Gay Talese, following the Women’s World Cup final on 10 Jul 99, takes interest in the Chinese player who misses a penalty kick, Liu Ying. With podcast »
Jul 18, 2009 | 4 comments | View Post
Even women’s football in Ukraine has shown effects of globalization, with players from South Africa, Spain, Mexico and Australia joining one club in 2008.
Jul 10, 2009 | 1 comment | View Post
Barack Obama has put executive-branch muscle and street soccer cred behind the United States bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup finals. In Jun 2010 he will attend Opening Ceremonies at Soccer City in Soweto.
Jun 23, 2009 | 0 comments | View Post
World football stands poised between an obscenity and a dream—the obscenity the £136 million to send two Lusophone footballers to Real Madrid, the dream a 2010 World Cup in South Africa that might make soccer here a sport for all.
Jun 22, 2009 | 1 comment | View Post
Anatoly Kuznetsov‘s work, smuggled to the UK in 1969, contained what would become, when translated, one of the first English-language accounts of Dynamo Kyiv’s deeds during World War II.
Jun 18, 2009 | 0 comments | View Post
In Itay Meirson‘s first novel, Milchemet Tisheem Hadakot (The 90-Minute War), the intractable Middle Eastern dispute over Palestine is decided in one football match. The winning team keeps the Holy Land. The losers get eastern Oregon.
May 10, 2009 | 0 comments | View Post
The sixth edition of the 11mm Fußballfilmfestival revels in Ostalgie (“Eastalgia”) by screening 14 films from or concerning the former East Germany. With film listing and podcast »
Apr 04, 2009 | 1 comment | View Post
The list of 35 feature films and documentaries at the 11mm Fußballfilmfestival in Berlin, 3–6 Apr 09.
Apr 03, 2009 | 0 comments | View Post
Municipal de Fútbol focuses on what the project’s essayist, Jennifer Doyle, calls the most developed subculture in Los Angeles: improvisational soccer. With podcast »
Mar 30, 2009 | 0 comments | View Post
In the whirl of 17th-century London life, diarist Samuel Pepys had too many appointments to indulge in the well-established practice of street soccer. But, one frosty morn in Jan 1665, he notices a street “full of footballs.”
Mar 26, 2009 | 0 comments | View Post
We publish a translation of a 1978 short story by Brazilian author Sérgio Sant’Anna in which a goalkeeper’s anxiety and his separation from fellows figure large: “The stadium explodes and I feel my own head bursting apart. … It’s like everything is very far away, without any relation to me.”
Feb 25, 2009 | 2 comments | View Post
Liberated from apartments outside Atlanta, 75 kids play in a Martin Luther King Day soccer tournament. Local nonprofits use soccer to help children from warring countries, whether Angola or Burma or Sudan, adjust. With video (8:39) »
Feb 12, 2009 | 1 comment | View Post
Marta Vieira da Silva, 22, announces that she will leave her home of five years—Umeå, Sweden, the northern coastal city that nurtured her game and personality but that could not keep her from the bigger world. With timeline and podcast »
Jan 12, 2009 | 1 comment | View Post
Drawing primarily from online sources in Brazil and Sweden (links provided), our timeline summarizes some three months of negotiations over Marta Vieira da Silva‘s Jan 09 transfer to Los Angeles Sol.
Jan 10, 2009 | 0 comments | View Post
The Atlanta Beat’s successors announce their ambition to join Women’s Professional Soccer in 2010—a second, perhaps final, chance to give professional women’s football a foothold in North America.
Dec 31, 2008 | 5 comments | View Post
Assaf Gavron, captain of the Israeli writers’ XI (see 9 Dec 08), regards football as a legitimate literary subject: “The main appeal is to accomplish the boyhood dream of many men really, not only writers. It is to be a football star.” With podcast »
Dec 19, 2008 | 2 comments | View Post
As part of a broader cultural exchange, Israel hosts an international Writers’ League tournament, including England and Germany, from Dec 14–16. A side of Israeli authors reprises a May friendly against Germany in Berlin, during which novelist Assaf Gavron confirmed his intuition that Germans do not miss penalties. (Dec 12)
Dec 12, 2008 | 1 comment | View Post
What does soccer have to do with literature? asks Israeli novelist Assaf Gavron in advance of a Writers’ League friendly between Germany and Israel. “Soccer is life, literature is about life.”
Dec 09, 2008 | 3 comments | View Post
The final installment, from Nairobi and Cape Town, from Gwendolyn Oxenham‘s diaries supporting The Soccer Project, a documentary about pickup soccer worldwide.
Nov 30, 2008 | 2 comments | View Post
The third installment, from Paris, from Gwendolyn Oxenham‘s diaries supporting The Soccer Project.
Nov 28, 2008 | 0 comments | View Post