“There are over 700 parkrun events in the UK” James tweets. “How many of them (sixth level and above) are within sight of the football pitch?”
We’ll be honest: we have the archetypal Knowledge reader, and it’s not someone who spends her time pounding the board in pursuit of a heart-pounding prize. From the volume of responses to this question, it appears that our cross-border attack stereotype was absolutely correct.
six. Six answers. But the writers gave us great answers. “Tottenham’s stadium can be seen from Ally Pally Park,” writes Matt Braithwaite. “The Mittal Orbit tower can be seen from the high point of the route and a flat structure can be seen in front of it. can Have the roof of West Ham’s London Stadium. Wembley Stadium can be seen from the high point of Sunny Hill park in Hendon.
“You can see Molineux from West Park in Wolverhampton,” he tweets, who may or may not be a Wolves fan. “Again, good park run.”
Then we go southwest.
And finally, a few more suggestions from around the office: In London, Craven Cottage and Hackney Marshes have Fulham Palace behind the Putney End, from which you can see the London Stadium (if anyone has pictorial proof, please post). No prizes for guessing which stadium in Sheffield stands on the Hillsborough Parkrun route. North of the border, Aberdeen park runs around Pittodrie and the Livingston route around the Tony Macaroni Arena.
Seal of approval
Last week we took a look at footballers featured on banknotes or coins in Bilik. But the answer would not be complete without mentioning a person who was laid down to be remembered.
“In the words of David Brent, “Stamps are legal tender. The bus driver will have to treat it as legal tender,” begins Jonjoe Cullen. “With that in mind, I’d like to suggest that Zlatan Ibrahimovic appear on Swedish postage stamps in 2013. Who needs the Ballon d’Or?”
When Zlatan came out in 2013, we asked a separate question about footballers and stamps.
Effective minute rates for each card
“Birmingham’s new manager John Eustace had one game at Middlesbrough – he was booked for two minutes as a substitute against Liverpool”. Tweets by Bob Garvey. “Can anyone else claim a more impressive minute-to-yellow ratio?”
Compared to several other candidates, Eustace was a symbol of Linekerian virtue. Russell Connor and Andy Brook nominated Nohan Kenneh, who was at Leeds last season but is now pursuing a niche record with Hibernian. Russell writes: “He never played a minute for Leeds but was booked this year when he ran off the bench to celebrate Luke Ayling’s winner against Wolves in the competition.”
Kenneh makes it 1-0 without a yellow card and minutes to spare. But even he must kneel at the altar of the bemulleted charlatan Carlos Kaiser. “As the Guardian said a few years ago, Kaiser, the never-been football legend, made zero appearances in his entire 13-year career,” said Paul Brack. “But he still got a red card for fighting with the fans when he was subbing for Bangu.”
“Has there ever been a top-class goalkeeper in world football who was so terrible as a first-half substitute? asked Duncan Morris in 2006.
Yes, Duncan, and very little. On the first place in the list is Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who met his fate in an away game in Cagliari during the disastrous game against Milan in 1998. Roberto Muzzi missed the penalty. Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni had seen enough and immediately brought on Sebastiano Rossi for a beleaguered Lehman. Rossi saved Muzzi’s shot, but Cagliari still won 1-0. In fact, Lehmann’s performance was so poor that Milan fans called for him to be replaced by Mark Bosnich.
Recently, “Le Mans” goalkeeper Yohan Pele faced a similar fate. With his side trailing Lyon 3-1 after 35 minutes, Pele was sent off and replaced by Rodolphe Roche. But the substitution was even worse, sending five as the game ended 8-1.
There have been many similar cases in the international world. Take, for example, the 2001 World Cup qualifier between Ghana and Nigeria: The Super Eagles took a 3-0 lead inside 35 minutes, prompting the Ghanaian manager to substitute goalkeeper James Nanor for Osei Boateng. He lasted two minutes before being sent off, forcing captain Emmanuel Kuffour to foul and reducing the deficit to 3-0. Incidentally, Nanor was not well liked when he once spat in the referee’s face in a club match for Hearts of Oak in the 1999 African Champions League. He was banned for one year.
“Don’t forget Zaire’s Mwamba Kazadi,” said Mike Gibbons, recalling the 1974 World Cup group game between the Leopards and Yugoslavia. How could we? “Kazadi conceded three goals in the first 20 minutes and was replaced by his Yugoslav coach. Substitute goalkeeper Dimbi Tubilandu’s first touch was to clear the ball from his own goal, which he would do five more times in the 9-0 defeat.
Finally, Eduardo Villanueva remembered the South American play-off for a place at the 1986 World Cup – something Peru goalkeeper Jose Acasuzo would do well to forget. “Acasuzo played against Chile after a long dispute over his desire to be paid more and to be allowed to train with his new team outside of Peru. He was so out of shape that the first Chilean shot went through his legs and into the goal, the two beat him more easily. Ramón Quiroga replaced him and Acasuzo never played again for the national team or for Peru. Peru lost 4-2.”
Can you help?
The Welsh champion “The New Saints” is playing in the first qualifying round of the Champions League. But which team has advanced to the group stage or even the playoffs since the start of the qualifiers? If so, what is the furthest distance the team has traveled in the race relative to where it entered?’ Ryan Flitcroft asks.
“Looking at Group A of Euro 2022 (England, Norway, Austria, Northern Ireland), I was surprised that the flags of the four countries have very similar colors – all red and white, and then only a small amount of yellow and blue. Is this the most limited color palette in the group at a major tournament? James Cuthbertson wonders.
“How did Paraguay’s 12 de Octubre Football Club get its name? A quick Wikipedia search didn’t help me and it wasn’t the club’s founding date. Dates, days, etc. Are there any other clubs named after him? muse DW.
“After seeing Wout van Aert take three consecutive runner-up finishes in stages at this year’s Tour de France, I immediately thought: what is the record for a top-level team to finish runner-up several years in a row? Or losing consecutive cup finals? Joran Lamisse asks.