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October 2, 2012
Pitch Invasion Podcast Episode 9 – Fire Anniversary Special
PI Podcast co-host Peter Wilt, the founding General Manager of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, looks back 15 years to the club’s earliest days, explaining where its name, identity and fans came from in a special Fire Anniversary edition of the podcast. The show is available to stream or download below and is also on iTunes or...
September 25, 2012
Pitch Invasion Podcast Episode 8
“It’s a driver of player compensation.” Bob Foose, the Executive Director of the MLS Players’ Union for almost a decade, explains why the Union releases player salaries annually. Bob joins Tom Dunmore and Peter Wilt to give some unique insight into how MLS operates, and how he advocates for player rights – and explains the...
July 26, 2012
Pitch Invasion Podcast Episode 7
The head of North America’s Professional Referee Organization (PRO), Peter Walton, and San Antonio Scorpions president Michael Hitchcock join Peter Wilt and Tom Dunmore on episode 7 of the Pitch Invasion podcast. The show is available to stream or download below and is also on iTunes or available via RSS. Check out the PI Podcast archive here.
July 13, 2012
Pitch Invasion Podcast Episode 6
In episode six of the Pitch Invasion podcast, hosts Peter Wilt and Tom Dunmore welcome Real Salt Lake president Bill Manning and Chicago Red Stars owner Arnim Whisler onto the show to discuss the business of American soccer. The show is available to stream or download below and is also on iTunes or available via RSS. Check out the PI...
June 4, 2012
Pitch Invasion Podcast Episode 5 – May 2012
In episode #5 of the pod, hosts Peter Wilt and Tom Dunmore welcome Cal FC Head Coach Eric Wynalda and Minnesota Stars FC Head Coach Manny Lagos onto the show, discussing their giant-killing efforts in the US Open Cup. The Pitch Invasion podcast is based out of Chicago and Milwaukee, the respective homes for the show’s...
April 26, 2012
Pitch Invasion Podcast Episode 4 – April 2012
The fourth episode of the monthly Pitch Invasion podcast features interviews with Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman and Section 8 Chicago ISA Chairman Joel Piktel. The Pitch Invasion podcast is based out of Chicago and Milwaukee, the respective homes for the show’s hosts Tom Dunmore and Peter Wilt, covering the world of soccer from a...
February 6, 2012
Away Days: FC United of Manchester
In 2005, FC United of Manchester was founded by disaffected fans of Manchester United. They created their own club, one that will forever be fan-owned, and began at the bottom of the English football pyramid, about as far from the bright lights of Old Trafford as one can go. From the beginning, FCUM fan Matthew Wilkinson has been traveling far and wide in support of the club and photographing much of their adventure as it has gone on. With the kind permission from Matthew, we present here a selection of his photos chronicling FC United of Manchester's away days since 2005.
January 23, 2012
Pitch Invasion Podcast on iTunes
The Pitch Invasion podcast, presented by Peter Wilt and Tom Dunmore, is now available on iTunes, so please take a second and leave a rating there if you enjoy the show! If you haven’t listened to it, the inaugural episode was released last week, and featured Wilt discussing how to start an MLS club with...
January 19, 2012
The Pitch Invasion Podcast Episode 1
Almost five years into the existence of Pitch Invasion, you can now hear the dulcet tones of Pitch Invasion editor Tom Dunmore and regular contributor Peter Wilt on a new monthly podcast, featuring interviews with interesting people from the world of soccer.
January 16, 2012
Supporting Operation Pitch Invasion
A significant portion of the proceeds ($10 per scarf) from all pre-orders this week of the new Pitch Invasion bar scarf will be donated to benefit the Operation Pitch Invasion charity in Portland, Oregon. Here’s why… When supporters of the Portland Timbers, organized by the 107ist Trust and Timbers Army, announced in 2011 that they were...
