La tessera del tifoso: what a shame!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 by globalfootball

The Italian government is now pushing football clubs to create La tessera del tifoso, a card which fans will need to own, should they want a chance to have a ticket for a game.

The card comprises a credit card and to obtain it there needs to be an authorization from the Minister of Interior. Amazing

Kaka’ to Manchester City could be the start of the end

Posted in AC Milan, football fans, Football players, Football transfers, Manchester City, Premier League, Ricardo Kaka', Serie A on January 17, 2009 by globalfootball

A banner by AC Milan Ultras for Kaka' reads "Don't touch Kaka'"

A banner by AC Milan Ultras Brigate Rossonere for Kaka' reads "Don't touch Kaka'"

Every footballlover in the world is aware of the chance that A.C. Milan superstar Ricardo Kaka’ might move to English Manchester City for the amazing amount of more than 100 million €. I also think that every true footballlover, despite the color of his heart, is hoping that Kaka’ will not finalize his move to the Sheikh ownned English club.

Since the Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment has bought the club from the controversial former prime minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra, there have always been big transfer rumors surrounding the Citizens, with the only Robinho, among all the football superstars named to be joining the club, accepting the move to Manchester from Real Madrid.

Now the club presided by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been given the green light by AC Milan to talk directly to Kaka’ to persuade him to leave Milan, while groups of AC Milan supporters have been standing, chanting and waving banners, under the headquarters of the club in Via Filippo Turati to show their disappointment to the will of the club to accept the money and let their player go. Unfortunately for them, luck is a wheel and it is their turn to see their best players “robbed” and covered with money by some other rich club. Many football supporters in the world, in the past years, have hated AC Milan for being a rich club, always capable of attracting the best players with extraordinarily good economic offers.

Despite what Kaka’ will do, though, football is more than a lot of money, much more.

Noi siamo il Wimbledon – La storia dell’AFC Wimbledon

Posted in Football books, football fans, Premier League on January 7, 2009 by globalfootball

Noi siamo il Wimbledon di Stefano Faccendini

Ho appena terminato di leggere un appassionatissimo libro di un ragazzo italiano che vive in Inghilterra, Stefano Faccendini. Il libro si chiama Noi siamo il Wimbledon e narra la storia della rinascita della squadra di calcio di uno dei molti borough di Londra. Questo e gli altri libri di Stefano, Tifosi Ribelli e La Trasferta, si trovano qui.

Il Wimbledon FC, che negli anni ’90 aveva ripetutamente calcato il prestigioso palcoscenico della Premier League, in un momento di difficolta’ economiche viene sradicato dal suo quartiere di appartenenza da affaristi che poco hanno a vedere col mondo del calcio, e trasferito in un’altra area di Londra. I tifosi si ribellano e fondano una nuova societa’, il Wimbledon AFC, di cui quindi diventano collettivamente proprietari, che riparte dal basso dell’ultima lega dilettantistica inglese.

Il libro contiene molti dettagli interessanti riguardo le motivazioni delle varie parti in causa anche se prende apertamente posizione a favore dei supporters del Wimbledon. La storia del Wimbledon AFC, di cui non ero a conoscenza prima della lettura del libro, che e’ anche quella dell’FC United of Manchester e di poche altre squadre che disputano campionati britannici, restituisce orgoglio e dignita’ alla categoria del tifoso di calcio, usualmente bistrattato da tutte le componenti dell’universo del football. I tifosi di queste squadre si sono coalizzati, hanno superato differenze e carenze, provvedendo anche all’aspetto economico della gestione di un club. E adesso hanno la garanzia che la squadra per la quale tifano non li tradira’ in futuro, vendendosi per pochi spiccioli al miglior offerente, per esempio cambiando il nome dello stadio in omaggio ad uno sponsor o vendendo un giocatore simbolo per denaro.

Complimenti a Stefano per la cura, il dettaglio nelle informazioni e, soprattutto, la passione trasmessa a me e agli altri lettori del suo bel libro.

How to watch online football these days, p2p and streaming

Posted in copyright, Football Links, p2p on December 26, 2008 by globalfootball

Watching online live football has become easier and easier. Despite all the attempts by football authorities to control this phenomenon, it seems like there is very little that can be done to stop the trend.

There are a few simple things that need to be done, and all can be confirmed on the websites that are giving the updates and links that enable us to enjoy live football on our computers.

The main English site for live football is myp2p.eu. It is an incredibly handy site, built with care and respect for football, with very little commercial intent and a lot of passion. There are links to watch live streaming of the main sport events and so, alongside Premier League, Serie A and Champions League you can, for example, find Tennis and NBA links too. The Admins of MyP2P.eu are fantastic, if you happen to post even the dumbest of the questions on their MyP2P forum, you will get an answer in no time! They also provide users with updates and guides on the software you might need to run to watch the games, although it must be said that today there are a lot of chances to watch online football even without installing any software, an updated browser and Windows Media Player are usually enough.

If you can understand Spanish, and you only need a tiny bit of it in this case, you might as well use Rojadirecta.com – note that if this site is down they have a mirror site at Rojadirecta.org. It’s even easier than MyP2P.eu as the first thing you happen to see on their homepage is a list of the main sport events of the day and clicking on them will unveil some direct and some P2P links.

The guys at FreeFootball.org are instead a community of true football lovers who do not give you direct links but help you getting there… Use their forum if you want to know more, you will discover a new world and will be able to know more football fans from you area. They have recently upgraded their site, so now it’s even nicer than it used to be!

