Features & reviews

Link to reviewCinema: A PORTRAIT WITH FLUIDITY
Feb 07: Given the paucity of festival appearances stateside for Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait—which premiered at Cannes in 2006—and as yet unformed plans for distribution, group screenings in the U.S. will have to be undertaken with the heinous benefit of DVD conversion software.

Women: 5,624 MILES, 7 GOALS, 2 PORTLANDS AND 1 MOLE
Sept 05: After learning about the days-long travel itinerary endured by the Ukraine women's football team before a friendly against the United States, correspondent Alon Raab asks if the game might be postponed. Shot down, he goes back to his sandwich. (Click for PDF file .)

Link to interview with Simon Kuper Books: HE'S IN THE PINK
Aug 05: An interview with Simon Kuper of the Financial Times, who discusses his run-ins with soccer moms in revitalized New Jersey waterfront communities, as well as his efforts on Football against the Enemy, Ajax, the Dutch, the War and the football-literature series Perfect Pitch. (Click for PDF file .)

Link to more on Luz y Verdad football team Women: LUZ Y VERDAD
May 05: Presbyterian mission worker Susan Ellison writes about formation of the La Paz–based Luz y Verdad women's football team. The women in the long, multilayered skirts are "the real killers on the field." (Click for PDF file .)

Cinema: FUTBOL PALESTINA 2006
Apr 05: Alon Raab previews an in-process documentary about the odds facing a side representing Palestine. (Click for PDF file .)

Cinema: DAS WUNDER VON BERN
Oct 04: Dave Jennings reviews the feel-good film from Germany, directed by Sönke Wortmann. (Click for PDF file .)

Photography: SOCCER IN THE STREETS
Sept 04: Pop-up Flash presentation and slide show on the Atlanta-based Soccer in the Streets.

Link to Johan Kramer interviewCinema: POOCH ON PITCH IN THIMPHU
Jun 04: Interviews with filmmakers Rasmus Dinesen and Arnold Krøigaard, and with Johan Kramer, on their respective documentaries, The Forbidden Team and The Other Final. (Click for PDF files of Dinesen & Krøigaard interview or of Kramer interview .)

Books: THE TROUSER PEOPLE
Mar 04: Review of Andrew Marshall's work of travel reportage, which roughly follows the late-nineteenth-century journeys of Sir George Scott as Scott brings football—and various jams—to colonial Burma. (Click for PDF file .)

Link to Kate Dawson interviewCinema: GRASS CEILING
Dec 03: Interview with filmmaker Kate Dawson of Chick Flick Productions, who comments on her forthcoming documentary, Grass Ceiling, about the Women's United Soccer Association and players Lorrie and Ronnie Fair, Gao Hong and Mercy Akide (right). (Click for PDF file .)

Photography: 2003 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP PHOTO ESSAY
Sept 03: Eighteen slides from the first round of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup in Washington, D.C.

Nations: CAUGHT OFFSIDE IN BURMA
Jul 03: Reprint of an article that appeared originally in The Irrawaddy, a Thailand-based magazine on Burmese politics and culture. (Click for PDF file .)

Internet: ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE
Jun 03: Interview with Annie George and Jorge O. Peréz, two creators of the OmniBall online football encyclopedia (defunct since Feb 04). (Click for PDF file .)

Celebrities: BECKHAM INCOGNITO
Jun 03: The Global Game's assessment of the David Beckham transfer saga, as published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (Click for PDF file .)

Authors: POETRY IN MOTION
May 03: Interview with Thom Satterlee of Taylor University, Indiana, on football poetry and Pelé, to accompany his poem ("The Soccer Field in Canton, Georgia") in issue 5. (Click for PDF file .)

Link to Anjana Gadgil interviewWomen: BENDING IT IN THE U.K.
Apr 03: Interview with Anjana Gadgil of the Guardian (London) on women's football in the U.K. (Click for PDF file .)

Women: SEEKING EQUITY IN COLOMBIA
Mar 03: Interview with Dr. Beatriz Vélez, historical anthropologist at the Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, on the women's game in South America. Also available in the original Spanish. (Click for PDF files of English or Spanish versions.)

2006 FIFA World Cup™

Awards: THE CULTURE CUP | COPPING AWARDS FOR PURPLE PROSE, ICELANDIC CHIC AND FISH GRAPHICS
Jul 06: Most of the technical awards have already been issued, so we turn to the major categories in recognizing the best of World Cup coverage: one of the top prizes, naturally, goes for the best musical homage to a tonsured French footballer, aged 30 or over.

