Tag Archives: soccer

The Midsummer Classic and the American pastime

TweetJuly is the time for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and Hall of Fame induction, so I’ll be devoting some posts this week to topics related to baseball’s future — and as always the case with this sport — and exploring how its past is immortalized. * * * * * * * * I’m […]

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 […]

The World Cup and FIFA’s discontents

Tweet(This is the first in a series of posts this week about the World Cup, which kicks off June 12 in Brazil.) FIFA, the international soccer governing body, is no stranger to facing serious allegations of corruption over bids, match-fixing and disorganization related to the World Cup. But with a week and a half before […]

A ‘last bit of chivalry’ and a Christmas kickabout

TweetThe nephew of a British World War I veteran has come across a letter his uncle wrote about the famous 1914 Chrismas truce in the trenches around Ypres that included an impromptu game of soccer between the warring sides. Says Imperial War Museum historian James Taylor: ‘Various accounts of the truce exist so to have […]

See you in September

TweetI’ve been putting this off for a couple of weeks now but can’t wait any longer: I’m taking a bit of a break from most of my online activity, including this blog. There’s so much I wanted to write about here before I stepped away, including the end of The New York Times’ series on […]

Rio’s iconic Maracanã closes for World Cup overhaul

TweetThe club that calls the Estádio do Maracanã home tried to keep it open, but the famed Rio de Janeiro stadium that played host to the 1950 World Cup final has shut its doors for the next two years while it’s upgraded as the finals venue for the 2014 World Cup. The Maracanã once could boast of being the […]

A hot midsummer’s roundup of women in sports

Tweet• At Extracurriculars I have written about “Female athletes, their bodies and distorted perceptions” that only figure to continue to heat up: Serena Williams and her body, the LPGA Tour’s mommy conundrum, media coverage of women athletes and the return of Caster Semenya to the women’s track and field fold. For all the caterwauling about […]

What I’m reading and writing, June 14

Tweet• A friend of mine and a very talented writer visited South Africa a year ago to write about a soccer team that was getting headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. The story by John Turnbull of The Global Game about an openly lesbian side has resonated during the World Cup. Turnbull, who prefers […]

What I’m reading and writing, June 9

Tweet• My latest freelancing assignment has begun, and it consists of a weekly television appearance between now and early July to discuss the World Cup. • The World Cup brings out conflicted emotions, to say the least, among the American sports public and punditry, especially among those fans, journalists, writers and talk show hosts who […]

What I’m reading and writing, May 14

Tweet• At Atlanta Soccer News I rounded up links about the World Cup “books” that have been officially submitted for 2018 and 2022, including the U.S. bid that includes my hometown as a venue. It’s less than a month from the start of the 2010 World Cup, and as a reporting veteran of this unbelievable […]