After Qatar was controversially selected as the host of the 2022 championship, many were watching the Asian Cup for clues of the country’s organizational ability. The results were mixed.
There were rows of empty seats at many games, but that is common at the Asian Cup. (Ticket sales, in fact, were markedly higher than they were in 2004 and 2007.) And the Asian Confederation dodged the biggest question about placing a tournament in Qatar — the oppressive midsummer heat — by moving the tournament to January from its normal summer timetable.
But thousands of fans left the tournament with a bitter taste after they were prevented from entering Khalifah Stadium for Saturday’s final.
From The Herald Sun in Australia:
"Witnesses spoke of a “sea of people” pleading for entry, waving their tickets in the air but turned back by a wall of riot police.
It included many Australians who had flown to Doha at the last minute to witness Australia’s first stab at Asian silverware, bought tickets in advance but found themselves stranded outside as Japan won 1-0.”
Videos posted online showed an angry crowd being held back by security officials on horseback, and other reports said baton-wielding police roughed up fans and seized the cameras of some who tried to document the disturbance…
Trying to listen a podcast and watch two soccer games while at the same time live tweeting one and and trying to type up a run down of two previous games is a daunting task of a much harder level than I ever assumed it could be. I need 8 hands and like 4 brains.
This Hemisphere now has its own twitter feed! I will be doing live tweets of bigger games along with any big news that happens. So follow it if you give a damn about north, central and south american soccer.
So the name is chosen and the blog itself is technically created though as of now it remains empty. My original plan was a bit over ambitious so as of now this is where it stands. I will cover without a doubt the MLS, Mexican, Brazilian and Argentinean Leagues along with the major tournaments that take place over the course of the year which would be Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, and CONCACAF Champions League. Other leagues will get a once a month “look in” to update on standings and major events. All major events regardless of league will also hopefully get coverage. I would love to be as ambitious as i wanted to be but sadly I just don’t have the time and energy (i’m sure no one does) to cover so many leagues at once, so as much as i’d love to write detailed coverage on say the Honduran Marathon vs Olympia rivalry i just don’t have the time. Also this may seem unfair but some leagues will also get a bit more extra coverage example a league like the Colombian, Costa Rican and Chilean league may get more love than say the Salvadoran (sorry dad even if you can’t read this I know you’d disappointedly shake your head) and Peruvian league. That is all. I apologize for this pointless ass post.
I’m not going to cry all the time
nor shall I laugh all the time,
I don’t prefer one “strain” to another.
I’d have the immediacy of a bad movie,
not just a sleeper, but also the big,
overproduced first-run kind. I want to be
at least as alive as the vulgar. And if
some aficionado of my mess says “That’s
not like Frank!”, all to the good! I
don’t wear brown and grey suits all the time,
do I? No. I wear workshirts to the opera,
often. I want my feet to be bare,
I want my face to be shaven, and my heart—
you can’t plan on the heart, but
the better part of it, my poetry, is open.
“I do photographs because that’s what I do. I could tell you some fancy answer that would sound pretty good, but it’s in my guts. If I was forced to do something else, I guess I could do it. But I am passionate about photography and I feel I have no choice. You have a choice whether you want to look at them or not. I mean, my upbringing was middle-class and it was okay, but it was tough emotionally for me. Most things I learned, I found out about in a secretive fashion — from overhearing conversations between my mother and father or whatever. So I guess I’ve always been in tuned to watching. Photography is a voyeuristic medium, like looking into other people’s windows at night. I’m not a peeping Tom, but if I’m walking down the street — you see the lights on and those beautiful bookshelves and the people drinking martinis — I like to look. So I translate that into taking pictures. It gives me something to do. No matter where I go in the world, I go specifically to take photographs. I don’t take vacations.”—Bruce Gilden on being asked why he takes photographs.
I had an amazing week that I wouldn’t trade for the world in Pittsburgh, I’m sad to be gone but happy that I have something to be sad about that’s so worth it. I also have a new 35mm camera that will hopefully finally provide me with a reliable film camera to use all the time. A Canon AE-1 and while i’ve yet to develop any film I’ve taken with it, so far I’ve enjoyed using it even if I’m not yet use to it. I also plan to try to get my soccer related blog up and running by the end of next week so it can be ready for the Copa Centroamericana. I’m working on just general research and all that stuff to get myself familiar with the teams, lets say that while I’m comfortable with say the Costa Rican and Salvadorean national team, I know jack squat about say Belize or Nicaragua. I also need some help eventually but I think the way im going to do it for now is just allowing submissions. I’m going to keep it small at first, only really doing big tournaments, MLS, Mexican and Argentinean League with some of the others ones sprinkled in but at first it maybe too hard to do it all alone.I think i’ve settled for the name This Hemisphere though I’m open to new ones. I want to hit the ground running this year and make it all I want it to be.
I love how on my new years post instead of putting the year as 2011 I put 2010. Well that’s what I’m doing tomorrow and as such I will not be around for at least 4 or 5 days. I may post some more stuff before i leave tomorrow at 5 but still these will be the last few. I hope you don’t forget me and when I return from Pittsburgh we can be warm and fuzzy again. If not tumblr remember I will always love you.