Pero Antic’s NBA odyssey has come to an end with the Macedonian signing for Turkish giants Fenerbahce Ulker. The first NBA player from the tiny Balkan nation, Antic spent his time largely as a back-up center for the Atlanta Hawks.
Let’s be honest – the Celtics this season aren’t very good and the will he? won’t he? what should we demand for him? questions surrounding Rajon Rondo is no help. But that’s not why I am writing this post about. TD Garden has funnily enough become a home away from home for me in Boston.
One thing you need to know before talking to an Australian about coffee, is that it’s more than just caffeine. It’s an art, a delicate creation and a culture that has absorbed just about all major cities across the country. “Australians are known for their good coffee”, Todd Moore, president of Cuppacoffe, said.
Washington D.C.’s Newseum is one of the best museums I have been to. However, I was left with amazement of the lack of soccer related content within the museum ranked one of the best 10 in the United States according to Trip Advisor.
He was the LeBron James, Peyton Manning, Cristiano Ronaldo and Usain Bolt of Rugby League, but has taken a punt and left the sport in a brave and admirable decision to try break it through in the NFL.
Jarryd Hayne, a two-time Dally M winner, has decided to turn down a lucrative NRL contract, which would have made him the highest paid player in the sport to chase a dream in the United States. Despite this admirable decision, Hayne has received mixed reviews.
It was 21 years ago when Crveni Risovi walked out of the tunnel for the first time in a 4-1 victory against Slovenia in Kranj. At the helm of the side was Andon Dončevski who led FK Vardar to become the first and only Macedonian club to win the old Yugoslav top flight, before they were consequently stripped of the title. Darko Pančev, Europe’s 1991 golden boot winner, led that side alongside Red Star Belgrade European Championship winner, Ilija Najdoski. The future then looked bright compared to the bleak outlook of what has happened in the past two decades. Nearing its 21st birthday, Macedonian Football must blow out the candles and begin to mature up before it is lost amongst the world’s bottom tier football nations. Macedonia, along with Montenegro, are the only former Yugoslav Republics to have failed to qualify for either the FIFA World Cup Finals (Montenegro albeit qualified alongside Serbia for Germany 2006) or UEFA European Championships and are currently ranked 74th in the FIFA World Rankings. It is not brighter on the club side either – no Macedonian outfit has qualified following independence for the European Champions League. That continued last week as FK Rabotnicki were eliminated by Finnish side HJK Helsinki in the second stage of Champions League qualification. So the question lies, where to now for Macedonian football?
That was Footscray, in the heart of Melbourne’s western suburbs, 60 years ago this September.