Here’s a quote from USWNT captain Becky Sauerbrunn on one FIFA talking point justifying its plan for a biennial World Cup.
Asked about biennial World Cup, Becky Sauerbrunn says FIFA’s goal of attracting more youth laudable, but ending racism, homophobia and misogyny is way to do it. “This sport supposed to be for everyone. If it wants to attract more youth, have to make it open for everyone”— Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) October 20, 2021
Ramble of the Day
There’s never a bad reason to talk about kits on a football website (yes, I remembered this is sometimes a football website), so I come with another. I will warn you, though, that it’s hideous.
The above is the result of a collaboration between Chelsea and Dodici Otto, a Leicester-based clothing brand, to celebrate the team’s Champions League victory. The update to Chelsea’s current home kit is all about injecting Dodici Otto’s aesthetic into it, an exercise I’d argue was doomed from the start.
Dodici Otto clearly prefers some maximalism, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Chelsea’s home kit this year, though, is a horrible base for the people at Dodici Otto to use; it creates a much messier design that is difficult to comprehend at first glance (and second glance, and third glance). This Chelsea kit’s selling point is organized chaos, but it can be extremely difficult to add any other design element to it. The sponsor is hard enough to ignore on the kit as it’s normally presented, but I try to do my best with as many kits as possible. The additions from Dodici Otto are not meant to be ignored, though, and through that organized chaos into complete disorder. I honestly just find it difficult to look at.
tl;dr: Chelsea collaborated with Dodici Otto, a Leicester-based clothing brand, for a shirt celebrating the team’s Champions League victory. It sucks.
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Links of the Day
Steve Bruce left his role as Newcastle manager after two years with the club.
FA Wales became the first footballing body to sign the Muslim Athlete Charter.
Newcastle told supporters to avoid the “culturally inappropriate” gesture of wearing traditional Arabic clothing if they do not normally wear it.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin suffered a setback while recovering from a quadricep injury.
West Ham’s Tomáš Souček needed plastic surgery after picking up a facial injury against Everton.
A longer read: David Hytner provides an explainer on the Premier League clubs’ emergency meeting and their decision to temporarily limit Newcastle’s ability to make sponsorship deals for the Guardian