Wednesday, 30 June 2010

ARSENALISM WORLD CUP QUIZ THE ANSWERS

Arsenalism world cup Quiz

Heres the answers to the world cup quiz; No winners i'm afraid
• Which World cup game was described by David Coleman; “The game you are about to see is the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football”?

Chile v Italy 1962

• Aside from Beckanbauer who is the only man to win the world cup as player and manager?

• Mario Zagalo

• Why can’t Stjepan Bobeks world cup scoring record for Yugolsavia ever be beaten?

• Yugoslavia no longer exists

• Who scored the first ever world cup golden goal?

Laurent Blanc France v Paraguay 1998

• Who is the only substitute to score a hat trick in the world cup finals?

• Laszlo Kiss Hungary v el Salvador 1982

• Why was the game between USA v Switzerland in 1994 a first?

• First game played indoors

• Robert Prosinecki was the first player to achieve what double distinction?

• Score for Yugoslavia v UAE and Croatia v Jamaica

• What is the most played fixture in world cup history?

• Brazil v Sweden

• The Jules Rimet trophy was famously stolen and recovered in 1966 but it was stolen at another World Cup finals. Where and when?

• Brazil 1970 and never recovered

• Which was the first world cup finals match to be decided by a shootout?

• West Germany v France 1982

• Which club had the most players in England’s Italia 90 squad?

• Glasgow Rangers

• What is the make of the Boot on the golden boot trophy?

• Adidas

• Why did Italy retain the world cup for twelve years without having to defend it?

• World War 2


okay good luck with the Pub quiz


Monday, 28 June 2010

The England situation

Tattoos, endorsements, video game likenesses, bling, Bentleys Wags and ego mania are at the roots of England’s unseemly but deserved exit from football’s top table tournament. Add to that, parasitic agents catering to the overindulged young millionaires every whim and the picture of the modern English footballer makes uncomfortable viewing.


Playing in a Premier League that is an overrated Sky TV manipulated product, where possession, once given away, is easily won back, this so called golden generation have been exposed as (at best) being gold plated when faced with players whose technique and desire is superior.

No other nation indulges and deifies footballers the way England does with such scant evidence to suggest that the subjects of praise have any great ability. The last truly mercurial footballer England had was Paul Gascoigne; raised to the heights by a media that turned on him like the senate did with Julius Caesar. To suggest that the group of players Cappello took to South Africa where not the best at his disposal would be untrue; and there is the indictment. They were not good enough when it came to the crunch.

Solutions? Well the FA needs to be overhauled (never gonna happen), the premier League needs to be rejuvenated by a culture where technique is encouraged and the ‘they don’t like it up ‘em’ view is frowned upon (never gonna happen), where the molly coddled celebrity that is the modern English footballer is held accountable and focused on his own growth and football development (never gonna happen) and the seeds of change are planted today in the children’s and youth’s academies (never gonna happen).

Beckenbaur was right when he criticised the England team; right about footballing matters. No voice of authority has questioned the moral and personal aspects of the English footballer in a constructive way so as to elicit change. How can they question the very gods that man has placed on mount Olympus without facing the wrath of their agents?

Friday, 25 June 2010

arsenalism world cup quiz

Arsenalism world cup Quiz


Okay just for a bit of fun heres a quiz.
answers by comment or to arsenalism@hotmail.co.uk
results in a few days...good luck
1. Which World cup game was described by David Coleman; “The game you are about to see is the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football”?

2. Aside from Beckanbauer who is the only man to win the world cup as player and manager?

3. Why can’t Stjepan Bobeks world cup scoring record for Yugolsavia ever be beaten?

4. Who scored the first ever world cup golden goal?

5. Who is the only substitute to score a hat trick in the world cup finals?

6. Why was the game between USA v Switzerland in 1994 a first?

7. Robert Prosinecki was the first player to achieve what double distinction?

8. What is the most played fixture in world cup history?

9. The Jules Rimet trophy was famously stolen and recovered in 1966 but it was stolen at another World Cup finals. Where and when?

10. Which was the first world cup finals match to be decided by a shootout?

11. Which club had the most players in England’s Italia 90 squad?

12. What is the make of the Boot on the golden boot trophy?

13. Why did Italy retain the world cup for twelve years without having to defend it?

14. Who was the first player sent off in a world cup final?

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Friday, 18 June 2010

Away Kit further news


And we have a new set of cheerleaders to travel to away fixtures

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Shoot that poison chalice and other puns on opening fixtures

And so it came to pass, the poison chalice of an opening day fixture against Liverpool at Anfield. New Manager’s first game for the scousers and it will be all about a win for them. Even though they finished 12 points adrift this fixture is going to be a right awkward one,
Then Blackpool at Emirates, damned if we win and spoil the ‘fairytale’ damned if we don’t. Away to Allardyce’s Neanderthal army, home to Bolton Rugby League team and a long journey to the non-descript Mackems.

As uninspiring a set of opening fixtures as you could get.

