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Ground Bud

Two dogs join footballers at Galatasaray - Aalen. (Previously)
posted by griphus on Jan 17, 2013 - 22 comments

"Any sufficiently advanced juggling is indistinguishable from magic."

Street performer showing off some amazing skills with a soccer/ football.
posted by quin on Jan 7, 2013 - 12 comments

The Dowager Countess Will Never Walk Alone

Downton Abbey returns to American TV screens this Sunday. Since many Americans have become fascinated with the intricate social dances featured in the English drama/soap, Grantland feels there's an opportunity to provide them a lesson about the equally intricate plot machinations associated with the English Premier League. I give you the "English Premier League to Downton Abbey plot converter." [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jan 4, 2013 - 29 comments

At home, there's no line for the bathroom, either

Some sports are better seen in person. Some are better seen on TV.
posted by Chrysostom on Dec 17, 2012 - 47 comments

Just rub some dirt in it.

MTB vs. Soccer
posted by unSane on Dec 14, 2012 - 44 comments

Palestinian Football

A soccer stadium in Palestine was destroyed recently and a number of European based footballers signed a letter condemning the act. Palestine has historically been a difficult place to be a footballer, up to and including being imprisoned, although Mahmous Sarsak has since been freed. Despite all of this, it looks like at least the Palestinian women’s game is on the up and up.
posted by josher71 on Dec 3, 2012 - 35 comments

An American Soccer Fan in Kettering Town

I could imagine a younger version of myself sitting down to a Non-League game, watching ten minutes, then leaning over to my friend and whispering “Hey, you know, like, these guys suck. And your country suffers from a serious deficiency of nachos.” -- An American learns to appreciate Non-League Football Day. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Nov 16, 2012 - 18 comments

Not quite sweaters for goalposts

Football's (soccer, that is) ultimate conquest of North America comes a step closer with the sale of English Premier League broadcasting rights to NBC for 250 million dollars. Unlike the Olympics, NBC has indicated that they'll broadcast the games live, to complement their NHL broadcasts. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Oct 29, 2012 - 65 comments

Simply the worst

In the first 11 matches of the 2010 season they scored 2 goals and conceded 227. Madron FC is the worst football team in Britain.
posted by jontyjago on Oct 16, 2012 - 28 comments

Modern History of the US Men's National Football (Soccer) Team

When Alexi Lalas was asked by a woman sitting next to him on a plane what he did for a living, he told her he played soccer. She said: 'That's nice, but what do you do for a living?' Today the US Men's National Soccer Team can be watched on ESPN, has a large traveling fan base and can sometimes beat major teams like Italy or Spain, but back in 1990, no one knew who they were.
posted by BillW on Oct 13, 2012 - 16 comments

Footy & the Forty-Fives

45Football is based on a collection of about 1000 vinyl 7" records on football. Listen to classics like "We're Never Going to Stop" (LFC, 1983), and "Undici uomini d'oro" (AC Milan, 1979).
posted by modernnomad on Oct 11, 2012 - 7 comments

Vamo Lo Pibe!

A writer for outside magazine investigates first hand the world of the Argentinian Barra bravas. Argentina's most popular football team Boca Juniors is supported by La Doce, who are known as football's most passionate fans, and also run the underground economy of the stadium. (Boca's players aren't known for being saints either...) In spite of the violence, drugs, poverty, exploitation, and extortion - if you can get a chance to go to La Bombonera, eat a choripan and dare to stand in the populares with La Doce - it can be life changing.
posted by youthenrage on Oct 10, 2012 - 9 comments

Local non-hero

Lionel Messi is one of the world's greatest soccer players. So why is he forgotten in his own home town?
posted by Chrysostom on Oct 9, 2012 - 15 comments

I'm completely capable of anything

Nico Calabria plays soccer and wrestles for Concord-Carlisle High School in Massachusetts. He summitted Mount Kilimanjaro at 13 [Vimeo] as a fundraiser to provide wheelchairs to people in Tanzania, he does some parkour, and this week he's in a race to have the "Best of the Best" video on ESPN's SportsCenter for a goal he scored in a recent game. Calabria was born with one leg and uses carbon fiber crutches when he plays; he's a starting forward on the US Amputee National Team.
posted by catlet on Sep 29, 2012 - 15 comments

