Topic: Soccer

November 12, 2014

At the moment, half-time in soccer games is more or less an opportunity for players to urinate off-camera. Surely we can do better than that. Or maybe not, who knows.

July 8, 2014

A pitch of writing: some unexpected commentators have made the World Cup more of a Word Cup, with delightful results. Certainly more delightful than that wordplay!

June 30, 2014

Over twenty years, Nike's soccer ads have traced a change in what global athletic celebrity means. Virtues like teamwork and unity are praised, but the praise is drowned out by the positioning of athletes as disposable corporate deities.

March 18, 2014

In 1887, only two years after the English Football Association first permitted “professionals” to play for clubs, a German sociologist  published a book called Gemeinschaft und Gesselschaft. More than eight decades later, a British sportswriter published a book about Tottenham Hotspur called The Glory Game. The two books have more in common than you might think.

March 17, 2014

Michael Bradley might have been the best American player in European soccer. Instead, he decided to come home and play in the MLS. It's a big deal, for him and his league, even though the story's a long way from finished.

March 14, 2014

Major League Soccer is looking to expand, and the expansion Sacramento Republic FC wants to be a part of it. It'll be a lot of work, but the presence of an American soccer legend has helped them to see the goal clearly.

January 24, 2014

On what video games can teach us, about sports and ourselves, and when it's time to stop playing. In this case, what a maddeningly difficult soccer simulator Winning Eleven teaches about soccer and not-soccer. A bonus beat from The Classical Magazine's most recent issue.

January 14, 2014

A date with a World Cup Group of Death looms, and USMNT players are bailing on European leagues to join MLS squads. How bad any of this is depends on your perspective, but it's almost certainly not as bad as this.

January 14, 2014

Michael Bradley is one of America's best soccer players, and very much in his prime, which makes it that much more surprising that he's coming home to America's soccer league. But maybe he and Major League Soccer both know what they're doing.

January 7, 2014

How does a small-time team from a small town make it onto the doorstep of the Premier League? By refusing to think of themselves as a small-time team, for starters.