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And The Soccerlens 2008 Writing Competition Winner is…



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The voting is over and it’s time to decide who wins the goodies 2008 Soccerlens Writing Competition.

It was a tough decision – all 3 finalists could have walked away as a winner (whether that means no one was outstanding or all were outstanding, I’m not sure 🙂 ) but in the end there was only one submission that ticked all the boxes. I’ve discussed each of the 3 finalists and their articles below but first, a look at the prizes:

  • $100 Amazon gift certificate
  • Free Football Shirt courtesy of Subside Sports
  • Free Authentic Signed Football Shirt courtesy of Icons

In addition, several participants will be receiving an email from me later today asking them to join the Soccerlens team and write for us in the future – hopefully you’ll be seeing a few of them writing articles in the coming weeks and months.

The 08 Finalists

The 3 finalists were Will Roche, Martin Banks and Fredorraci – their articles are discussed below:

FredorrarciA Modest Proposal for the Resolution of Club versus Country

Subtle, insightful and politically incorrect, Fredorrarci’s ‘Proposal’ makes a valid argument for reforming the World Cup and making football more ‘interesting’ (ok, not exactly valid for some but it’s still a fair argument). Not everyone caught the humour in time though, if at all.

Martin BanksFootball writing competition? Easy! Easy! Easy! Easy!

Martin was a late entry but unlike other late entries, he played it to his advantage by using other peoples’ material to poke fun at football. It was entertaining and on topic, with the only drawback being that very little of substance was actually said. But it entertained, and that why he got the votes and into the final selection.

Will RocheAn American Werewolf (wishes he were) in London

Will wrote a powerful, well-paced, moving account of being an American soccer fan. He chose passion over humour, and pulled it off quite well. Instead of talking to his readers he put himself on their side, and while it wasn’t mainstream it was very easy for almost any non-UK or non-European football fan to identify with him and what he’d said.

And The Winner Is…

Will Roche, for the best article in the competition, An American Werewolf (wishes he were) in London. It was a close call between Will and Martin but the difference (apart from the votes) was in Will have something substantial to say and well, for getting the readers on his side. Plus he got more votes than Martin and Freddo as well.

Congratulations to Will, and also to Martin and Fredo for writing excellent articles.

A few people IMO missed out and were unlucky to be in the final reckoning – Stefanie, Lisa, Chris, Andrew, Brian, Spiral and Luke all wrote very good articles, but their pieces for one reason or the other didn’t tick all the boxes. You’re all very talented writers, so hopefully I can have you guys back for more in the future.

Thank you for participating everyone, and thank you, dear readers, for reading and commenting on the articles. I’m already looking forward to running our 3rd writing contest, around this time next year.