Tag Archives: Soccer

Diamonds in MLS Rough: Michael Ballack is Just Fool’s Gold

By Kevin Koczwara

Drew Carey, a part owner of the Seattle Sounders as well as a comedian and former television star, took part in a panel discussion about soccer analytics at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Saturday, March 3. He represented Major League Soccer on the panel that included mostly technical directors from European clubs. And yet, Carey, not a career soccer person or scout, unveiled the most wisdom on how teams are tying to use analytics, especially his team in a global market flushed with teams and money.

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Revolution sign French forward Saër Sène

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution announced today that the club signed French forward Saër Sène on a free transfer from Germany’s Bayern Munich. Sène played for Munich’s reserve squad since 2009, Bayern Munich II, which competes in the lower levels of Germany’s professional system. He will be formally added to the team’s roster upon receipt of his U.S. P-1 Visa and his International Transfer Certificate.

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Bill Littlefield: An Interview with the host of Only a Game

Bill Littlefield is the host of WBUR's Only A Game, a weekly sports radio show. (Courtesy WBUR.org)

 By Kevin Koczwara

Bill LiIttlefield has been talking sports on his weekly radio show Only a Game on WBUR and NPR since 1993. Since Only a Game’s inception, Littlefield and his team of producers/reporters have brought a special perspective to sports and sports news and commentary.

Only a Game doesn’t take the easy way out. It doesn’t report on the easy or hot-button stories every week. Instead, Littlefield and company work at finding different angles to over reported and over hyped stories, to finding gems hidden beneath the footprints other journalists leave while forgetting the value of digging deeper and seeing stories in another light. Only a Gamei’s a radio program dedicated to exploring and discovering.

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The Pain Behind Soccer

Soccer is the world's most popular sport, but it can also haunt some people's lives. (Photo Courtesy Marlon Dias/ Flickr)

 By Ryan Fleming

When you think of the game where you find yourself besotted, the first images or early childhood memories are those of victory – a beautiful goal, a cup triumph – or something more personal, perhaps. For those growing up in soccer-crazed countries around the world, soccer is a not merely a game, but a way of life; this we know and realize. What’s uncommon and rather rare are the tragedies that happen everyday around the sport that are seemingly lost in the dark.

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Pelada: A Beautiful Story About the Beautiful Game

 By Ryan Fleming

It’s called various things throughout the world. Games of pickup soccer can be played anywhere – at least I’m confident of that now – and played by anyone. “Pelada,”as it’s called in Brazil, means naked – or stripped down to its core. The documentary, made by two former collegiate soccer stars, showcases the the places, both exotic and natural that the Beautiful Game can be played, as well as the characters who participate in a game that they truly love despite the difficult magnitude of their surroundings.

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Ligue 1 Top Spot Up For Grabs

By Ryan Fleming

Oh, how the mighty fall. After losing their first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal to fellow French rival, Lyon, Bordeaux now finds itself out of the pole position in Ligue 1 after suffering three-straight defeats.

Last weekend, the French giant slipped up against AS Nancy Lorraine, 2-1, despite controlling play throughout the match – owning 71 percent of possession. Fernando Cavenaghi tallied for Bordeaux, tying the match at one, but Issiar Dia put the northern France side up for good in the 72nd minute.

Cavenaghi was one of Bordeaux’s best players last year, but this year he has been nearly invisible – only starting in 11 matches compared with last years 23.  Yoann Gourcuff, another Bordeaux star, has just returned to the spectacular form  the young French international has been known for. If the side from southern France even dares to dream of beating Lyon in the second leg and capturing the league title, Cavenaghi and Gourcuff, especially, will have to be the stars their fans know they can be.

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Revolution Get First Win in D.C.

Courtesy New England Revolution (www.revolutionsoccer.net)By Kevin Koczwara

Kenny Mansally helped the New England Revolution (1-1-0, 3 pts.) notch their first win of the 2010 campaign with a 2-0 victory over D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Saturday night with a pair of goals less than a minute apart.

Mansally came on in the 68th minute for rookie Zack Schilawski, who looked frustrated with the Revolution’s lack of ability to get the ball to their strikers in dangerous space. Mansally got himself involved in the Revolution counterattack right away when he scored the first goal of the game in the 79th minute. Mansally put away his first opportunity on net when it came to him from a beautiful cross by Chris Tierney on the left side of the midfield.

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Revolution Missed Chances In LA

 

 

Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

The Revolution barely had any time to get their feet on solid ground when the Los Angeles Galaxy pounced on them in the sixth minute with a demoralizing opening goal. Edison Buddle headed the ball into the upper part of the net after a beautiful set-piece cross from Landon Donovan, last year’s MLS MVP.

The match was the season opener for both teams, Galaxy (1-0-0, 3 pts) and Revolution (0-1-0 0, pts) and the last game of opening weekend for the MLS.

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Losing Their Man

By Ryan Fleming

As Celtic found themselves out of the race for the SPL title, the Glasgow side has many improvements to make, the first being solidifying their offense.

Irish international Robbie Keane is donning the Hoops jersey and scoring goals at a record pace. But lets not forget, in Celtic’s last match against their cross-town rival, Rangers, on Feb. 28, “Keano” couldn’t muster a goal and saw his side drop the match, 1-0, and slide another three points behind Gers. Currently, Celtic find themselves 10 points behind Rangers and have played one more game.

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Time to Put The Gloves Away

By Ryan Fleming

Now, I’ve read books like “Among the Thugs” and seen movies such as “Green Street Hooligans” and both confused me more than guided me in answering the question: what is soccer hooliganism?

I thought I was a fan – an avid supporter of my team, watched every game or at least made it paramount within my things-to-do. I wore hats, shirts, jerseys – you name it, I wore it. I assumed that is what “fans” did.

Apparently I was grossly mistaken.

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