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One simple thought today, in light of Spain’s win over Croatia and Italy’s win over Ireland, which makes all of the fears in the Italian media of a “biscotto” between the Spanish and Croatians look ridiculous: That there is even a word for such an agreement in the Italian football lexicon is troubling on a very basic level to anyone who watches the game believing in the sanctity of the competition.
Italy, you’re weird, and I’ll never get you, and you’re never allowed to complain when people ask questions about your integrity. “Biscotto” is a thing, and that bothers me (not to imply it doesn’t happen in other football cultures, etc. and disclaimer, and perhaps there are other places that have idiomatic expressions for mutually beneficial results agreed upon ahead of time. Perhaps).
PHOTO: NO BISCOTTO. SO PLEASE STOP BITING THE CARDBOARD, IT GIVES ME THE WILLIES.
Bellissimo! No biscotto! Italy to the quarterfinals! (Getty Images)
IT’S ALMOST LIKE MLS IS A REAL AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LEAGUE! TAKE THAT NBA!
The year in MLS mugshots so far, after three Toronto FC players got themselves arrested in Houston. Tsk, tsk. // The Offside Rules
STEP ONE: STEAL SHIRTS. STEP TWO: ?? STEP THREE: PROFIT.
A shirt exchange gone wrong in Brazil’s Serie A. I never understood the halftime shirt exchange anyway. // Dirty Tackle
ANOTHER CASE OF AMERICAN SOCCER HISTORY BEING MUCH RICHER THAN YOU THOUGHT.
Think Nike didn’t get into soccer until USA ’94? Wrong. // KATU
PHOTO: TRUE FACTS…HE WAS JUST ABOUT TO GIVE OUT HIS ATM PIN NUMBER.
Mario is allowed to score, but Mario is not allowed to talk. Apparently. (Getty Images)
CAREFUL, OR HE’LL UNLEASH THE FULL POWER OF THE ELF KINGDOM UPON YOU.
Russian fans aren’t happy with team captain Andrey Arshavin, who is in turn not happy with Russian fans. Everyone in Russia is not happy. // Kickette
CARICATURES: NOT JUST SOMETHING YOU OVERPAY FOR AT THE BEACH.
We featured the caricatures of Euro 2012 players a few weeks back, so let’s take a trip down memory lane with these vintage caricature playing cards. Sweet. // Footysphere
NOT A FAN OF PEOPLE WEARING SHIRTS WITH THEIR NAMES ON THEM. THIS IS AN EXCEPTION.
Parma’s new shirt honors all of the club’s season ticket holders in a unique way. // The Beautiful Gear
PHOTO: AWW, WE LOVE YOU TOO IRISH FANS. WE’LL MISS YOU.
Ireland fans are love. Hold on, there’s something in my eye… (Getty Images)
HERE’S SOMETHING YOU DON’T SEE EVERYDAY: TEAMS PASSING ON A CHANCE TO ‘OPEN NEW MARKETS.’
Real Mardrid and Barcelona have rejected a plan to play the SuperCopa in China. Of course, of all the Spanish clubs, those two need Chinese exposure the least. // China.org.cn
HA! TAKE THAT WORLD CHAMPIONS! WE JUST BEAT YOU IN A…FRIENDLY.
The U.S. Women’s National Team thumped Japan in Sweden yesterday. Bully! // Bleacher Report
WAZZA IS BACK. AND HE’S GOT TUNES. ‘TEARS IN HEAVEN’ IS ONE SERIOUS PUMP UP SONG. HUH?