Category Footsmoke II: Soccer Writing

The History of Cyprus’ Most Torrid Soccer Rivalry in “The Blizzard”

Cyprus is getting some serious space in the news these days, probably for the first time since about 1974, when a Turkish invasion split the country in two.

I recently spent some time in the country, mostly due to the pull of implicit egoism. Also while there, I investigated the country’s most torrid soccer rivalry, the Nicosia derby between Omonoia and Apoel. My piece about the history of the rivalry was published in The Blizzard Football Quarterly (VIII) in March. I recommend it to anyone interested in soccer, Cyprus, coups, or overlooked history – interests that should account for pretty much everybody. The rivalry is a fascinating and deep-rooted one that stretches back to the British occupation of the island. I also hope the piece sheds some light on the the country’s current political state.

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World Cup 2010 Revisited: On South Africa’s Exit

*Some more digging in the crates … What follows will be a series of blog posts, some published and some not, slated for MLSSoccer.com. The posts chronicle my experience as a tourist during World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The timing of posting these is obviously terrible, as the world’s “Soccer Clock” is currently as […]

World Cup 2010 Revisited: On American Fandom in South Africa

*Some more digging in the crates … What follows will be a series of blog posts, some published and some not, slated for MLSSoccer.com. The posts chronicle my experience as a tourist during World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The timing of posting these is obviously terrible, as the world’s “Soccer Clock” is currently as […]

World Cup 2010 Revisited: Do Aussies Do It Better?

*Some more digging in the crates … What follows will be a series of blog posts, some published and some not, slated for MLSSoccer.com. The posts chronicle my experience as a tourist during World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The timing of posting these is obviously terrible, as the world’s “Soccer Clock” is currently as […]

On the Growth of European Soccer in the U.S. and Why It’s OK

*This post originally appeared on footsmoke.com (now taken over by some creepy cyber-poster) in the Summer of 2009. I still think it’s essentially true. Since writing this, fans’ appetite for MLS has increased. And so, I think, has the quality of the national product.     Ah, summer soccer in America. When we can all […]

Will HDTV Save Soccer in America?

* This post originally appeared on footsmoke.com in the Summer of 2009 Bill Simmons, one of the most beloved messiahs of American sportswriting, is getting into soccer. I wish him the best, although I have a feeling he has no idea how big of a plunge he is about to take. His new attraction to […]

Bitching About Beckham

*This post was originally published on footsmoke.com sometime in the Spring, 2009. I thought I’d post it here again, as Beckham plays out his last few games, or even game, of relevance in the MLS for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Bitching About Beckham Can we please stop bitching about Beckham, and all his selfishness? Don’t […]