Brazilian Soccer: Mourning Today, Morning Tomorrow

It has taken me almost a week away from caring about the World Cup anymore to write this article. It took me almost that long before I could possibly read all of the outpouring of journalism berating or making fun of the Brazilian soccer team, that long even to read Englishman Henry Winter’s beautiful Telegraph … More Brazilian Soccer: Mourning Today, Morning Tomorrow

Fútbol Culture: The World Cup Final and The Not So Beautiful Game

There are two types of football, prose and poetry. European teams are prose, tough, premeditated, systematic, collective. Latin American ones are poetry, ductile, spontaneous, individual, erotic. -Italian artist and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini What a World Cup final! Remarkable in its dullness. Intense in the sense that we kept waiting for the intensity to pick … More Fútbol Culture: The World Cup Final and The Not So Beautiful Game

2014 World Cup All-Star Team and the Biggest Disappointments

2014 World Cup All-Star Team  Starting XI Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (Germany) Defenders Phillipp Lahm (Germany) Thiago Silva (Brazil)  Vincent Company (Belgium)  David Luiz (Brazil) Midfielders James Rodriguez (Columbia)  Javier Mascherano (Argentina) Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) Forwards Neymar Jr. (Brazil) Thomas Mueller (Germany) Leonel Messi (Argentina)  Bench Tim Howard (USA)- GK Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico)- GK Arjen Robben … More 2014 World Cup All-Star Team and the Biggest Disappointments

The Joy and Sorrow of the People: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

Watch this: This is one of those moments like Kevin Durant’s beautifully delivered 2014 NBA MVP acceptance speech where no matter what fans think about an individual athlete, we feel immense respect. Neymar is a very good soccer player but the young Brazilian is an even better competitor. His post-injury video message overflows with emotion. … More The Joy and Sorrow of the People: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

To Brazil and Back: A Roller Coaster Ride with the U. S. of A.

December 6, 2013 “And to join Germany, Portugal and Ghana in group G (crowd pauses)… The United States of America!” Jaw drop. This can’t be. That was the reaction of every US soccer fan when the United States was drawn into group G along with powerhouse Germany, Portugal and CR7, and their World Cup kyrptonite, Ghana. To … More To Brazil and Back: A Roller Coaster Ride with the U. S. of A.