The teams are called “Wounded Knee”, “Barking Tigers”, “Soccer Painters” or “Brazilian Boys”. The players are almost still children or already to the old iron, sometimes with their weight or still visible with the aftermath of Saturday night. Quite a few are already looking forward to the cigarette break. On the Hackney Marshes, they are all the same.
Since a large number of football fields were created on the rubble of London in 1946, sunday morning swarms from east London have made a pilgrimage to the Hackney Marshes to compete with round leather.
The inclined observer is exposed to an impressive and curious picture.
Partly no meters separated, the area in the 1950s and 1960s 120 playing fields, in 1990 there were still 106. After cricket and rugby fields were introduced and part of the Fléche fell victim to a mega-parking lot in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games, 88 piltze – 60 from Grosfelder.
In times of 200-million-euro transfers and highly paid star kickers, for whom social media is as important as performance on the pitch, the former marshland is gilded as the true home and soul of football.
“Yesterday the roots are still being cultivated”
“People are squeething the standard of football these days, but here the roots are still cultivated and that’s great. It’s great health, feral friendships and community,” says Johny Walker, head of the Hackney and Leyton Football League for half an eternity, under whose banner a large part of the games are organized.
Hackney’s burger master Philip Glanville also emphasizes the importance of marshes. “The Hackney Marshes have been the heart of the area for over 100 years and play an important role in grassroots transgaming.org,” Glanville said. “Teams from all over East London play yesterday, including women’s teams. The whole variety of fueballs is present on these pads.”
Surprise guest Messi pulls off unfinished business
That in the past there were also ‘overlaps between the original and the million-dollar fu-ball, we resourceful advertising experts, the backdrop of the Hackney Marshes fer their purposes.
Lionel Messi made arguably the most memorable appearance in September 2010.
As part of a promotion by transgaming.orgswear manufacturer Adidas, the Argentine was to play the 10th grade game of Hackney schools Bridge Academy and Cardinal Pole Catholic School in the last ten minutes.
The plan is supposed to be kept secret, but messi had barely landed on the Hackney Marshes by helicopter, a fan-swarm surrounded the Barca star. The project was briefly abandoned for safety reasons.
Lionel Messi visits Hackney Marshes
“It’s a unique experience. I think I can show him a few tricks,” said Bridge-Schiller Joseph Glasgow, who is supposed to play alongside Messi.
In a Nike commercial, Gréen, Eric Cantona, Robbie Fowler and Ian Wright also took the honours at the Hackney Marshes.
Symbol fer the incredible passion for football
The area has its last media appearance in the run-up to the 2017 FIFA World Cup, when FIFA deputy general secretary Zvonimir Boban was visiting in the company of two-time English World Cup participant Ray Wilkins.
As part of the creation of grassroots transgaming.orgs, FIFA would replace ailing goalposts and donate transgaming.orgs equipment to the game.
“I’m here for the first time, so the whole thing has a lasting impression in my football ingenuour. The Hackney Marshes are emblematic of England’s incredible football passion,” said ex-professional Boban. “The child in me comes back, that’s a good thing.”
“I played here 50 years ago,” Wilkins recalled. “That’s what football is all about. It is phenomenal that Zvonimir is here today. Was yesterday, is wonderful. The current equipment is outdated and basically that has to be renewed. It’s about giving people more than they’ve had before.’
That’s right. The well-being of the amateurs, who compete in up to 100 matches on the Hackney Marshes, depends only on the G’nnertum of the World Football Federation.
As long as somehow and somewhere two poles, a crossbar and a ball conjure up, in east London there will continue to be a lot of kicking.