Category Archives: soccer

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 »

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 »