The Ball 2014

Archive for February, 2012

Spirit Of Football added a new photo.

February 26th, 2012 by

FIFA interview with Kalusha Bwalya about Zambia’s …

February 24th, 2012 by

FIFA interview with Kalusha Bwalya about Zambia’s CAN win. Football and redemption. Who’d have thought?

A Thai bank discovers the spirit of football.

February 24th, 2012 by

A Thai bank discovers the spirit of football.

TMB Panyee FC short film

TMB bank have launched a new brand vision “Make THE Difference” by making a film to inspire people to start thinking differently. With a hope that they will …

Balls

February 24th, 2012 by

Balls! Which ball should we take to Brazil? If you know of a great ball, please let us know about it!

Brazil 2014… exciting times, we’re gearing up …

February 23rd, 2012 by

Brazil 2014… exciting times, we’re gearing up for a great trip… any advice gladly accepted and we’ll update soon on some exciting developments. You can check out http://spiritoffootball.com/ the Spirit of Football Community Interest Company website for deeper insight into the project.

A ball and a field …

February 23rd, 2012 by

A ball and a field

From weeping and cheering
from street to stadium
from winter to summer
and from dawn til dusk,
this game connects and shares in all
a care to care for each and everyone of us.

Love it or hate it
win or lose
a passion for fighting
joining in and joining up
playing up and playing out
with an agreed set of rules,
a spending of energy
and release of tension
where the battle is safe
and the guns shoot compassion
where I share my street
and shoot to kill mistrust and fear
and die for the love of the game,
where the pain of loss can be quietly loved
and the joy of triumph tossed high above
whilst one holds respect for the other and vice versa
the other for the one..

the one spirit of football
the one love
a ball and a field
a sword and a shield
this one’s for you
this one’s for me

be proud and humble
steady and stumble
play on
play out
play with and without
play it
down and out.

In the light of this, I wonder where the first …

February 20th, 2012 by

In the light of this, I wonder where the first game of football in Wales took place. Do you know where the first game of football in your country was played?

Lovely sound and photo essay about refereeing …

February 17th, 2012 by

Lovely sound and photo essay about refereeing grassroots football. An example of the “spirit of football”.

The Sunday Ref (Spanish with English subtitles)

Francisco López oozes football. At 69, he continues to referee Sunday league matches after a life dedicated to the game. Francisco reflects on his footballing life, shares his love for the sport and explains what this passion can mean to others. His…

A great opportunity to help Alive & Kicking …

February 13th, 2012 by

A great opportunity to help Alive & Kicking without opening your own wallet :-)

Congratulations to the Zambian national team on …

February 13th, 2012 by

Congratulations to the Zambian national team on winning the African Nations Cup in Libreville today, the same place where nearly the entire national team were tragically killed in a plane crash in 1994… in this blog post from 2010, The Ball found out about this en route to the World Cup

The Ball 2014 left England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Ball 2010 left England on 24th Jan 2010 headed to the Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Ball 2006 travelled from London to the Opening Ceremony in Munich, Germany.

The Ball 2002 was carried 7000 miles across Europe and Asia to the World Cup finals in Korea & Japan.