Saturday14th (or whenever Sky and ESPN decide) August 2010 Liverpool v Arsenal A
Saturday 21st(or whenever Sky and ESPN decide)  August Arsenal v Blackpool H
Saturday 28th (or whenever Sky and ESPN decide) August Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal A
Saturday 11th(or whenever Sky and ESPN decide)  September Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers H
Saturday 18th (or whenever Sky and ESPN decide) September Sunderland v Arsenal A

Fortunately wellyousaythat will still be in sunnier Mediterranean climes and will have the consolation of watching the first two games in a Spanish bar with a cold San Miguel in hand.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS75NtlH3gI

WORLD CUP MASCOT MASH UP

From 1966 and World Cup Willie, FIFA have insisted that a Mascot be used to represent each country hosting the tournament. Some of them have been quite reasonable; generally the animal ones. In fact I would go so far as to say World Cup Willie is designed almost in the Hannah Barbera style and you can imagine him having his own swinging TV cartoon show, a kind of Austin Powers meets Top Cat. Stryker from USA also looks like he could wander onto the set of Hong Kong Phooey and play a precocious side kick. Footix is ideally suited to have a face off with Foghorn Leghorn. Goleo has clearly relocated to the states and now lives on Sesame Street.


Juanito and Gauchito are probably cousins and Tip and Tap look like Colin & Justin, who do the home decor show on Channel 5. I don't have a lot of time for Naranjito and Pique as there is something disturbing about the thought of animated food. Which leads us to the three Aliens from the far east; weird and translucent, they most likely were designed by a Japanese Doctor Who fan. Where to begin with Ciao! The Italian offering is quite simply a seven year olds attempt to make a lego model of Totti.This years model Zakuni is a rather cool looking green haired leopard with a mischievous smirk; he has a great future chasing Sonic the Hedgehog and Crash Bandicoot.
If England get the World Cup I hope and pray we don't commision the same fools who came up with these abominations against sense for the Olympics, to do our mascot.


Wednesday, 16 June 2010

AWAY SHIRT in the news

And we have already done a deal with subbuteo, our new aaway kit ready to go

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Arsenal Away Shirt 2010-2011 Melchester Rovers in disguise

Most people wanted a retro design so they've given us one; straight out of the eighties as worn by football legend Roy Race. 

Next we'll be signing David Seaman,Tony Adams and Jedward

Monday, 14 June 2010

Mad Clown disease


Almunia is clearly mental:

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia revealed he is not worried about all the transfer speculation written in papers as he believes his regular place in the squad is not in danger Ahead of next season, Almunia said:



“I have a deal signed with Arsenal and nobody at the club has given me a reason to question my future.
So I am not worried about the situation. I have seen what the papers are saying but I do not think it affects me
I am resting now and watching the World Cup, and then I will return in July to work with the rest of the squad”

Of more concern is the fact that Wenger has not made it crystal clear to the Spaniard that he is not good enough and is on his way out the door!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

VUVUZELA HELL

CLICK BELOW TO BLOW your own Virtual Vuvuzela.


Just in case you need a fix as a result of daily 90minute exposures to this awful racket.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

FIFA FITNESS

For me the world Cup is all about the endeavour and the competitive spirit of finely tuned athletes hoping to excell and reach glorious heights.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Some Reasons why Wenger wants Joe Cole


...To keep RVP Company in the medical block


...Because the club has 10,000 Cole shirts left

...He's much better at Mystery Sniper falls than Denislon

...So that Sagna isn't the only one with a ridiculous haircut
...To sort out Shawcross and Taylor like assaults on Arsenal Players
...To play run-outs with Theo at tea time
...On the basis that he MUST be better than Almunia & Fabianski in goal!

Friday, 4 June 2010

An inconvenient truth

So Rafa's time is up and Liverpool look to the future.

Benitez retained his position at Liverpool for so long based on goodwill and faith from having won The Champions League. For Liverpool there is a connection to the trophy that allowed them to overlook the lack of a league title for so long, they have been European Champions 5 times and runners up twice; clearly an impressive pedigree in this tournament. His failure to qualify for the Champions League this time around has ultimately cost him his post. Both from a financial point of view and from the perception of the club as a major force in Europe. Liverpool are among the elite having been European champions along with Ajax, Aston Villa, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, Celtic, Feyenoord, Hamburg, Internazionale, Juventus, Manchester United, Marseille, Milan, Nottingham Forest, Porto, PSV Eindhoven, Real Madrid, Red Star Belgrade and Steaua Bucharest.


The unpalatable truth is that Liverpool have decided that changes need to take place in order that they re-establish themselves and have acted accordingly; something Arsenal are not prepared to do to re-establish the club domestically. Arsenal’s omission from the above list should have been the concern at the club and continuing to win the title on a regular basis should have been an ongoing mission along with using the move to The Emirates as a platform for an assault on a place at Europe’s top table. Having reached a final we should have used that as a stepping stone; we should have wanted more!

