Manzanilla & the Atlético Sanluqueño Story

Solear Manzanilla futbol

In exotically named Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Sevilla Atlético arrived at the Estadio el Palmar confident of three easy points. The outfit that forms part of the Sevilla FC organisation did not assume that local outfit Atlético Sanluqueño CF, embroiled in the relegation battle from their group in La Segunda B, would put up much of a fight. Somewhat surprisingly, a Continue reading

Who Are Eastern Suburbs AFC?

Eastern Suburbs Football Club

On Sunday the 31st of March 2019, the Eastern Suburbs AFC became only the 4th team to win the ISPS Handa Premiership in its 15 year history. The outfit from Southeast Auckland finished second in the Premiers of New Zealand’s leading national Football league before defeating the powerful Team Wellington 3-0 in the playoff final.

What’s more, the club’s highest ever position in New Zealand’s top tier of club Football means that the Eastern Suburbs will now compete in international competition for the first time when next season’s OFC Champions’ League gets underway. If the recent performance of Auckland’s Football clubs in international competition is anything to go by, the Lilywhites may just well make it to the FIFA Club World Cup, where Continue reading

The Ball And The Bodega

Xerez Deportivo bar

I arrived in Jerez de la Frontera not just to sample some of and learn about the city’s legendary fortified wines, but to also meet with members of El Kolectivo Sur; the only ultra group to have represented their city in all levels of Spanish professional and semi-professional Football. What surprised me however is the way in which the city’s great drinking tradition is so readily visible in the Football culture in this fine Andalusian city.

There exists an enduring myth that the word “Sherry” derives Continue reading

El Not-Quite-So Clásico

Frente Atlético

The black shorts are purposefully featureless so as to not draw attention away from the design up top. 5 off-centre red stripes vertically dissecting an otherwise entirely sunflower yellow jersey achieve an unconventional look, while a scribbly font identifies player names on the back, also in jet black. The effect is retro, stunning, and very conspicuous. As the wearers consign themselves to a likely defeat, the least they can do is make a scene. The travelling fans appreciate the effort. A chorus of boos, whistles and cheers answers their slow chants sung in clear Catalan, just in case you didn’t get the message behind the shirt design. Spanish flags are raised, brandished toward the away block. “Plus Ultra”, the Continue reading