Soccer has evolved so much in the past 100 years that individual countries have actually formulated their own sort of identity when it comes to how the game is played. In an effort to identify, categorize, summarize, characterize, define and distinguish each nations unique style and strategy: Eight countries unilaterally agreed to relinquish and share all of their information, training manuals and documents from their corresponding federations to an outside research company to conduct a multifaceted study on what type of style and strategies these countries have produced.
As Libya's civil unrest reaches a breaking point, and Muammar Gaddafi's head is a "Snap, Crackle and Pop" away from jeering cheer through the streets; I wish to focus on more important maters at hand. The amazing details which undoubtedly connects a totalitarian regime from Libya with Italy's Serie A. Read more
We all were kids once, bright eyed and rosy cheeked snot nosed rug rats. The difference is some of us grew up to be older snot nose human beings. Mere mortals living our daily lives in a zombie comatose of work and personal life. We watch as the peers we played with as youngsters; who were also once bugger nosed twerps, become the elite of soccer right before our very eyes. Life is funny this way, how some folks fall to be unknowns and some folks rise to greatness. We watch as some of our peers grow in wealth, either in soccer or in work, and it sometimes seems almost effortless for these people. Regardless of your greatness or shortcomings, when looking at Barcelona FC's elites "First ID cards" makes me remember my first card, and I had a bit of nostalgia of my time playing and the chances lost and/or gained. We were all young once, and despite our soccer achievements we should never stop the love or the playing of the game. In essence, the passion still sparkles inside us, regardless of fame and fortune for we are all peasants to the game. Read more
Peruvian TV captured some "curious" display of affection between two members of Peruvian soccer club, Sporting Cristal. During "regular" practice the players Giancarlo Casas and Yoshimar Yotún, embraced, laughed, hugged and even kissed.
The affection was not overlooked by Sporting Cristal directors, and this sort of "group cohesion methods" has been "prohibited by the club;" even though, disciplinary action has not been confirmed by the media. The two have said that they are heterosexual and that they are only very good friends. Needless to say I don't feel this situation will go away anytime soon, as it gives great trash talking ammunition to all rival teams. My only observation is, if Sporting Cristal want's to really unite it's team, they should include the entire group and have one massive hugging section, but maybe that might become a different type of athletic activity for only mature audiences. Enjoy the video below: