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Julian Draxler Reappears

Germany’s prodigy of the future may actually be the player fans were ready to give up on just a few years ago By Stefan Bienkowski | Photograph by Michael Kranewitter [I]n the Fall of 2013, Julian Draxler was Germany’s wunderkind, on the precipice of year-in year-out international superstardom at a time Germany’s other youth prospects were …

Blue Skies with a Hint of Clouds

NYCFC Drew Impressive Crowds in Its Debut MLS season, but the fans didn’t always sing the same tune By James Aviaz | Photographs by Jeremy Patterson Not your usual Yankee Stadium tailgate [B]lue smoke and blaring Latin music permeated the desolate parking lot alongside Yankees-E153 St. Metro North station. Positioned purposefully just out of clear sight from …

Five Moments in the Rich History of the Club World Cup

The club world cup was born out of a fiercely contested transcontinental tournament that pitted Europe’s best against South America’s champions By Juan Figueira [E]arly Wednesday morning, Copa Libertadores champions River Plate defeated regional hosts and J1 League titleholders Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–0. Barring a massive Guangzhou Evergrande upset over Barcelona, the aforementioned Argentines will face-off …

For Malmö, Europe’s second tier is a dog eat dog world

After fourteen years without a Swedish club in the Champions League, Malmö FF has done it back to back years. But to what end? By Isaak Bowers | Illustration by Alvar Sirlin [I]f you’ve seen Malmö, you’ve seen the world. That was the new slogan of Malmö’s major newspaper back in 1995 when it faced a …

There Goes That Man

A somewhat clear eyed examination of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy By Kevin Alexander | Illustration by Eamonn Donnelly[I]f Jamie Vardy’s life is a movie, this is either the part at the end in which he achieves his wildest dreams against all odds then tongue kisses Keira Knightley as the credits roll, or the part in the …

The Lives and Deaths of the Austin Aztex

Having lost their latest home to flood damage, the Austin Aztex are hoping that Nancy Sinatra was wrong and soccer clubs don’t only live twice. By Wes Burdine | Image via Austin Aztex[W]hen Phil Rawlins announced on October 25th, 2010 that the offices of the Austin Aztex would be boxed up and shipped to Orlando, it …

Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood No More

Where did it all go wrong for part-time tactical genius Brendan Rodgers? By Kevin Alexander | Illustration by Eamonn Donnelly“What I say to the players is this: “The crown is on your head, my friend. You are the king of your destiny” — Brendan Rodgers [T]here was a time in 2011 when Brendan Rodgers was the thing. Do …

The Outsiders

American Premier League fans, and the surprisingly nuanced art of choosing a club By Kevin Alexander[I]n the summer of 1999 I became a Southampton fan. That year, I spent two months traveling around Europe with a team of Americans, playing against U-18 professional teams, desperately hoping our cool(ish) haircuts and ability to occasionally do rainbows in …

Brazil’s Finest Who Fade Away

The premature decline of careers is an odd but recurring theme of Brazilian football. By Ruairí Grego | Illustration by Devin Dulany [M]y first vivid memory of football is waking up early in the summer of 2002, to catch the first fixture of the day during the World Cup. Brazil versus China stands out from …

The Fog of Abbreviated War Descends on St Austell

If a match takes place but nobody can see it, did it really happen? By Sam Patterson“The match is definitely on. I’d look like fucking twat if I came from Plymouth for the match, canceled it, and this all cleared up.” I learned of that quote thirty minutes before kickoff on a Wednesday night from a …