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
Lots of football coming up this weekend. Barcelona-Valencia for me is the pick of the lot in Europe, though Serie A looks more exciting now with Inter losing to Catania on Friday 3-1. Victory for AC Milan against Chievo on Sunday will bring them within a point of their city rivals and ensure a great finish with 10 matches left (let’s not forget a Roma win would bring them to within four points).
Anyway, on to today’s Morning Kick-Off.
Good Day for Godoy
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza find themselves at the top of the Torneo Clausura standings in Argentina thanks to a 2-1 win over Atletico Tucuman on Friday. Outside of Argentina this is not necessarily a known club and there is a reason for that. Godoy Cruz was founded in 1921 and the club has spent most of its existence in the Argentine provincial leagues. In 1994 the team reached the 2nd division and finally the Primera Division twelve years later.
Since then they have been sort of a yo-yo club between the top two divisions. The team seems to have solidified their place in the top flight now and it remains to be seen whether they can maintain a title charge as the season progresses. Continue reading
An organization based in San Francisco, California is using the beautiful game to bring positive change to marginalized youth across the world. The story of Soccer Without Borders is an inspiring look at what effect soccer can have for children and communities anywhere.
In 2005, the organization’s founder and current Director Ben Gucciardi began thinking of a way to link soccer with social development. The idea had been sparked by a failed plan of Gucciardi and friend Kyle Hartman to bike from San Francisco to the southernmost point in Argentina. The trip never developed thanks to some logistical problems, but the dream survived.
Soccer Without Borders attempts to bring positive change to marginalized youths across the world
Using the resources available at Lehigh University, Gucciardi began doing some preliminary research into creating such an organization that would go to places and teach soccer.
The seeds of Soccer Without Borders were planted and after winning an entrepreneurial competition on campus, the duo was rewarded with start-up money for their venture. A pilot program was completed in Nicaragua and Gucciardi learned to make a website after returning and the rest is history. “From there, it has really just took a life of its own, says Gucciardi, “New people get on board and bring many new and great ideas to the table.” Continue reading
Jailed in Singapore, stones thrown at him by an angry mob in Albania, and cheating death in England. It all sounds like the life of an international spy rather than a footballer. Lutz Pfannenstiel however is not your everyday player. The German goalkeeper has the distinction of being the only man to have played at the professional level on every continent (excluding Antarctica of course, though there are still plans for that..read on!).
So one can imagine that a career spanning nearly two decades and 25 clubs brings with it some unique experiences. And that is exactly what Pfannenstiel relayed to us at One Game, One World when we spoke to him recently.
Now in Namibia as player coach of Ramblers FC and goalkeeper coach for the Namibian national side, Pfannenstiel has not lost any of his desire for football. At first glance it might seem that his career took a path similar to if you spun a globe around and stopped it with your finger 25 times or so. However, upon listening to Pfannenstiel, who has played in nearly 400 matches in his career, you don’t get the ravings of a madman, but rather the inspirational football musings of a true globetrotting legend. Continue reading