venerdì 27 gennaio 2012
The scenario looks as if the clock was stopped over half-a-century ago. A track and field area, a swimming pool and various playgrounds peep out inside the lush Prater, Vienna's main park. Meanwhile, a kosher restaurant and a child care centre spring among the facilities. What is really new compared with the 1930s, history has swept Nazis away, while a crest with a letter ‘H’ enclosed by a blue-and-white Star of David still stands out on the walls.
Welcome home, Hakoah. Founded in 1909 by cabaret librettist Fritz Löhner and other prominent figures, Hakoah - “force” in Hebrew - was a Vienna-based Jewish sports club, particularly popular in the interwar period. It counted 5,000 members at its peak and its activities included over a dozen sports, such as fencing, swimming, track and field. And football; Hakoah’s XI, composed also by Hungarians, was a remarkable side in the 1920s, allegedly the most flourishing period for Austrian Fußball.
sabato 14 gennaio 2012
This is the sports feature I had to write as assignment for my Sports Journalism module in the MA in Sports Journalism I am attending at Sheffield Hallam University. It is about the decline of Sheffield in football. The title - "Up where we belong" - is taken from a song by famous musician Joe Cocker, who is Sheffield-originated. I guess both United and Wednesday should be in the Premier League, as they have a very solid and loyal fan-base even in League One. I hope my staying in the Steel City can help both of them in promoting...
sabato 7 gennaio 2012
Il profilo del Corcovado sullo sfondo, la mastodontica statua del Cristo Redentore che sovrasta qualsiasi grattacielo. E poi i malconci tram color canarino che si arrampicano sui vicoli, il degrado delle favelas e il formicolìo di turisti sugli arenili di Copacabana e Ipanema, dove un paio di anni fa è entrato in vigore il divieto di giocare a pallone. Eppure Rio de Janeiro rischia di essere apprezzata solamente tramite fotografie e cartoline, dalla nazionale brasiliana di calcio.