Now we find ourselves adrift on both fronts and diminished in the domestic trophies. Benitez has been allowed a period of grace but the club have been decisive in acknowledging that it was time for a change. Wenger’s period of grace continues but for how long? It seems that the ambition of Arsenal doesn’t match that of Liverpool and sadly a number of other clubs.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Bolton in England clothing



What is it about the England team? Cappello has looked at the tools in his workshop and realised that in trying to play a progressive style of football he will fall short. Attempting to play an expansive possession style of football would result in England’s early elimination. I think that Mr Capello has opted for Premiership type football as the squad he has assembled clearly cannot out pass opponents. And therein lays the problem. England players will continue to play catch up technique wise by this acceptance of viewing International football as the same as club football. Watching this type of play is something that, seen week in week out, leaves little for true admirers of the beautiful game.


The other thing about the current England side is that they are hard to like. If England were a club side they would be a team that I wouldn’t like, much like Bolton under Allardyce. The Core of this squad is Chelsea and Sp*rs. That says a lot about any likability factor. Blood and thunder isn’t enough at the highest level and Capello is clearly focused on the short term prospect of England winning, much as Greece did in the Euros. This short- termism will probably mean that four years from now we will still be playing catch up. Hopefully there will be some changes in the long term that will enable there to be the right players available in the future who can express themselves well both on and off the pitch.

The World Cup is an opportunity to enjoy football and generally speaking the balance of countries represented has enough in the way of gifted players to provide entertainment and yes, the prospect of actually liking teams.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Who loves ya baby?


So Theo gets excluded from the England World cup squad, and the so called experts rejoice and rub their hands with glee. For some time now there appears to have been an orchestrated campaign within the inner sanctum of pundits to have a pop at this decent young man. It’s shameful, the amount of schadenfreude that has been exhibited as a result of Cappelo’s choice not to take Theo to the England jolly boys outing in SA.

I can see why Capello has made the decision, obviously Theo hasn’t had an affair with a team mate’s Ex, or spent a night with a senior citizen prostitute, or failed to complete a drugs test nor has he the ability to do the robot or go to night clubs and piss up the counter. Theo has also neglected to cheat on his partner (twice) or decide he doesn’t want to play for England then change his mind. Theo is also guilty of having a better international strike rate than Emille Heskey and not having the bling accoutrements of the Sp*rs contingent. I also understand he’s rubbish at doing the Robot.

Those of you who have read arsenalism before know that I hold the current set of England players, by and large, with barely concealed contempt. Watching their limitations of expression on the pitch and arrogant lack of regard off of it makes mustering any enthusiasm to follow them at The World Cup an impossibility.

Part of me is glad that Theo is not going, and I don’t see much of a big deal about Capello making the decision; these things happen. The role that he has been given at Arsenal by the manager has virtually tied Theo’s hands and Fabio clearly feels he is looking for byline-reaching cross-hitting wide men.

What I object to is the way that such wilful malice is exhibited toward this articulate young man who just wants to play football.

In terms that may be clearly understood “Bollocks to them I say, bollocks to the lot of them”.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Deadline day


Deadline day 1st June time for the multitudes, including yours truly, to pay up and shut up. That is clearly the case. The board are safe in the knowledge that there are enough die hard Arsenal supporters who will renew their Season tickets season after season no matter what. Add to that those who don’t want to give up a season ticket as the thought of going back to eighty thousand and first in the waiting list is unconscionable. There is also the group of supporters who are giving it ‘one more season’.


The season ticket is not just a seat in the stadium it’s a commitment to turning up week in week out until the final whistle. Or is it? Feeling under appreciated by the elite at the club and feeling sold short by Wenger’s lack of ambition and philosophical dead end causes the doubts that result in deadline day renewal. Leaving it until the last minute is a clear sign of apathy and resignation.

I parted with my hard earned money today knowing deep down that Carling Cup and FA Cup games would be a waste of time but hoping otherwise. Thinking that the best we can achieve are draws in the big games against Manchester United and Chelsea but considering the joy of taking 12points. Accepting that we will still be subjected to The Wonder Of You and Denilson / Diaby in midfield but wishfully thinking otherwise. Resigning myself to the fact that the summer ahead will not be one of major changes yet thinking perhaps 'you never know'.

So still I retain a seed of hope that The Arsenal will achieve something this time round despite of, not because of, our manager’s dogma.

I guess the bottom line goes back to a quote from Woody Allen in which, if you imagine the relationship we have with Arsenal, makes perfect sense;
“I thought of that old joke, y'know, the, this... this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, uh, my brother's crazy; he thinks he's a chicken." And, uh, the doctor says, "Well, why don't you turn him in?" The guy says, "I would, but I need the eggs." Well, I guess that's pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y'know, they're totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and... but, uh, I guess we keep goin' through it because, uh, most of us... need the eggs.”


Views, opinions and that...

To Contact me you can
E-Mail
twitter
@realarsenalism

Loading...