First things first, I have to warn you that this will be quite a lengthy post!
I also have to warn you that there will be no comments about Cesc Fabregas’ potential move to Barcelona, the arrival of Marouane Chamakh from Bordeaux nor the exit of Fran Merida to Atletico Madrid. There will be no season review, no analysis of the squad nor mention of any of the potential transfer targets that could/should be brought to Arsenal before next season.
You see, World Cup fever has rolled into town and Arsenal has been reduced from a daily obsession to a fleeting afterthought.
Football Nomad to launch on June 4
The major reason why this has happened is Football Nomad, the football culture and travel website that I have been working on launching for the past twelve months. The blog will be launching with FN:2010, a football documentary combining film and social media to capture the colour and excitement of the 2010 World Cup.
Starting in the UK on June 11 and culminating with the World Cup final a month later my brother Patrick and I will film, photograph and blog our way around Europe and South Africa to provide you with an intimate and engaging experience of the 2010 World Cup.
The blog will be updated with photos and written posts daily, with an edited video providing the real highlights every three or four days. It’s going to be an amazing adventure and if you’re someone who enjoys reading me the Arsenal FC Blog, you’re going to love the first-hand experience we will be providing with Football Nomad.
The project is completely independent, meaning that we have funded it ourselves, so it would be absolutely amazing to see as many Arsenal FC Blog readers support Football Nomad as possible. To do so just check out the website, subscribe to updates via email or join 600+ followers in the Facebook group.
There are World Cup jerseys up for grabs for anyone who subscribes before the launch on June 4, so please get involved!
Arsenal FC Blog’s coverage of the 2010 World Cup
Although I will be away for the next five weeks for Football Nomad, I have come up with a quite brilliant way to keep things ticking along on Arsenal FC Blog during the World Cup. Get someone else to do it!
He’ll be keeping readers up-to-date with the performances of all the Arsenal players as well as any potential transfer targets at the World Cup as well as anything else of interest during the tournament and any vital Arsenal news happening away from South Africa. Mike will be posting on every single gameday during the World Cup and the coverage should be excellent.
So excellent, in fact, that you’ll probably never want me back again!
Other great blogs to check out during the 2010 World Cup
- Guardian Football – In the field of online newspaper coverage, there will be no better place to be than here during the World Cup. Always insightful, entertaining and able to take the game about as serious as it should be taken, it is essential reading (and listening – thanks to the daily World Cup podcast show).
- World Cup Buzz – A new blog created off the back of the success of EPL Talk, World Cup Buzz has had excellent pre-tournament coverage and promises to remain among the best when things finally kick off. There’s a great podcast by Chris Farley that I have been listening to daily and all sorts of interesting articles on everything to do with the World Cup.
- Zonal Marking – Football tactics nerds rejoice: this is the blog for you. Unbelievably insightful.
- Kickette – This one’s mostly for the women, but I also personally find it very entertaining. Focused on what’s happening off the pitch as much as what’s happening on it, Kickette always delivers laughs and a very subtle understanding of the pop-culture that now dominates the sport.
- Studs Up – Chris Toy is a good friend of mine and he also writes the best online football comic going around. He’ll be sharpening his pencils and powering up his Photoshop to ensure the World Cup gets the Studs Up treatment every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the tournament.
Plans for next season on Arsenal FC Blog
The final thing to touch on briefly is my future plan for the Arsenal FC Blog for next season and beyond.
For those that are unaware, upon completion of the FN:2010 documentary I will living in Berlin, Germany for a year. The reason for this move is to develop both the Arsenal FC Blog and Football Nomad ideas further with the intention to create a full-time living out of my online projects. At the moment things are going well, I have created the opportunity for myself to move to Europe to be closer to football and I hope to capitalise on that opportunity over the next 12 months.
Without giving too much away about how things change on the Arsenal FC Blog, the emphasis will be on re-establishing the blog as a place where intelligent readers who enjoy following the Arsenal can come and share their opinions. At the moment the Arsenal blogosphere is saturated with blogs that seem to care more about criticising the manager and players at every opportunity than actually trying to get as much enjoyment out of watching and following Arsenal as possible.
My goal will be to provide more writers, more personality and more fun to the Arsenal FC Blog, whilst still retaining the levels of quality and insightful writing that I have always strived to provide since starting the website over three years ago.
The move to Germany will give me more time to create what I have always wanted to create with this blog and I sincerely hope you enjoy what I have in store for you all for next season.
So what will happen before next season?
As I previously mentioned, Mike will be taking the reigns during the World Cup for the duration of the tournament. Once the tournament is over I will be taking a complete break from the blog to organise the re-launch for the 2010/11 season. That re-launch is scheduled to happen one week before the first Arsenal game of next season.
I realise this means that there will be a good six weeks or so of life without the Arsenal FC Blog but I can assure you it will be worth it.
A final message
To everyone that has continued to support the blog over the years, thank-you. Your feedback and participation has inspired me to pursue the area of writing and online projects as a career and I am exceptionally excited to see where things will take me over the next 12 months and beyond.
Before I go I just want to wish everyone a great World Cup. There are readers on the blog from all over the world and for a month or so we will all become opponents rather than teammates. The tournament is the first I have been involved with since starting the blog back in 2007 and it is set to be an amazing spectacle of football and culture.
Stay tuned to Mike’s coverage of the tournament on the blog as well as my web-documentary coverage on Football Nomad and above all – enjoy yourselves! The World Cup only comes around once every four years and we should all make the most of it!
Arsenal FC Blog Editor & Head Writer