To Bosnia with Love, from Hackettstown

The Match: Argentina v. Bosnia and Herzegovina The Date: Sunday, June 15, Father’s Day The Venue: My parents’ house and the Bosniak Community Center in Hackettstown, NJ A small library opened in my town when I was in kindergarten. Around the same time, I met my first Bosnian immigrant, a boy named Asmir. Asmir was a new… Continue reading To Bosnia with Love, from Hackettstown

Here’s where you should never go to watch a soccer game

The Match: England v. Italy The Date: Saturday, June 14 The Venue: D’Jais in Belmar, NJ and Connolly Station in Belmar, NJ — The Jersey Shore D’Jais in Belmar is many things and it appeals to many, many people. It is a rave club where house music thumps at 3 pm and a potent Vodka and Red Bull is just… Continue reading Here’s where you should never go to watch a soccer game

Community amid the “humillación mundial”

The Match: Spain v. The Netherlands in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final The Date: Friday, June 13 The Venue: La Nacional, 239 West 14th St. in Manhattan I lived in Madrid and taught English in the suburb of Getafe for about a year. I arrived in Spain knowing approximately zero Spanish, but I was very cocky and… Continue reading Community amid the “humillación mundial”

Rua 46 aka Little Brazil

The Match: Brazil v. Croatia, the first game of the 2014 World Cup The Date: Thursday, June 12 The Venue: Little Brazil aka Rua 46 — 46th St. between 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan I didn’t know it until last week, but there is an area of midtown Manhattan called Little Brazil.  There is a street sign in Times… Continue reading Rua 46 aka Little Brazil

Dear Gyan, From NYC

I dedicate this blog to Asamoah Gyan who was a hero of the 2010 World Cup. And then six days later he was a prone, helpless wretch. Gyan is still the first face I see when I think about that tournament. I was fascinated by his high, sculpted cheekbones and his chilly eyes behind hooded lids. He could score without… Continue reading Dear Gyan, From NYC