice of Wee Willie Keeler.

posted by yerfatma at 10:57 AM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ooh, rcade I didn't know we were in competition. It may require Greg Maddux to settle this in a few decades.

posted by yerfatma at 08:44 AM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm on a contract job they won't let me off of but also won't give me work for, so I think it might be time to spin up Football Manager again and see if I can figure out how the hell formations work. I've been reading Zonal Marking for years and still don't understand why a 4-3-3 can outnumber a 4-4-2 in midfield.

posted by yerfatma at 09:23 PM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Yeah, Everton's way better: our big free agents leave to underperform!

posted by yerfatma at 11:36 AM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Comparing national teams to Premier League counterparts.

posted by yerfatma at 10:20 AM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I feel like Kareem needs a new hobby for his retirement hours. That's the second opinion piece that uses a pretty tacky "men and women and relationships" metaphor from a guy who wants to stamp out misogyny in sport.

posted by yerfatma at 09:35 AM on July 15

Germany Wins World Cup

How big a gift basket do you think Chris Wondlowski sent Gonzola Higuain?

posted by yerfatma at 02:08 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

rights to Euro 2016, which expands to 32 teams and ought to be great.

Even at 24 it's going to be a bit longer than it need be I think, but I may have caught the sniffiness of the Guardian writers. Assuming you really enjoyed Tahiti's in the last Confederations Cup, Euro 2016 should be chock-full of stories of left backs who are full-time plumbers, etc.

posted by yerfatma at 02:07 PM on July 14

MetaFilter User Proposes New Site Called 'Sportsfilter'

Wait, seriously? I do think the Huddle can have a negative effect on the number of posts as it's far easier to dump a link in the huddle compared to framing a post, but I think it does a good job of handling the daily chatter of sports well. Might just need to encourage more link to be made into posts if they're worthy of it.

As a web dev nerd, I think some bug fixing and a bit of a spruce up to the tools might encourage more discussion. I don't know how hard it is to support OEmbed in PHP (there's a package here), but I've been using it on sites via Python and Micawber and it's pretty awesome. It turns urls from places like Youtube and Twitter into the videos and rendered tweets right in the page with no work from admins or posters which adds a lot of rich content for free.

posted by yerfatma at 10:10 AM on July 14

Germany Wins World Cup

She said that watching the replay it was obvious that he had been knocked temporarily unconscious from the contact

I was ranting to my wife about the same thing: sometimes soccer players fall to the ground without bracing themselves, but that's because they threw their arms up to indicate sniper fire. Arms down, no brace = unconscious. FIFA needs to offer either a stoppage or some kind of substitution rule for concussions. This World Cup had too many of them to ignore.

I think there needs to be an independent doctor . . . who determines whether a player has suffered a concussion and/or should not play on

My understanding was FIFA did have that. They were simply totally ineffective, which is no great surprise.

ESPN's coverage of the issue was actually pretty good (both in the booth and back in the studio), primarily because Taylor Twellman is such an advocate for better concussion protocols

Agreed. I think the coverage was also good because of awareness raised by the NFL's ongoing issues. My concern is the awareness isn't the same in any other country. Even writers on The Guardian's podcast seem to treat the issue as one of manliness and part of the sport. I was amazed by Hugo Lloris being allowed to argue himself back into a game against Everton after this but with each passing concussion, it seems less likely anything will happen soon. Unless FIFA decides to do the right thing. So never.

posted by yerfatma at 08:40 AM on July 14

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

You've got him in a can't-win box

I think most of sports fandom insists on a binary viewpoint for LeBron. I get the dislike stemming from The Decision, but I can't understand the hate, the blinding hate. If you truly like the sport, how can you not love watching him play? Even if you're a fan of a rival team, how can you not love him as a wrestling heel then? He seems to be maturing, he's done and said a lot of good things, he's the best player in the league and the best player I've ever seen. It may be that Jordan or Magic was better in their era, but from an evolution of the sport perspective, he's the most awesome (in the original sense) player I've seen.

Some guy pulled up next to us yesterday at a light with sports radio blaring through closed windows (why do sports talk radio listeners insist on turning the volume up? is it because they're always yelling?) and I had to roll up my windows because I could hear some jackass caller declaring Kobe was still a better player. He was holding onto the idea for dear life and I can't understand why.

I do think a fair amount of the dislike stems from the idea players in the NBA are beginning to control where they go and that seems (for lack of trying to find a less loaded word) uppity. Fans are more comfortable with the idea their team's fortunes are tied to an anonymous set of guys in suits who may or may not know what they're doing.

posted by yerfatma at 11:20 AM on July 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I feel the exact same way. There's a bit of a wake aspect to this for me; I tried (not really) to have an open mind about Gus Johnson on the Champions League games but he is awful. I don't like his schtick for US sports and listening to him on soccer reminds me of a line from Patrick O'Brian: "Your friend has a singular genius for striking the wrong note." Just checked and God help us all, Fox has the rights to Euro 2016 as well. I'd like to think they can poach some of the talent from ESPN and/ or leverage their Sky commentators, but I think a flaming puck approach is more likely.

It would be great if the one legacy of ESPN's coverage was to bring the producers and talent behind the World Cup coverage into Bristol to re-work some tone and approach for the mainline shows.

posted by yerfatma at 11:12 AM on July 13