Stories

In Defence of Nationalism Through the Haze of World Cup Fever

by Elliott Sheaf Based on Elliott’s first sentence, and his theme, we have decided to leave his spellings of “Defense” (and a few other words) in his native tongue. —Editor It’s been a difficult few years to be young and British. Brexit, amongst other things, has highlighted a divide in our nation, on one side …

El Milagro, La Selección, y Los Guadalupanos 

by George B. Sánchez-Tello Fifteen men gather in a converted garage watching television. Sleeping cots are stacked behind them. Against the opposite wall lay blue 50-gallon plastic bags packed with their belongings. All are homeless. Most are undocumented. And they are watching La Selección Nacional play Alemania. All the men woke this morning inside Dolores …

How to Avoid an Early Exit, After an Early Exit

By Mapate Diop So you’ve been appointed the interim head coach of your national team the day before the start of the 2018 World Cup after the very talented colleague you’re replacing, who went undefeated as national team coach, including a plus-33 goal differential through qualification, and whose contract you had just extended for another …

NOTES FROM LAKE ERIE: SAUDI ARABIA vs. RUSSIA

by Gabriel Bump Note: Everyone’s World Cup experience is just a little different. Over the course of the month, Howler will track the days of the tournament through a variety of perspectives, creating, we hope, an entertaining and surprising diary of soccer obsession.   PRELUDE Life, in a twist, took me to Buffalo. Humanity, in …

Gloryland

by John Bauccio   It’s Day 1. I’ll Sing to That. When I was a boy, the school I went to in London was run by a World War II hero whom we called “Colonel.” We learned life as he saw it, complete with stories of Dunkirk, the Blitz, and British sporting heroes of yesteryear. …

Which youngsters will shine at World Cup 2018?

By Matthew Celentano   It is time—in just a few days, the gods of the game will bless us with a month of beautiful, insane, sometimes boring (England, we’re looking at you), ugly, heart-wrenching, jaw-dropping, mouth-watering football. And we’re here for all of it. In fact, we just cancelled doctor’s appointments that conflict with Nigeria …

A Note About the Future.

Friends: Not so long ago, George Quraishi, Howler’s founder and editor, called and asked me if I’d be willing to be the editor of the greatest soccer magazine America has ever known. He’s too humble to have called it that, but when he said “Howler,” that’s what I heard. I thought he was out of …