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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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Designing the official World Cup ball

Every four years Adidas redesigns the official ball for the World Cup. This year’s ball is called The Telstar 18, a perfect sphere that designed to reduce wobbling. The Telstar 18, the design for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, is as close to a perfect sphere as you can get. It has subtle pimples […]

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, […]

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 […]

Smile, it’s Ronaldinho

Before there was Portuguese Ronaldo, there was Ronaldinho. The first time I saw him play was in World Cup 2002 against England. He scored this goal. The first time I saw him play live was in summer 2009 when his AC Milan team played a friendly against Chelsea in Baltimore. He wasn’t the fastest player on […]

And it’s Arsenal, Arsenal FC. My wife and I went to the Gunners – Red Bull match yesterday. The game was actually pretty uneventful for the Arsenal but the Germans were missing along with Alex and a couple key starting defenders. The fans were superb though! Nevertheless, it’s great to see Arsenal play in the […]

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 […]