England World Cup Squad 1982 album

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Here are Brighton’s skipper Steve Foster and their future striker Justin Fashanu in action:

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In 1982, both players also turned their talents in the recording studio. With the Albion, Foster had a stab at singing on ‘In Brighton’ / ‘The Goldstone Rap’.

Fozzie also featured in the official England World Cup Squad song: ‘This Time (We’ll Get It Right)’:

Believe it or not, a whole album of songs was released:

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As noted by Derek Hammond and Gary Silke in ‘Got Not Got’:

The FA’s resolute refusal to acknowledge disco, punk or even New Romanticism was partly tempered on the ‘This time We’ll Get It Right’ LP, where Justin Fashanu’s frankly astonishing ‘Do It Cos You Like It’ predated the thrust of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Relax’ by at least a year.

Please note: This blog is coming to an end as a daily blog in 10 days time…

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The Painted Streets of Brazil – Nice one Google.

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Taking a snapshot of the World Cup emblazoned streets of Brazil and bringing to you wherever you are, Google has utilised street view in a rather beautiful way.

I would urge you to check this out.

You can pick a number of streets from all over the contry. Get stuck in and take a peak. It’s a great sight!

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Similarly, if you like that…you can also take a look inside all the stadiums being used throughout the tournament in the same way. Just head over here for these.

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A Lot Of Balls 1959-62

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A Word From Our SponsorsWe’re no technophobes but will admit that when it comes to buying a new football we do struggle to get our head around the concept of AFMT (Advanced Football Manufacturing Technique). You probably won’t recognise this acronym simply because we’ve just made it up, but we’ll wager that you would quite readily have believed such a thing existed. It’s something of an unfortunate bi-product of the useless, pseudo-science marketing babble that we have become long accustomed to by manufacturers of footballs.

If you told BTLM that the new ball FIFA will use in the 2014 World Cup has inbuilt Wi-Fi, can send notifications to a smartphone detailing its mood, is hand-stitched from unicorn hide by Bolivian pygmies and releases an atomised spray of Calvin Klein Eternity each time you head it, then we would quite probably take you at face value. It’s easy to be taken in by it all.

Perhaps it’s a generational thing but as modern footballs…

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There are world cup songs and there are world cup songs

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As we’re now 5 days away from the world cup here’s a lovely little song from Pop Will Eat Itself.

If you ask me there aren’t enough songs that feature the words Hegemony and Bourgeoisie. Thanks to @StoneDunk for pointing me in that direction. Sadly there are also other world cup songs, like this travesty;

Thanks to @the_itch1980 for drawing my attention towards that. The last world cup “song” that annoyed me in this manner was a piece of shit by a couple of wanky geezer wannabes;

I defy you to look the fat one’s face and not hate football. I defy you to behold this next piece of crap and not wish that football had remained unpopular in the late 19th century.

Back to this world cup, here’s a stone dead classic;

And another, this time a reissue from 2010….

To end on a positive note, it looks as though this lot won’t be allowed…

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Bollocks to Blatter’s world cup

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Now that there’s less than a week to go before the world cup let’s take a walk down world cup memory lane. Here’s an article from just before the last world cup in South Africa;

World Cup: To tax or not to tax?

The Italian players celebrate as Fabio Cannavaro of Italy lifts the World Cup trophy aloft following victory in a penalty shootout at the end of the Fifa World Cup Germany 2006 Final
The moment every bidding nation wants to see in its soil

The BBC can reveal, for the first time, the full scale of the remarkable tax concessions that the world football authority Fifa demands of countries that wish to host a World Cup competition.

This Friday, 14 May, in Zurich in Switzerland, representatives of footballing countries around the world will submit their bids to host either the 2018 or 2022 tournaments.

The bidding nations have been asked to comply with a wide variety of conditions that Fifa has laid down – and which it would like to keep confidential.

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Review: Campo Brasil 2014 collection

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BY MARK GODFREY

As the World Cup rapidly approaches, many of us will be looking for some decent clobber for the matches ahead; whether at home with a few tinnies or down the local boozer with a few mates and a ‘pass-out’ from the wife.

I’ve got a couple of England retro shirts (1982 and 1986) so I decided to go for something a little different.

First port of call was our friends at Campo who not only sell classic club shirts but have also turned their hand to producing a range of shirts specifically aimed at the considerable World Cup 2014 market.

All retro in style, you can pick up something from most of the top nations such as Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Italy and Germany. I decided to go for the white away shirt of Belgium with it’s red, yellow and black collar and sleeve trim in honour…

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Shall we get a Brazilian?

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been thinking about lunch since around 9:15am. At the moment, you don’t have to look far to see various eateries getting involved in the World Cup festivities.

After careful consideration, we’ve decided that one of our favourite has to be from Pieminister with its rather heroic entry into the fore with the limited edition ‘Brazilian’.

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In the lead up and during world cup, Pieminister suggests you get a Brazilian.

Like what they’ve done there!

Packed with hot, latin flavours, inspired by the host country’s famous Feijoada stews. It’s made with free range British chicken, free range British chorizo, black beans and sweet potato in a rich tomato sauce with chipotle chilli and paprika to give the pie a bit of a kick!

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The associated art work is as delicious as the pie sounds. Contemporary, on point and most importantly, unique to its very…

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