Category Archives: Ajax

A True Cinderella in Soccer

As a sports fan who has recently become a soccer fan, one of the hardest things to come to grips with is the lack of a season ending tournament. It is inconceivable to think that the team with the most wins at the end of the regular season would just become the champion. Where is… Read More »

The New Brilliant Orange

A 2010 article in the New York Times Magazine (https://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/magazine/06Soccer-t.html) described the Ajax youth academy and told of how they go about creating world-class talent. Ajax takes promising soccer players into the academy at just 7 years old (sometimes scouting kids as young as 5) and then scientifically trains them to become stars that can… Read More »

The USWNT and Female Empowerment

In reading both The Country of Football: Soccer and the Making of Modern Brazil and Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football, it is clear that the culture of a region is one of the factors that can impact a team’s style of soccer.  Kittleson discusses and draws connections between the Brazilian Carnaval culture… Read More »