The Daily Sweeper (July 18)

The transfer news to report today is obviously Eto’o's on going flirtation with playing in Uzbekistan. Cue the Borat jokes. Or was that Kazakhstan? Otherwise, a Friday in mid-summer is a slow day, so we bring a little classic video for you to enjoy.




  • James Montague has a very good article on arguably the world’s most virulent rivalry: Al Ahly versus Zamalek in Egypt, a contest shaped as much by a history of class and nationalism as football.
  • Political turmoil in Zimbawe means another black mark for South Africa to deal with as the saga over the 2010 World Cup hosts goes on. And Fifa’s General Secretary Jerome Valcke will be increasing his trips there as the pressure ramps up.


Photo Daily

I have a curious fascination with empty stadiums. This is Puskás Ferenc Stadion in Hungary, once a 104,000 behemoth (its capacity is now 68,976), and which played host to perhaps England’s worst ever result, the above-mentioned 7-1 trouncing at the hands of Hungary on May 23, 1954.


Photo courtesy of photoreti on Flickr via the Pitch Invasion Flickr photo pool.