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Open Letter to the President of TFF

Posted: November 20, 2011 by cyclechicster in Red-Eye to London
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Dear Pres. Mehmet Ali Aydinlar and Members of the Board:

I am writing to you in outrage after the Besiktas J.K. –  Galatasaray incident in which fans threw objects at Emmanuel Eboue.

It is never acceptable to throw objects at players, regardless of personal feelings about the player, and regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation. To do so undermines everything that FIFA have been working to achieve. This year has brought about numerous accusations of racist slurs and chants from both players and fans alike. Inaction is by far the worst option for the TFF to take, and only perpetuates racism and hatred in football, The Beautiful Game.

I call upon the board to show the world that Turkish football will no longer accept violent and racist behavior towards players, that TFF supports its players, and supports a policy of non-discrimination. I call upon the board to discipline Besiktas J.K., by means of fines and reparations. I call upon the board to instruct refereeing officials to take measures to ensure the safety of players and fans alike by making announcements to fans that racist behavior will not be tolerated, and by suspending matches if peace and respectful behavior is not maintained.

Finally, I call upon the board to investigate the individuals behind the abuse, and ban them from the stadiums. Make the stadiums safe for players and fans.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Rivera

jenriv89@hotmail.com

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A bit of context, in case you hadn’t seen this already!

If you would like to email the Turkish Football Federation, here is the address to their International Department intdept@tff.org  and their Media Matters medyailetisim@tff.org At the moment, it’s the best that I could find but if you find the direct email address to the president or members of the Board, let me know so I can send a copy to them as well. Finally, I urge you to also write letters! The more people who send letters, the more likely they are to listen. We may be football fans from outside the area, but we can at least try!

We Think You’ve Heard This Before

Posted: October 6, 2011 by cyclechicster in LPGCast
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Hello, hello!

Due to real life obligations, I was unable to have the podcast ready for you on Wednesday, but I have it now!

This week we discuss the need for technology in football (again) and losing to scum. It’s unfortunate, but we press on. #Forward

Referenced in this podcast: Arsène quotes from http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Arsene-Wenger-writes-to-Arsenal-fans-to-tell-them-forget-the-title-article807873.html

 

I know I’m a day late with this blog post about the Champions League match against Olimpiacos, but I really couldn’t be bothered with thinking about how poor some of our football was last night. I was too busy celebrating and making up little songs about how we were the only English side in the CL to win their match this week. Sorry about that (not really). But I’m ready to sit down and really look at the way Arsenal played football last night.

To be honest, I wasn’t really impressed with last night’s game, nor was I overly impressed with Olimpiacos’s performance. They were stronger throughout the match, and created more scoring opportunities than we did. By the end of the first half, however, we had scored 2 simple goals against them.

I’ve heard a lot of mention about how our defense is cack and how we still need to revamp etc etc. But honestly, that’s not really our problem anymore. Our defense is getting on fairly well for a back line that suffered humiliation, countless injuries, and infinite rounds of musical back line. There were, and will always be a few cock-ups (like the one that led to the Olimpiacos goal) but what needs work now is our midfield.

Yes, we’ve got loads and loads of talent in our midfield, but what the boys lack right now is the ability to read each other. In the first half alone, Rosicky and Arteta had trouble communicating numerous times and missed each other’s passes, and even got in each other’s way. There was this hilarious and frustrating moment when a pass comes toward Arteta and all of a sudden, Rosicky comes in and steals it. Uh, what?

Those kinds of misunderstandings can’t happen against a tougher side, especially if Rosicky is fighting for to be a starter. It’s in Arsenal’s best interests to have a B side that is just as strong as the A side, and Rosicky (regardless of whether he’s A or B) needs to be able to play well with whoever he’s matched up with.

Deficiencies aside, Arsenal played a decent game against a much more experienced Olimpiacos and won. So we’ve got the three points we needed, and a confidence boost we’ll need heading into this weekend for the NLD. We’ve got a nice run going and things are really starting to look up for the Arsenal. We started the season with the most embarrassing loss in recent history, but since then, I’ve really noticed the squad’s improvement from week to week. What’s really important is that the boys keep possession and play the Arsenal way. The goals will come; RVP is fit, Chamakh’s form is starting to come back, THE OX, etc.

Up the Arsenal!

-follow me on twitter: @cyclechicster

Oh! By the way, this is technically my first actual blog post. Normally, I just stick to podcasting and translations, but since we no longer have a wanky Spaniard giving interviews about his dream club, I figure I should start writing again.

