Flares, cows and trees across the lower reaches of the game in Germany.
From the rubble of the Warsaw Uprising rose a stadium that was to host some of the most famous moments in Polish post-war history.
For Jack Taylor, the referee for the 1974 World Cup final, handling players was much like handling the clientele at the Wolverhampton butcher shop he worked at throughout his career.
How a Yugoslavian goalkeeper and coach dealt with dictators and FIFA politics to change the course of sporting history.
Once upon a time, FIFA was not corrupt, it was just a Eurocentric empire run for the good of a few countries in western Europe unwilling to open the doors of the World Cup to the rest of the world.
Andrew Guest considers flopping, pain and perception: does it really hurt, Arjen?
Our regular book reviewer Alex Usher delves into football in Israel with Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler’s Goals for Galilee: The Triumphs and Traumas of the Sons of Sakhnin, Israel’s Arab Football Club and Tamir Sorek’s Arab Soccer in a Jewish State.
Alex Usher dissects a new book by Laurent Dubois that attempts to tie together the history of colonial and post-colonial France with its national soccer team’s success.
National team player, coach for his country’s only major international triumph, co-founder of a FIFA confederation, and the man who set in motion the chain of events that led to South Africa becoming the first African nation to host the World Cup: we look at the late Ethiopian visionary Ydnekatchew Tessema.
Alex Usher looks at Barney Ronay’s attempt to look at the rise of the manager historically, the book’s insights let down by its prose.
Supriya Nair looks at highbrow theories of World Cup success and twentieth century history, and finds the analysis to be awry.
Alex Usher reviews Jonathan Wilson’s new book on the history of the England national team, coming away rather underwhelmed.
Why does the coverage of soccer in the United States by the British media fail to glimpse the diversity of the game in North America?
On the morning of the United States’ most hyped game ever, we comb through America’s hundreds of daily newspapers to see what Americans are reading about the World Cup on their front pages today.
Alex Usher concludes that John Doyle’s new book on his World Cup travels is a little on the smug side.
Andrew Guest pieces together the story of South Africa’s triumphant hosting of the 1996 African Cup of Nations, offering it as an important complement to ‘Invictus’ and the Rugby World Cup seven months prior.
Alex Usher looks at Steve Bloomfield’s incisive take on soccer across the continent of Africa in his new book, Africa United.
Andrew Guest does a ‘Soccernomics’ style analysis of the US 30 man roster to consider who and what the team represents.
Andrew Guest considers the Steve Zakauni’s soccer journey from Kinshasa to London to Akron to Seattle to get perspectives on the Congo and fateful chance in the game.
As the Portland Timbers start their final minor league season in the midst of a stadium remodeling, Andrew Guest describes the stadium’s long soccer history.
Andrew Guest explores ‘one of the more obscure connections in world football’ between the old NASL and World Cup hosts South Africa.
Andrew Guest offers some psychological perspectives on fan allegiance and rivalry, looking at Seattle vs. Portland with an eye on social identity theory.
Andrew Guest considers the relative under-development of the women’s game in Africa while reviewing the documentary film ‘Zanzibar Soccer Queens’
Yesterday, we looked at how the idea of fan ownership has received serious attention in recent weeks, with the growing profiles of supporters’ trusts at English clubs. Today, wrapping up our weeklong series, we look at the the practicalities of cash, stadiums and regulations in fan ownership schemes.
Gary Andrews interviews a fan put in charge of a club, and looks at the good and the bad of the realities of fan-owned football.
In the second part of our exploration of Trusts and football, we look at those clubs currently flying the flag for the Trust movement.
All this week Pitch Invasion is looking at the concept of fan ownership. We’ll look at the highs and lows of supporter ownership in English football, and its prospects for the future. In our opening part, Gary Andrews outlines where Trust or fan ownership currently stands.
Andrew Guest reviews the book African Soccerscapes and asks its author Peter Alegi about his work as related to South Africa 2010.
Peter Wilt looks at how the generational growth of soccer in the United States is exemplified by one family, with a passion for the game nurtured by a loving father.
