Friday, January 28, 2011

Brazil - Gremio Prudente

At first glance, Gremio's goalnets look like your garden variety box goalnets. But look again.

The nets at Prudentao are in fact hanging from the old L-supports and the groundsman has yanked them back with cable ties.

This hybrid L-support joins the hybrid stanchion

and the hybrid Continental D

in the unusual and unnecessary drawer.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Asian Cup 2011

Wasn't ignoring the Asian Cup.

It's just, in respect of the goalnets, what's new to say?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Brazil - SC Internacional

While Inter shoot into distinct, over-large red and white L-supports -

The goalnets at Estádio Beira-Rio when Brazil hosted Peru in WC 2010 qualifying were so timelessly Latin American, they wouldn't look out of place at WC 1978 in Argentina.

Notice the goalnets retain the ball at each of the three goals scored.

Brazil - Cruzeiro Esporte Clube

Check out the L-supported tents at Cruzeiro.

Brazil drew 0-0 with Argentina in WC 2010 qualifiers at their old Mineirão stadium.

Do these nets look like baggy, L-supported, Hampden Park's?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Brazil - SC Corinthians

In a galaxy far, far away, Ronaldo's still rounding the goalie and the nets at Estadio do Pacaembu remain simple L-supports.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Brazil - Sao Paulo FC

Before they installed the box goalnets, the nets at the Morumbi hung from the world's biggest L-supports -

Or were they the world's biggest Subbuteo goals?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Brazil - Estadio do Maracana

You probably heard of the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro long before you ever saw it. Then, when you saw it, chances are this was your first glimpse.

John Barnes' goal may have been truly Brazilian, but so, it turned out, were the L-supports that held up the goalnets. In the new century, long after every other country in the globalised world has carelessly trashed their architectural heritage and installed generic box goalnets, the goalnets at Maracana remain truly Brazilian.