Sexism

When Sepp Blatter provided fashion advice to women’s football

This day in football history (Alvar Sirlin) On 16 January 2004, former FIFA President Sepp Blatter drew criticism for suggesting that female footballers could increase their appeal by wearing, among other things, tighter shorts. During a discussion on ways to improve the popularity of women’s football, Blatter said “Let the women play in more feminine clothes …

The best of the worst of FIFA’s The Best

I watched the whole award show so you wouldn’t have to Real Madrid—erm, FIFPRO XI minus Barca plus Neuer—selfie If we learned anything from the inaugural edition of FIFA’s The Best—an award ceremony that formalizes its split from France Football’s Ballon d’Or gala—it’s that some people believe there is no such thing as too many award …

Lyon president finally explains his creepy Twitter obsession with Alex Morgan

And we’re not buying it (Jean-Michel Aulas/Twitter) Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas’ weird Twitter obsession with Alex Morgan is exceedingly well documented. That’s the point; he is doing this on Twitter. Over the course of Aulas’ multi-year tweeting spree, the exact motivations for his actions remained unclear. Now, however, he appears to have come clean to …

J.J. Watt: 7 things to know about Kealia Ohai’s boyfriend

By a margin even larger than J.J. Watt, this is the best kit in Houston sports. This week, the Houston Chronicle published an article entitled “Kealia Ohai: 13 things to know about J.J. Watt’s new girlfriend.” This raised a lot of questions here in Howler Towers. In fact, the only question it didn’t raise was “who …

Much more than just a wife or girlfriend

From transfers to tournaments, what often shares the stage during major soccer moments has actually nothing to do with soccer at all: the players’ wives and girlfriends. What started as a fixation with the wives of the English national team during the 2006 World Cup has become an international fascination. WAGs have been ranked and …

Bleachers Full of Women: Why words matter, part 2

Read part one of “Why words matter” on the Timbers Army here. Some bad soccer games feel like they’ll never end. And so do some bad aspects of soccer games. The latter culprit recently — once again — has been a certain Mexican chant. The Copa America Centenario has seen, and very much heard, the old chant, which makes …