Category Archives: International Soccer

2011 Women’s World Cup: an elegy

First and foremost, this Women’s World Cup tournament has been a pleasure to watch and the quality and level of play has been nothing short of brilliant.  The final showcase between the tireless, technical juggernaut that is Japan and the … Continue reading

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Soccer: gnawing at the fragile psyche of the American sports punditocracy (rant)

Teeth gnash at flecks of grey matter prompting paranoid spittle to fly as negative nonsense spuriously spouts forth…the beauty, excitement and rightful attention paid to the Women’s World Cup has brought them to the brink. Witness this past Sunday after … Continue reading

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Wedontknowitasfootball’s bookshelf: Brilliant Orange Part II

David Winner’s Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer is the type of book I most enjoy these days: an uncategorizable hybrid that’s part cultural study, part hyper-literate, obsessed sport journalism that weaves together disparate sociological threads into an … Continue reading

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Wedontknowitasfootball’s bookshelf: Brilliant Orange Part I

I knew full well that nothing good ever happens on a baseball field. But there I was: running, doing passing drills in the shaggy, unkempt outfield, practicing my dribble etc.  Then I would take the ball as if in a … Continue reading

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Gold Cups and Catch-Ups

Hello everyone. Sorry for the delay between posts.  I was lucky enough to catch the extremely exciting Championship Premier League play in match last week between Reading and Swansea City.  It was a spirited, momentous match in front of an … Continue reading

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U.S. v. Argentina

Photo by Jeff Zelevansky from GettyImages I think Ian Darke said it best in the second half of last night’s match when he remarked that this friendly between the United States and Argentina “had the intensity of a World Cup … Continue reading

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