Cinema: ONE WORLD CUP, OODLES OF WORLD CUP FILMS
Jun 06: Saving us from a lifetime of futile searching on the Internet Movie Database, author Carlos Marañón has provided lovers of football and cinema the essential resource: Fútbol y cine, a glossy, scrupulously researched 340-page compilation that surveys a trove of soccer films, some good, some pretty rubbish.

Islands: BRIAN CHING, OAHU AND HOW HAWAI‘I GAINED A SPOT AT THE WORLD CUP
Jun 06: U.S. international Brian Ching has become the first from the 50th state to make a World Cup roster. He describes his childhood in a North Shore Oahu town as "amphibious," suggesting that he did not have much time for another indigeneous sport, lava sledding (he‘e holua). (Click for PDF file .)

Web logs & diaries

The Art Deco façade of Highbury's East Stand. Link to Flash slide presentation.TIME STOPS TICKING ON CLOCK END
May 06: The 93-year run of what many consider the greatest stadium in England's Premiership ends on 7 May with a 4–2 victory over Wigan Athletic. With the win, Arsenal Football Club pip Spurs to a final Champions League spot. In advance of the Champions League final with Barcelona, we share images from a January visit to north London, where we want to try the dressing-room urinals, but we do not dare. (Broadband connection required. 7MB download.)
London diaries, part 2 | The sweet embrace of the crowd | Link to printable PDF
Part 1 | Looking for football and not finding it | Link to printable PDF

EURO 2004
Jun–Jul 04: From "Rooneymania" to Franklin Foer's How Soccer Explains the World to the relevance of Euripides' Bacchae, reexperience the background noise, journalistically and culturally speaking, to the 2004 European Championships. (Opens pop-up window.)

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP 2003
Sept–Oct 03: Have you ever thrilled to the pulse of the kkwaenggwari? We have! Learn more in this eclectic review of the 2003 Women's World Cup.

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP DIARIES
Sept 03: In the Global Game's first outing as an accredited news force, we get somewhat offtrack in visiting the Frederick Douglass house and listening to John Coltrane in heavy traffic. Still, there's a word or two about football.
WWC diaries, day 5 | What remains after the boxed suppers are
gone?
 | Link to printable PDF

Day 4 | Riding Marta to the final | Link to printable PDF
Day 3 | Paper chase | Link to printable PDF
Day 2 | A river runs through it | Link to printable PDF
Day 1 | Isabel's cleaning work, on the side | Link to printable PDF

Archives

N.B.: All back issues in Adobe PDF format.

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Number 1 (Jan 03), 279 KB: Ruminations on Aly Wagner and Zinedine Zidane • Postcard from Tamil Nadu, India • Review of First World Atlas of Football
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Number 2 (Feb 03), 272 KB: Interview with Ellis Cashmore, author of Beckham
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Number 3 (Mar 03), 246 KB: Postcard from Medellín, by Beatriz Vélez

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Number 4 (Apr 03), 238 KB: The divide between "player" and "watcher" • Poetry by Helena Petre
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Number 5 (May 03), 255 KB: Postcard from Upland, Indiana, by Thom Satterlee
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Number 6 (Jun–Jul 03), 214 KB: Blimps and football • Postcard from Barcelona: Jorge Peréz's definition of football • Raman Narayanan: 'Football is football'

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Number 7 (Aug 03), 453 KB: Women's World Cup preview (part 1) • Focus on Ghana, North and South Korea, and China • Interview with Kurt Melcher, Robert Morris College, Chicago
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Number 8 (Sept 03), 561 KB: Women's World Cup preview (part 2) • Focus on Argentina and Japan • Interview with Maria Graciela Rodriguez, Buenos Aires • Poetry by Andrew Frisardi
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Number 9 (Oct 03), 372 KB: 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup in review • Postcard from Columbus, Ohio, by Thom Satterlee

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Number 10 (Nov–Dec 03), 746 KB: Football and cinema • Select listing of football films • Football's comedic appeal • "Subbuteo days," by John Reed
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Number 11 (Spring 04), 781 KB: War, peace and football • "Fartlek training" • Review essay, The Other Final and Forbidden Team • Interview with U.S. military strategists David Lai and Joel Cassman • "O Futebol," by Chico Buarque