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  • Kyle Martino

    Kyle Martino is a retired professional player with a career that was cut short at 28 years old due to multiple serious injuries. He represented the Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy in the MLS, as well as the US National Team   After being forced into early retirement, and realizing he wasn’t going to achieve [...] More
  • A Saturday with Blatte United

    Photography by Sam Robles Founded in 2005, Blatte United was started by two Swedish ex-pats in New York City who wanted to play good football while creating a family for players who, like them, had left theirs behind. It wasn't long before this family came together, representing countries and cultures from all over the world [...] More
  • Kylian Mbappé: The French Phenomenon

    By Thore Haugstad If you were to build a talent from scratch—a kind of superhuman football prodigy—you’d probably start with the genes. Give the kid a father who’s an ex-footballer and now a coach, and a mother who has played, say, professional handball. Place him in one of the hotspots for youth development, like the suburbs [...] More
  • Christian Fuchs

    Christian Fuchs is a former Austrian National Team Captain who plays as a left back for Leicester City in the English Premier League. He started his professional career with SV Mattersburg in the Austrian Bundesliga, after playing the 2008 Euro Tournament with Austria, he joined the German club VfL Bochum in the Bundesliga, from there [...] More
  • Arsène Wenger: The Professor

    By Thore Haugstad By Thore Haugstad In 2005, French biographer Xavier Rivoire visited Arsène Wenger at his home in Totteridge, North London. At the time Wenger was perceived as the architect of some of the finest football seen in England. The way Arsenal played—the one-touch passing, the synchronised movements, the thrilling counter-attacks—denoted a system that [...] More
  • Closely Knit

    By Paul Vlachou Having driven passed my final destination, Surratt Hosiery Mills, I did a quick U turn on a quiet and otherwise deserted country road. Surratt is a family-owned sock manufacturing business in Denton, North Carolina, about a two hour drive from Charlotte. You could have forgiven me for getting a little lost since [...] More
  • Diego Costa: Strong but noble

    By Thore Haugstad Diego Costa never thought he’d make it as a footballer. The problem wasn’t his talent, but his birthplace. Situated in the north-eastern region of Sergipe, one of the poorest in Brazil, Lagarto has a third of its one hundred thousand inhabitants living in poverty. Scouts tend to overlook the area. The only [...] More
  • Jimmy Conrad

    Jimmy "Conradinho" Conrad is a retired professional player with a career spanning over 13 years. Teams included San Jose Earthquakes, Kansas City Wizards, Chivas USA and a brief, albeit fascinating spell, at Lech Poznań in the Polish top Ekstraklasa league After retiring in 2011 due to multiple concussions, he became a leading soccer media personality [...] More
  • Salah: The King of Charity

    By Thore Haugstad Earlier this month, Mohamed Salah came second in the race to become the next Egyptian president. The reelected winner, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, had gathered ninety-two percent of the votes, after his rivals had pulled out or been jailed. Disillusioned by the lack of options, more than a million people scribbled down the [...] More
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