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Friday, June 20, 2008
Euro 2008 Clearinghouse
We're in the midst of a pulsating Euro championship in Austria/Switzerland, and there's a lot of good stuff out there being posted on the teams, players, languages, and eye candy involved. Slate has published an inventory of the best Euro 2008 soccer blogs, and it's no surprise that the English press, whose national squad are not involved in the tournament, are some of the liveliest of the bunch. Finally, you've got your recently published books on the world's game: David Goldblatt's magisterial history The Ball Is Round, Grant Farred's paean to Liverpool FC Long Distance Love, and Chuck Culpepper's Bloody Confused!, an American journalist's tale of leaving the sorry US sports scene behind to experience the brilliance of English football for a year. Happy reading, all, and here's to the Oranje winning the Euro championship!