I don’t get to watch too much soccer, being in a city that shuns TV and in a country that is yawningly moving towards a sentiment towards soccer, but I sure can follow it on the internet! With extensive coverage and up to the minute scores that pop up on the bottom right of Mozilla Firefox, I can easily follow Champions League soccer. Round of 16 starts tomorrow!
Another outlet I use is soccer literature. I started reading a book titled, Soccer Against the Enemy: How the World’s Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power. It’s less heavy than it sounds. As I was reading a chapter on South African soccer (timely since the next World Cup will be held there), I came across a short piece on the club team “Kaizer Chiefs.” I instantly thought of the Kaiser Chiefs and wondered if there is a connection. Sure enough, the name came to the band because Marcus Radebe, a famous Leeds United player started his professional career with the Kaizer Chiefs. Turns out Radebe was shot in South Africa and while not critically wounded, Radebe believed it was because a fan did not want him to leave the club. He did leave, moved on to Leeds United and became a local hero known as “The Chief.”
The Kaizer Chiefs stage a fierce rivalry annually in the Soweto Derby against the Orlando Pirates. If my knowledge of music were greater, I’d come up with a clever “rivalry” between the Kaiser Chiefs and a band with the name “Pirate” or “Orlando.” Until then, you’ll have to settle for the Kaiser Chiefs and a song by Mano Negra about “Santa Maradona”- the drug-addict turned talk show host Argentine soccer hero.
The Kaiser Chiefs- The Angry Mob (Buy here)
Mano Negra- Santa Maradona (Buy here)
posted by Matt