Category Archives: History

Analytics in Soccer

Right now, there is a trend developing in sports. It started in baseball, then made it’s way to basketball, and has slowly integrated itself into football. Now, it is making it’s way to soccer. What trend is this? Why, sports analytics of course! What people don’t know, is that analytics have been a part of… Read More »

The Beauty of the Underdog

I can’t say that I have been a soccer fan for long. Growing up in Texas, most of my childhood was focused on football, basketball, and baseball. As a result, those were my favorite sports, both to watch and play. Throughout my childhood, I realized that there are teams that seemed like everyone disliked. These… Read More »

History of the Ball

According to official FIFA regulations, a soccer ball must be spherical, made of leather or another suitable material,  the circumference must be between 68 and 70cm, the weight must be between 410 and 450g, and the internal pressure must be between .6 and 1.1 atmospheres.  Within these regulations, however, there can be a lot of variation.… Read More »

What If? An Exploration of Kobe Bryant’s Soccer Roots

    Despite a lackluster 17-65 farewell season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant capped off a stunning NBA career with authority on Wednesday April 14th. In front of a sold-out Staple Center crowd against the Utah Jazz, the Black Mamba ended the 1,346th and final game of his 20 year career (1) with 60 points… Read More »

Identity through Sport: The Story of Athletic de Bilbao

The Spanish Constitution recognizes three historic nationalities: Basque, Catalan, and Galician[1]. The Basque region is an autonomous community located in the north of Spain and the south of France. They have been a community pushing for complete anonymity since the 1930s[2]. The Basques are a proud people with a culture, a language, and a football… Read More »

Book Review: “Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America” by Joshua Nadel

To think of football as just as a game is to ignore not only its relationship to national identities, but also its instrumental role in forging these identities. In his book Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America, Joshua Nadel sheds valuable light on this role by examining the impact of football in Argentina, Honduras,… Read More »

Le Deuxième Sexe: Les Femmes de la Rivalité France-Algérie

Nous connaissons tous la gloire 1998 dans la Coupe de Monde de la France sur son propre sol. Dirigé par Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry et Lilian Thuram, l’équipe a marqué une victoire pour le monde francophone, en plus de la France continentale. Zidane et ses fortes connexions vers l’Algérie, compte tenu de l’histoire, a joué un… Read More »