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The Many Faces of Diego Maradona

One thing can’t be argued about Diego Maradona, this is a passionate man. The following collection photographs chronicle the enthusiasm of the man in his 1st world cup as a technical director.

Seattle Sounders – A Storybook Season

This is the story of the birth of a club soccer team in the United States. It is also evidence that soccer is alive and well in The Land of the Free.

“The video was written by Mike Wacker and Rick Crawford, and edited by Ben Kaplan, with an assist from Eric Miller, who also contributed the principal photography. Casey Frey and Dawn McLellan provided graphics support, while Nick Denke composed, and performed, the dynamic original composition, plus the mix and audio sweetening.”

Sounders – A Storybook Season from Victory Studios on Vimeo.

Via: The Offside Rules

The two Escobars, on ESPN 30 for 30

Seventeen years after his death Pablo Escobar is still regarded as the most successful criminal in recent history. Though much is known about his vast criminal empire, very little is known about his connection to soccer, particularly the Colombian national soccer team. ESPN film’s 30 for 30 documentary series is featuring this story, directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist.

“While rival drug cartels warred in the streets and the country’s murder rate climbed to highest in the world, the Colombian national soccer team set out to blaze a new image for their country. What followed was a mysteriously rapid rise to glory, as the team catapulted out of decades of obscurity to become one of the best teams in the world. Central to this success were two men named Escobar: Andrés, the captain and poster child of the National Team, and Pablo, the infamous drug baron who pioneered the phenomenon known in the underworld as “Narco-soccer.” But just when Colombia was expected to win the 1994 World Cup and transform its international image, the shocking murder of Andres Escobar dashed the hopes of a nation.”

Friday Jul 2
1am ESPN 2

Sunday Jul 4
1pm ESPN 2

Sunday Jul 18
2pm ESPN 2

Thursday Aug 5
10pm ESPN Classic

Soccer on TV

MONDAY, June 28

ESPN
World Cup NETHERLANDS-SLOVAKIA (live) 10 am.
World Cup BRAZIL-CHILE (live) 2:30 pm.

ESPN DEPORTES
World Cup NETHERLANDS-SLOVAKIA (live) 10 am.
World Cup BRAZIL-CHILE (live) 2:30 pm.

ESPN3.com
World Cup NETHERLANDS-SLOVAKIA (live) 10 am.
World Cup BRAZIL-CHILE (live) 2:30 pm.

UNIVISION
World Cup NETHERLANDS-SLOVAKIA (live) 10 am.
World Cup BRAZIL-CHILE (live) 2:30 pm.

TUESDAY, June 29

ESPN
World Cup PARAGUAY-JAPAN (live) 10 am.
World Cup SPAIN-PORTUGAL (live) 2:30 pm.

ESPN DEPORTES
World Cup PARAGUAY-JAPAN (live) 10 am.
World Cup SPAIN-PORTUGAL (live) 2:30 pm.

ESPN3.com
World Cup PARAGUAY-JAPAN (live) 10 am.
World Cup SPAIN-PORTUGAL (live) 2:30 pm.

UNIVISION
World Cup PARAGUAY-JAPAN (live) 10 am.
World Cup SPAIN-PORTUGAL (live) 2:30 pm.

WEDNESDAY, June 30

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL
WPS ALL-STAR GAME (live) 7:30 pm.

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Soccer on TV

June 21, 2010

TODAY’S GUIDE

Soccer on TV

In World Cup action, Spain aims to bounce back from its loss to Switzerland when it faces Honduras in its second game on Monday. The USA plays the game that will decide whether it reaches the second round on Wednesday.

(All times Eastern unless noted. TV programming is always subject to change. Check your local listings.)

MONDAY, June 21

ESPN
World Cup
PORTUGAL-NORTH KOREA (live) 7:30 am.
World Cup CHILE-SWITZERLAND (live) 10 am.
World Cup SPAIN-HONDURAS (live) 2:30 pm.

