QWK KCKS: A Cold Day In Qatar

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

QWK KCKS is our way of helping you get your day started with a refreshing blast of football culture right in your face.

 

PHOTO: ONE LEG OR TWO, THE GAME IS STILL LOVE.
Amputee players from the Mexican state of Sinaloa line up before beginning training for the Amputee Football World Cup, set for Iran next month. (Reuters)

 

LET’S CHECK THE MATH ON THIS.
English study says pink boots means football is becoming more gay-friendly. That would be lovely, but seems like just a bit of a leap. // This Is Bath

 

TEARS OF…PATRIOTISM? RIGHT, AMERICANS ARE CRAZY WITH THE PATRIOTISM. AT ALL TIMES. I’M WAVING A FLAG AS I TYPE THIS, AND I’M SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. AS ALWAYS.
The story of Fulham-Tottenham in the style of MS Paint and block letters. I’ll be printing these out for my cubicle now. // Surreal Football

 

I AM ZLATAN, AND I WILL SING FOR YOU NOW.
Swedish manager Erik Hamren has an interview interrupted by the pleasing tones of Zlatan’s singing voice. // 101GG

 

PHOTO: UNDER PROTECTION. SORT OF.
Japanese fans “enjoy” their team’s match against North Korea in Pyongyang under the watchful eye of North Korean troops. North Korea beat Japan, 1-0. (AP Photo)

 

KEANE WON’T DO A KEANE. KEANE KEEN TO KEANE, NOT KEANEO. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. KEANE.
Robbie won’t be missing that second leg against Estonia, Galaxy fans. Hard to blame him for staying with Ireland or the Galaxy for asking. // Irish Independent

 

KISS THE FOURTH MOST PRESTIGIOUS TROPHY AVAILABLE GOODBYE.
Michael Owen, United’s Carling Cup-specific striker, is out for six weeks (sky/blue, water/wet, etc./etc.), denting their chances, at least for the purposes of writing sarcastically. // The Footy Blog

 

MUTINY IN TAMPA LEADS TO TWO TEAMS TRYING FOR TRACTION.
Tampa had an MLS team once upon a time. After a few years with no pro team, FC Tampa Bay moved in, jumped from the USL to the NASL, and spawned this thing, where there will be two teams in town. // IMS

 

PHOTO: ZLATAN CLASHES.
Zlatan walks down the corridor at Wembley, flanked by some pretty gaudy English imagery on them there walls. I thought big honking flags were an American thing. (AP Photo)

 

LIKE A LITTLE BLUE POCKET OF CRAZY FOOTBALLER JOY.
This Venn diagram will illustrate into which zone Mario Balotelli falls. Hint, it’s called the “Balotelli Zone.” // Invent Football

 

FROM ANCIENT HISTORY, AKA THE 1980s.
Once upon a time, this small ground in Australia was home to the one of the country’s more successful clubs. Now, not so much. // Pitch Invasion

 

BECAUSE THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN JUNE IS 106 DEGREES (41 CELSIUS). 106! (41!)
Now Qatar says they would “obey an order” from FIFA to switch the 2022 World Cup to the winter. Air conditioned stadiums fall through, did they? @(@(*!!*)!!!!!!! // Sports Illustrated

 

POSTER: GORDON BANKS.
Leicester Legends collection. (Martyn Dawson)

 

YOU CAN’T SPELL ‘HYPOCRITES’ WITHOUT ‘CITY.’
Sometimes people just walk around the City training ground muttering “Dammit, Mario.” Other timEd, they’re wondering what the hell is wrong with Carlos. Que sera sera. // Studs Up

 

THE REVS ARE HOPING HEAPS PULLS A KREIS.
Breaking down the hiring of ex-Revolution player Jay Heaps as the club’s new head coach. Zero experience, but at least he knows the team. // Bleacher Report

 

IT’LL BE A COLD DAY IN QATAR BEFORE WE STOP SPEWING FORTH THE FOOTBALL GOLD.
Twitter, Facebook, email, something weird. And I’m out.

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