Monday, July 24, 2006

Soccer News

On Saturday South African premier league team Kaiser Chiefs (from which the British rock band got its name) defeated Manchester United 4-3 on penalty kicks after the teams fought to a 0-0 draw to win the inaugural Vodacom Cup in Soweto. The tournament involved the Chiefs, the Orlando Pirates (another South African premier league team -- Chiefs and Pirates are the two most historic franchises in South African soccer and are the country's biggest sporting rivalry), and Man U and in the buildup produced one of the great television ads of all time, though I can find the South African commercial nowhere on the web. I've no idea how many of ManU's starters played, but in any case this is a huge victory for South African soccer and a marvelous defeat for those who hate Man U, which should be all of you.

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