The return of UEFA Champions League and the beginning of the knockout stages marks a joyous time for any soccer fan. This season’s Round of 16 promises to be one of the most exciting yet. Matchups like Real Madrid vs. PSG, Juventus vs. Tottenham and Chelsea vs. Barcelona would be amazing finals for the event, but we’re lucky enough to have them in February and March. You're not going to want to miss any of the action.
Grandma’s annual offering of winter gloves and flannel pajamas was as graciously received as ever — you were suffering in this record cold snap — but there’s still much to be desired heading into the new year. It is, after all, a World Cup year, and you have to be properly prepared to support and celebrate the beautiful game all summer long.
If you got any extra coin over the holidays and were told to “treat yo self,” go through with that promise, and feel free to use our guide for inspiration.
Soccer is increasingly a young person’s game. More and more focus is being put on youth soccer to create the next Lionel Messi, Christian Pulisic or Mallory Pugh. So what do you give as a gift for the budding soccer star in your life? We here at The18 have put together a list of the 18 best soccer gifts for kids to answer just that question.
On Tuesday, U.S. Soccer announced the five finalists for the 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award. The nominees include last year’s winner, Jozy Altidore, three-time winner Clint Dempsey, 2015 winner Michael Bradley, 23-year-old Jordan Morris and 19-year-old Christian Pulisic.
Counting down from five to one, here’s who we believe to be the most deserving of the award.
Dating back to the inaugural FIFA World Cup held in Uruguay in 1930, each rendition of the tournament has been accompanied by an official poster from FIFA. Artists who’ve worked on these gorgeous designs include Guillermo Laborde (1930), Joan Miro (1982) and Annie Leibovitz (1986), to name just a few. Today, FIFA unveiled the official poster for the 2018 event in Russia.
Monday marked Contract Deadline Day in Major League Soccer, meaning that all clubs (apart from the four still participating in the MLS Cup playoffs) had to announce which player contract options they’d picked up and which players they’d effectively cut.
Ah, Thanksgiving. You know what that means: IT'S TIME FOR FOOTBAWL. Time for out of shape middle-aged folks to try to play contact sports. What could possibly go wrong?
Whether you're reading this during the holiday season, or just before your best friend's birthday, we know why you're here. You've been racking your brain to figure out what on earth you’re going to get that special soccer fan or player in your life – whether that person is a family member, friend, significant other, coach, teacher, boss, estranged lover or mortal enemy. If only there were some sort of guide to the best soccer gifts online to help you find presents for everyone on your list. Oh wait, there is. This is it.