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

How reddit users helped me get a Champions League ticket on my honeymoon

Earlier today, Atlético Madrid won a preseason tournament in Germany called the Audi Cup, defeating Liverpool and pissing off manager Jurgen Klopp. (“Atletico wanted to win the cup. We did also, but we also wanted to play football. Atletico only wanted to win the cup,” Klopp said.) The La Liga season begins in less than… Continue reading How reddit users helped me get a Champions League ticket on my honeymoon

Searching for a Bundesliga presence in NYC

“If a player from the United States would come here and score every week,” said Bayer Leverkusen CEO Michael Schade, “it would be a dream come true.” Yesterday, Terrance Ross led with that quote in his Guardian piece on the Bundesliga’s attempts to gain a foothold in the USA. It’s a pretty direct indication of the club’s,… Continue reading Searching for a Bundesliga presence in NYC

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

A perfect, blended crowd at the Ghana/USA match

The Match: Ghana v. USA The Date: Monday, June 16 The Venue: Harlem Tavern at the corner of 116th St. and 8th Ave. in Harlem, Manhattan I work in Harlem, just a few blocks away from Harlem Tavern, but I had never been inside until Monday’s match between the USA and Ghana. Harlem Tavern is located on West… Continue reading A perfect, blended crowd at the Ghana/USA match

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”