Gastown FC and The OFFICIAL ENGLAND HOUSE are putting on a FIFA 14 Tournament on Saturday 7th December. The good folk at the Manchester Pub on Broadway are letting us take over their bar to have a good old-fashioned dweeb-fest. Picture 4 screens of FIFA 14, cheap beer, free PS3 games to give away, Whitecaps tickets and swag, GFC swag as well as beer vouchers and bar tabs to be won. $20 buy-in to see who is the best FIFA 14 player in Vancouver.
All-in-all, its gonna be a great Saturday afternoon which will turn into a great Saturday night. Get in touch if you want to be a part of it. Hurry though, 16 of the 32 places are already taken, and they're going fast. Big thanks to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, EA Sports and The OFFICIAL ENGLAND HOUSE for their support in making this event happen.
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Every year since its inception in 2009, FIFA has been presenting the Puskas award at the Ballon D'Or ceremony. Celebrating the greatest goalscorer of the 20th Century, Ferenc Puskas, the award recognises the best goal of the year. There have been some belters, like Hamit Altintop's a few years ago which remains one of my favourite goals. There have been slick moves and runs, like Neymar's effort in 2011 where he bamboozles an entire XI with his run and finish. This year is no different - if it was us, we would have to give it to Nemanja Matic for his laser against Porto. Golaço!
As far as bicycle kicks are concerned, surely this effort from the Danish Superliga was worth a mention?
Let us know your favourites that have gone without mention.
Ruprah makes a nuisance of himself in the opposition penalty area
Today a shining light of Gastown FC's back-to-back promotion seasons bids us adieu. Silvio Ruprah, winner of the Division 2 golden boot last season as The Iron were promoted, leaves us for warmer climes. Silvio scored 17 goals last season in 20 appearances to lead the league and club scoring charts, as well as picking up enough cards to make even the most fervent Pokémon collector jealous. After struggling with a knee injury that was picked up in pre-season, Ruprah was only able to make one Division 1 appearance, in the 3-3 draw with GN Sporting Club. Fittingly, the Indian American Mexican Italian was sent off for a late challenge, followed by the tousling of an opponents hair. Classic Silvio.
All of us at GFC HQ wish Silvio the best of luck pursuing his interior design career in Mexico. Hasta luego, pulga mestiza!
The European play-offs for the World Cup in Rio were drawn the other day (not entirely sure when, our journalism is shoddy at best, if you can even call it that). The draw sees everyone's favourite underdogs, Iceland, taking on Croatia. A tie that will see the whole word, including most Croats, supporting the minnows from the north. Elsewhere France play Ukraine and Greece take on Romanizzzz. The tie of the round is undoubtedly Portugal vs Sweden, as it features a meeting of the greatest egos in football: Ronaldo vs Zlatan. Here at GFC, we are most definitely Team Zlatan, but it is a terrible shame that one of these great players will miss out on the (insert lazy quip about "carnival atmosphere") World Cup in Brazil.
In order to celebrate this clash of titans, The Guardian release a fantastic 'Who said it?' quiz (click here). I got 10 out of 15, which according to the website, is 5 more mistakes than Ibra would have made. Zlantastic!