Opinion

8 Footballers Who Made A Career Out Of Failing Upwards

Sometimes I wish that, through some glaring administrative error, I had been accidentally registered for the Ajax youth academy, even if it was just for one day. Then, in semi-good conscience, I could exploit that fact to have my own Wikipedia page, Transfermarkt profile and agent, allowing me to bounce around the world on one-year contracts — obviously being found out as total trash time after time — living my best life. 

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Footballer Scorned By Their Manager

A couple months before USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann announced his final 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup, I was at a wedding in California, at the bar with a member of the LA Galaxy technical staff. The conversation turned to Landon Donovan, who’d reestablished himself in the national team after being dropped at the start of the Hex.

4 Covid-Enforced Changes We’d Like To Keep After The Pandemic Is Over

The Covid-19 pandemic certainly changed the "normal life" that apparently existed in the world before 2020. It's a virus that affected literally everyone's life, and soccer was no exception: After the Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid match at Anfield in the 2019-20 Champions League, soccer was gradually and then quickly suspended.

What New Netflix Hit ‘Moxie’ Gets Depressingly Accurate About HS Soccer In America

Amy Poehler has a new hit movie streaming on Netflix. “Moxie” was released March 3 and has been a regular in Netflix’s Top 10 since. While not technically a sports movie, the film features a depressingly accurate depiction of high school soccer in America.

Man City’s Dominance Has Only Added To The Mental Fog Of Late-Stage Pandemic

There was a point in Manchester City’s 21-game win streak where we ran out of things to say. To watch them is to immediately understand the profundity of Pep Guardiola’s highly drilled machinations and the osmosis of an obsession with spatial perception (here comes João Cancelo into the midfield); that and the recognition of İlkay Gündoğan as an absolute monster of the No. 8 position. 

Vacant Space: 7 Matches From This Past Year That Covid Prevented From Being Classics

When we look back at football in 2020/21 over the years to come, there will be no classics, no games to remember — because without fans, matches just don't have the same impact.

Of course, these changes were necessary to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, and, if current trends hold, it seems that fans will soon be allowed back in stadiums again.

Atlético Madrid President: "I Am Always Against VAR"

The president of Atlético de Madrid, Enrique Cerezo, declared himself "always against VAR (video refereeing)" after the derby in which his team drew 1-1 against Real Madrid, in which the white side claimed a penalty for a handball by Felipe that the referee Hernández Hernández dismissed.

Jamaica Enters CONCACAF Arms Race After Federation Targets Dual Nationals

The excitement is building towards a pair of USMNT friendlies scheduled for the end of the month with the locations of the fixtures (Austria and Northern Ireland) dictating appearances from the European-based players who’ve helped supporters move beyond the last World Cup qualifying debacle. 

Female Coaches Can Help Bring Professional Men’s Soccer Into The 21st Century

As the 2020 American NFL season drew to a close with Tom Brady winning his record seventh Super Bowl, it was interesting to note another sporting first: the three women involved in the game — two coaches and one official.

With eight women currently coaching in the NFL, there’s still a long way to go when it comes to parity, but it does seem that women are finally breaking into elite men’s sports coaching in the U.S.

I’m Sick Of People Complaining About VAR/Offside Calls, So I’ve Got A Solution: Eliminate The Rule Altogether

It’s rare that a Premier League game has gone by this season where the announcers, players, fans or even the referees themselves haven’t complained about an offside call. With VAR, offside calls are calculated with more precision than ever before, but lovers of the beautiful game still aren’t happy with the offside rule.

I’ve got a solution: get rid of the whole offside rule altogether.

Wait, wait, hear me out.

Pages