Hello all, welcome to the Monday Morning Kick-Off. A couple bits of business to tend to first before we dive into some hopefully interesting football tidbits.
For starters, One Game, One World will go all World Cup starting in mid-May. We are planning previews of the teams, along with news, interviews, and stories ahead of the 2010 World Cup which begins on June 11th. This is a historic tournament, the first in Africa, and it means that here at OGOW we are excited to bring you coverage of the competition before, during, and after the competition.
Of course, there will be a million media outlets to receive coverage from, but we hope you will check out our mix of traditional and non-traditional coverage for perhaps something a bit different ahead of the world’s greatest sporting event.
Ok, well off we go for today’s Kick-Off.
Yes, we have reached what is commonly known as the business end of the season in many leagues, mostly Europe. In most leagues it is a two-horse race as Barcelona and Real Madrid contest La Liga, while Chelsea is attempting to hold of Manchester United in the English Premier League. Continue reading
Morning everyone! Thanks to all who have visited the site in the last couple days. We have received some wonderful feedback on the Fabio Lopez Interview. If you haven’t seen it check it out below. Some exciting stuff is in the works as well for next week. Australian National Team captain Jason Culina was kind enough to give us an interview and we will also look at the state of football in Liechtenstein as well and in true One Game, One World style probably throw in a surprise to the mix.
Anyway enough of that, let’s go to today’s Morning Kick-Off.
You are probably asking yourself what the heck does that mean. Well, I came across this fantastic story about a couple of English guys who were looking to do a football documentary on a place unspoiled by the greed and riches of the English Premier League. They ended up in Pohnpei, one of the four islands in the Federated States of Micronesia.
Gorgeous Scenery From Pohnpei
To make a long story short, the two men in question, Journalist Paul Watson and filmmaker Matthew Conrad became coach and assistant coach respectively of the Pohnpei national side, a team that is not affiliated with FIFA at the moment and that has never won a competitive fixture.
The work that is being done by these two is absolutely fantastic and refreshing in this day and age where some players make hundreds of thousands of dollars, pounds, and euros a week. This is a super story right up our ally at OGOW and we will be giving you an exclusive scoop on it sometime this month. Continue reading
Today, I was going to do up a Big Match Report on Barcelona-Arsenal. However thanks to the brilliance of Lionel Messi, I thought that any attempt to analyze this match would be at best a futile effort. The man is quite simply a magician and at the Nou Camp last night he was amazing, his finishing and all-around play were a joy to watch.
So, instead we will focus our Big Match analysis this week on the upcoming Real Madrid-Barcelona match.
For now, here are a couple of videos of the man that someday will be known as one of football’s true legends (perhaps to many he is already!). Enjoy yesterday’s highlights of Messi’s display and some of his best ever goals.
Some of Messi’s best ever goals
Lots of football being played at this time of year as we are in the midst of the “business end” of the season. Everything is a little condensed this year as it is a World Cup year, so it really means that the matches are coming at us left and right. Not that we mind here at One Game, One World.
In today’s Morning Kick-Off we take a trip around the globe to see some of the more interesting happenings in world football. First, a little video though from Denmark, specifically Aalborg’s 1-1 draw with SønderjyskE . Spare a thought for Aalborg goalkeeper Karim Zaza who tried to dribble past the opposition forward only to get stripped and give up the most embarassing of goals. Luckily for him, Aalborg found an equalizer late on to rescue a point.
Ouch! Though in Zaza’s defense, perhaps the pass he received was not exactly the best and it put him into some trouble. Anyway, on to he Kick-Off! Continue reading
We are going to focus on the 1st Leg Champions’ League Quarterfinal matches today in the Morning Kick-Off. Some tasty affairs for sure. We want to tell visitors to the site to please keep coming back, especially tomorrow when we will have an interview with ESPN’s Derek Rae. He is a fantastic commentator and has some interesting stories and insight into world football. Please check it out and let us know what you think.
Quartefinal action begins this week in the Champions’ League and as always at this stage all the matches are interesting. We’ve got the traditional powers represented (Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal, Inter Milan, and Bayern Munich) as well as a few sides that are looking to cause a real shock (Lyon, Bordeaux, and CSKA Moscow). Continue reading
Exciting weekend of football on tap and surely Roma-Inter and Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid top the list of big European fixtures. The World Cup however has been on my mind, making it tough to concentrate on the leagues across the world. In light of this enjoy this YouTube video of the BBC’s Best Goals of the 2006 World Cup. It’s fantastic stuff!
Anyone enough about that now, time to cover other happenings as well so let’s take you for a quick trip around the globe in today’s Morning Kick-Off. Continue reading
Good morning everyone! We’ve received some great feedback on our article of Macchindra FC which you can find below. It really is a great story of an up-and-coming club from a part of the world that usually receives nothing but scant coverage. Anyway that’s our job here at One Game, One World, to provide coverage of football in areas that don’t receive it from the mainstream media.
We still aim to cover the big stuff too though and I don’t know if it’s just spring and things always seem to be happening fast, but I have a serious case of World Cup fever this morning. Anyway read on for today’s Morning Kick-Off.
Who’s got World Cup Fever? I’ve Got World Cup Fever
Yes, like I said, serious World Cup fever has hit us here at OGOW. So, just in case I’m not the only counting down (77 days, 9 hours and a bit if you’re wondering), a couple of cool clips for you today. My wife and daughter insisted that I spice up the site a little with these, so without further adieu, here are two World Cup related songs by K’Naan and Akon. Enjoy and let us know which one you think is the best.
K’Naan (featuring David Bisbal), Waving Flag, Official Coca-Cola Anthem For the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Akon (featuring Keri Hilson), Oh Africa, Official Pepsi World Cup Theme Song