Feeds

Football. Culture. Everything in between

Goaaaaaal!

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Site(s) of The Day With the kick-off of the football season North of the border last weekend, and the beginning of the Nationwide season next it's high time Site of the Day took a look at the world of football Web sites.

Barely a month after the end of the World Cup, what better place to start that Osaka, Japan-based Website Soccerphile.com.

A site written by fans for fans, Socerphile.com did a tremendous job in fighting the prevailing media stereotype that football fans = hooligans and played no small part in creating the positive climate that pervaded Japan/Korea 2002. We also enjoyed their hospitality in Osaka, and tips of the best bars/Ramen noodle joints/nightspots to check out while in the town.

The site is packed full of interviews, images and sounds from Japan/Korea 2002 and we're sure it's lively message board will pick up again once the domestic season in Europe kicks off. There's already a lively thread about Euro 2004 and news analysis of off-season transfer moves.

The site contains editorials in Japanese, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese - reflecting the diversity that is Planet Football. Staying with the World Cup theme, the tournament has spawned a variety of games on the Web. One of our favourites is Suwon Shootout, which invites you to change history in memory of Ireland's heroic exit against Spain this summer. Come on you Boys in Green!

When it comes to having a laugh about domestic scene, The Guardian's irreverent Fiver newsletter always makes us chuckle. Required reading.

Perhaps surprisingly, the beautiful game has spawned no shortage of academic analysis. Foremost among these, is Manchester's Institute for Popular Culture where academic study the sociology, psychology and context of the sport. Nice work if you can get it!

The British Council has also stepped into this arena, with analysis of the impact of substitutions on the results of football games. There's more links to Terrace Culture Web sites here.

With the imminent start of the new Premiership season, fans are set to enjoy wider availability of game highlights over the Web. Although it pains me to say it, Liverpool FC is generally regarded as the forerunner in providing this kind of content through its e-season ticket. Premiership rivals Manchester United, Arsenal and Leeds United (among others) are also introducing this kind of content.

Google provides a useful series of links to official club sites, and supporters pages and sites - which have proliferated on the Web.

With the plethora of football-related news sites, along with official sites for the Football Association, there's enough information on the Web to keep any armchair fan happy. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL
Bank: 'We are now safely patched.' Customers: 'You were using OpenSSL?'
Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN
Reg reader snaps shot of touching tribute to Apple icon
Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys
Little men straddle LOHAN, attend tiny G20 Summit... ah, sweet memories...
Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest
New minifigs like Monster Fighters are turning kids to the dark side
Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine
Only I can 'make an empire out of a republic' intones presidential candidate
Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air
Citizens line up for bags of that sweet, sweet mountain air
Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'
Mountain View is prankin' like it's 1999...
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.