Proof Messi Has The Best 1st Touch In The World

Watch Messi kick a soccer ball over an impossibly high hurdle and then continue juggling like nothing happened on this Japanese TV show.

Handy Video Explains What Soccer Position Numbers Mean For The Confused

Look, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. At one point or another, we were all newcomers to the game of soccer, ignorant of its ways. There was a time when, if you asked us what someone meant when saying that a #6 passed to a #10, who then slotted a #9 through to goal, we would have been able to explain it about as well as we could the plot of a vintage French film noir. 

No one can explain the plot of a vintage French film noir. 

A Day In the Life Of An MLS Player

The MLS is, in many ways, the “Average Joe” of professional soccer. It’s definitely not the Premier League, it doesn’t have one or two super teams like La Liga or the Bundesliga, but it does have some money and respectable talent. What does a day in the life of “some money and respectable talent” look like? Pretty great, we have to say. 


Louis van Gaal Teaches Reporter A Lesson

We get it. People want to feel like they are informed and up-to-date with the world around them. That is why journalism exists. The news, and the journalists that contribute to it, keep the general public “in-the-know.” It is a noble cause when you think of it in such a way. It is a public service. 

Journalists have a privilege and a responsibility to ask the questions that need to be answered. If they ask the right question to the right person, even a lack of a answer can sometimes be enough to inform the world about what is really happening. 

Zidane Has A 12-Year-Old Son. And He Scores Goals Exactly Like His Dad.

Theo Zidane, the son of Zinedine Zidane, is following in his father's footsteps in more ways than one. Theo doesn’t just play for Real Madrid like his father, he scores goals like him, too. 

Theo played for the Real Madrid U12s this past Sunday during a 3-0 win over Espanyol, and the goal he scored is easily - ok, no, down right scarily similar to one his father scored back in his day. Just take a look. Here is Theo’s goal:

In Memoriam: A Look Back At The Soccer Stars Who Died In 2014

2014 saw the deaths of some prominent figures in the soccer community. We here at The18 thought it would be a good idea to honor those who passed away this calendar year with mini bios on each of the departed. The soccer community already misses these individuals. 

World Cup-Winning Goalie Competes For Job Against Kids In This Prank

There is nothing like seeing kids meet their idols. These six young goalkeepers arrived for what they thought to be an interview for a position to be goalkeeper for a soccer club. But what they ran into was one of the best goalkeepers in the world. 

Iker Casillas joined in on the prank as he interviewed the little goalkeepers and in one instance was competing for a spot on the club against the little tykes.