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Take The Ball, Pass The Ball: trailer for documentary on Barcelona’s Guardiola years

Watching FC Barcelona from 2008 to 2012 was like watching a performance art piece. The way coach and former Barcelona player Josep “Pep” Guardiola had the Blaugrana pass and move, with the added dynamics of Lionel Messi, Xavi, and Iniesta was just extraordinary. “I don’t like it when a player says, ‘I like freedom; I want […]

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The British Museum adds Mo Salah’s boots to its collection

In preparation for the Champions League final this Saturday, the British Museum has decided to include the football boots of Mo Salah in the Egyptian collection. The Egyptian star scored the most goals in a Premier League season with 32. The museum’s curator said the boots were “a modern Egyptian icon, performing in the UK, […]

Studying woodpeckers is helping prevent brain trauma

“When you’re hit on the football field, parts of your brain may fizz like a just-opened can of soda.” The brain released humans from the prison of biology. So why do we do anything that damages our ability to think? Because of sports like football that entertain. However, a new technology designed to mimic a woodpecker’s […]

Is Escape to Victory the best football movie of all-time?

Before he released Rocky III, Sylvester Stallone played goalie for the Allied Prisoners of War in the 1981 soccer (football) movie Escape to Victory along with fellow Hollywood star Michael Kaine and football legends Pele, Bobby Moore, and Ossie Ardeles. It’s considered by some to be “the greatest football movie ever made.” Pairing world-class athletes […]

The value of extra time

Extra time is invaluable. The winning goal is often scored in extra time. A revelation comes to fruition near the end of the meeting. “Did we miss anything?” one might ask. Extra time allows (necessary) time to fill in the gaps. PS: In Our Time has a fantastic session after the show where the participants […]

More than a game

The American media (aka ESPN) finally realizes that they can’t ignore the world’s most popular game. Football (soccer) and especially the World Cup makes all other sports look trifling. In what other sport can you truly gather the world’s best talent and pit them head to head? The Olympics is global but there’s only so […]

First Touch

Everybody admired the way Zinedine Zidane touched the football because he was always two steps ahead. He saw the future before it happened and just worked backward to execute. You can galvanize a player’s effort and refine his/her skills but you can’t teach them instinctiveness. That comes from years of extra practice. The beauty of […]

7 articles to read this weekend

I wrote earlier this week about the paradox of hoarding information so it’s only natural I share my reading list with you like I do every weekend. 1. Facebook Self-Unbundles The Great Facebook Unbundling Facebook has failed to invent any new behaviors or even innovate on the behaviors that were commonplace on the service. For […]

Little Niggles

Niggles are little annoyances, like broken fingers or bruises that disrupt the normal flow of your game.   But sometimes little niggles increase skill and most importantly, confidence.   We all get injured and have to play at 75%. It’s within these moments that we strengthen other parts of our game and think smarter about […]