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Football Links: Two Defensive Midfielders and Roy Hodgson

Casemiro is still fundamental to Real Madrid’s success. By Sid Lowe: One day early in Zidane’s first spell as Real Madrid manager, Casemiro knocked on his door. He hadn’t played yet — five games had passed — and he wasn’t happy. Play me, he said, please. Zidane looked at him, told him to calm down […]

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Upon Re-reading – Brilliant Orange: The neurotic genius of Dutch football, by David Winner

I first read David Winner’s Brilliant Orange fifteen year ago. My first motives for reading the book were naive. I was an aspiring professional footballer. I’d read any book I could find on football, hoping to discover a professional path to imitate. It proved to be an impossible profession. When you’re sixteen, you have no […]

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Football Culture Matters

My ears perked. I was in the checkout line when I overheard the fellas behind me chatting about Sunday’s Liverpool/Man United match. They casually discussed why Liverpool would beat Manchester United. One explained to the other how Liverpool could go on to win the Premier League. I clenched an invisible fist in excitement. You see, […]

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Street football spawns legends. Arnold Muhren is proof.

The Muhrens – like all the Dutch greats of their era – learned their football in the streets. Arnold: ‘My brother played with his friends, and when I was five or six I started joining in. I started off in goal but I could never stay there; I was always running all over the place […]

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We’re Fans: Our Favorite Online Football Writing from 2018

Sure, you normally hit publish on this type of post in December. But I wanted to be sure no piece snuck in before 2018’s final seconds. Also, I procrastinated. All three pieces are well written, but more so, they warped my football mind with new perspectives. I hope they warp yours too. Wright Thompson, The […]

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Football Pods – The Sumptuous Six

The modern radio show reigns supreme. Give these six dandies a listen. Men in Blazers – If Walt Whitman, Lena Dunham and Richard Pryor had two football obsessed lovechilds this would be their podcast. Vulnerable and insightful, U.K. expats Mike Davies and Rog Bennett bring an American perspective on the EPL and a British outlook […]

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Football/Soccer Poems

Behind Closed Doors

Blinded eyes. Voices silent. Splintered benches sit alone. Football rests.

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Poems

Ronaldinho Gaucho

First touch perfection Football junkie, nutmeg king. Camp Nou revival.

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An appreciation of Lionel Messi, from the Paris Review?

You’re standing in one place, one patch of grass on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Seville, playing a game, which is to say doing your job, which is playing a game. A ball floats in the air toward you. You’re in one place and you’re in all possible places. Your name is stamped between your […]