Since returning to Haiti in April, I’ve gotten to know several members of the Haitian national under-17 women’s soccer team. They attempted to teach me a few moves (sternly coaching me on the basics of reception and transmission) and then told me, sweetly, “You’re really good! You just need to learn to control the ball!”… Read More »
Courtesy of Ferentz Lafargue, here is a link to an interesting ESPN Segment on Joe Gaetjens.
The New York Times just published a nice profile of Jozy Altidore — thanks to my friends at Duke’s FHI for a tweet about this! — and, despite the fact that I know seeking historical and social redemption in football matches is a dangerous game, I can’t help dreaming that this summer will bring us… Read More »
The Independent and the Carolina Railhawks are partnering up for a great series of film screenings linked to the World Cup, thanks to the organizing of David Fellerath, among others. You can get all the information here!
I’m not sure of the provenance of this particular video (sent to me by Julia Gaffield), but it does wonderfully capture one side of football: the glory of dramatic acting, for the benefit of referees, though in this case the guy obviously needs a bit more practice from our more accomplished and more highly-paid footballing… Read More »
Duke University Economics student Nikhil Taneja has just published this interesting review of Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski’s fascinating book Soccernomics, a must read in advance of the World Cup for those interested in understanding the finances behind global football.
I was in Paris this week, and got to catch up with Lilian Thuram, who we hosted here at Duke last fall. He invited me to attend a PSG match with him at the Parc des Princes, and I of course jumped at the opportunity. The police have been heavily cracking down on some fan… Read More »