Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 14 Jun 2010
Man, what a weekend of awesome, awesome football â€“ or soccer, if you prefer. While both are perfectly acceptable when referencing the beautiful game, purists believe the term â€œfootballâ€ to be the only correct term â€“ with many believing itâ€™s an American term to help differentiate between proper football and that hand-egg stuff they play.
Theyâ€™re wrong. Soccer â€“ originally socca - as it turns out was an Oxford slang bastardisation of â€œassociation footballâ€ that gained prominence in the late 1800â€™s â€“ a time when the English were still busy colonising everything. It stands to reason that the term still employs use in its former colonies; the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Generally though, the international community prefers it be called football â€“ and calling it soccer might get you punched in the face.
I seem to have gone off on a rather large tangent here though, because the point of this post was to announce the winners of this weekendâ€™s Pure Football competition. Winners after the jump, clicky click to see if youâ€™ve won!