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Crayon d’Or 2018

Following the success of last year’s competition, we have decided to run the Crayon d’Or competition again this season. The award, which celebrates the lesser-known and marginalised voices within the football writing world, was won by Priya Ramesh last year who has since gone on to become a regular on the Guardian Football Weekly podcast and now appears in a variety of mainstream outlets.

This competition is all about the celebration of football writing. Unfortunately, within the global media, huge swathes of individuals have been passed over as a result of various discriminations. As a result, we are keen for your nominations to come from without the narrow grouping of particularly white middle-class males. The world of football writing needs to diversify or we will die the death of banality in the name of protecting the already powerful…

In order to enter, the following criteria must be adhered to:

  • Nominees must self-define as either female/non-binary/trans, LGB or/and BAME.
  • The nominee must not be salaried by a mainstream media outlet – they may be freelance and paid for their work, however.
  • Each nomination must come with a writing sample which will both allow the voters to make informed decisions on their selection but will also give exposure to the work of these writers.
  • You may nominate as many people as you like.
  • You may nominate yourself.
  • The nomination must be working broadly in the the area of football (soccer) writing.

To submit a nomination, please drop an email to contact@ateamofjohnosheas.com with your nominations and a writing sample.

We will collate all of the nominees on this page along with their piece of sample writing. Having done this, we will whittle the nominations down to 32 and the competition will begin.

Enjoy!

A Team of John O’Sheas

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Nominations

Aanu Adeoye

Tottenham’s Serge Aurier needs to tackle more than opponents if he is to move on from his troubled past

Kweku Amonoo-Quyst

Chelsea vs Barcelona: Origins (Part One)

Joseph Antony

Football’s Finest Supervillain – Cristiano Ronaldo Hijacking Messi’s Glory

Om Arvind

Evaluating Martin Ødegaard’s 2017/18 Season With Advanced Stats

Molly Appleton

Sleepy Footy Observations: Asian Cup Edition The Final

Debkalpa Banerjee

The Land of Yellow Dzambhala – Paraphrasing the Lure of the Chinese Super League

Abhijeet Barve

Becoming Michaelangelo: How Zinedine Zidane Is Moulding Madrid In His Own Image

Piyush Bisht

The Lords of the Ball – J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legacy and FC Barcelona

Srijandeep Das

A Love Letter to the Scissor Kick

Shirsho Dasgupta

What we see when we watch football: how replays and close-ups reflect society

Sarthak Dev

How Brazil Sold Its Soul – Nike, Luis Ronaldo and a Deal With The Devil

Bhavya Dore

The ranks of female soccer coaches are growing, but not without pushback

Taronish Elavia

Talons of Franco – Catalan Referendum and the Burden of FC Barcelona

Lindsay Hamilton

Why I can’t stand Cristiano Ronaldo?

Vikrant Hatwalne

Football in my Third World Country

Simeon John

Wolves’ tactical ascension under Nuno

Sivan John

A dash of tango in a small corner of Asia: The story of Bangladesh’s love affair with Argentina

Sophie Lawson

Euro 2017: Opinion – A great disappointment for England?

Taha Memon

Bricklayer Who Built the Bastion – Bob Paisley’s Liverpool Legacy Through Anecdotes

Samiran Mishra

The Most Racist Club in the World – Story of Beitar Jerusalem and Muskeljudentum

Mohamed Mohamed

Scouting Leon Bailey

David Mooney

Premier League champions, dazzling football…and the casual homophobia that never went away

Anushree Nande 

Arigato, Arsène Wenger – The Portrait of a Sensei

Medellin Adventures – The shadow of Pablo Escobar over Colombian football

Musa Okwonga

The first time I met Gary Neville

Bulbul Rajagopal

How a Hong Kong soccer club is giving new life to the city’s African refugees

Ashwin Raman

A LOOK AT GRAHAM POTTER AND HIS EXCITING ÖSTERSUNDS FK

Alicia Rodriguez

Young South American stars could transform MLS on world stage

Abhranil Roy

Brazil: Football’s Destiny Child In Search Of Redemption

Anjishnu Roy

WINDING BACK THE CLOCK

Omar Saleem

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN, THE TRAGEDY OF HAMLET AND AN UNLIKELY ASCENT TO SUPERSTARDOM

Elijah Sofoluke

POTENTIAL, PATIENCE, PROBLEMS

Parashar Thanki

Metronome in the eye of the Storm – So long, Michael Carrick

Emma Tobiasson

An Ode to Vicente Calderon

Vignesh Velu

UNDERSTANDING ZIZOU’S SUCCESS: HOW SQUAD ROTATION CAN BE STUDIED

Stephen Ward

The Third Wave

Rahul Warrier  

THE RISE OF MOHAMED SALAH FROM FOUR-HOUR BUS JOURNEYS TO A CAREER SPENT PROVING HIS CRITICS WRONG

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