Posts tagged ‘Football’

January 21, 2012

12 for ’12: From Toronto’s Goan Soccer League to Europe’s Elite

The views expressed don’t representative the Goan Soccer League, but of the author, and were written for entertainment purposes. I encourage you to post a comment below, or get in touch with me. Thanks.

Four years ago, I wrote Goan Soccer 2008 All Star List (Unofficial),” an article inspired by my desire to promote the league. Time has passed, and Indian soccer has developed exponentially. Four Goan-based clubs have won 6 of the past 7 I League Championships including Dempo SC, whom has partnered with Danish club FC Midtjylland. Manchester United, Arsenal FC and the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) have begun developing academies for youth in Goa, with the Red Devils offering a place in its Soccer School to starlet Brandon Fernandes, now at South Africa’s Cape United Academy. Tony Fernandes, a Malaysian of mixed-Goan descent, and CEO of AirAsia is the owner of English Premier League’s Queen Park Rangers. Things are just as accomplished on the women’s side where Goan Maria Rebello became the first women to join the Asian Football Confederation’s elite referee panel, on her way to joining FIFA.

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October 2, 2007

York Football Article @ Excalibur

Despite close win, game changes nothing

The game clock slowly ticked down till it finally reached 0:00. The York football players ran on the field and celebrated by jumping in the air and hugging each other. In a thrilling game, the York Lions defeated the University of Toronto Varsity Blues by a score of 21-20 (and extending the Blues’ longest losing streak in the nation to 46). While the Lions celebrated their ‘big’ win over the weekend, one must look back and question what there was to celebrate over.

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May 2, 2007

Discrimination of Canadian High School Football Players by NCAA scouts

I am an NCAA Football addict. Despite the fact that I live in Canada, I follow everything in NCAA football from the games, the systems teams run, the pitches recruiting coordinators give to prospects and I even watch the highlight tapes of athletes in their sophomore and junior year of high school. Call me cocky or passionate, but I don’t think there are many people that have followed Casey Clausen, Cedric Benson and Cedric Houston since High School. With years of observing the football scene, you begin to notice trends that occur often – everything from Florida having the best ‘athletes,’ to Clemson securing many top South Carolina recruits (a rarity for a non-top programs to get recruits to choose them over Florida ect) to the more recent trend of the emergence of Arizona prospects. However, one thing has been bothering me for well over 1 year…it is the OBVIOUS discrimination of top Canadian Football players by American universities – specifically Division 1 universities and colleges.

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