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Review: The Soccer Player In The Closet – Football Article

Playwright Ryan Oliveira uses soccer, eSports to explore complex questions of family & identity Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis, courtesy of Nothing Without A Company The names of the characters in Ryan Oliveira’s new play, The Soccer Player in the Closet, will be very familiar to most Howler readers. Cristiano. Bastian. Cobi. And indeed, Oliveira’s footballers vie for glory and bury dramatic penalty shots, but on a much smaller stage. Their names were chosen with great intention. “I wanted to…

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Jürgen Klopp: Agent Of Chaos – Football Article

Liverpool Have Thrown The Football World Into Disarray— And It Might Hand Them Their First League Title In Almost 30 Years Despite all of Manchester City’s league accomplishments last season, their end of the year parties were all ruined by red. Whether it be the comprehensive losses in the Champions League to eventual finalists, Liverpool, or the theft of a historic title win at Old Trafford, Manchester City’s 100 point year—  and the utterly sublime football that came with it—…

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USA vs Costa Rica: In Pictures – Football Article

Photographer Matt Mathai was in San Jose for the USMNT’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica Camp Cupcake 2019 is in the books. The first USMNT training camp and international friendlies under Gregg Berhalter wrapped up this weekend in San Jose. The Americans secured a 2-0 win over Costa Rica, with goals from Sebastian Lletget and Paul Arriola. Photographer and Howler contributor Matt Mathai was in San Jose to take in the… This is only a snippet of a Football Article written by…

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USA vs Panama: In Pictures – Football Article

Photographer Matt Mathai documented the beginning of the Gregg Berhalter era The US Men’s National Team took on Panama on Sunday night in Glendale, Arizona, in Gregg Berhalter’s first game as head coach. The Yanks couldn’t have gotten off to a better start; a 3-0 win over Panama, with goals from Djordje Mihailovic, Walker Zimmerman, and Christian Ramirez. Photographer and Howler contributor Matt Mathai was in Glendale to document this historic night. Check out his photos below. The post USA vs Panama:…

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To Kickette, With Love – Howler Magazine – Football Article

On women’s sports media, community, and nostalgia for an internet that’s all but gone Via Wikimedia Commons A lot of us ended 2018 caught up in nostalgia for the internet of days past (summarised perfectly in Brian Phillips’ recent piece for The Ringer). It was a nicer place, if we remember correctly. It felt more fun and a lot less toxic than it is now. The nostalgia for what the internet was just ten years ago makes sense in the…

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Mourinho, Pogba, And The Myth Of Respect In Soccer – Football Article

In the aftermath of Jose Mourinho’s sacking from Manchester United, conversation turned toward certain players not showing their manager enough respect. But throughout Mourinho’s career, “respect” has always been a one-way street. When the news broke last week that Jose Mourinho had finally— finally!— been sacked as the manager of Manchester United, people fell into one of two camps. There was the schadenfreude camp, already teeing up the jokes and dusting off the tweets. This camp was teeming with the…

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Dispatches From The United Soccer Coaches Convention: Day 1 – Football Article

Digital Editor James Bridget Gordon is at the annual conference to take American Soccer’s temperature During a phone meeting this week to go over last-minute details for my assignment at the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Convention, Dennie pulled a bit of a stutter-step. “So before we get too deep into the weeds,” my illustrious editor-in-chief said, “I’ve been meaning to ask. What exactly is this convention, anyway?”It was a fair question. And I didn’t really have a good answer for…

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Racist Abuse Against Kalidou Koulibaly Exposes Italian Football’s Refusal To Change – Football Article

Italian football authorities could do a lot to confront racism in the sport. Why won’t they? “When I played in Italy these things were happening and unfortunately, twelve years later, it seems the situation hasn’t changed,” remarked Lilian Thuram. “Do you know what that means? That not enough has been done and racism isn’t a priority for you.” The former France, Parma, and Juventus defender was asked by the Corriere dello Sport newspaper about the taunts directed at Kalidou Koulibaly…

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France vs USA Signaled The Beginning Of The War Against The Machines – Football Article

Les Bleues‘ 3-1 victory over the USWNT was troubling… but not for the reason you think. Soccer fans had plenty of reason to tune into the USWNT’s friendly against France on Saturday. Two of the world’s best teams, the favorites and hosts respectively at the 2019 World Cup getting the year started by squaring off? Lindsey Horan and Amandine Henry duking it out in the midfield, Alex Morgan trying to solve Wendie Renard…sounds delightful! What could go wrong? It turns…

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Dispatches From The United Soccer Coaches Convention: Day 2 – Football Article

James Bridget saw the future of the women’s game— and American Soccer— on Day 2 of the USC Convention As I sat down to file this post I saw an email from Dennie. “Give me three to five words on the vibe at the Convention.” This answer was pretty easy for me. The future is here. Today was one of the two major tentpole events at this Convention— the NWSL College Draft. The top flight domestic women’s league in this…

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Sunderland ‘Til I Cry – Howler Magazine – Football Article

You want a feel-good story? Go watch First Team: Juventus. Netflix’s newest football doc gets hauntingly real. Wikimedia Commons The human experience is weird. We recognize ourselves in other people, but that doesn’t mean we sympathize. Precious few of us take joy from watching the fans of a wildly successful team achieve another wild success. We’re far more likely to identify with fans who suffer. If that sounds like you then, friend, you should really check out Sunderland ‘Til I…

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Dispatches From The United Soccer Coaches Convention: Day 3 – Football Article

James Bridget found some answers at the MLS SuperDraft “Wow, there’s a lot of people here.” The first words from UCLA midfielder Frankie Amaya, formerly a UCLA midfielder and newly-minted #1 pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. His speech from the podium after being selected by FC Cincinnati was pretty standard Pro Sports Draft fare. All the speeches were; they all thanked their families, most of them thanked God, they thanked their new teams for the opportunity, they gave shoutouts…

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