Blue Moon
July 25, 2006

I was 9 and the walls of my room were slowly being filled with posters of Red Devils, namely Bryan Robson, Paul Ince, Brian McClair, Dennis Irwin, Gary Pallister and 19 year old Ryan Giggs; all sloppily torn from the pages of Shoot and Match. Yes, I was once stuck in a pile of MANUre; pun intended. Then again, I was 9 and the only other players I knew were Ian Rush and John Barnes. My cousins would laugh at Rush’s ‘tache and the way Barnes walk was one of my uncles’ antics.

My dad, along with his brothers, hated big clubs; oh the fiasco of watching a Selangor - Kelantan match on the telly. Realizing that his son was on the brink of deviating from a sacred family tradition, my dad pointed out a poster of Paul Walsh and told me that he’s an awesome striker and he plays for a much cooler football club, also in Manchester and I ought to check them out. At the same time, more and more kids at school were starting to sell their souls to the Red Devils. And you don’t wanna be like the others do you?

Live coverage of the English league during the pre-cable years of Malaysian TV was obviously not as extensive as it is now. So I could only watch the weekly highlight show on TV3; Tuesdays nights IIRC. Despite their mediocrity in the league, I gradually learned the value of supporting a ‘real’ football team. Happiness came from the joy of winning and surviving amidst the barrage of world class players coming in and out of the country and sadness creeps in with the bitter taste of defeat and of course, relegation; as later demonstrated by the team’s fall into the 2nd division during the first few years of the EPL.

Those tasteless posters of the Red Devils are now Starbucks cups and the only poster on my wall is that Paul Walsh poster. Niall Quinn was the only other star of the team before their stint at the bottom trenches of English football. And after they got back into the EPL, things have been somewhat bittersweet. The Keegan years have long gone and the memories of Marc Foe will always be remembered at the Eastlands.

Today I stand tall as a City fan eagerly waiting for the kickoff of the 06/07 EPL season. And as I ponder upon the latest team roster, I’m having high hopes for the team to do well next season. With the passion and wise guidance of Psycho, I’m seeing the team in the top flight, or UEFA, or Champions League, or above all, winning another Derby. Heck they can go losing 36 times and win the two Derbies and I’d be smiling all year long :).



Kejohanan Winning Eleven Daerah Ann Arbor
July 15, 2006

Rules:

- Main winning eleven je!
- Kita main ikut system liga dan playoff. Kedudukan dlm liga akan menentukan siapa bertemu siapa di peringkat playoff.
- Tournament ini dijangka akan bermula hari Khamis. So anda dijemput untuk dtg ke rumah Zul atau sesiapa saja yg mempunyai W11 versi 9 untuk berlatih dan membuat persiapan secukupnya.
- Liga :
1) There will be 2 leagues, league A and B.
2) Setiap org akan bertemu pemain sama sebanyak 2 kali dan mempunyai jumlah perlawanan 10 kali setiap orang.
3) Setelah tamat semua perlawanan, kedudukan masing-masing dalam liga akan menentukan siapa lawan anda di peringkat playoff. (ie nombor 6 (A) v nombor 1(B), dan seterusnya.

Playoff:
1) We will be using the ‘kalah mati’ system. So sape kalah gi balik rumah ataupun berikan sorakan anda kepada peserta lain.
2) Tiada hadiah yang akan diberikan tetapi anda layak untuk brag (bragging rights) sehingga tournament seterusnya dibuat.
3) Jika terdapat konflik dalam jadual, ada kemungkinan system bye di buat. Iaitu akan ada pemain yang akan mara ke peringkat seterusnya secara automatic.
4) Sistem Home and Away juga akan digunakan, seperti yg digunakan oleh FIFA. Dan penentuan adalah berdasarkan agregat keseluruhan. Sebagai contoh, Ali kalah 1-0 semasa dia home, tetapi menang 2-1 away. Walaupun agregat seri, Ali layak ke pusingan seterusnya berdasarkan “away goal rule.”

- Sila jaga adab ketika di rumah Zul kerana jiran Koreanya seorang gila yang tak tahan bunyi bising. Anda juga dijemput untuk membawa minuman dan makanan anda sendiri kerana Zul tidak akan menyediakan makanan. (lol).

Group A:

Zul
Ali
Napi
Din
Ihsan

Group B:

Yazid
Hisham
Alan
Awang
Serip

Yippa!



Au Revoir Zizou
July 11, 2006

A true footballing legend.



Photography by Azalia Suhaimi

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