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    The Death of Jogo Bonito

    by  • July 14, 2014 • Featured, Futbol, Quinn Smith, Soccer • 2 Comments


    When I moved to rural Brazil for three months, carrying little more than two old duffel bags and some noble ideas, there were two things that I wanted to learn: Portuguese and jogo bonito—the Brazilian style of soccer. The first came after a solid month of silence, just listening while I figured out who...

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    Go! Los Catrachos!

    by  • June 20, 2014 • Featured, Futbol, Justin Robertson, Soccer • 0 Comments


    I’m cheering for Honduras. Yes, it’s the same Honduras that has the mantle of the highest murder rate in the world according to the United Nations. It’s also the same country where tourists get kidnapped from small 25-seater buses or from their hotels. This year it was reported that Honduras still has the world’s highest murder rate: in 2013 it suffered 19 murders...

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    Symbols of Control

    by  • June 20, 2013 • Avi Goldberg, Features, Football, Futbol, Soccer • 1 Comment

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    THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF TALK in the last several weeks about two issues in sports that may not, at first glance, appear to have much in common. In one instance, Quebecers, and many Canadians, agonized over the case of the Quebec Soccer Federation’s (QSF) policy, now overturned, to prevent Sikh boys from wearing turbans...

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    Scotland’s Yard

    by  • August 13, 2012 • Features, Futbol, Jammy Campo, Soccer • 2 Comments


    ON THE 30TH OF JULY, 2012 a massively influential blog in the world of Scottish football posted its last entry, having exposed the gross financial mismanagement  of Rangers FC (1872-2012) over the ten years that preceded its first entry in on March 27, 2011. In its nearly 18 months of existence, the Orwell Prize...

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    The End of Football

    by  • June 27, 2012 • Euro Cup 2012, Features, Futbol, Ian Orti • 1 Comment

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    I AM ABOUT to do two things. First, I will permanently alienate myself from the world of footballfutbolsoccer journalism by calling out this sport as the most boring sport played on a rectangular field. I will call out its players for being the weakest of all pro sports athletes. I will call out the...

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    Euro 2012 Day 14: Ronaldo! Ronaldo! Ronaldo!

    by  • June 22, 2012 • Euro Cup 2012, Futbol, Ian Orti • 0 Comments

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    Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo.Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo’s hair. Ronaldo’s eyes. Ronaldo’s situps. Ronaldo’s diet. Ronaldo’s speed. Ronaldo Rondaldo Ronaldo! Ronaldo’s socks Ronaldo’s shoulders and cletes, Ronaldo Ronaldo! Ohhhhhhh Ronaldo! Cristiano! Cristiano! Cristiano! Enough with the media boner for Cristiano Ronaldo. There are eleven players on a football field. Everytime...

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    Euro 2012 Day 11: British Cuisine

    by  • June 19, 2012 • Euro Cup 2012, Futbol, Ian Orti • 0 Comments

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    HERE’S THE LAY OF THE LAND, going into to Tuesday’s knockout matchups: If Roy Hodgson eats a cheesy bean surprise on game-day morning and French substitute and rising Newcastle United prospect Hatem Ben Arfa butters his toast with any butter substitute containing 20-30% less fat than regular butter then England will advance. If he...

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