Soccer & Globalization

Life or death

Another players collapse in the middle of a game has sent shock waves through the world.  In the 33rd minute of an Italian Serie B game between Livorno and Pescara, midfielder Piermario Morosini collapsed and died. Morosini was 25 years old.

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Racism a ‘closed’ matter

In the wake of allegations that some of the top soccer players in Europe are guilty of racist remarks towards fellow players, you would think that this would have the obsessive concern of the FIFA president, Sepp Blatter.   However, Blatter insists that racism is not relevant in soccer, and that players should resolve the situation with a handshake.  Wait, what?

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Let’s change the game of soccer…

After watching quite a few games this weekend, I was reminded of how annoyed I am with players that dive and simulate fouls.  In many of the blogs Goalden’s author’s have posted, we continuously talk about the importance of staying on your feet. For whatever reason, though, players have become experts in diving.  Players are falling all to easily in order to win their team a foul. The dramatic falls and cries have become old…in fact I don’t think they were ever in.  This is a game built on respect, skill, intelligence and fair play; not whining, diving and faking.

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Kicking AIDS Out…using soccer!

Here at Goalden we often voice that one of our main incentives is to blog about topics that will help ameliorate soccer in North America.  Ultimately, however, our main goal is to use soccer as an educational tool to help people all around the world not only improve their game, but, more importantly, their lives.  Similarly, Kicking AIDS Out is a foundation – or a cause rather – that uses sport as a way of bringing people together to participate in fun and educational games and activities while delivering knowledge and practical skills about how to live a positive and healthy life.  In short, they use sports as a means to kick HIV and AIDS out.

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Incredible Under 11 Fan Support

It’s obvious that the soccer fan from professional team are passionate but check out the fans in the video below in the under 11 the Lech Cup. The video starts out with simple chanting but quickly escalates into something much more. Remember, we are talking about under 11 boys. This is not the senior teams of Manchester United versus Liverpool or Inter versus AC Milan.

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Is Soccer like Jazz or Bowling?

I recently read a blog by Seth Godin, an American entrepreneur, author and public speaker.  In a blog titled Why jazz is more interesting than bowling, Seth discusses dimensions: “Bowling is all about one number: the final score. And great bowlers come whisker-close to hitting the perfect score regularly. Not enough dimensions for me to be fascinated by, and few…

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Soccer legends we forget about…

When you ask someone who they think the best players of all time are you will often get answers like Pele, Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, or from the modern crowd you will get answers like Ronaldinho, Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – and rightfully so!  But what about players like Marco Van Basten and Johan Cruyff?  Do you even know who these players are?  Unfortunately, the modern day soccer player does not have these players on their radar.  These soccer legends had just as much skill and talent as did Pele, Maradona, Zidane and etc.   The soccer legends of today had to look up to someone as we look up to them, and it is these players that they looked up to.   These are the players they mimicked; these are the players they learned from.

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Soccer on the rise in North America

The New York Red Bulls of the MLS – whether they realize it or not – have embarked on a project that will change North American soccer forever.  Earlier this summer they signed French allstar Thierry Henry and recently confirmed that they have added the Mexican legend Rafael Marquez to their lineup.  For the New York Red Bull, at a micro-scale, this project involves creating a team that is built to make a championship run.  At a macro-scale, they are raising the bar for soccer in North America as a whole.  Marquez and Henry are both coming from arguably the best team in Europe: FC Barcalona.

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