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The thoughts, opinions, happenings, and just plain ramblings of a seemingly boring person.

Arsenal Win Another Trophy!

Arsenal win the FA Cup 2015Well, well, well. After years of being made fun of for not winning anything, Arsenal won back-to-back FA Cup titles this morning.

After barely mentioning the Invincibles season back in the first year of this blog in 2004, I've since vowed to mention every Arsenal triumph.

It was a dominant, fully deserved win. The Alexis Sanchez goal was a cracker, right up there with the Parlour and Ljunberg goals from the 2002 final. It was definitely worth staying up for the late 2:30am kickoff.

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Belated World Cup 2014 Post

Germany win World Cup 2014My new Lego addiction has meant there hasn't been much time for blogging, but I am determined to catch up!

Firstly, a very belated post on the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

This year's World Cup was one of the best football tournaments I have had the pleasure of watching. Other than the (mostly) fantastically good match times for us down here in Australia, the football itself was also a joy to watch.

Not many teams had boring defensive strategies in mind, and nearly all seemed to want to have a crack at the opposition, regardless of stature. That made for … Read more →

Arsenal Win a Trophy & Futsal Return

Arsenal win the FA CupIt's been 9 long and painful years in the making, but Arsenal have finally won a trophy. The club has been the butt of jokes in the past few years, especially following the humiliating loss to lowly Birmingham in the relatively worthless League Cup final in 2011. Sites like http://www.sincearsenallastwonatrophy.co.uk/ with the accompanying hashtag of #sincearsenallastwonatrophy have long been used to taunt Arsenal fans.

After the FA Cup triumph last week (in horrifyingly Arsenal-esque fashion, might I add), those taunts and jibes have been reversed. The aforementioned hashtag is now a taunt to all of the other clubs whose seasons … Read more →

Why Football Will Never (properly) Take Off in Australia

Football On TVTime for my first rant of the year!

Football has come a long way in Australia. Not just Australia, but in other western countries where the game has not been traditionally popular (think USA, Canada, New Zealand, etc.), its popularity both in participation and attendance has largely been on the increase in the past couple of decades.

However, as much as it pains me to say it, football will never properly take off in Australia, or really in any westernised country where it isn't already entrenched. In my opinion there's one very simple and very significant reason why it won't: … Read more →

Euro 2012 Summary

Spain win Euro 2012This morning was the Euro 2012 final between Spain and Italy. Spain ended up winning it in a 4-0 rout after two early goals had given them the advantage, and the Italian manager took a huge gamble in using all his subs in the 55th minute with one of them going off injured not long after. It meant that Italy had to try to recover a two goal deficit with one man down against the best possession team on the planet.

It was never going to happen, and the Spanish just passed it around them, tired them out, and scored … Read more →

Goal-Line Technology

Ukraine disallowed goalEvery morning for the better part of the last two weeks I have been awake at insane hours watching the European Football Championships. The Euros are probably my favourite international football tournament, as in my opinion the quality of football is of a higher degree than even the World Cup can offer.

It's now at the end of the Group Stage for the tournament, and the ridiculous situation of determining whether the ball has crossed the goal-line has reared its stupid unnecessary head once again.

FIFA (the global governing Football body) and UEFA (the European governing body) have for years … Read more →

Iron Sky & Final Day of the EPL Season

Iron Sky posterLast night was a fairly eventful night. We started off by going to Southbank to see Iron Sky, which strangely enough, Des really wanted to see after hearing good things about it.

For the unaware, the premise is this: in 1945 Nazis went to the moon and set up a civilisation there to eventually come back and retake the Earth. It's a comedy, and whilst it dragged in portions, it was a very good laugh, but a lot of the jokes will probably only be understood by geek/nerd culture enthusiasts.

The special effects, including a pretty significant space battle, … Read more →

Moving In

Well we've finally done it: on Monday last week we began the process of moving into our house. The move has definitely been easier because we are moving the majority of our stuff from the house next door, but I really despise moving nevertheless. The intention is that we won't have to do this again for quite some time :).

The first few nights were a bit strange, but it really is already starting to feel like home. There is still a lot for us to do before everything will have settled down, but most of the important stuff is … Read more →

Birthday Goals & BF3

So begins the last year of my 20s. I'm really not looking forward leaving my 20s behind, so I guess i'm going to have to make the best of the year ahead.

My birthday yesterday went really well for the most part. I stayed up late the night before and kicked off my birthday watching Arsenal pummel Blackburn 7-1 with the cherry on top being a Thierry Henry Premier League goal. It's been a long long time since Arsenal won big like that (at least a season or two ago), so it was a really enjoyable game to watch. It's … Read more →

The Return of a Legend: Henry

I haven't blogged much about Arsenal (the English Football Club) in recent years, and I guess the lessened amount of blogging of the club that I support reflects their drop in the footballing hierarchy in the past five or so years.

However every now and then something special happens. This morning it was the return of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry on a short-term loan during the American football off-season. He hadn't played for Arsenal since 2007, and the hastily organised loan is meant to fill some of the striking deficiencies temporarily.

In watching the game on my computer this morning … Read more →