Author page: Team Goalden

Part One: 1 on 1 with Oakland University defender Vuk Popovic

Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Vuk Popovic (pronounced Vook Pop-o-vitch) is a tall, strong center-back. He is a reliable and smart defender who can cover the best of forwards and possesses skill to contribute in an offensive attack. Like many young Europeans, Popovic had to make a decision about his playing career in his teenage years. It was either continue soccer in Serbia or pursue an education. Instead, Popovic decided to combine the two by playing division I soccer at Oakland University in Michigan while at the same time receive a college education.

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1 on 1 with Northern Ireland striker Paul Munster

Recently, Goalden had the good fortune of interviewing Northern Ireland football striker, Paul Munster.  Munster, dubbed early in his career as The Real Deal, is an excellent example of a player overcoming an injury setback in order to chase one’s dream of becoming a professional footballer. Originally from Northern Ireland, the athletic 5’11.5’’ forward came to Canada in his early twenties before returning to Europe and becoming a professional footballer.

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Part I: 1 on 1 with Tim Jahnigen, co-founder of the One World Futbol Project

Goalden has been following the One World Futbol Project very closely.  They have inspired much of what we do as bloggers.  For those of you unaware of what this projects mission is, co-founders Tim Jahnigen and Lisa Tarver, along with the helpful hand of celebrity musician and actor Sting, have embarked upon a journey of creating the world’s most durable ball in order to allow anyone anywhere – under any circumstances – to have the joy of playing with a real soccer ball.  Team Goalden was lucky enough to have a 1 on 1 with one of the co-founders of the project Tim Jahnigen.

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1 on 1 with US goal keeper Steve Clark

Each of us watches professional soccer players on tv. We read about them online and we try to learn from them. However, the true details behind their success is often not discussed. Recently, Goalden was fortunate to interview Honefoss Bk goalkeeper Steve Clark about his success in division one college soccer at Oakland University in Michigan and his transition to the professional game. Honefoss Bk is a club in the professional Norwegian league. Clark’s story is a great example of hard work, dedication and the passion for pursuing a dream no matter the challenges ahead of you.

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Men’s College Soccer: NCAA, D1, D2, D3, NAIA, NJCAA. What’s the Difference? Part 2

To participate in Division I or Division II athletics, students must register and be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.  Students can get information on registering on the NCAA website at

NCAA Division III schools are generally the smallest in the NCAA, although some larger schools, such as New York University, are in DIII.  Many of the four hundred twenty schools are private and high quality.  The competition level of D III schools varies widely.  Catholic University, Kenyon College, Transylvania University, Amherst, and Messiah College are examples of DIII schools.

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Men’s College Soccer: NCAA, D1, D2, D3, NAIA, NJCAA. What’s the Difference? Part 1

Several organizations govern college athletics.  These groups establish the rules for sports programs at the schools that belong to their associations.  They also run championships and establish eligibility requirements for the student athletes attending member schools.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the oldest and largest national sports organization in the United States.  This is the group many think of when considering college sports.  The schools in the NCAA range from the largest universities to small colleges.  They are grouped into three divisions.

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