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The Guardian’s 736 World Cup Profiles are LITERALLY the best thing ever. June 7, 2018

Posted by michaeltomlinson in Uncategorized, World Cup 2018.
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In case you missed it, The Guardian has blessed us with 736 blurbs about every rostered player in this 2018 Russian edition of the World Cup. Admittedly, i’m writing this at work, and I haven’t had a chance to peruse every profile, but below are a couple that caught my eye, and match the aesthetic we’ve worked so hard to create here at The HV.

That Costa Rican – Russian connection that will surely turn into a light chuckle by game-day commentary leads across the world.

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Mandzukic put on blast. I can’t say i’m entirely sure how the awarding process works, but I’m pretty sure this blurb should win a Pulitzer

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All that is good: Auclair, Warnock, the future December 8, 2011

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in All that is good, Media.
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I’ve just created a new section for this page called “all that is good.” It basically will contain every football-related link we come across that gives us tingly joy. Here are my first three additions:

  • Dec. 8, 2011: Surreal Football’s Footurology series. The only part of Surreal Football that consistently lives up to that page’s promise. A series of boisterously absurd newsflashes from the sport’s dystopian future. This purported interview with Andrea Dossena on the site is also gold.
  • Dec. 8, 2011: this sketch of Neil Warnock is an utterly comprehensive summary of the man. (thanks to On Goals Scored)
  • Dec. 8, 2011: today’s Guardian Football Weekly Extra. They never fail to provide enjoyment when Philippe Auclair is involved. He never shies away from a catty remark (in this week’s, he has a bitchy zinger about Leonardo and Carlo Ancelotti’s relationship), gossips incorrigibly, and alludes to a bank of alluring secrets culled from connections and friends in high places. What’s best about him though is that he’s not afraid to be his own man, going against the grain, defending opinions most soccer journalists would be too squeamish to entertain. A boss. In this week’s adventures, he has a snarling debate with Rob Smyth over Manchester United’s governing structure. Also, Jonathan Richardson is also at his mischievous best. Football Weekly is often grating, but when it’s this good, it’s very entertaining.