If you're like us, perhaps you're not the most on-top-of-it gift giver in the world. Perhaps it's a few days before the holidays. Perhaps your nephew's birthday is coming up in a hurry and you need something – anything – for him. Well, don't worry. We've got you covered. So long as what you're looking for is a list of the best soccer gifts money can buy. If not you've come to the wrong place, friend, and we wish you the best of luck in your search.
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.
It happens every year. Clubs release their new soccer jerseys and you’re faced with a dilemma — which one do you buy?
It’s a rite of passage, buying a new soccer jersey. When the new season arrives, the true fans always buy the newest kits. But it can be a bit daunting to choose from the plethora of options, no matter which team (or teams) you support.
Fortunately, we’ve sorted through the hundreds of new kits released for the 2019-20 season to find the very best — and compared them to vintage kits that may have inspired them.
Everton fans hate Liverpool. They’re too flashy, they think they have a monopoly on bad singing and they just win too damn much.
The Merseyside Derby, unlike many of the world’s great soccer rivalries, is different because of the proximity of the two clubs — Anfield and Goodison Park are a literal stone’s throw from each other. This intimacy engenders deep resentment between the two clubs — Everton fans jealous of Liverpool’s money and success and Liverpool fans jealous of actually attracting fans from Liverpool instead of abroad.
In a market that's dominated by industry giants, it’s difficult for smaller cleat brands to make an impact. Many have tried to redefine the cleat by removing its laces, adding a special “strike zone” or using a unique stud pattern, but when you boil all those features down, Sam Garzon and his team at Unozero only see a collection of gimmicks.
Guadalajara vs. Club América, Chivas vs. Las Águilas, El Súper Clásico — because that tame El Clásico over in Spain isn’t super enough.
Two of Mexico’s biggest clubs are also two of Liga MX’s biggest rivals, not just because they’re constantly going head-to-head on the pitch but because they have two distinct styles of going about their business. One’s called the Millionaires, the other the Goat Gang.
El Clasico is a match like no other. The passion, love and hate between Real Madrid and Barcelona fans is unrivaled and the two clubs define Spanish football.
But what if a Barcelona fan had to say something nice about Real Madrid? Could he do it?
That was the task assigned to Will for our latest edition of Rival Reviews with World Soccer Shop.
Manchester United and Liverpool have dominated English football for decades. Liverpool was the dominant team for years, only for Sir Alex Ferguson to lead the charge to overtake the Reds as the winningest club in England.
The rivalry runs deep between the country’s two most successful clubs; the North West Derby dwarfs all other derbies in the soccer-mad nation.
“Mo Salah! Mo Salah! Mo Salah! Running down the wing, Salah la-la-la la-ahh; The Egyptian king!”
Or better yet: He’s running down your screen.
Mohamed Salah, one of world soccer’s most exciting players, is as prolific as he is fast. He darts down the wing, cuts inside and scores before most players can tie their shoes.
Now his speed is making the leap to augmented reality, almost literally jumping off your screen to show off his secret weapon: the adidas X.
When Germany takes to the pitch in Rennes, France, on June 8 to open its Women’s World Cup campaign against China, it’ll do so wearing a jersey that’s synonymous with triumph in German footballing lore. For most, the style evokes memories of Italia ’90, the men’s World Cup where Germany went on to capture its third title in that competition.