Monthly Archives: March 2014

The History of Football In Malaysia

While the tragedy of disappearing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has dominated the world’s headlines over the past few weeks, the current state of football in the country also remains a mystery. Barring a period of exciting football in the 1970s with an abundance of striking talent, the national team has faded quickly and recent and consistent revelations of corruption across the domestic competition do little to inspire confidence for the future.

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Dressing For Work Pt. 2

Leave sports watches in the gym locker

Unless you are taking part in an office Olympics your luminous green wrist-piece will give you attention for all the wrong reasons. Think about investing in a sharp silver number or vintage style watch that will go well with all suit shades.

Tents should not be a shirt substitute

If you can fit two fully grown men in your shirt then it’s time to look at some more slender options. Wearing over-sized shirts is a common mistake, they may have been 5 for $50 but the square cut has little regard for your shape. Pay close attention to the ‘fit’ of your shirt.

Shoes that resemble football boots

Most people do not cross a swamp to get to the office so your shoes should reflect this. Regardless of price or style a simple wipe with a damp cloth everyday will help. Or go all out and invest in an old-school brush and polish to keep your shoes fresh.

Brown is not black’s best friend

Using the example of shoes, wearing brown footwear with black pants clashes. Contrast is key here, either match them exactly or show enough difference to create an edge.

Wearing creased clothing

This may seem like an obvious point but you might as well be wearing a sack if you are not pressing your suits weekly and donning crisp shirts.

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The Surprising History of Indian Football

India is the world’s second largest nation with a mind-boggling population of over a billion people. Despite this monumental nation they are seen as anything but a global leader when it comes to football, with very few professional players and a national team that fails to make world news. But if we take a deeper look at the history of the game you will find that they were once a powerhouse in Asia, represented by some curious but talented figures and, subject to increased resources and a grand plan, India aim to return to the peak of Asian football.

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Top 4: Stores for the Man about Town

It’s a common complaint that men’s fashion in Australia, particularly Sydney, is poorly catered for and high-street stores have not yet adopted the success of their European counterparts for being reasonably priced and with an abundance of choice. Surf-style shops are of course hugely popular and there are few independent boutiques selling rare items. However there are some men’s stores that might not be as edgy but cater well in their sector for the man about town. Below are four stores that although not spectacular, are a good starting point.

WITCHERY

Owned by their former rival Country Road, in my opinion, Witchery offers more conservative and business like collections but is known more for women’s clothing. The fit and shape of their shirts is more forgiving than its competitors but it has been argued they are overpriced. They do not have a great reputation for their online service so head in store instead.

COUNTRY ROAD

If you thought Country Road’s style was vaguely similar to Witchery then there’s good reason. CR’s current Head Designer used to be Chief Designer at Witchery. Only ten years ago did it become accessible to the ‘middle market’ and it’s ‘Spend & Save’ promotions are extremely popular (especially with my wife). I am not a huge fan of their pedestrian t-shirts but I do buy my summer casual shirts and winter knits from there and recently their durable chinos. Expect a little more colour than what is on offer at Witchery.

MARCS

Although quite similar in design, this brand just sneaks above Saba in terms of prestige and sophistication. It’s slightly more expensive than the previous brands listed but particularly the fit of their clothing, especially their shirts and t-shirts is first class. The quality and material of their ranges means they will last a substantial amount of time and their winter offerings with knits and sweatshirts are impressive.

SABA

There is no surprise that Country Road, Witchery, Marcs and Saba all began in Melbourne. But in recent years Saba has moved his HQ to Sydney. Saba tends to go for a slicker look with plain colours and shades. It shies away from garish patterns with the occasional check and simple stripe. For my profile Saba has the best off-the-peg suits available that fit like a glove. It is not easy on the pocket however but again they employ similar tactics to CR such as ‘Spend & Save’.

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The Unpredictable History of Romanian Football

As some of their Balkan cousins are packing their beachwear for Brazil in under 100 days, Romania remains firmly out in the cold. Despite finishing second in their group and missing out in a playoff against Greece, they finished nine points behind group leaders the Netherlands.

Not that expectation was high; with the country not playing in a major finals tournament since 1998 the national game has fallen down the list of priorities as the domestic game and authorities are found to be among the most corrupt in the world. The promising early rise of football, a huge period of wilderness where potential superstars were kept under wraps and a national golden era post-Communism make up the rich and fading memories of Romanian football.

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A History of Australians In English Football

Last week Lucas Neill, the former Blackburn, West Ham and Everton defender secured a move to English Championship team, and my home town, Watford. With the World Cup on the horizon Neill is desperate to secure regular football to gain a spot on the flight to Brazil. His career has taken him to England, across Europe, back to Australia, Asia and now back to England. It prompted me to think about the history of Australians in the English game and celebrate those that made an impact in the motherland and some that went Walkabout.

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