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

Soccer for breakfast

I saw this Frosted Flakes ad called “Morning Ritual” for the first time the other day. In the commercial, a dad gently wakes his tween daughter at 4:45 am. “It’s time,” he says. The girl excitedly throws off the covers to reveal the soccer jersey she wore to bed. Her dad is wearing the same… Continue reading Soccer for breakfast

Izzy Tandir, Bosnia & Herzogovinia U21 striker raised in New Jersey, signs with Real Zaragoza; is he on Jurgen’s radar?

  Izzy Tandir, a 20-year-old Bosnian striker who was born in Germany and raised in Hackettstown, New Jersey , has signed with Real Zaragoza in Spain’s Segunda Division. Tandir came up through the Red Bulls youth academy before playing for FC Sochaux’s youth team in France, Sacramento Republic and Breiðablik in Iceland. He also played at… Continue reading Izzy Tandir, Bosnia & Herzogovinia U21 striker raised in New Jersey, signs with Real Zaragoza; is he on Jurgen’s radar?

A Treatise Against Vanity Set Pieces

This piece originally appeared on the TheRoyalFrontier.com The opponent trips your player twenty-five yards from goal. The referee issues a yellow card and signals for a free kick just outside the opponent’s box. The home crowd erupts with anticipation. Finally, our persistent pressure is rewarded with a clear chance on net! The referee draws a foam semi-circle… Continue reading A Treatise Against Vanity Set Pieces

Diego Simeone as the Bad Guy in Grease

Tapping the assistant referee’s head? Not a good look, bro. In general, Diego Simeone seems cool and passionate. He busted the Barcelona/Real Madrid La Liga Duopoly last season and brought Atletico to the Champions League final. He’s loyal to his players and they seem to love him. Simeone was a fantastic, gritty defensive midfielder who was once Argentina’s most capped player. … Continue reading Diego Simeone as the Bad Guy in Grease

Your Instagram Is A Liar [Product Placement Edition]

Oof. That is a clunky bit of product placement. Three beverage bottles neatly arranged before Guilherme Siqueira, Atlético Madrid’s new left back. Would Siqueira wear a giant Nikon camera around his neck to showcase the club’s photography sponsor?  Would he address the media from the passenger seat of a Beetle? What would happen if Durex sponsored the team? Would Siqueira speak to the… Continue reading Your Instagram Is A Liar [Product Placement Edition]