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Another year, another disappointment. No decima. No dice. Madrid fought the good fight in the King’s Cup, conceded La Liga way early, and fell in the semifinals of the Champions League. Despite some fun wins at the Camp Nou, even Jose Mourinho has admitted this is his worst season ever.
Many Madrid faithful find their spirits down. However, a few optimists repeat over and over some well-scripted speaking points to feel better. Or at least sound like they feel better. Here are a few: Continue reading “Real Disappointment – What Madrid Fans Are Saying To Themselves” »
Don’t you hate it when your favorite blogger hops and skips about and blogs at sites other than his own blog domain? You have to, like, click on links and go to other sites. It’s quite inconvenient. Well, alas, prepare yourself. I have put finger to touchscreen for a few other fine sites. Here they are: Continue reading “OWN GOALS – Some Delightful Soccer Links to Lighten Your Day” »
Guess what eBook goes on sale to the general public today? A hint. Look at the above image. Details after the jump. Continue reading “Real Madrid & Barcelona: the Making of a Rivalry, Now on Sale!” »
Real Madrid fell a single goal short in their comeback attempt vs. Dortmund. Barcelona got smoked at home by Munich. All glory is fleeting. But fans of both clubs can glance back at 100 years of history to conjure up fond memories and look forwards to a future of trophies. Thanks to my Kickstarter backers, I had the pleasure of researching, writing, and now publishing a book on the first hundred years of this rivalry. The eBook, Real Madrid and Barcleona: the Making of a Rivalry, officially goes on sale May 6, 2013.
In the meantime, enjoy the book’s introduction (also in PDF at the end). Continue reading “eBook Preview #8 – The Beginning” »
Want to bring up a bad taste in the mouth of a Real Madrid fan? All you need to know is a term and a song. The word is “regime team.” The song is “Asi….asi….asi gana el Madrid.” [That's....that's....that's how Madrid wins]. Both bring to mind a very dark chapter in Real Madrid’s history: the rule of General Francisco Franco over Spain. Many have painted the club and the dictator as tied at the hip during the 1950′s and 1960′s.
However, a closer look reveals a much more complex tale. Continue reading “eBook Preview #7 – Regime Team Who?” »
When does history begin? For humans, the answer is relatively simple. You are born. Your mother pushes your out of her womb. Then, the clock starts to tick. Normally, after sixty to eighty years, you expire. You are buried. The story ends. The story begins. Simple and clean.
For institutions, such as nation states, the story is seldom so simple. Rather, historians strive to identify a single individual or “event,” and then label that “event” and the year of that “event” as the proper starting point for an institution. In the case of FC Barcelona, the club’s story lends itself to both an event-driven and individual-driven historical story. In the case of Real Madrid, we have a muddled mess of clubs, associations, and leaders. Who gets the credit? Or, rather, should nobody get to claim the prize?
Only by re-framing the basic historical question of “when” can we arrive at a satisfactory answer. Let’s begin. Continue reading “eBook Preview #5: Dispelling and Re-telling Foundation Myths” »
History is a funny thing. If you’re not successful, you’re forgotten. However, if you’re an all-star, everybody wants a piece of you – even after your dead. In the 1920′s and 1930′s, no goalie could compare to Ricardo Zamora. His broad shoulders and 6’4 frame made him a force in the box. He won several trophies, and, today, the award for top goalie in Spain is named after him.
Still, his hopscotch playing history and political dealings leave a question mark on an otherwise impeccable career. Barca claims him. So does Real. Who wins? Continue reading “eBook Preview #4: Ricardo Zamora, To Whom Does History Belong?” »
Celebrated novelist David Foster Wallace garnered notoriety and perhaps got a bit of flack for teaching literature to college students by relying heavily on “commercial” books (Grisham, King, Clancy). However, DFW’s goal was simple: break down these works and see just how they manipulate/engage/attract our attention. Books of this nature as best compared to popcorn – they are not a full meal by any measure, but people really really like popcorn.
With a similar goal, I invite you to pull back the curtain on the popcorn of the soccersphere: the match recap. Let’s dissect this prevalent sub-genre and then, together, rebuild it. Continue reading “The Real Madrid v. Manchester United Recap Recap” »