Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s new Volvo commercial is Zlatany!!!

January 28th, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

Zlatan is unquestionably the most interesting man in soccer. Volvo’s Swedish advertising arm understood this better than most. So here Zlatan preparing for the hunt in a log cabin. And then Zlatan hunting. Then staring into a fire and swimming in a frozen lake. It’s great. Since Zlatan is the topic I would be remiss [...]

Bradley Coaches in Europe

January 24th, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

I outlined in previous articles my concern over Bob Bradley coaching in Egypt. He represents US coaches abroad. Qualifying for the World Cup would have put him, and by association US coaches, in the world’s eye as competent coaches that have moved beyond the shadow of the “American football coach” stereotype. Unfortunately Egypt did not [...]

Don’t Apologize for High Scoring Games

December 18th, 2013Posted by BJ Pheasant

High scoring games are more fun for the spectators and players. The only people that don’t seem to like them are the managers that want to control every aspect of the game. Anson Dorrance talks about this frequently talks about preferring to win 4-2 than 1-0. I also think this is how it should be. [...]

Soccer can help girls with science

October 23rd, 2013Posted by BJ Pheasant

Girls who were more physically active at age 11 did better at school as teenagers, a study finds. And the most active girls really aced science. This investigation used data from a British study that has been following the health of a large group of parents and children since 1991. They measured almost 5,000 children’s physical [...]

Qatar’s Using Slaves to Build World Cup Venues

September 29th, 2013Posted by BJ Pheasant

Dozens of Nepalese migrant labourers have died in Qatar in recent weeks and thousands more are enduring appalling labour abuses, an investigation has found, raising serious questions about Qatar’s preparations to host the 2022 World Cup. This summer, Nepalese workers died at a rate of almost one a day in Qatar, many of them young men [...]

Losing Is Good for You

September 26th, 2013Posted by BJ Pheasant

By age 4 or 5, children aren’t fooled by all the trophies. They are surprisingly accurate in identifying who excels and who struggles. Those who are outperformed know it and give up, while those who do well feel cheated when they aren’t recognized for their accomplishments. They, too, may give up. It turns out that, [...]

Clint Dempsey Rap Star!

September 12th, 2013Posted by BJ Pheasant

Did you all know that in 2006 Clint Dempsey rapped on a music video? Now you do! It is a Dirtylanta style video in my mind. I bet Mexico should have watched this before coming to DosACero stadium in Columbus, OH. They would have known “Don’t Tread on US”. They strategically placed Columbus, Ohio in [...]

A.C Milan Gaming the Transfer Market

September 2nd, 2013Posted by BJ Pheasant

A.C Milan Business: Buys Kaka for 8m, Sells Kaka for 65m then Buys Back Kaka for free

Tito Vilanova is stepping down as coach of Barcelona

July 20th, 2013Posted by BJ Pheasant

In his single season in charge, he led Barcelona to the Spanish league title with a record-tying 100 points. Vilanova, 44, had twice previously taken a medical break from his duties at Barcelona, once during his time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant in the 2011-12 season and again as when he became head coach last season. [...]

Sepp Blatter to ask committee to move Qatar World Cup to Winter

July 17th, 2013Posted by BJ Pheasant

Sepp Blatter plans to ask the governing body’s executive committee to consider moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter in order to avoid the searing summer heat. “If this World Cup is to become a party for the people, you can’t play football in the summer,” Blatter said Wednesday. “You can cool [...]

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