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On Spirituality and Football

The BBC World Service recently ran a segment concerning the confluence of faith and football. It was interesting in that it depicted how nuanced and sophisticated, as well as deeply entrenched, one’s spiritual beliefs can be with their sporting life in the beautiful game. The discussion ran the gambit from […]

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All Ugly World XI 2010

AUXIpics After reading about 4,237 different best XI of the decade lists, I thought I’d switch it up a bit.  I wanted to consider not just the most gifted players of the Premier League or La Liga or Serie A, etc. but rather the most talented footballers who also possess […]

The Ball is Round book
History / Philadelphia Soccer History / Soccer Books

In the book: some essential reading for the Philly soccer fan

Today the Philly Soccer Page introduces a new feature, In the Book, a column reviewing books about soccer. To start things off, here are some essential books that every Philly soccer fan should have on their shelve. Rangers, Rovers & Spindles: Soccer, Immigration and Textiles in New England and New […]

Very Nice, Readers!
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Very Nice, Readers!

Soccer fans everywhere anxiously await the second half of the season. January arrives with a new transfer window: a month-long binge in the footy speak-easy, where clubs gamble on high-priced additions who are all described as The Missing Piece (did Afonso Alves really cost Middlesbrough over 10 million pounds?). It’s […]

Legal Handballs
English Premier League / Fan Culture

Legal Handballs

Last week, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger commented that throw-ins may be the wrong way to restart play from the sidelines. Wenger argues that the throw-in gives an unfair advantage to teams who feature long throwers, noting that soccer is a game played with the feet. The Arsenal manager somewhat obliquely […]

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My Team of the Decade

The end of the decade brings with it a lot of really annoying end-of-the-decade lists.  Everyone from the Guardian to Soccernet to the guy from your indoor team is compiling their world football team of the decade.  While these carefully selected lists include some of the greatest players ever to […]

England / English Premier League / Wonderland

Wonderland

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGg7iCTg_eQ] Maynor Figueroa is the starting left back for Wigan Athletic. All hail Maynor Figueroa.

Wonderland

Wonderland

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvYOA4BXIqk&feature=player_embedded] Here’s Rocky Baptiste missing from about 1 yard away on an empty net.  Luckily his (non league) Harrow Borough side was up 5-3 when he decided that he really didn’t need to pad his individual stats on that day.  I think my favorite part is his teammate who is […]

Robbers use football to cover-up heist
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Robbers use football to cover-up heist

Brazilian police suspect robbers waited until Sunday, the last day of the Brazilian football season, to pull off a daring robbery of a cash delivery firm. It is thought that the robbers rented a nearby house (posing as residents, even putting up a Christmas tree) and tunneled 490 feet to […]

Fan Culture / France / World Cup - International

Adidas World Cup Uniforms are Tight

via examiner.com Honey, does this shirt make me look invisible? Sorry for bringing up France/Ireland again, but here is the official Adidas press release about those skintight jerseys France wore when Henry basketball dribbled around the Irish and threw William Gallas an alley-oop dunk. The TECHFIT will be the official […]