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Hamburgers und Frankfurters

“I will always have the half-side of Germany in my heart, but all of us half players—and the coach, too—we will try to win this game for America. We want to get to the next round.” These were Jermaine Jones’ … Continue reading

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Coaching and bug spray

Writing bout Klinsi, I am reminded of a story I heard in business school. A large corporation had made a very effective insecticide but they found it was not selling well. When they performed focus groups they learned that customers … Continue reading

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Arthur’s a Keeper – Overtime

More observations from this week, also on Anne’s family blog, http://zambiastories.wordpress.com/: I noticed once at the hospital that Barb patted Arthur’s left foot as she said good-bye, saying “That’s his soccer foot.” I later asked if he was left-handed and … Continue reading

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“We don’t make soccer players, we make people who play soccer”

Is the rough quote from this ESPN video on Barcelona’s famous La Masía training facility, and it is shorthand for the Barcelona approach to youth development. I see a lot of similarities with what we saw at Santos. Also a … Continue reading

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Hammer wins 0-6 v Santos U13

If a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a start: I will write more after the bars close.

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Picaresque

Last Saturday the Hammer played a game, Vikings v. Boca Juniors. Or we reenacted an age-old battle. San Francisco is two soccer cities divided along the slopes of Twin Peaks. To the southeast lies the Mission with its rich Latino … Continue reading

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Somos una piña

Nike used the USA – Argentina friendly match to advertise a new shirt for the US Men’s National Team last night. A deep red with a dark blue diagonal sash keeps the theme of the other two, but this one … Continue reading

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Better than my blog

is this one, by someone going by the pen name lamadridista. I don’t know her but I love her stuff: http://conlaroja.wordpress.com/ All about the Spanish team in South Africa. She led me indirectly to this commercial for Mahou beer, not … Continue reading

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“It’s cultural”

A brilliant clip from Julia Sanchez-Viamonte who lives in Argentina. Beautiful woman, beautiful player. Many times in conversation, people try to explain to Americans how passionate other countries are about football. This video does an excellent job of illustrating it, … Continue reading

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World culture, world game: soccer’s direct and indirect play

the pícaro, the character who, lacking power and resources, achieves all through observation and cunning Continue reading

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