A tale of (the wage bills of) three English sports

Information on cricket salaries in England is difficult to find, though the amounts are acknowledged to be low; many cricketers take on a second job during the off-season. One of the top flight teams, Durham, is the first county fined for narrowly exceeding the total playing staff salary cap for the year. As a cross-sport comparison, the top flight football (soccer) team wage bills for 2010-11, and the team salary caps for rugby.
posted by Wordshore on Sep 9, 2012 - 12 comments

Non-orthogonal soccer fields

Non-orthogonal soccer fields, a slideshow
posted by Tom-B on Sep 4, 2012 - 37 comments

Animal Copyright Infringement World

Animal Soccer World is a release by the late no-budget European publisher Phoenix Games. The primary feature of the "game" is a 30 minute animated feature (Youtube playlist here) full of blatantly copied Disney characters, dozens of characters voiced by the same person, some of the worst animation you will ever see, and a throbbing jungle beat that literally never stops.
posted by Shadax on Sep 2, 2012 - 10 comments

How about that youngster?

New Star Soccer lets you create a football player, choose his nationality and lead him to glory from the age of 16 until he retires. You can play it on your computer (Kongregate), on Android or on iOS. Critics love it and half a million downloads have drawn further attention to the game and the reasons for its success. (Eurogamer, Edge) [more inside]
posted by ersatz on Aug 18, 2012 - 41 comments

Just in time for Football Manager 2013

As you know, Bob, Bill James revolutionised baseball with sabermetrics, statistical analyisis of how the game is actually played. In football (soccer that is) this revolution is long overdue, as it has largely lagged behind American sports in its use of data analysis. Now however there's a chance for somebody clever to become football's Bill James, as Manchester City is going to release all player data and analysises from the 2011-12 season.
posted by MartinWisse on Aug 16, 2012 - 50 comments

Not A Crime

Montreal Cops Chase Skateboarders [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Aug 2, 2012 - 20 comments

What are the Chinese characters for "Didier Drogba"?

"The last European monopoly, in any area, is crumbling. This recently-opened transfer window has underscored, more than anything else, that it is no longer the European football clubs’ birthright to sign the greatest players in the world." -- Leander Schaerlaeckens on the growing clout of Chinese, Brazilian, and (WTF?) Indian soccer leagues in grabbing the top talent
posted by bardic on Jul 11, 2012 - 24 comments

It's a Bernini sculpture of a goal

Hockey highlights with soccer announcers. Come for the highlights, stay for the Scottish broadcaster's analogies.
posted by dry white toast on Jul 11, 2012 - 15 comments

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley.

Football's Most Dangerous Rivalry: Celtic v Rangers [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph on Jul 6, 2012 - 29 comments

George Best at the L.A. Aztecs

Some great retro images of George Best during his time with the L.A. Aztecs in 1976. Includes this wonderful image of Best and Pele - whats not to like about it? As the article writer says: "George Best. The NASL. adidas retro kit. Pelé in a coral suit.......To be honest, you could probably shoot us now..."
posted by marienbad on Jun 13, 2012 - 11 comments

Animated Histories of European Football

In advance of Euro 2012, the Guardian has made animated histories of six of the competitors: England, Spain, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Germany and France. (Autoplay video in last six links.)
posted by hoyland on Jun 6, 2012 - 21 comments

Eric Wynalda’s carefully crafted “eff you” to American soccer

Eric Wynalda, US Soccer Hall of Fame striker, and Fox Soccer Commentator, has been an outspoken opponent of many of the current practices of Major League Soccer (MLS) - all the while coveting an MLS coaching position. He has been described as one of the most polarizing figures in US soccer and and a " frickin twitter train wreck” by the owner of the Portland Timbers. Tonight the train wreck pays a visit to Portland. [more inside]
posted by incandissonance on May 30, 2012 - 44 comments

We love Cascadia! Oh yes we do!

The latest match in North American soccer's Cascadia Cup was played yesterday between the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps, and the atmosphere was amazing. [more inside]
posted by salishsea on May 27, 2012 - 19 comments

Minimum Salary for a MLS Player? $33,750.

