This is the first part of a group of recommended blogs (in no particular order) that I will be introducing non-regular soccer readers to in the weeks before the World Cup. While long-time blog readers might sort of chuckle at themselves softly in the deep recesses of their suburban basements, old Leeds matches from the early seventies playing on a VHS loop on a lonely TV in the corner, this is really meant for the johnny-come-latelies who might not want all their World Cup info coming from John Molinaro. Or anybody attached to Sports Illustrated with the exception of Grant Wahl.
Hi! You may have come upon this site because you asked Google or some similar-but-almost-certainly-inferior search engine to tell you what blogs you should read during the World Cup in South Africa. I don't claim to know what you should read definitively in all possible worlds like some floating Leibnizian monad (although now you and I both know you shouldn't read this one); these recommendations are based on my own taste, which is all I have to guide me through this troublous life. You may hate all you read here, fine, but at least you covered these blogs and can say that you tried. What, indeed, is life otherwise for?
So. Part the First: Futfanatico, written by Elliot. If you are not a regular soccer follower, this may be a bit of a difficult read at times (it is quite referency), but the energy of the writing on this site will keep you tethered, IMO. But it's as a good start as any to the odd world of the geographically removed soccer blogger. What I recommend is to plunk yourself through some of the back catalog with a nice glass of Pinot Grigio and an open tab with Wikipedia at the ready. You will learn some, probably not retain anything at first, and might get bored with Wikipedia after awhile and just let it wash over you.
In fact, I recommend doing just that with Elliot's round-up of the 2009-2010 Premier League season (the top league in England). Give yourself something to listen to. May I recommend Handel's choral heavy Israel in Egypt? A sampler:
Futfanatico will be useful gathering the more absurd but zeitgeisty moments that make tournaments like the World Cup enjoyable. He also has mucho to say about both America's Major League Soccer League of Soccer and La Liga, the Spanish major league soccer that has a player you might as well Wikipedia now, then YouTube, Lionel Messi. And he seems quite taken with some prospective little leaguer named Junito.
Elliot is a very lively read, but he is also a blogger who provides many links but without maintaining a "link section," which is a dying art on the Internet, and supposedly something that will in fact rot your brain. Let it. I had many a glass of rotten grape juice in my time and enjoyed myself. You will learn a lot here.
Will Cover: Spain, England, America, Argentina, Mexico
Good to Read: If something hilariously absurd although perhaps not minorly tragic occurs.
Wine: Pinot Grigiot