Soccer

Amnesia, Absence and the A-League

Sporting landscapes are constantly shifting. Teams come and go or are merged and sent elsewhere; stadiums are dismantled and constructed; leagues are closed down and started up; new formats of traditional games are introduced; women’s leagues are given attention and arrive on television screens. The 2000s in Australia – just in football terms – has…

Sukab Dribbles the Ball

Sukab dribbles the ball. Sukab dribbles the ball upon a manicured green field. He guides the ball gracefully, with the skill of a player in the Italian Seria A. Sukab – Sukab from Indonesia – dribbles the ball, caresses the ball, heads the ball, guiding the ball along the field, the great empty expanse without…

Zlatanism

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Lagercrantz, I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, trans.Ruth Urbom, London: Penguin, 2011. I am reading Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography yes I am. In the late 1990s, Malmo Football Club (Malmo Fotbollforening, MFF) was relegated to the second division. The documentary Bladarar shows some of their fans in tears as the final whistle of the…

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