Want to see my older posts? Find my name in the staff sidebar and click on the links or click my category “Red-Eye to London” for my archive.

Getting it Right

Posted: September 28, 2011 by cyclechicster in Le Petit Back Heel, LPGCast
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Unlike Arsenal, we are back to full strength! Join Jen, Deb, Sarah, Zara, and Subha as they discuss the Bolton match.

Alternate title: How Arsenal and Song got it right, and Walcott got it wrong.

One of our big topics (so big, it necessitated a Le Petit Back Heel episode) was Robin van Persie. Listen to the minisode below, take a look at Zara’s post, “The Century Man” and read all about our captain.

Listen to the LPGCast by downloading on iTunes or listen below without leaving the page.

This week we had so much to say about Robin van Persie that we added a very short Le Petit Back Heel to this week’s media. It’s also available on iTunes (you don’t need to subscribe to another channel) and you can listen below:


The truth is that I came here to present this fragrance, not talk about either team. At the moment, there’s nothing to be said or discussed.

And after 8 years, after all my hard work, after everything I’ve felt, after all I’ve experienced with the club, with the fans, with my teammates; I can’t just throw it all away now with a word.

After saying it both actively and passively, Cesc Fabregas has taken a couple of days vacation, the current Arsenal player is one of the most sought after ‘pearls’ by La Liga, but while his future is being decided he takes advantage of the break with his family on the beaches of Ibiza. There have been a lot of Premier League games and lots of attention as to whether he’ll be wearing blaugrana, white, and if he will finally return to the best league in the world to show off his talent. The Arenis de Mar native, in spite of everything, also takes time to be with his loved ones,  forget about his boots, and feel the beach sand. What does Cesc’s future hold? Only time can tell, for the moment, he enjoys the coast with his family. A true star on and off the pitch who looks to have his future bound to one of the teams in La Liga.

So that’s his latest official statement, and it once again is vague, as it should be. While it’s true that he hasn’t committed himself to Arsenal, it’s important to see that even though he plans to leave us eventually, we mean a lot to him. I’ve seen a lot of fans criticizing him for ‘forgetting’ everything Arsenal FC have done for him, but this video is proof that he can’t. And after the Samir Nasri quotes we’ve just received from NOTW (please visit @timpayton for the quotes if you don’t want to purchase the rag), it’s refreshing and I appreciate seeing Cesc not betraying it to the media.

Cesc remains one of our most well-spoken diplomatic players, regardless of his intentions to stay or go. That’s something I truly respect and admire about him. Oh, how I wish ALL of our players were well-versed in the do’s and don’ts of footy PR.

 

Posted: June 29, 2011 by cyclechicster in Red-Eye to London
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So this video has caused a minor uproar on Twitter as Cesc’s quotes have circulated via The Guardian. Unfortunately, the translations are correct. However, the media are (omg what a surprise) capitalizing on these quotes.

This is what I can catch, some of it is in Catalán and I don’t understand it, so unlike the Don Balón translation, this will be slightly incomplete.

Reporter: You can’t resolve anything now, can you?

CF: Nonono–

R: but you can relax about it now?

CF: Exactly, at the moment I don’t have anything to say and there’s nothing to discuss.

R: you’re just getting in good physical condition to be ready for the start of the season, right?

CF: Of course, I’m already doing my part, and doing what I can–

R: [two reporters talk at once] Are you relaxed/content at your club? [the other asks if he is an optimist]

CF: yes, yes, I’m very relaxed

R: [in Catalán] What about the market?

CF: What market?

R: the transfer market [not sure about this next part] Are you in it?

CF: Me? No, if something happens it’s because it has to; I believe that when a player is in the market, it’s because his club doesn’t want him, but I don’t have that problem so I’m calm.

R: Are you an optimist?

CF: Yes, I’m optimistic about everything, I don’t know what you’re referring to.

 

LPGCast End of Season Awards!

Posted: May 31, 2011 by cyclechicster in LPGCast
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The time has come for our group to celebrate the end of our season! Thanks so much to you for listening, voting in our poll, retweeting our stuff, and basically supporting us since the beginning. But don’t think you’ve got rid of us quite yet! We will be having a few podcasts this summer, depending on what sorts of news we get, so keep following our twitter accounts (find links on our profiles) for important updates.

