If Futfanatico pokes fun at folks who sometimes take themselves too seriously, then the Junito series from a few years back picked the perfect target: parents who treat youth soccer as life or death. However, the series hit a major snag: Junito resided in Nicaragua, was only three years old, and little league soccer opportunities were rare.
Now that Junito is in the states, just turned seven, and lives in a major metropolitan area, the question arises: not if the chele chulo will unretire, but when. The answer has finally arrived: now. As in, yesterday. Junito faced the most draconian of decisions, the ultimate fork in the road as to whether he will reach his potential as the greatest ever Footballer (and record goalscorer for Real Madrid) or just be a happy, well-adjusted human being.
He chose the former (though the latter is still a possibility). Continue reading “The Junito Legacy: A Roadbump in Unretirement Plans” »
Not everybody loves Surreal Football. Their “balls on” aggressive Retweet campaign from a few years back rubbed some people the wrong way. They also have a gift for ad hominem. Nevertheless, they’ve won some deserved awards along the way. Thus, it was odd that recently their website pointed to Bleacher Report and an article that was a “swing and a miss.”
What happened? Continue reading “Bleacher Report Mysteriously Disappears Surreal Football Article” »
The newest issue of The Classical mag just may be the raddest yet. The editors basically threw down the gauntlet to writers: can you tell a story in 500 words or less? The result was glorious. The articles are appetizer-sized but will fill your head and tummy. Continue reading “Elliott Turner & The Classical: Accept No Imitations!” »
By any country’s standards, Argentine soccer is always in a perpetual Golden Age. They regularly produce world class players at every position and are consistently favorites to win the World Cup. However, by their own lofty standards, Argentines point to the 1940′s and 1970′s as unique eras of success.
Luckily, these eras also coincide with two great stylistic developments in the world of male fashion: the mustache and the mullet. Enjoy. Continue reading “Mustaches and Mullets – the Visual Glory of Argentine Soccer” »
I know what you’re thinking – am I Jack Wilshere SEO baiting or is he just too easy a target? Probably both. Less than a week after getting caught smoking, he made some offense (remarks) about foreigners playing for England. To use his exact words, he said that living in a country for five years does not make you “English.” He said he could live in Spain in five years and that wouldn’t make him Spanish.
Technically, he’s correct. Mere physical presence in a country does not confer upon you legal residency or citizenship. You have to fill out a boatload of paperwork, pay fees, and follow certain rules. It’s a headache. So, why were people so offended by his words? Continue reading “Jack Wilshere On “Being English” & Other Three Lions Thoughts” »
Cascarear. Pichanga. Pick-up. Park soccer. What do those terms mean? If you play soccer, you know what I’m talking about. They are soccer in its rawest, most basic form. With a ball and makeshift goal, you’ve got a game with two or more folks. Shoes. Bags. Backpacks. Shirts. Anything can serve as a goal. The key is a few inanimate objects, a round inanimate object, and a friend.
Yet this unique cultural event deserves more praise and more analysis. Continue reading “The Beauty of Soccer, No Strings Attached” »
As one of the world’s top soccer bloggers (top 500 at least), my email inbox regularly gets filled with news before the news becomes the news. Were you shocked when Gareth Bale signed for Real Madrid? Not me. After a handful of free kick goals for Southampton, an anonymous tipster tipped me off that he would eventually sign for Real Madrid. Thank you anonymous tipster.
My email inbox also fills with lots of other stuff too. Sometimes, I get super sincere PR emails. Other times, not so anonymous folks will help me break a major story – like that time the NY Cosmos served light snacks and refreshments.
Thus, I am proud to break this story about beIN SPORTS excellent programming. Continue reading “The Press Release Files: Exciting beIN SPORT Exclusive Weeknight Programming” »
Many of you readers, like me, are either chicano or latino. When you hear the word “mango”, you think “chile.” When somebody says “way”, you think “dude.” The rest of your are Latinophiles and that’s also okay. This collection of lynx revolves around my writing about soccer in Latin America.
More specifically, Argentina and Nicaragua. Continue reading “Raging Soccer Lynx – Latinophile Edition” »
You love soccer. You love reading. However, the internet tends to offer articles in bite-sized doses. Luckily, some great sports quarterlies and magazines are available to quench your thirst for long-form.
Here’s a list of the must subscribes: Continue reading “Agile Soccer Lynx: Subscription Check Edition” »
Linx. Links. M’eh. This site can’t afford an unpaid intern to pour coffee, sort mail, and correct typos. Thus, we encourage you to visit other, much more professional sites. These sites also offer some fine soccer reading. Continue reading “Some Wicked Cool Soccer Linx” »