Archive for the ‘Football’ Category


A single serving site story: Epilogue

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

In July 2011 I wrote about the story (so far) of hasandrevillasboasbeensackedyet.com — a ‘single serving site’ I created spoofing Chelsea FC’s ‘revolving door’ history of managerial changes — and whether new coach André Villas-Boas had indeed been sacked yet.

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FIFA 12 reviewed (if FIFA 12 was actually a game about FIFA)

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Everyone’s talking about the new FIFA 12… but what if FIFA 12 was actually just about FIFA?

Imagine that together with some of the controversy that’s surrounded FIFA over the past twelve months…

Game review: FIFA 12 — the real FIFA!

Jack Warner, Sepp Blatter and Mohamed bin Hammam feature on the cover: but will they be friends by the end of the game?

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Footynomics: Comparing the big numbers in football to the big numbers in the news.

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

How much of Greece’s debt is the transfer of Sergio Agüero worth?

Footynomics

A little side project aimed at trying to give some context to the football transfer deadline madness in the UK: Footynomics.com

A single serving site story

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Several years ago Jason Kottke coined the phrase ‘single serving site‘ to describe websites that have a single purpose: often to provide a simple answer to a question. The web has had a long history of these sites, ranging from whether Kayne West is still a douche bag or not (apparently he still is) through to whether former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has been arrested yet (yes, thankfully).

In fact the controversy over Rebekah Brooks and NOTW spawned many of these sites: starting with hasrebekahbrooksbeensackedyet.com and now hasjamesmurdochbeenarrestedyet.com. This year it seems the single serving site has become quite a feature within British online culture — starting off with football-themed sites such as hasfernandotorresscoredforchelsea.com back in January and then sincearsenallastwonatrophy.co.uk which popped up in May.

In late June, Chelsea FC appointed André Villas-Boas as their new manager. Chelsea managers are often the victims of fickle owner Roman Abromovich’s thirst for success; since he took over the club in 2003, there have been eight managers in total (including Villas-Boas). A few days after the announcement I wondered if anyone had setup a site about whether he was still manager or not. It appeared not, so I thought I’d grab the domain and contribute to the meme, and also try to put a nice visual layer on top for some fun.

Has André Villas-Boas Been Sacked Yet

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How (not) to use Twitter

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

From my Twitter timeline this morning:

FFA Tweet

I think the FFA are missing the point of microblogging. For starters, I can’t read backwards. But wait, which order should I read it in? It’s like some sort of bizarre-o palindromic press release.

Wouldn’t this be more succinct?

FFA Tweet

Asian Cup 2011 Player Statistics

Monday, February 14th, 2011

The AFC 2011 had a great link up between TV and web-based player stats. The live web-coverage included a huge amount of player stats, and the TV coverage also featured some player stats — such as heat maps, distance run and average speed.

Sasa Ognenovski stats on TV:

Sasa Ognenovski stats on AFC website:

The most interesting part of this, and the part that stood out to me the most, was how well the two offerings were tied together. So often web and TV coverage is miles apart in look and feel; but these were pretty much identical. A great example of multi-platform convergeance.

World Cup 2010 Predictor

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

I’ve been working feverishly away on this project for a while. It’s still technically beta, but here it is: World Cup Predictor. Plug in your World Cup match predictions and see who you think will win…

Wearing a cheap transfer of your heart on your sleeve

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

With only a few days before the World Cup kick off, and less than a week before Australia plays Japan, last night we went shirt hunting. We have a slim chance of getting tickets for the Australia Croatia game, but chances are we’re going to be sitting in central Stuttgart with thousands of other not-so-lucky Australian and Croatian fans watching the game on a giant screen, drinking a few Löwenbräus and eating some wurst.
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Joga update

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

The Official Google Blog has just posted about Joga – gives a good overview of what’s on offer there. Joga is still in ‘invite only’ mode though; so the world may have to wait to see my hot football skills (ahem!).

Google and Nike Launch Joga.com

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Google and Nike – perhaps a less than obvious pairing – have launched Joga (via Slashdot), which purports to be social networking site for Football fans around the world. Of course at the moment its got the usual ‘Invite Only’ status everyone has come to know when it comes to new Google products.

I find it interesting that this site appears to have video and photo sharing — is this the first we may see of a Google photo sharing service? Such a product seems to be strangely missing from Google’s product line up, especially considering its very offline photo organising service Picasa.

Maybe Google aren’t quite ready to challenge Flickr (and Yahoo!) just yet.