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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 Greatest Game Never Played

Remember as a little kid, when adults would say read! It will take you to new worlds! Wright Thompson’s detailed descriptions make that true. He drops you off in Buenos Aires where the chaos of an eternal rivalry consumed the city.

You’ll hear rubber slugs whizz past, and smell the baking pizza from El Cuartito. But Wright also points out that Boca Juniors, caught up in the madness, missed one of the rarest opportunities in sport – a win-win.

Wright argues had Boca played and lost, they’d have a legitimate excuse to fall back on. Had they played and won? Legends. Forever legends.

Eusebio Di Francesco, The Smell of the Grass

I’m intrigued by professionals who are excellent in their work, but never wanted their jobs in the first place.

Through The Coaches Voice Di Francesco shares a first hand account of running from his calling, and how the smell of the pitch lured him into coaching.

Brian Phillips, World Cup 2018: France Advances Past a Cavani-less Uruguay

Never has a match report made me slam both fists on the dining room table and yell “Yeaaaahhhhhhhh.”

Then el profesor Alan Jacobs posted a snippet from Brian Phillips’ World Cup quarter-final match report.

The opening paragraph, which Alan dubbed “soccer and the impediments to success” is the most obvious, yet insightful explanation of soccer I’ve read.


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World Cup Haikus: Champion #7

El_Fin

Match Day 25

Antoine Griezmann is a #19. He holds the ball up like a hulking #9 and playmakes between the lines like a #10.

Shot out to IBWM on the background.

 

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World Cup Haikus: I’ll Miss…

Ill Miss

Match Day 24

I already miss my first sips of coffee at kickoff with Jorge Perez-Navarro yelling “It’s soooccccer timeeeeeeee.”

I already miss William Carvalho trotting around Portugal’s midfield with a Ballon d’Or worthy stache’

And I already miss Saturday morning pickup soccer. When the World Cup hums on in the background of our lives, we all play with an extra bit of pep.

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World Cup Haikus: Majestic Modrić

Marquee Modric

Match Day 23

Impossible to not write a poem about The Legend of Modrić. Also, Luka could pass for a real life Link.

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World Cup Haikus: Prince Kylian

Prince Kylian

Match Day 22

That no look, dragback, backheel, roll, flick, thing…

 

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World Cup Haikus: Pubbin’

Pubbin

Match Day 21

Only during a World Cup quarter-final can a bunch of drunk strangers in a pub turn into family. Wait, no. They’re still drunk strangers.

Gotta feel for Russian Brazilian thoroughbred colt Mário Fernandes. My man has to be right back of the tourney.

 

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World Cup Haikus: Roberto’s Redemption

Robertos Redemption

Match Day 20

He left Raja home. Started Chadli and Fellaini. Finished Brazil and reached the semifinals.

Ok. Bobby is not Pep Guardiola, but he is guiding Belgium through a memorable summer.

Respect due.

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World Cup Haikus: Broken Curses

 

Broken Curses

 

Match Day 19

 

What England is this? Jamie Vardy sprinting around in extra time, poppin’ his bubble gum? Confidence.

 

 

 

 

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World Cup Haikus: Bits and Pieces

 

Bits and Pieces

 

Match Day 18

I’ve been watching this World Cup in chunks. It’s been a mix of late lunch break treadmill jogs, hijacking my brother in-law’s DVR and refreshing ESPN on my phone until the data plan exploded.

I long for summer days, free from responsibility where my mornings and late afternoons were planned around watching matches live.

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World Cup Haikus: Podblasts

Podblasts

Match Day 17

We’ve spoken about podcasts before here at F&G. But since then the football podcast universe has expanded like Thanos‘ greed.

The perennial players – The Football Ramble, The Totally Football Show, and others remain. But the Rabona podcast, hosted by Musa Okwonga and Michael Da Silva is like a poetry reading and a pub chat fell in love.

Have a listen!