There Used To Be a Neighborhood

What if they built a gorgeous new stadium down the block from your home, turned the place into an honest-to-god destination and elevated your community — but it wasn’t your community anymore? What if they let the housing rot, the boilers burst and the schools disintegrate because they said they couldn’t afford to fix them —… Continue reading There Used To Be a Neighborhood

This organization is using soccer to give low-income kids in Costa Rica a leg up in school

 Tacos4Ticos is a non-profit organization  that uses soccer as a vehicle for teaching English and building community in Costa Rica. The name derives from two important words among Costa Ricans: “Tacos” is slang for soccer boots and “Ticos” is what Costa Ricans call themselves The organization collects, distributes and donates soccer equipment and school supplies to schools… Continue reading This organization is using soccer to give low-income kids in Costa Rica a leg up in school

Soccer Shops And Spongebob the Musical

Soccer leagues have kicked off across the city and that means it’s new-boot season for thousands of New Yorkers. Sure, you can buy from Soccer.com or Amazon, but nothing beats browsing irl. Especially since soccer shops look like Spongebob the Musical. About 90% of the boots are neon, the balls are Patrick Star pink and… Continue reading Soccer Shops And Spongebob the Musical

Grease along the Champions League touchline

A while back, I wrote a post comparing Diego Simeone to Leo “Craterface” Balmudo aka the Bad Guy from Grease. Well, today the Bad Guy from Grease takes on Danny Zuko lookalike Antonio Conte as Atlético face Chelsea in the Champions League group stage.   Conte/Travolta vs. Simeone/Craterface   UPDATE: Conte looks like Travolta, Simeone looks like… Continue reading Grease along the Champions League touchline

Stop the bespoke epidemic in soccer writing

Remember that catchy 2008 Estelle and Kanye West jam ‘American Boy?’ Kanye’s lyric: “Before he speak his suit bespoke” was the first time I had encountered that cool new word. Bespoke. Nice. I heard the song on the radio, remembered the lyric, hopped on my computer a few hours later, searched the web for the definition and learned… Continue reading Stop the bespoke epidemic in soccer writing

In Poland, vandals mix White Pride with Club Pride

Good logos are simple and immediately familiar. Easy to replicate, even by drunk guys with spray paint. A beautiful example: The Legia Warszawa logo. A sans-serif capital L inside a circle. See – Easy to scrawl when you’re in a hurry but want everyone to know what team you root for. When I was in… Continue reading In Poland, vandals mix White Pride with Club Pride

In Krakow, arch rivals separated by a narrow field

Depending on what you read or who you listen to, the Krakow Derby between Wisla Krakow and Cracovia is a dangerous, perhaps deadly, clash plagued by two violent, racist hooligan sects. Or it’s a Must-Experience sporting and cultural event – an eternal rivalry that gets the better of some unruly fans who commit petty theft… Continue reading In Krakow, arch rivals separated by a narrow field