Yesterday, the Major League Soccer Players Union released salary information for the 2012 season. The statistics may surprise you.
posted by lobbyist on May 26, 2012 - 59 comments

Match fixing in Soccer

"The World's most popular game is also its most corrupt, with investigations into match fixing ongoing in more than 25 countries. Here's a mere sampling of events since the beginning of last year: Operation Last Bet rocked the Italian Football Federation, with 22 clubs and 52 players awaiting trial for fixing matches; the Zimbabwe Football Association banned 80 players from its national-team selection due to similar accusations; Lu Jun, the first Chinese referee of a World Cup match, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for taking more than $128,000 in bribes to fix outcomes in the Chinese Super League; prosecutors charged 57 people with match fixing in the South Korean K-League, four of whom later died in suspected suicides; the team director of second-division Hungarian club REAC Budapest jumped off a building after six of his players were arrested for fixing games; and in an under-21 friendly, Turkmenistan reportedly beat Maldives 3-2 in a "ghost match" -- neither country knew about the contest because it never actually happened, yet bookmakers still took action and fixers still profited." [All the world is staged: Bribed players, fake games. Criminal syndicates can fix any match, anywhere.]
posted by vidur on May 24, 2012 - 34 comments


(SLYT)An unusual substitution is made in Russian footballer Vadim Evseev's last game before retirement. [more inside]
posted by domnit on May 23, 2012 - 17 comments

“Hey, you know what they say about the stone the builder refused.” No, what do they say? “Look it up.”

Toronto FC has set a new record in Major League Soccer by opening the season with eight consecutive losses. This despite having earlier in the year gone all the way to the semifinals in the CONCACAF Champions League with the same lineup (the CONCACAF Champions League is the international championship for all North American, Central American, and Caribbean clubs).

The most recent loss came at the hands of a DC United side including Toronto native and former TFC captain Dwayne De Rosario. When asked to comment on TFC's dire predicament and the coaching of Aron Winter (who was responsible for trading De Rosario away from Toronto), the MLS MVP made an oblique reference to Psalm 118.
posted by 256 on May 6, 2012 - 25 comments

Soccer is boring

Soccer's Heavy Boredom: It's true. Mostly nothing happens. Why do we keep watching?
posted by josher71 on Apr 5, 2012 - 140 comments

Somebody make a foul, you whistle.

The World's Best Referee: Rob Smyth tells the story of referee Abraham Klein.
posted by hoyland on Mar 22, 2012 - 12 comments

Fabrice Muamba and the Doctors

Last Saturday 23-year old professional soccer player Fabrice Muamba suffered cardiac arrest while playing in front of a packed stadium. The medical staff rushed to his aid, as did a cardiologist who happened to be in the crowd. Muamba's heart was stopped for 78 minutes, but he survived and seems to be making good progress. Here, the doctors involved tell their remarkable stories of the incident.
posted by philipy on Mar 22, 2012 - 47 comments

Most epic troll ever.

Turkish football fans have probably kept many flare companies in business over the years, but when the Turkish FA banned flares from stadiums, their brand of pyromaniac fun seemed to be over. The fans of Super Lig club Eskisehirspor had other ideas, though. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Mar 18, 2012 - 39 comments

Harry Redknapp, Rube of the Year

Despite evidence of extensive misconduct, English football coach Harry Redknapp remains beloved in the hearts and minds of football fans.
posted by reenum on Mar 4, 2012 - 41 comments

Ultimate Tazer Ball

"How do you get Americans interested in soccer? ... For one thing, you make the balls much bigger and the teams much smaller. For another, you arm each of the players with a stun gun."
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Feb 18, 2012 - 46 comments

A new kind of game

Golden Goal is a Norwegian sports talkshow, and in one of their segments, they play football in unusual ways. With three teams. On a hill. On the beach. Blindfolded. Not difficult enough for you? How about three-legged soccer? On hoppy balls? With binoculars? Inside plastic bubbles? Electroshock style?
posted by specialagentwebb on Feb 15, 2012 - 17 comments