Other alternatives are to watch online live sport, including football, on betting sites like Bwin and Bet365. There are geographic restrictions, so if you are visiting the site with a German IP address they will unlikely show you events that are being broadcasted on German television, for example. On both sites you need to create an account to watch live sports but while on Bet365 this is completely free and there is no following hassle as they have never even sent me an email to advertise their activities, on Bwin you need to top up your account with at least 10 Euro to be able to watch live sports. On both sites you can bet on an amazing number of sport events and on multiple combination of scores.

I hope this helps, enjoy live football!

Best 2008 fans show

Posted in Ekstraklasa, football fans on December 13, 2008 by globalfootball

Lech Poznan – Polonia Bytom 3-0

Gabriele Sandri – an Italian death

Posted in football fans, Luigi Spaccarotella, Serie A, Violence on December 14, 2007 by globalfootball

Banner for Gabriele Sandri during Saint Etienne - Sochaux

Death and football keep on being strictly intertwined these days. The death of Gabriele Sandri has shocked Italy and Europe’s football audiences. He was just one guy traveling from Rome to Milan to watch a football game.

When Gabriele and his friends, S.S. Lazio supporters, came across a car of Juventus supporters, traveling north to watch their team in Parma, at a service station on the motorway, they had a fight. Police shortly after arrived and one of them, Luigi Spaccarotella, fired a shot towards them being on the other side of the motorway, about 700 . away from them. It’s not clear why he has taken the shot at all, what is sure is that he hit Gabriele Sandri in the back of his neck, and he killed him. Gabriele was hit while sleeping in the back seat of his friend’s car.

He was an Ultras, the social phenomenon which, in this very moment, seems to be the biggest in Italian society. He went regularly to see Lazio’s away games across the country. Ultras are being kicked out of the stadia, which is one of the reasons why foreigners looking at Italian football see always empty spaces around the pitches.

In the meanwhile Serie A keeps going and the Parliament is approving stricter measures against football fans, to ensure public safety for everyone. Despite all this safety, Manchester United fans were stabbed just yesterday, 13th of December, around the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, before the Champions League tie.

It is difficult to talk about football, this is also football today.

Here is a collection of pictures with banner from football fans from all over Europe to remember Gabriele Sandri.

Football streaming channels – Live football on Easter’s weekend

Posted in Athletic Bilbao, Bundesliga, football fans, Liga, Ligue 1, p2p, Premier League, Serie A, Violence on April 7, 2007 by globalfootball

One more time for this season another great 3 days of live football on our favourite p2p applications is to come. I have seen the stats for the previous post and many users have downloaded the p2p software needed to watch the matches so I am going to post that again and channels listing will follow, enjoy!

The basic p2p software for football online streaming are TV Ants and Sopcast. Once you have downloaded these two, you can download the Remote Control to activate them. If the match is listed to be on Bwin, just follow the link and register, then you should be able to watch every thing they show live.

Saturday 07/04/2007

    12:45 GMT Chelsea – Tottenham Hotspurs on ESPN, Sport Channel 3, Guandong, Supersport 3, Guangzou
    14:00 GMT Reggina – Inter on BWin
    14:00 GMT Catania – Roma on BWin
    14:30 GMT Herta Berlin – Arminia Bielefeld on BWin
    14:30 GMT Schalke 04 – Borussia Moenchengladbach on BWin
    14:30 GMT Wolfsburg – Mainz on BWin
    14:30 GMT Eintracht Frankfurt – Energie Cottbus on BWin
    14:30 GMT Hannover – Bayern Munich on BWin
    14:30 GMT Aachen – Borussia Dortmund on BWin
    14:30 GMT HSV Hamburger – Stuttgart on BWin, Cctv5, GolTv, Sport Channel 1
    15:00 GMT Reading – Liverpool on Starsports, Sport Channel 4
    15:00 GMT Arsenal – West Ham United on ESPN, Sport Channel 3, Guandong, Supersport 3, Guangzou, Makaiko Sport, Shanghai
    15:00 GMT Middlesbrough – Watford on Sport Channel 2
    16:10 GMT Valenciennes – Olympique Lyon on Cctv5, GoalTv 2, Sports Cn
    17:15 GMT Portsmouth – Manchester United on Starsports, Sport Channel 4, Makaiko Sport, Supersport 3
    19:00 GMT Real Zaragoza – Barcelona on Cctv5, GoalTv, Sport Channel 1
    19:30 GMT AC Milan – Empoli on Sport Channel 2, Guandong, Shanghai, BTV6
    19:00 GMT Athletic Bilbao – Valencia on Cctv5, GoalTv, Sport Channel 1, Makaiko Sports

Sunday 08/04/2007

    16:00 GMT Real Mallorca – Getafe on Makaiko Sports
    16:00 GMT Werder Bremen – Nurnberg on Cctv5, Bwin
    16:00 GMT Bayer Leverkusen – Bochum on Bwin
    16:00 GMT Sevilla – Racing Santander on Sport Channel 1, Guandong, Shanghai
    18:00 GMT Real Madrid – Osasuna Pamplona on Guandong, Shanghai, Shandong
    20:00 GMT Marseille – Lille on Goaltv2
    20:00 GMT Werder Bremen – Nurnberg on Cctv5, GolTv

Monday 09/04/2007

    12:45 GMT Watford – Portsmouth on ESPN, Sport Channel 3
    15:00 GMT Newcastle United – Arsenal on ESPN, Sport Channel 3, Shanghai, Guangdong
    15:00 GMT Fulham – Manchester City on Starsports, Sport Channel 4
    17:15 GMT Southampton – Sunderland on Sports CN, Supersports 3
    20:00 GMT Charlton Athletic – Reading on ùSport Channel 3
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