Tactics Tuesday: The Dallas Cup and the State of Gringo Youth Soccer

The world’s most elite youth tournament wrapped up this weekend. How did the little gringos who will be Bob’s future talent pool fare?

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Ronaldo: O Fenomeno, The Number 9, The Best

After multiple comebacks, the world’s best striker is finally calling it quits. FFG remembers the Phenomenon.

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History of Soccer Tactics: 2-2-6 and the Introduction of Passing

Though you wouldn’t know it from Robert Green’s whiff of a save against Clint Dempsey, the English weren’t always so cavalier in letting go of the ball.

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How to Watch European Soccer in the USA

If you’ve been intrigued by the World Cup but aren’t sure how to follow your favorite players during the club season, FFG is the place to be.

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Bill Simmons on Soccer

During the World Cup, every American sportswriter becomes an expert on soccer. ESPN’s Bill Simmons is no exception. Here is FFG’s take on the Sports Guy’s World Cup article.

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Brazil, Dunga, and the beautiful game

Imagine Yankee fans demanding a lineup of nine cleanup hitters and you might begin to understand the thankless task facing Brazil’s manager Dunga.

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An American Gringo in Brazil (2002 Edition)

FFG will have a Brazilian flavor over the next two days. Today, Blake follows up on our Gringos in… series, sharing his experiences in Brazil.

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A Gringo in Brazil

As we inch closer to the World Cup, we’ll hear from guest writers and get their take on Argentina and Brazil’s soccer-mad cultures. Today, Dan Buller shares a Brazilian-American perspective on Brazilian futebol.

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A Gringo in Argentina

As we inch closer to the World Cup, we’ll hear from guest writers and get their take on Argentina and Brazil’s soccer-mad cultures. Today, Ben Koch shares a gringo’s perspective on Argentinean fútbol.

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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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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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The Universality of ‘Coach Speak’

Two years ago Yahoo Sport’s Michael Silver, perhaps inspired by Brendan Fraser’s spot-on interview impression, documented the ‘coach speak’ of Patriots coach Bill Belichick and how his manner of speaking had pervaded the entire team. A few choice examples: Junior Seau – “We work one day at a time. We’re working today so we can [...]

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