Football Information Graphics

on Goals Scored renders (largely English) football information into a variety of visualizations, some trivial, some striking. Test your knowledge of Premier League club crests, or identify goalscorers by the shape of their productivity. [more inside]
posted by Errant on Jan 27, 2012 - 11 comments

Fußball ist kein Tennis

During the month of December, 1. FC Union Berlin raised money to finance a new stand in its stadium by selling shares in the stadium to fans, under the slogan We're selling our soul. But not to just anyone! (YT--German). This is the second phase of renovation at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, to bring it up to 2. Bundesliga standards. Much of the work on the first phase was done by the fans themselves (DW video--English). [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Jan 2, 2012 - 9 comments

I bungled things and couldn’t even fix a match

The Buddha tells the people he can fulfil only one of their wishes. Someone asks: "Could you lower the price of property in China so that people can afford it?" Seeing the Buddha frown in silence, the person makes another wish: "Could you make the Chinese football team qualify for a World Cup?" After a long sigh, the Buddha says: "Let's talk about property prices." [more inside]
posted by vidur on Dec 20, 2011 - 20 comments

Другой Челси История из Донецка!

The other Chelsea. A story from Donetsk [1:28:06].
posted by - on Dec 15, 2011 - 5 comments

Day by day, the daimon offered him the hemlock. So he took it.

Sócrates is dead. It’s hard to see how anyone could be surprised. Run of Play on the death of Sócrates. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on Dec 6, 2011 - 14 comments

FC Barcelona: Highlight Clips Worth Watching

Allas creates surprisingly novel highlight clips of FC Barcelona, perhaps the most talented football/soccer team of the moment. This fifteen minute video illustrates Barcelona’s tactics, and serves as an introduction to aspects of the beautiful game that were previously invisible to novices like me. [more inside]
posted by ferdydurke on Nov 8, 2011 - 35 comments

There's No "We" in Fan

Here's the deal: If you don't play for, or you are not an employee of, the team in question, "we" is not the pronoun you're looking for. "They" is the word you want.
Why "We" is the most overused term in sports.
posted by The Gooch on Oct 20, 2011 - 154 comments

Cold Night In The Potteries

There is one argument that has taken the soccer world by storm: Can Barcelona win on a cold, windy, night at The Britannia Stadium, home of Stoke City? Conceived by Andy Gray (talked about on the Blue before) when he said: “I don’t know if Barcelona have ever gone to a place like the Britannia Stadium and suffered the kind of onslaught from Tony Pulis’ team of long throws and free-kicks or been up to a place like Blackburn and been beaten up by their long ball into the box.” There has certainly been analysis of this thorny question. Of course, Stoke is in the Europa league this year. If they were to win the competition and advance to a Champions league spot, we might actually see this fixture.
posted by josher71 on Oct 17, 2011 - 42 comments

Most Hated Man In Manchester

What happens when a multi-millionaire footballer playing for one of England's top club teams refuses to go out and play as a substitute? Possibly, he gets shipped off to prestigious second division northern Irish club squad Limavady United.
posted by bardic on Sep 28, 2011 - 41 comments

Oh this is ladies night and the feelings right...

Due to being sanctioned for unruly fan behaviour, the football match between Turkish teams Fenerbahce and Manisaspor was due to be played in an empty stadium. Until someone in the Turkish Football Federation had the idea to only allow women and children under 12 to attend. [more inside]
posted by PenDevil on Sep 21, 2011 - 106 comments

Sepp Bless the Rains Down in Africa

Brian Phillips of The Run of Play (previously) examines FIFA's history of corruption from the birth of sports sponsorship deals to a serious of mysterious deaths in South Africa before the 2010 World Cup and speculates about the future of embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter. [more inside]
posted by Copronymus on Aug 15, 2011 - 15 comments

Fun While It Lasted

Fun While It Lasted is a blog that details the histories of long-dead sports franchises, including the Hawaii Leis/Sea-Port Cascades/Seattle Cascades, the Portland Lumberjax, the Columbus Minks, the Denver Comets, and the Phoenix Fire -- a professional soccer team that never actually played a game. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Aug 10, 2011 - 21 comments

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