Tag Archives: style of play

A Certain Lack of Pep

I enjoy watching Barcelona because they play with an unusual style and approach to the game. Where most clubs try to buy the best players they can afford, Barcelona attempts to grow them from their youth ranks and supplement with … Continue reading

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The Audacity of Hoop

If “the way you day anything is the way you do everything,” then Barack Obama’s basketball games should explain his administration’s approach to achieving its agenda over the past two years. In soccer, we talk a lot about Direct and … Continue reading

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Three steps Forward, Two Steps Back

A great night of Hammer soccer under the lights of Crocker Amazon last night. There’s something about the light in winter that makes the experience special, maybe it’s the same light of other spectator sports and reminds me of seeing … Continue reading

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Three types of good: the Schemer

This is part two of three on the three types of good players. “Schemer” is a term I borrow from Heddergott (New Football Manual – Karl-Heinz Heddergott, out of print). It’s in awkward translation from German but I like that … Continue reading

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Red + Yellow = Orange

You probably know that yesterday was Spain’s first ever World Cup win. It was also their first final. But did you know that aside from their 4th place showing in 1950, they had never gone beyond than quarterfinals? What’s behind … 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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