Category Archives: soccer

Football et féminisme : injustice intolérable

Avant ce cours, je n’aurais pas dit avec certitude absolue que je suis féministe. « Féministe », c’est un terme chargé. Par ailleurs, j’étais toujours très consciente du privilège dont je bénéficiais dans ma vie. Cette conscience m’avait causé à toujours hésiter avant de répondre à la question, « t’es féministe ? » parce que je sentais que je n’étais… Read More »

Football to a non-fan

With billions of fans, tens of billions of dollars, and a history just as impressive, football’s presence and influence on the world mercilessly grips the title of the biggest sport in the world. Few entities on this planet can display banners as big as football’s in humanity’s collective psyche. But while football may be the… Read More »

La Injusticia del Trofeo Zamora

Todos los años, el Trofeo Zamora, el premio al “mejor” portero del año de la Liga Santander, es otorgado por el diario deportivo Marca al portero que menos goles ha recibido (siempre y cuando haya jugado más de 28 partidos con 60 minutos jugados en cada uno). ¿Pero, acaso es justo este indicador para decidir… Read More »

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the MLS

Since Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from the Sweden national team, he has been earning awards in the MLS. While he is a superstar past his prime, he has done a lot of magical things for the LA Galaxy. With his premier season in the MLS, he was named the MLS Newcomer of the Year after scoring… Read More »

From Brooklyn to Omaha to Johannesburg: Reflecting on Heartbreak and Missed Opportunities

My heart broke in Omaha, Nebraska. I’ve dreamed of going to the Final Four for as long as I can remember. As all kids do, I dreamed of being the star player. I imagined leading my team through the tournament and hitting the buzzer-beating shot in the national championship game. I visualized confetti streaming down… Read More »

Farewell, Tinkerman: Looking back at the Claudio Ranieri sacking one year later

Last Spring, I wrote a research paper for Professor Ed Tiryakian’s Business of Sport class here at Duke that focused on the source and implications of rampant managerial turnover in the English Premier League. I had become passionate about the topic after Leicester’s February 2017 sacking of prolific Italian manager Claudio Ranieri, who had defied all… Read More »

Barcelona, and Clubs Strangle Hold on International Play

Barcelona as a club has limited two of its largest star’s, (Lionel Messi and Neymar) ability to play in international competition this summer. Both players play for teams that will this summer compete in both the Copa America and Rio 2016 Olympics.   In Messi’s case, this isn’t the first time this has happen. In 2004… Read More »

Quand les Bons Gens Se Comportent Mal : L’Histoire d’Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach est « l’enfant chérie » et « la femme d’affiche » pour des athlètes féminins et le football américain de femme. Non seulement elle mène l’équipe les USA à la victoire à la Coupe du monde de femme, elle a aussi gagné la récompense pour le Joueur Mondial FIFA de l’Année en 2012 et a aidé le… Read More »