Category Archives: soccer

Sports History Files: Germany’s stylish soccer renaissance

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m posting recent links about sports history, books, culture and the arts that I haven’t mentioned here before. If you have any suggestions on great sports reads you’d like to bring to my attention, contact me at wendygparker@gmail.com. Enjoy!
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Sports History Files: Remembering Alfredo Di Stéfano

TweetOne of Argentina’s — and the world’s — greatest soccer players ever never played in a World Cup.
Alfredo Di Stéfano, who died on Monday at the age of 88, was one of the central figures of the great Real Madrid teams that won five consecutive European Cup titles in the late 1950s.
After the end of [...]

Midweek Books: From Galeano to Golazo!

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
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“Every time the national team plays, no matter against whom, the country holds its breath. Politicians, singers and street vendors shut their mouths, lovers suspend their caresses.”
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Quantifying the art of Lionel Messi

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism.
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Words often fail when the subject is Lionel Messi, even from those who are wordier than most.
Famous for declaring the Argentine star “a magnetic spectrum of [...]

Sports longform and soccer: An ideal match

TweetAs the World Cup got started a couple weeks ago I laid out a rambling summary of how various media outlets — including more traditional ones — were jumping on the soccer bandwagon.
What I didn’t do was get into was how the new longform sports sites have excelled in covering the sport all along. We’re [...]

Jürgen Klinsmann and the Amerikan soccer nation

TweetOn Monday my post is generally related to a timely sports topic prominently in the news, is focused on the business of sports or covers a sports subject at random.
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Soccer in the United States has progressed to a point where white-hot, primal scream diatribes like this one [...]

An art lover’s glimpse of the World Cup

TweetOnce upon a time, the Olympics used to award medals for art work.
Yes, it was as competitive as swimming and track and field, with more than 150 medals being handed out from 1912 to 1952, when IOC boss man Avery Brundage halted this very popular component of the Games.
Why? Because many of the artists were [...]

Midweek Books: Political futebol at the World Cup

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
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Several new books written in the recent context of Brazilian citizen protests against the backdrop the World Cup (as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics) have understandably received [...]

The never-ending feast of the World Cup online

TweetWhen I was covering soccer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the online reference guide I prepared for readers before the 1998 World Cup contained only a few links.
A good number of them were to British media outlets and blogs.
As I’ve rounded up the same for the World Cup that starts on Thursday, I easily have as [...]

Midweek Books: Fan-friendly World Cup guides

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
This also continues a series of posts this week about the World Cup, which kicks off June 12 in Brazil. Previous posts are here and here.
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There are [...]