About Blake Owen

FFG is run by Blake Owen, a sports fan who happens to like soccer in addition to traditional American sports. Blake has an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and lives in Frisco, TX. He teaches ESL in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Blake can be reached at blakeowen@futbolforgringos.com.
Website: http://www.futbolforgringos.com
Blake Owen has written 308 articles so far, you can find them below.

Gringos Around the Net

Let’s once more take a gander at Gringos Around the ‘Net: – A few journalists attempted to categorize a ‘new’ Landon Donovan, typified by a New York Times’ profile. We’re going to toot our own horn and note that we actually examined the tactical reasons for his 2009 renaissance. – Pitch Invasion investigated the demographics [...]

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History of Soccer – Globalization

England may have created soccer – its germination helped along by industrialization – but its current popularity illustrates that it appeals to more than just the English sentiment. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries soccer became yet one more British export. While Fútbol for Gringos (working with David Goldblatt’s The Ball is Round) [...]

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Fullbacks – The Most Important Players on the Pitch

Jonathan Wilson, one of the most well-respected soccer journalists, contends fullback is the most important position, noting that since 1994 the World Cup “has been won by the team with the best pair of attacking full-backs: Jorginho and Branco for Brazil in 1994; Lilian Thuram and Bixente Lizarazu for France in 1998; Cafu and Roberto [...]

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World Cup Group Competition: Algeria

England may be the heavy Group C favorites and Algeria the least-likely team to advance to the knockout round, but the Algerian’s quality midfield could cause problems for England, Slovenia, and the USA. Note – we are indebted to Just-football.com for their formation analysis. Roster (Clubs in parentheses) Defenders: Habib Belaid (Boulogne, France), Nadir Belhadj [...]

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Site Update and World Cup Training Camp Action

Site News Fútbol for Gringos has added information on two formations, 3-5-2 and 4-2-2-2. With the announcemnt that England might use a 3-5-2 and the United States’ propensity to shift from 4-4-2 to 4-2-2-2, we thought it would be pertinent to add these lineups to our strategy section. World Cup Training Camp The full 30-man [...]

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A Historical and Tactical Analysis of Landon Donovan’s National Team Role

Landon Donovan has long been the most prominent American player, but his actual position on the national team has not always been clearcut. Wandering from left midfield to withdrawn striker to right midfield to forward, Donovan has never settled into a permanent position at the international level. Today, Fútbol for Gringos will attempt to chronicle [...]

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Onyewu Signs Extension, US Training Camp Begins

Onyewu Agrees to Interesting Contract Extension Oguchi Onyewu signed a one-year contract extension with AC Milan today. His original deal will be extended through 2013 and, in a generous twist, Onyewu offered to play the final season without pay. The center back, who has been sidelined for 8 months, received his full salary for the [...]

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World Cup Group Competition: England’s Roster

Fútbol for Gringos spent much of last week discussing the United States’ recently released provisional World Cup roster and its implications. Today marks the first post in a series examining the rosters of group stage competitors England, Slovenia, and Algeria. We’ll start with superpower England. Roster Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green. Defenders: Leighton [...]

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State of the US (National Team)

April’s most urgent question – will Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu be healthy by June? – has been half-answered. USA’s provisional World Cup roster included Onyewu but not Davies (Bob Bradley cited FC Sochaux’s pessimistic view of Charlie’s health as his rationale). Onyewu, though he made the squad, has not seen action since last fall [...]

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History of Soccer – Industrial England

The first FFG edition of ‘History of Soccer’ refuted FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s claim that modern soccer descends from ball games played in antiquity (and, again, we wish to note that we are beholden to David Goldblatt’s work). Instead, the provincial games of Western Europe and Celtic Britannia were soccer’s sole predecessors. These games, though, [...]

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Promotion, Relegation, and Gringos (Fin)

Manchester United, hoping for an unprecedented fourth straight title, outclassed Stoke City last weekend. Despite their 4-0 victory, United needed to finish top of the table. Chelsea demolished Wigan Athletic 8-0, guaranteeing the London club its first title since 2006. Below is the final table: As you can observe from the key, clubs highlighted in [...]

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Clint Dempsey’s Fulham Falls Just Short of European Glory

The Europa League final required extra time to find a resolution, an outcome that ended up extinguishing a dream run by Fulham and Clint Dempsey. The London-based club exceeded expectations by making the final, notably using a Dempsey wonder goal to upset European giants Juventus along the way. The final, pitting Fulham against Atletico Madrid, [...]

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