He Started in QNS, Now He Starts for PSG

Queens’ own Timothy Weah made his first career start for Paris St. Germain on Saturday. And the 18-year-old very nearly notched an assist after he stripped a defender in the opponent’s box and passed back to a trailing teammate who flubbed the shot. Weah is the son of former Ballon d’Or winner and current Liberian… Continue reading He Started in QNS, Now He Starts for PSG

FC St. Pauli NYC’s Immigrants’ Rights Fundraiser Upholds the Inclusive Spirit of the Main Club

Most professional soccer clubs encrust themselves in a thick, corporate veneer — the pursuit of “neutrality” their guiding principle. But FC St. Pauli is different. The club, which competes in the 2. Bundesliga, is regarded for its commitment to social justice, inclusion and progressive values. It may be the most socially conscious soccer club in the… Continue reading FC St. Pauli NYC’s Immigrants’ Rights Fundraiser Upholds the Inclusive Spirit of the Main Club

Getting Pumped For the Weekend With that Smooth Jagiellonia Energy Potion

I found these cans at a rural rest stop outside Bialystok, Poland last summer. I’ve seen plenty of Jagiellonia crests on cars in Ridgewood and on clothing in Greenpoint — especially on the pitch at McCarren Park — but I had never seen a soccer-themed energy drink before. Sure, Red Bull has soccer teams branded by… Continue reading Getting Pumped For the Weekend With that Smooth Jagiellonia Energy Potion

‘Soccer in Sun and Shadow’ All Around Havana

“Well informed sources in Miami were announcing the imminent fall of Fidel Castro, it was only a matter of hours.” That line appears five times throughout Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow, a prosaic 20th Century timeline as viewed through the lens of soccer. The repetition is meant to represent the endurance of Fidel Castro’s… Continue reading ‘Soccer in Sun and Shadow’ All Around Havana

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… Continue reading Grease along the Champions League touchline

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