January 16, 2012
A Year In Non-League Football Photos
Castles. Hedges the size of grandstands. Corner flags that have seen better days. New York Cosmos fans. Luxury suites the size of an outdoor toilet. And real, genuine, muddy football. Pitch Invasion tours a sampling of Non-League football in England throughout 2011, courtesy of the wonderful work and dedication to the lower levels of the...
December 21, 2011
An Illustrated Guide to Soccer & Spanish
Pitch Invasion Press is proud to add its second title to the Pitch Invasion ebookstore, An Illustrated Guide to Soccer & Spanish by Elliott Turner. The execution of this marvelous concept to teach a little bit of Spanish through a little bit of soccer is as good as the idea, with a series of charming...
December 19, 2011
A Free Sample of the Very Best of Pitch Invasion Book
The Very Best of Pitch Invasion, an anthology of 39 essays from this site since 2007, was released in digital and print editions last Friday. The print edition is available on Amazon in the United States, and today (Monday) is the LAST day to order it in time for Christmas delivery! Overseas readers can order...
December 16, 2011
The Very Best of Pitch Invasion Book – Available Now!
Download Preface Download Contents Download Sample Essay The aim of the award-winning international soccer blog Pitch Invasion has been to publish thoughtful, long-form writing that digs well below the headlines, and explores the culture of sport, the engagement of fans with the spectacle of world soccer and the game’s forgotten history. The very best of...
December 13, 2011
PI on Tumblr
Psst, you might have noticed we’ve scaled Pitch Invasion down to periodic lengthy essays and photo features. We’re happier this way, without feeling we need to post every day and with more focus on crafting quality posts (hopefully!). But we still find interesting stuff elsewhere every day. So we’ve revived the old PI Tumblr, for...
November 15, 2011
Ultra Caos, Djurgården IF, Sweden
Djurgården IF (DIF) is a sports club in Sweden founded in 1891. Their fans seem to have undergone a long period of transition, after its most active group organizing tifo displays, Ultras STHLM, fell apart. But new groups have taken on the mantle, including Ultra Caos Stockholm, who produced the trailer for the DVD featured...
November 8, 2011
Pitch Invasion On Google+
Google+ has finally allowed “brands” on its social network. Check out the Pitch Invasion page here. We’re going to try and use it more creatively than just as another tool to push out links and the like – as we’re embarking on some other projects, particularly publishing, we’ll be posting some behind the scenes stuff...
November 3, 2011
Belle Vue, Rhyl FC, Wales
This is the west end of Welsh club Rhyl FC’s Belle Vue stadium, with the photo taken at half-time during a September 2011 game against Llangefni Town in Cymru Alliance. Now all-seater, the stadium has been adapted to accommodate European football – Rhyl FC played in the UEFA Champions League in both 2004-05 and 2009-10....
November 2, 2011
Sir Trevor Brooking Stand, Boleyn Ground, West Ham United
Old-school turnstile entrances at West Ham United’s Sir Trevor Brooking Stand at their Boleyn Ground (rather better known as Upton Park). Photo taken October 20, 2011. Photo credit: Tom Cuppens on Flickr
October 29, 2011
Club Atlético Excursionistas
Fans of Club Atlético Excursionistas, located in the Belgrano area of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Club Atlético Excursionistas play in Primera C, the fourth division in Argentina. The supporters pictured are known as “La banda del nevado”. Photo credit: Claudio Zatti on Flickr. Check out his website at www.bajobelgrano.com.
August 18, 2011
Stadium Porn: Eye Candy For Soccer Fans
If you follow the Pitch Invasion twitter account, you might have seen mention of a new side-project: Stadium Porn, a site all about stadiums, not porn. So far, we have lasciviously looked at the Amex in Brighton, England; Estadio de Fútbol Monterrey in Mexico; Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and Stadio di Palermo, Palermo, Italy. Stadium...
May 16, 2011
Stoking Rivalry In The Right Way: Seattle and Portland’s Tifo Battle
On Saturday night, Portland and Seattle fans went head-to-head with tifo displays at QWest field that continue the advance of supporter culture in the United States.
April 25, 2011