Andrew Guest draws from research with elite women’s players to consider the role model thing in soccer and society.
Peter Wilt tells us how he got started in professional American soccer, during its darkest days.
Benjamin Kumming looks at what happened to American soccer in the lost days between the end of the NASL and the launch of Major League Soccer.
A profile of Kelsey Davis, and thoughts on what it means to be an American player going pro. By Andrew Guest.
FMountains. Flowers. Hearts. Stars. No, these are not elements of a new children’s breakfast cereal – they are visual signifiers of the world’s second–most prominent international football tournament. JL Murtaugh looks at the brand identities that have defined the European Championship.
Andrew Guest considers juju in African soccer, both in relation to other types of sports superstition and in relation to its seeming absence from stories about the 2010 Cup of Nations.
Andrew Guest offers some personal perspectives on Angola and the game away from the stadiums and the Togo bus tragedy
The failure of the USL and NASL to receive sanctioning from the USSF as Division II leagues for the 2010 season is a reminder of the days in American soccer when the country had competing leagues fighting for FIFA and USSF approval.
As many MLS teams look for a new manager, former Fire GM and President Peter Wilt tells us how he made his choices.
Following a visit of the FIFA executive council to Robben Island, Andrew Guest considers the story of the Makana Football Association and reviews ‘More Than Just a Game’.
Culture of Soccer blogger David Keyes explains how his love for the game developed from indoor soccer to Saprissa Stadium.
With African Nations Cup Qualifying complete, and the draw to be held November 20th, Andrew Guest takes a look at the stories behind the Angolan stadiums hosting the tournment.
Bobby Bandon looks at the deeper issue too often brushed away when sportsmen face depression.
Drawing on the new book Onward Christian Athletes, Andrew Guest analyzes the curious ways religion interacts with the modern game.
Peter Wilt’s weekly column looks at what role owners and supporters can play in turning casual fans into hardcore supporters.
If anyone’s read more football books than our new book reviewer Alex Usher, you’ll have to prove it with a post as long and learned as this one covering the entire genre of football in print.
Benjamin Kumming looks at the fascinating contrast in the Pacific Northwest between the sudden guerrilla marketing success of Seattle and the long term solidity of DIY supporter culture in Portland.
Few obituaries on Sir Bobby Robson noted his first managerial appointment, at the Vancouver Royals. Richard Whittall looks at an inauspicious start to a legendary career.
Andrew Guest offers a personal account of his experience as the only white player in Malawi’s Kwacha Lifebuoy Super League, and looks at race and football in Africa.
I am a founding officer for the Union Football League, an AYSO-affiliated adult league which plays near downtown Los Angeles. When we heard that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) would field a team during our first season we were a bit wary.
It was a stadium known for flowerbeds behind the goal and a terrible fire.
It was also known for its stench.
As they say in other soccer countries, we’re going up. Today, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber anointed the Portland Timbers—our modest local soccer team with the not-so-modest grassroots fan following, the Timbers Army—as the latest franchise in the nation’s top soccer league.
The corporate branding at Euro 2008 was pervasive. Marc Bahnsen considers what this meant for the casual fan at the tournament, looks at protest against Euro 2008, and some clever counter-marketing.
Wouldn’t writing for the club you supported be your dream job? Not so for Terry Daley, who found a different reality working for Chelsea’s official publications.
Jennifer Doyle looks at how the ingrained sexism in sports medicine is damaging to women’s football.
Continuing our recent theme, Brian Phillips takes a look at the history of one of the strangest supporter songs in football — “Goodnight, Irene,” an American folk song about love and suicide that’s been the anthem of Bristol Rovers for almost 60 years.
Continuing our look at the songs sung by football fans, Vanda Wilcox considers the traditions and culture of Italian club anthems.
If you are lucky enough to visit White Hart Lane on match day, you might hear the Tottenham fans chant “Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur” to the tune of the song popularly known as “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Jennifer Doyle looks at the oft-forgotten origins of this stirring tune in 19th century America.
We’ve been looking at English non-league football all week, and in something of a call-to-arms, Dave Boyle suggests that more supporters of …