Four Days in March, Part 2: Under the Rain at the Central Stadium

In Almaty I had the chance to visit three more matches, all at the Ortalyk Stadion (Central Stadium). I have a lot of fond memories from the place (You can read accounts of national team matches against Andorra and Belarus) and it was great to be back. The stadium is much the same, with its comfortable, positive atmosphere…

Four Days in March, Part 1: The Kazakhstan Super Cup

I was back in Kazakhstan late winter, and managed to watch four football matches while there. The first one was the kick-off for the season, the Super Cup. Facing off were the previous season’s champions FC Astana and the Cup holders Kairat Almaty. Astana are the upstarts, a new club started a few years back to…

Out with the old…(or: The only good Russian is a White Russian.)

С Новым Годом! Жана Жылынызбен!!! The past year was quite productive for Molapse in the offline world, yet somehow that didn’t translate to this site.  I think I received more comments than there were actual posts Nevertheless I’ve never been too concerned about timeliness (the tagline of the website translates to “Yesterday’s news, tomorrow”), so…

Picking on Someone Your Own Size

Kazakhstan, for those not in the know, is the 9th largest country in the world. Andorra ranks 196th, squeezed between Saint Lucia and some semi-country known as The Northern Mariana Islands. So it was not a surprise to see what would happen when the two countries met in their first 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match in late August. First some…