Slightly Outdated and Esoteric South American Soccer FactCheck

Being a fan of soccer requires a healthy knowledge of geography. Unless you are Fox Soccer Argentina. In March, the Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the Champions League, was in full swing. San Lorenzo of Argentina traveled to Ecuador to play Independiente del Valle. Afterwards, some San Lorenzo players got angry and trashed the dressing room. I know, a total shocker – violence in South American soccer.  Jamas!

Things, though, were much more interesting online, where Fox Soccer had seriously trouble locating the Estadio Atahualpa. Continue reading “Slightly Outdated and Esoteric South American Soccer FactCheck” »

The Obligatory Soccer Jersey Review Blog Post

Let the record show, today’s date is sometime in May, 2014. Let the record also show that this fine site first came into existence in September of 2008. Six years. For six years, I have used all manner of self-control to prevent the overt commercialization of this site. Did you notice the banner ads? Probably not. They are tucked away in the footer, well below the comments. No side bar. No header. But how can “readers” click on them way down there? Why are they down there?

Aesthetics, my friend. Aesthetics. Yet aesthetics and commercialism don’t always conflict. I do get emails sometimes offering me worthwhile things in exchange for me to simply review them. Most get sent to spam. But when SoccerLoco offered me an authentic World Cup jersey, I couldn’t say no. And it’s my daughter’s fault. Continue reading “The Obligatory Soccer Jersey Review Blog Post” »

FutFedUp – The Totally Unexpected End of Another Era

I had a simple dream: reduce coherent thoughts to bullet points, sentences, and images. Quizzes. Listicles. Buzzwords. Retweets. I wanted to bring “social content” to soccer. I wanted a place for incomplete thoughts, unfinished ideas, and brain farts. With your help and support, FutFeed was hands down, indisputably, unabashedly the most successful week in my site’s history: we easily topped 15,000 unique visitors, which is good for a three posts-per week soccer blog with an owner too lazy to SEO-bait each post.

But therein lies the problem. And the demise of FutFeed. Continue reading “FutFedUp – The Totally Unexpected End of Another Era” »

Top 9 Pictures of Footballers and Helicopters

Helicopters, they’re not just for transporting manufactured homes anymore. They can also do other important tasks, like carrying soldiers to kill people, carrying bombs to drop and kill people, and transporting foreign aid to people who will be killed by errant drone strikes weeks later.

More importantly (Ahem, MOST IMPORTANT), helicopters sometimes transport soccer star players. Here are some highlights. Continue reading “Top 9 Pictures of Footballers and Helicopters” »

Junito: An Unexpected & Abrupt Ending

On November 29, 2009, I unleashed my three-year old son Junito on the world of soccer and proudly chronicled his exploits. The task was simple enough: mold the greatest ever player for Real Madrid. We’ve all enjoyed the ups and downs, cried at the false early retirement, and were happy to see him come back stronger than ever. And had fun on Vimeo and Youtube. Sadly, though, it must end. Today.

There’s two problems: (1) Junito’s talent and (2) Me getting in the way. Continue reading “Junito: An Unexpected & Abrupt Ending” »

Junito: You Kant Have It All (All the Time)

I assure you, dearest and most loyal of readers, that the above image is not a fake. The name. The birth date. The location. The fixture. It’s all true. Melvin Arana, known in these parts as “Junito”, is officially unretired and….his first ever competitive game looms large.

What does that mean for our family, Junito and the soccerverse at large? Perhaps nothing. Perhaps everything. Continue reading “Junito: You Kant Have It All (All the Time)” »

Soccer Spanish Revisited: Bridging the Iberian Divide

Jack Lang has written a fantastic article at about Soccer Portuguese. Check it out here. He first got the joga bonito bug while playing with Brazilian expats in France, but has since polished his Portuguese with trips to stadiums throughout Brazil. A few, if any, of you may recall that I wrote a series on Soccer Spanish a few years back which turned into the modestly successful An Illustrated Guide to Soccer & Spanish (Plug: available at Amazon and iTunes). I also have dabbled in Portuguese a bit (I lived in Lisbon for a brief spell many a moon ago).

Jack’s piece was perfect for soccer fans with the travel bug who also enjoy learning a second language. It inspired me to compare and contrast Soccer Spanish and Soccer Portuguese for your reading pleasure. No worries, no need to take notes like during the Real Academia PROHIBIDA lecture series from ’09. Just sit back, read and enjoy. Continue reading “Soccer Spanish Revisited: Bridging the Iberian Divide” »

Futfanatico Wins Award and Wishes You and Your Loved Ones a Happy Holiday

It’s not easy staying on top. “Heavy weighs the crown.” Still, despite the rise of soccer quarterlies and elevation of many a blogger friend to major media networks, I’ve dutifully typed away at my ergonomic keyboard. And, thanks to you, the readers, and me, the election-rigger, for the fifth year in a row Futfanatico has won the prestigious Futfanatico-only Excellence in Blogging Award. I graciously accept this Lifetime Achievement award and will place it along wards from years past.

It’s not all good news, though. Continue reading “Futfanatico Wins Award and Wishes You and Your Loved Ones a Happy Holiday” »

The Junito Legacy: Those Burning Bright Thursday Night Lights

You just can’t keep a chele chulo down. Junito, not surprisingly, opted for a visit to Santa Claus instead of going to a soccer try-out when last I wrote. With the size of today’s chocolates, can you really blame him? Luckily, as a seven year old, it didn’t mean the end of the line. In fact, his team held four different try-outs and invited players to attend as many as possible.

Junito missed two due to a high temperature, but did strap on his boots for the last one. I know that you already know the results, but indulge me. Just this once. Continue reading “The Junito Legacy: Those Burning Bright Thursday Night Lights” »

Futfanatico Nominated for Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Yawn. It’s end of the year awards time again. Just when you take a break from building your own museum and think your trophy case couldn’t possibly support any more weight, you go and be amazing for a year and have to expand said case. Don’t you just hate being you? Oh, wait, you’re not me.

In fact, neither you nor I is Futfanatico. Futfanatico is a domain name for a website. So how on Earth did it get nominated for a lifetime achievement award? Continue reading “Futfanatico Nominated for Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award” »