Camena LIVE on Deadspin…

zamb.jpgSo it looks like the crew from Camena will be live-blogging the Italy – Ukraine match on Deadspin. We’ll be doing this on two coasts in the middle of the work day, involving a conference call, some instant messaging, my media center PC, ESPN360, the Movable Type web publishing interface, and a lot of shouting.

Honestly, we have no idea how it’s going to go, but I think it should be pretty fun. Also, it will afford the opportunity to talk funny about the Italians.

Come check us out.

Forza Camena!

Camena on Deadspin

Pele + Garrincha, Overall Record

We'll need to dig through their Camena records as wellSo I’m watching FanZone on Fox Soccer, and I fire up the Internets, start playing around on Wikipedia. Having recently watched the History of Soccer DVD about Brazil, I take a look at the Garrincha entry. I didn’t expect too much, but then I stumbled upon this little factoid: Brazil never lost when Garrincha and Pelé played together.

What? What? How did I not know this? Also, that’s phenomenal.

Garrincha [Wikipedia]
Garrincha [Errr, I dunno]

Mercifully It’s Not Called “Peter Brackley 06”

Where are Andy Gray and Martin Tyler?So I’m playing a little Winning Eleven, guiding the boys through their first season, when the XBox crashes (it does that a lot these days; poor little guy).

So I switch back to TV to catch the end of the (always excellent, UK-produced) EPL Preview show on Fox Soccer Channel, and whose voice do I hear but Winning Eleven/ Pro Evolution Soccer commentator Peter Brackley’s! Peter Brackley on my very own TV! Just moments after he’d been pronouncing words like “Ximelez” and “Iouga.”

Anyway, that’s what he looks like. And I definitely need to know more about this “stand-up comedy routine” from his bio.

(This is all a long way of saying that it was almost like playing an American sports video game.)

Happy Valentine’s Day/ Our Very First Poll

So the Winning Eleven 9 West Coast squad has kicked off its 2006-2007 campaign. Which brings up an important queston. A very important question. Especially on Valentine’s Day. If you had to set up your sister with a member of the original Camena squad, who would it be? Remember, this is for posterity, so be honest.

Create polls and vote for free.

If you’ve got ideas and/ or rationales, drop ’em in the comments.

Winning Eleven 9 Ships February 7 but Really February 8

Note: the defender pictured on this cover actually has a good chance of playing for both his club and national teams.So today’s the big day. Or at least yesterday was supposed to be the big day, but due the peculiarities of the video game supply chain and distribution model, games that officially launch on a Tuesday don’t actually make it into stores until Wednesday. So despite the promises of game manufacturers and the gamer press, the February 7 launch date for Winning Eleven 9 actually means February 8.

(The folks at Konami really need to do something with the name — we’re edging ever closer to the release of Winning Eleven 11, an event which might tear a hole in the space-time continuum and make little Ximelez’s head explode.)

I really wouldn’t bring this up save for the fact that I rolled into two (2) stores yesterday trying desperately to purchase Winning Eleven 9, to no avail. I might also add that the exact same thing happened to me last year. And the year before that. I just keep thinking that this is going to be the year when they actually release the product on the day that the web sites say they will! I long to begin the extensive and arduous task of building up my Master League squad! And changing the uniforms!

And yes, I’ll be turning 30 this year.

Winning Eleven [Wikipedia]

Rooney v Kaka, Better-Half Edition

We’ll hear a lot from the footy blathermonkeys tipping Wayne Rooney and Kaka to star at this summer’s World Cup. And that’s all well and good. But how have they done for themselves off the pitch? That’s Mrs. Kaka, Caroline Celico on the left, and the future Mrs. Rooney, Coleen McLoughlin, on the right.

I bet Kaka's Mrs. skips the bangers and mash for breakfast

Errr, round one to the Brasilian!

Generally speaking, we consider posting photos of scantily clad women to be coarse and vulgar. And we hate to be getting down on people for not getting to the gym often enough. But there’s just SO MUCH great stuff in the British tabloids about these people that it really can’t be helped.

Classy Coleen goes from chav to chav-not [Daily Mail]

“How do you know Tostao?”

Dude, it's like an entire mural devoted to Garrincha. My girlfriend and I just returned from a trip to Brazil. While in Rio, we took a 1/2 day tour that included a stop at the Maracana, the stadium built for the 1950 World Cup. The Maracana, which used to seat 200,000 (it is being renovated and will seat 120,000 once work is completed), also hosts a Brazilian football museum.

Outside the museum was a Hollywood-style walk of fame, with footprints of Brazilian footballers throughout history (from Pele to Ronaldinho) on commemorative blocks. The exception was the keepers, which of course had handprints.

Other highlights included the number of plaques commemorating Brazil’s first World Cup win, in 1958 (“We thought it would never happen again,” said the 50-something female tour guide, laughing), and the guide’s amusement / surprise at how I recognized a number of the Brazilian stars of yesterday (“How do you know Tostao?”). I learned that there is both a Zico and a Zito in real life. Also, FC Camena Winning 11 managers, we should look into acquiring “Vava” next season – our tour guide indicated that he was very good.