QWK KCKS: At The Speed Of Zlatan

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

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PHOTO: I WONDER WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ONE OF THEM NEEDS TO GO TO THE BATHROOM.

They are a waving flag. Buh-dum-tish. (Getty Images)
 
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Now that all of the controversy surrounding the USA-Canada game is behind us (he writes, attempting to make the words drip with sarcasm), focus is slowly shifting to what should be a monumental moment in the history of women’s soccer on Thursday.

The gold medal match at Wembley is set to “smash” attendance records, with total ticket sales currently in the neighborhood of 85,000. That’s a monumental number for any Olympic final, men’s or women’s, and it’s rightfully being hailed as a possible turning point in the fortunes of the women’s game in the “home of football.” Considering that all of the attendance records for women’s soccer are held by games played in the U.S. (the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl holds the overall record at 90,000, and the 1996 Olympic soccer final in Atlanta holds the Olympic record of 76,489), the popularity of this tournament in a country that is traditionally reluctant to embrace women playing football significant.

I’m going to swallow my instinctual cynical reaction to the notion that Thursday, or any large one-off attendance number for that matter, means anything in the longer term. Fans of the game should absolutely spin the more than 83,000 that will be at Wembley on Thursday as evidence that women’s football has a future as a spectator sport in Britain or elsewhere. All’s fair in the war to bring attention to a version of the sport that absolutely deserves it.

The women’s side of the football tournament at the Olympics has been a wide margin better than the men’s, partly on the strength of one game. This is juxtaposition the men’s and women’s games only get in the Olympics, and in this case, it’s serving women’s soccer well.

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SPEAKING OF…HERE’S A NASTY REMINDER THAT BIG NUMBERS DON’T MEAN LONG TERM HEALTH.

With no viable pro league going, the hot topic at US Soccer is how to give the USWNT players a place to go after the Games. // Sports Illustrated

 

HOLLAND, I REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT THE EVIL IS NOW INSIDE YOU.

NewsCorp has purchased 51% of the company that holds the Eredivisie broadcast rights. So, the Netherleands just got Murdoch’d. // MarketWatch

 

IN THE FUTURE, GAMES WILL BE PLAYED IN GIANT STADIUMS MADE ENTIRELY OF SIGNBOARDS.

Stoke City will be the first team to feature two rows of advertising sign boards with the cunning use of geometry. // The Footy Blog

 

PHOTO: MY FAVORITE THING FROM OLYMPIC SOCCER…BRITS WHO DRESS UP LIKE STEREOTYPES THEY SAW ON TV.

I mean, I suppose they could be Mexico fans from Mexico, but it sure doesn’t look that way. (Getty Images)

 

THE ONE THING WE ALL THOUGHT FIFA WAS GETTING (MOSTLY) RIGHT…

This might be something to pay attention to: Former FIFA security official says a 2010 World Cup game was under investigation for match-fixing. FIFA says “nuh un.” Hmm. // World Cup Blog

 

ZLATAN HAS ONLY ONE SPEED, AND THAT SPEED IS ‘ZLATAN.’

Shocking news out of Paris: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a tendency to injure his teammates in training. You don’t say. // Off the Post

 

YOUR SPOUSE, A BRAND OF KETCHUP, AND YOUR CLUB: THINGS YOU COMMIT TO FOR LIFE.

Rangers fans stay Rangers fans despite the club’s disastrous fall, show up in big numbers for a lowly cup match. // Dirty Tackle

 

PHOTO: PASSION IN A CAN, NEW FROM FOOTBALLCO. SPRAY ON YOUR LOVE OF YOUR TEAM!

Sometimes being a committed fan requires spraying your head with stuff that might be hazardous to your health. (Reuters)

 

PEOPLE TEND TO GO A LITTLE NUTS WHEN THERE’S A SHINY TROPHY ON THE LINE.

The MLS Cup playoffs are racing to the finish! Wait, that’s not right. MLS Cup playoff race fever heats up! Nope. The MLS Cup playoff race starts now! Yeah, that’s the ticket. // The Original Winger

 

SHHH. THERE’S A QUITE REVOLUTION IN PROGRESS. DON’T MAKE ANY NOISE.

With Santi Cazorla and the other moves Arsenal is making this summer, Arsene Wenger is pulling off a “quiet revolution.” I say bang a few pans when you’re revolution-ing, but to each their own. // Bleacher Report

 

SPEAKING OF FEVER, I HAVE U.S. OPEN CUP FEVER. YES, IT’S A THING.

Seattle! Sporting! Livestrong Sporting Park! 19,000 (wait, how big is that stadium?) frenzied fans! Live game coverage by important podcasters! Can you feel the excitement?

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