Linky Treats: Stuff Directly, Kinda or Barely Related to Soccer

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Interesting links directly or tangentially related to soccer:

  • Once again, the country that has given us Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Eboue, and brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure, is descending into chaos. (via The Guardian UK)
  • Brazil’s first female president has been sworn into office. Dilma Roussef, taking over from former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will now take the reins, presiding over a country that will host the 2014 World Cup. (via The New York Times) Continue reading

U.S. Soccer Goal Celebration Inspiration: Hammer Dance

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Building off of our last post on next steps for U.S. soccer goal celebration dances, there’s probably no better place to start than with Stanley Burrell, a man better known to the world as MC Hammer.

To be honest, I wouldn’t mind seeing Clint Dempsey break out in a Hammer shuffle next time he scores in international play. Hammer might not have the standing he used to have, but it certainly would be hilarious. If these folks can do it, I see no reason why Deuce can’t hurt ‘em. Continue reading

Stanky Legg

Dancing with U.S. Soccer: A Gentleman’s History of the Stanky Legg and a Look to the Future

Back when I played and regularly practiced, several of my coaches emphasized celebrating. Years of sliding on unforgiving fields, pretending to shine cleats, and awkward dancing indoctrinated a group of us into the school of proper soccer, hammering into us the concept that celebration was as much a part of soccer as goal scoring and Germans. Continue reading

Nutmeg Radio’s Cool Station: The Green Soccer Journal

Green Soccer Journal

New entries into soccer’s relatively empty pantheon of English language creative outlets are few and far between. But that just makes it easier for inspired entrants to make their mark. In theory, at least.

The Green Soccer Journal, based in the UK, takes some of the more mundane aspects of the game and ignores them, and instead takes a more artistic and fashionable approach to presenting the world of soccer.

The articles (and, obviously, contributors), photography, and overall feel of the magazine should all be welcome contributions for those who want to snuggle up on the couch during these frigid winter months and digest material not focused on the few details left to discover about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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Bafana Cheer

World Cup 2010 Rewind: No One Does Pre-Game Like Bafana Bafana

I’ve said it before. Bafana Bafana’s pre-game might just be the most entertaining in sport outside of the New Zealand All Blacks absolutely terrifying haka.

You may have witnessed Bafana Bafana singing and dancing coming out of the tunnel for the opening World Cup match against Mexico. But you should know, that wasn’t a one time thing. Their song and dance is rooted in Zulu cultural expressions that have stood the test of time, and in many ways have transcended culture in the same way that the Haka has become more than a Maori war dance.

Since we’re on the topic, instead of getting nostalgic looking at videos I’ve already seen, why don’t I just share a few moments from Bafana Bafana pre-game festivities that I love watching. Continue reading

Asamoah Gyan

The Asamoah Gyan Dance: Origins Revealed

It’s possible that Asamoah Gyan’s stellar performances in his first Premier League season have been overshadowed by Bolo Zenden’s equally impressive old man dancing. But all of you can rest assured that Bolo won’t be stealing Gyan’s spotlight forever. Why? Because Gyan is just too talented.

In the African game, success on the field inevitably intersects with the music industry. Benni McCarthy, Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Eboue and others know that when you make it big, you have to be in a music video. Gyan, under his stage name, Baby Jet, now has the video under his belt, which I believe automatically puts you in the running for African Player of the Year. Continue reading

Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation’s £125m Sponsorship of Barcelona: Maybe It Does Make Cents

You would think that if a non-profit organization focused on transforming a nation of roughly 1.5 million people “by educating the rising generation to the highest world standards” had £25 million a year for the next five years, it might be well-served to invest that money in its mission.

Today we found out that Barcelona and the Qatar Foundation have agreed a £125 million shirt sponsorship deal that will provide Barcelona with £25 million a year for the next five years. In return, Barcelona will find a space for a tribute to the Qatar Foundation on its iconic uniforms in a way that doesn’t infringe on UNICEF’s space. Continue reading

Nutmeg Radio’s Cool Station: Who Are Ya Designs’ MAN UTD Shirt


If I liked Manchester United, I would definitely get this shirt. But I don’t.

For all you Manchester United fans, don’t let that stop you though. We may not support the same team, but I can appreciate a cool shirt when I see one. That’s why this Run-DMC-style MAN UTD shirt from Who Are Ya Designs gets some love on Nutmeg Radio’s Station Cool. Continue reading

Russia 2018

Racism in Russia: It’s Time to Move Past Peter Odemwingie

Jonathan Wilson’s Guardian article on Brazilians playing for Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk is a fascinating read. Wilson primarily focuses on Douglas Costa’s journey from Brazil to Ukraine and the struggles that Brazilian players endure when they uproot from familiar surroundings and head to new frontiers.

But perhaps just as interesting as the article are the exchanges in the comment section about racism in Ukraine and Russia.

While I have noted my concerns on Russia’s race problem in an earlier piece,  Wilson’s commenters raise questions about Ukraine, specifically wondering why Ukraine is seemingly able to steer clear of some of the race problems that face Russian society. One commenter, Antoshka, offers the following explanation: Continue reading

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