If you’re hoping to get involved somehow, here’s how you can help:

  • Submit a FFA Friday guest blog (instructions here)
  • Join us as a guest podcaster (contact via email for more info)
  • Ladies: join us as regular bloggers

Listen to the latest podcast below, or click the download link and save for later!

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Music: “Jump in the Line” by Harry Belafonte
“Troll in the Dungeon” clip from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Disclaimer: no profit is being made from this podcast. We are, in no official way, affiliated with Arsenal Football Club.

Le Petit Back Heel

Posted: May 13, 2011 by cyclechicster in Le Petit Back Heel, LPGCast
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The LPGCast short segment will now forever be known as Le Petit Back Heel. The first one was a discussion of the Don Balón interview, and now we’re back with our second in which we discuss the Wenger Out issue and potential coaching staff replacements. Oh and a bit of the EPL Cinderella, Liverpool FC, and how Piers Morgan is a ‘good times fan.’

This episode’s theme song is Caramelldansen by Caramell. You can find the full song on Youtube!

You can download the episode on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lpgcast/id434802340
and (please) subscribe, or listen below!

Gooner Protests and Bolton – LPGCast #1

Posted: April 27, 2011 by cyclechicster in LPGCast

Song referenced in the ‘cast:

Breaking a Vicious Cycle

Posted: April 24, 2011 by cyclechicster in Red-Eye to London
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I am absolutely gutted after today’s results as I’m sure the rest of you are. I suppose all there is left to say is “there’s always next year.” But at the same time, it’s a bit more complicated. We still need to make sure we qualify for Champions League and we still need to have a strong finish to the season.

To all of you who are in the Wenger Out Brigade I say, fuck you.

Yes, this season has been a series of let-downs for all Gunners, but you are forgetting that this man has spent 15 years at the helm of Arsenal FC. He has always been celebrated for being one of the most intelligent managers in the world, and to suggest that he’s somehow thick or oblivious to what’s going on with our first team squad is not just ridiculous, it’s stupid. AW has never, ever made rash decisions in his career, and plotting out the future for our club is not going to be one of those moments to forget that. I would put money on the notion that Wenger is analyzing the entire season, looking for exactly where we went wrong and how to fix it.

Changing the entire dynamic of a squad is not something Wenger could even think of doing midway through the season. That’s why we went all of January without signing a new player and virtually no changes to our lineups. To have done so would’ve meant the end of our year sooner as players tried to get acclimated quickly to EPL and Arsenal. Had we signed anyone, you can be assured that it would not have been a current EPL player. They’re too expensive, and prices are always, ALWAYS ridiculously high (ahem, Torres?) in January. Buying someone from a different league would have been disastrous for the obvious reasons. Wenger has constructed a squad that depended on Fábregas being fit and this lineup was not exactly the most interchangeable.
My guess is that he’s going to try and build squads around all of our midfield stars and really use this preseason to play with the changes.

There are a million other things that can happen after this season, but it’s pretty clear to me that we need to invest in a sport psychologist. The squad are still incredibly young, and don’t really have a member of their squad who can really help them cope with what has happened. Losing the CC to a team that should have been cake, for one, is a tremendous blow to anyone’s ego. Losing FA right after, another huge blow. The fact that we are a Big 4 club just adds to the pressure of having to perform in the next match so then they blow the next one. Finally someone tells them, JUST MOVE ON FOR FUCK’S SAKE, and they have a moment of brilliance, but then the get complacent and blow a match. And the vicious cycle starts again.

In those blown matches, the boys always start out average or promising, based on the performance of the last match, but the second the referee starts making calls that are controversial or flat-out wrong, they start losing any momentum they had built. Basically, Arsenal’s coping mechanisms have started failing them and they need new strategies for dealing with bad calls and losses. A sports psychologist could help with that!

People have this horrible idea of psychology in general, but puh-leese, our boys need help and it’s not necessarily in the talent department. We don’t just need a certain player in order to start winning again, and we also don’t need a new manager. What we need is someone to come in and remind the boys what it was about Arsenal that made them excited. We need someone who can teach the boys how to cope with: shitty refs, hateful media, “supporters” that send hate tweets, losses, draws, AND wins. Saying “fuck ‘em” every time isn’t working anymore, arguing with the ref (no matter how polite) isn’t working, and AW’s public faith isn’t working.

It’s time to try something new, and try again.

The one thing that won’t change, at least for me, is my allegiance to Wenger and my love for this club.