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Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait
This is a treat.
Following on the heels of yesterday’s post where you got to see Rohan Blair-Mangat’s magnificent piece, A Night At The Emirates I am excited to show you all the film which inspired Rohan’s piece. I found the link over at 200% so credit to them for finding Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait.
It’s not in HD, but it’s the full movie and for most of you it’s the best shot you’ll get at seeing this great film. If you don’t know about the movie the directors set up a bunch of cameras and microphones around the Bernabeu and followed just one player, Zinedine Zidane for all 92 minutes of just one game.
They cut the footage together and set it to a Mogwai soundtrack and the result is spectacular. It’s 92 minutes long, so make sure you set aside some time to watch it.
Anyway, enough of me blabbing on about it, here it is!
Queensland, the road to riches or perdition?
The Dot Com announced that Newlon Housing Trust has signed on to the Queensland Road project in order to help build affordable housing and continue Arsenal’s revitalization of Islington.
I will admit that I’m fascinated with this whole stadium project. As an American I’m used to sports teams basically holding cities ransom for new sports stadiums every 10 years.
Here in Seattle the Mariners and the Seahawks used to play in a stadium called the Kingdome. I saw both teams play there and while it wasn’t anything as nice as the two new parks it was functional. But the Kingdome had a problem: not enough luxury boxes. And luxury boxes, where corporate types rub elbows with stars and whatnot are the big money makers at stadiums: they are the reason Arsenal built the Emirates. It’s considered “losing money” if a team could possibly sell more luxury boxes and they don’t have the facilities for it. So, before the bonds that Seattle issued to build the Kindgdome were paid off, Seattle blew up the Kingdome and built two new stadiums at a cost to taxpayers of nearly 1 billion dollars.
It’s fascinating to me, then that Arsenal are not only paying for their own stadium but are actively developing Islington. Not only that, but they didn’t just blow up Highbury, but turned it into condos and even might make *gasp* PROFIT off that endeavor.
It hasn’t been easy. I know a lot of people are mad as hell that Arsenal haven’t had much money to invest in the squad and our prudent financial planning prevents us from even getting a big name player on loan. But it’s all tied together: the Emirates, the salaries, the luxury boxes, Highbury, and now this new Queensland road project.
Frankly, I don’t know whether Queensland Road will turn a profit. I do think that Gazidis, the board, and Arsene Wenger are going to go into this next project with the struggles of Highbury and the anger of the fans in mind and will be doing all they can to make this painless and ensure that the football operations are not harmed.
As Goonerholic pointed out in his column about the Queensland Road project back in October, the club is hoping that they can parlay Arsene Wenger’s footballing genius into making Arsenal into one of the richest clubs in the world.
Not bad if they can do it.
Stay Classy Chelsea
It’s getting to the point where I’m actually starting to care about International football, if only so I can stay tuned to the sexcapades of England’s team.
In this week’s episode we have Ashley Cole taking some of the heat off Chelsea and England teammate John Terry by getting exposed for the second time in a week texting nude photos of himself to a woman with fake chesticles.
On paper, this should be England’s strongest World Cup team in years. In reality, they can’t help but self destruct it seems. I trust Capello will sort this out, he seems a no non-sense sort of fellow.
An idea so dumb I’m surprised that Platini didn’t suggest it
What’s the point of the 38 game season if you’re going to have the 4th through 7th place teams play a round robin tournament at the end of the season to determine the final spot for the Champions League?
Oh wait, I get it, the point is to make more money off extra games. Hey, maybe this can be the 39th game abroad?
Remember kids, if Tony says it, do the opposite.
In Tony Cascarino’s column today he recons that “Arsenal do not have too many goalscorers in their team with Robin van Persie out.” Arsenal have had 16 different goal scorers in the League, Man U have 16, and Chelsea have had 11.
What is different is that Arsenal don’t have a striker like Drogba (17 goals) or Rooney (21) but that’s not exactly a revelation, Tony.