Throwbacks/History

There Was No Stopping A 21-Year-Old Lionel Messi At The 2008 Olympics

The crowning achievement of Lionel Messi’s international career remains the gold medal he captured as a 21-year-old at the 2008 Summer Olympics. It was a loaded Albiceleste squad with further attacking firepower provided by Sergio Agüero, Ángel Di María and Ezequiel Lavezzi, but Messi and Argentina were hugely reinforced by the over-age inclusions of Javier Mascherano and Juan Román Riquelme.

The Fastest Shots Ever Recorded In Soccer History

There’s obviously no official record for the fastest shot in soccer. It’d be convenient if a man with a radar gun had been sanctioned to sit at every match played since the beginning of time, but that was an oversight on FIFA’s end. 

The Time When English Teams Could Win The Milk Cup

Aston Villa defeated Leicester City 2-1 on Tuesday to advance to the final of the English Football League competition in hopes of lifting the Carabao Cup. The competition has seen many different sponsorships come and go as Carabao, a Thai energy drink, hasn’t always sponsored the competition. There once was a time teams raised the EFL Milk Cup.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane and review some of the fun EFL Cup names.

Remember When Oguchi Onyewu Fist-Fought Zlatan And Asked To Play For AC Milan For Free?

As Antonee Robinson is rumored to be moving to AC Milan to become one of the few Americans to play in Italy’s first division, we at The18 were reminded of the last USMNT defender to appear for the Rossoneri — Oguchi Onyewu.

Onyewu’s story is a cautionary tale for any American playing abroad, and a reminder that nothing in sports is a given, even if you want it so bad you break a legend’s rib fighting for it.

Players Past And Present Lobby MLS To Bring Back Its Greatest/Worst Quirk

Depending on your viewpoint, the 1990s-era MLS shootout was either a great quirk or an embarrassing experiment. Some prominent American players want to bring it back.

When Major League Soccer first burst trickled onto the scene in 1996, the powers that be were convinced Americans would never suffer such indignity as allowing a match to end in a draw. Eccentric MLS shootout rules were devised to ensure every game concluded with a winner.

Toronto FC Signs Youngest Player In Club History

The 2019 MLS runner-up Toronto FC has decided to invest in youth as it announced the signing of 15-year-old Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty on Wednesday morning.

Terry Jones, Monty Python Star And Karl Marx On The Pitch, Dies At 77

The world lost a comedic genius on Tuesday night as Terry Jones, founder of Monty Python, passed away at the age of 77 following a battle with a rare form of dementia.

Providing Modern Coverage Of The 1958 World Cup Final

The 1958 World Cup Final remains an iconic match due to the fact that a 17-year-old Pelé spearheaded Brazil’s 5-2 beatdown of host nation Sweden with two fantastic goals. But rather than turn the page there, why not take a closer look at the Seleção’s first-ever world title?

Having just watched the entire 90 minutes for the first time myself, I’m happy to report that the showpiece event of the sixth World Cup definitely didn’t disappoint. It was a different era — one full of strange skills, uplifting sportsmanship and a certain nostalgic sense of the human collective.

Rare Footage Of Famous Footballers Playing When They Were Kids And Teenagers

There’s no more compelling story than when a player like Jamie Vardy goes from being released by his club at the age of 16 to suddenly tearing up the Premier League at the age of 28, but the Leicester City striker’s path is a fit-for-Hollywood tale rather than the norm. The truth is that football is now a mega-industry and the reach of its tentacles knows no bounds — in the search for the world’s next great talent, no rock is left unturned and no YouTube highlight video is left unproduced.

Hold Up, Wait A Minute — How The Hell Did Pelé Get Here?

Pelé’s always been everywhere. As a player, he appeared at four World Cups spanning three different continents, his Santos side traveled around the world like the Harlem Globetrotters and he even ventured into the backwoods of American soccer with the New York Cosmos. 

But he truly achieved an omnipresence after retiring and transitioning into life as the OG Cristiano Ronaldo, hawking goods and services like a door-to-door salesman while collecting honorary degrees for his contributions to the bicycle kick sciences.

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