From Open Cup winner to FA Cup winner, all in eight months
Fox Soccer didn’t screen this one tweet quite carefully enough before putting it on the broadcast. (via @netw3rk, who is worth following in general)
Sports photo of the year.
Here’s my new Grantland column on his improbable, small-scale comeback.Matt Le Tissier is coming out of retirement, and I’m going to type that again, because it contains words that deserve to be repeated. Matt Le Tissier is coming out of retirement. If you don’t know who that is — and there’s a good chance you don’t, if you’re American, not a soccer fan, or under 25 — watch the YouTube clip of him scoring against Newcastle on October 24, 1993. This is the second season of the Premier League, all lunging tackles and signboards for Street Fighter II. Le Tissier’s playing midfield for Southampton, the team in red-and-white stripes. The ball comes flying over the left flank to the Southampton striker, Iain Dowie, who heads it down toward the middle of the pitch, where Le Tissier’s running forward at a smooth trot. It’s a bad header; the ball scuds directly behind him. The move should be over. But watch what Le Tissier does….
Read the whole thing here if that idea seems appealing to you.
Read this! And also watch this ridiculous goal that the piece links to, which is astonishing, and I had never seen because I know nothing about history.
Note to MLS supporters’ groups: this is how you do it. (via @sportingintel)
Malaga vs Dortmund would look the same in a negative universe.