Ronaldo Competition Winners
Back in August we launched a competition to win a signed Cristiano Ronaldo shirt, courtesy of our friends at Icons.com, along with some free copies of Issue Ten of The Blizzard. In order to do so, you simply had to solve our five fiendish (or not so fiendish) ditloids.
The five ditloids, and their answers, are as follows:
1 – N E m has w the PL t
No English manager has won the Premier League title (we also accepted trophy)
2 – SE p at SGG
St Etienne play at Stade Geoffroy Guichard
3 – SP h the r for m SA g (274)
Silvio Piola holds the record for most Serie A goals (274)
4 – WB f w the B in 1965
Werder Bremen first won the Bundesliga in 1965
5 – AB h d m g in LL h (599)
Athletic Bilbao have drawn most games in La Liga history (599)
Robert Smith of Essex walks away with the signed Ronaldo shirt and a copy of Issue Ten. The five runners-up who all pick up a copy of Issue Ten are Ian Wickens (Surrey), Alex Roberts (Swansea), Chris Clements (Perth), Mark Owen (Durham) and Philippa Booth (Montpellier). We will be in touch with all the winners directly.
The Blizzard Top Ten
Also, as promised, we compiled a list of your top ten favourite articles from our first ten issues. The quick straw poll conducted over email, Twitter and Facebook in the past couple of weeks received more than 300 votes, with more than 80 different articles suggested as people’s favourites. The final run-down is as follows:
1st – Dennis Bergkamp interview, by David Winner (from Issue One). David Winner talks to Dennis Bergkamp about his greatest goals, the nature of genius and the importance of predicting the future
2nd – The Brain in Spain, by Sid Lowe (from Issue One). Juanma Lillo, mentor to Pep Guardiola, explains his thinking on clubs, coaching and why society is sick
3rd – A Sentimental Journey, by Gabriele Marcotti (from Issue Two). The 1990 World Cup as experienced by a teenage Italian.
4th – The Vacant Lot, by Gwendolyn Oxenham (from Issue Nine). The search for a kickabout in Iran is complicated by religion and gender politics.
Joint 5th – The Conversion of St Pauli?, by Uli Hesse (from Issue Zero). Back in the Bundesliga, Europe’s most noted counter-cultural club is having to balance its ethos with the desire for a secure financial future.
Joint 5th – The Bicycle Thief, by Lars Sivertsen (from Issue Eight). Zlatan Ibrahimovic has always been an individual – it’s how he fits in.
7th -Victory Song, by Jonathan Wilson (from Issue Four). How Zambia’s emotional triumph restored the zest to the Cup of Nations.
8th – Qatar Hero, by Philippe Auclair (from Issue Five). Michel Platini is often seen as the ex-pro coming to save Fifa. But why did he vote for Qatar?
9th – Football to Remember, by Uli Hesse (from Issue Two). How Borussia Dortmund returned from the verge of extinction to win the Bundesliga title.
Joint 10th – The Ballad of Bobby Manager, by Iain Macintosh (from Issues One to Three). When somebody takes their game of Football Manager just a little too seriously…
Joint 10th – The Gaijin of Gamba, by Ben Mabley (from Issue Five). Fan culture has begun to challenge Japanese hierarchies. The only European Gamba ultra explains how.
Joint 10th – Sócrates interview, by David Tryhorn (from Issue Five). The former Brazil captain talks to David Tryhorn about why footballers have a political responsibility.
Joint 10th – The Mind Has Mountains, by Lars Sivertsen (from Issue Three). Egil Olsen talks about his conception of the game, Wimbledon and geographical trivia.
Thank you to the hundreds of you who took the time to tweet, email or reply on Facebook with your favourite articles, and well done to those of you who solved our ditloid puzzles (there were more than a hundred of you, too). Keep your eyes out on the blog for future competitions, or why not sign up to our monthly e-newsletter The Flurry via the box on the left?