With one game to go, an unprecedented spotlight has shone on Cascadia in London for the past week. Catch up on some of the press from around the globe here in our London Media Roundup!
We’ll start this London Media Roundup with non other than iconic London periodical The Guardian‘s reporter Matthew Engle nearly marched into the opening ceremonies with Team Cascadia as the event’s kicked off a week ago noting.
“Cascadia marched behind a flagbearer wearing a bow tie and boater. ‘Who’s oppressing the Cascadians?’ I asked him. ‘Anyone who harms the planet,’ he replied.”
The New Yorker featured an article of the forgotten teams of football highlighting Cascadia’s emergence onto the world stage here in London stating;
“A bonus feature of the Football World Cup is that, in another first, it features American players. The Cascadia Association Football Federation, representing a region spanning Oregon, Washington State, and British Columbia, was started in 2013. For a long time, it was little more than a name on a purchasable T-shirt.”
High on Hipster media, Cascadia in the press has stood out for two calling cards; being a hipster haven, and having the largest region in the world where getting high is legal.
An article from Joe.co.uk noted;
“The beauty of CONIFA is there are so many obscure places taking part in the tournament – whether it’s Cascadia, Padania, Matabeleland or Barawa. It’s unlikely that even your most hipster of football hipster friends will know about them. This will leave you with full reign over a host of stunningly rare and lovely jerseys.”
Goal.com did a smashing job of not just streaming the games live, but also grabbed our attention with the headline; CONIFA Group Stage Review: Padania and Cascadia the teams to beat. The article continued:
“Cascadia turned the group on its head with a comeback 2-1 win over Barawa in the second round of fixtures. That put the North Americans back in the hunt for the group, and they duly pulled off a striking turnaround from that opening day loss by putting Tamil Eelam to the sword in the final round of matches. That 6-0 triumph put Cascadia above the unfortunate Ellan Vannin in the final standings.”
Our group saw some controversy as Eallan Vannin stormed out amid controversy. Capital FM Sports covered the issue, but wishing to end on a sweeter note quoted Team Cascadia Captain James Riley as he spoke to Agence Frence Presse:
“It’s an experience that I’ll treasure for a lifetime. It’s what the beautiful game’s all about: to be able to experience different brands of football, what it means to different regions and groups.”