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In Conversation With Bands FC Creator Nick Fraser

Our own Stephen Wood sits down with Fraser to talk about music, football, and runaway success. If you’ve been on Soccer Twitter at all since May, you’ve probably seen Bands F.C. It’s been a meteoric rise for the Twitter-account-turned-international-firm, which started with the simple idea of making soccer badges, but for bands. It has since …

Pochettino’s Epoch: The End Of The Beginning

Tottenham have established themselves among England’s and Europe’s elite under Pochettino. Can they cope with the pressure? Tottenham Hotspur were merely a bang average Premier League team for years—sometimes even struggling for survival. Now, under Pochettino’s new era, there is a sea change. Finally, the club are a force to be reckoned with. But now, …

The Place We Now Call Los Angeles

LAFC’s last regular season home game of their inaugural MLS campaign brought together the sights, sounds, and smells of this unique new community. Alcohol, barbecue, custom banners and apparel, percussion instruments, songs, smoke screens and flares. The universal elements of fútbol aficionado culture were all here. The aficionados themselves arrived by mid-morning for a game …

Goal Celebrations For The Apocalypse

What does it mean to be a soccer fan when the world is going to hell? What is the point of all this? I ask myself that question in my lowest moments, in the normal course of life and specifically in the context of being a soccer fan and writer. What purpose is there to …

A Scandal In Belgrade

Red Star Belgrade has fought tooth and nail to re-establish themselves in Europe. A match-fixing scandal is threatening to undo their efforts. On August 29, Red Star came from behind to hold Red Bull Salzburg to a 2-2 draw, and the away goals rule sent the Serbian club to their first-ever appearance in the Champions …

The Men Who Failed Us

As the sexual assault allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo gain wider public scrutiny, fans must examine how and why we put footballers on pedestals. cw: sexual assault I may never have loved him as a footballer or a person, but I have always cared about Cristiano Ronaldo. It has been hard not to. For a long …

Why on earth is Messi wearing Thom Browne?

Lionel Messi wore a silly suit as part of a silly branding play last week. That is not an obviously newsworthy development. Messi has never been particularly fashionable, and recent history suggests no branding play is beneath a football club. If Messi started wearing turquoise suits because a petro-state or Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor offered …

Christina Murillo: Falling Through Fire

Fighting to break through for both club and country, Murillo has walked through fire to get to where she’s at now. Literally. “I think I tweeted something out recently where I said ‘Be the person you needed when you were younger’ [. . . ] I feel like when I was younger I didn’t really …