ESPN DEPORTES
World Cup
PORTUGAL-NORTH KOREA (live) 7:30 am.
World Cup CHILE-SWITZERLAND (live) 10 am.
World Cup SPAIN-HONDURAS (live) 2:30 pm.

ESPN3.com
World Cup
PORTUGAL-NORTH KOREA (live) 7:30 am.
World Cup CHILE-SWITZERLAND (live) 10 am.
World Cup SPAIN-HONDURAS (live) 2:30 pm.

UNIVISION
World Cup
PORTUGAL-NORTH KOREA (live) 7:30 am.
World Cup CHILE-SWITZERLAND (live) 10 am.
World Cup SPAIN-HONDURAS (live) 2:30 pm.

TUESDAY, June 22

ESPN
World Cup
MEXICO-URUGUAY (live) 10 am.
World Cup GREECE-ARGENTINA (live) 2:30 pm.

ESPN2
World Cup
FRANCE-SOUTH AFRICA (live) 10 am.
World Cup NIGERIA-SOUTH KOREA (live) 2:30 pm.

ESPN DEPORTES
World Cup
MEXICO-URUGUAY (live) 10 am.
World Cup GREECE-ARGENTINA (live) 2:30 pm.

ESPN3.com
World Cup
FRANCE-SOUTH AFRICA (live) 10 am.
World Cup MEXICO-URUGUAY (live) 10 am.
World Cup GREECE-ARGENTINA (live) 2:30 pm.
World Cup NIGERIA-SOUTH KOREA (live) 2:30 pm.

UNIVISION
World Cup
MEXICO-URUGUAY (live) 10 am.
World Cup GREECE-ARGENTINA (live) 2:30 pm.

TELEFUTURA
World Cup
FRANCE-SOUTH AFRICA (live) 10 am.
World Cup NIGERIA-SOUTH KOREA (live) 2:30 pm.

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Soccer’s Lost Boys

Soccer’s Lost Boys is a news documentary about the human trafficking of soccer players. Given the magnitude of this problem I am very surprised at how little media attention has been given to this. As a consequence scam artists continue to prey on poor working families and their children.

Via: Vanguard, No limits documentary series

The physics of Jabulani explained by NASA

Of all the articles I’ve read for or against the Jabulani this is the only one that explains the reason why the ball behaves the way it does as it travels through the air.

“It’s quite obvious. You’re seeing a knuckle-ball effect,” said Rabi Mehta, an aerospace engineer at NASA Ames. Mehta explained that when a relatively smooth ball with seams flies through the air without much spin, the air close to the surface is affected by the seams, producing an asymmetric flow. This asymmetry creates side forces that can suddenly push the ball in one direction and cause volatile swerves and swoops.

From his research on tennis and cricket balls in wind tunnels, Mehta believes that the Jabulani ball will tend to knuckle at 45 to 50 mph, which coincides with the speed of the ball during free-kick around the goal area. Another point made by Mehta, is that a lot of the stadiums for the World Cup are located at high altitude (Johannesburg is at 5,500 feet) and this will affect the ball aerodynamics as well, since the air density is lower. At this high altitude, the ball will tend to fly faster (less drag) and swerve less (less lift).”

Soccer on TV this week

WEDNESDAY, June 16

ESPN
World Cup HONDURAS-CHILE (live) 7:30 am.
World Cup SPAIN-SWITZERLAND (live) 10 am.
World Cup SOUTH AFRICA-URUGUAY (live) 2:30 pm.

ESPN DEPORTES
World Cup HONDURAS-CHILE (live) 7:30 am.
World Cup SPAIN-SWITZERLAND (live) 10 am.
World Cup SOUTH AFRICA-URUGUAY (live) 2:30 pm.

ESPN3.com
World Cup HONDURAS-CHILE (live) 7:30 am.
World Cup SPAIN-SWITZERLAND (live) 10 am.
World Cup SOUTH AFRICA-URUGUAY (live) 2:30 pm.

UNIVISION
World Cup HONDURAS-CHILE (live) 7:30 am.
World Cup SPAIN-SWITZERLAND (live) 10 am.
World Cup SOUTH AFRICA-URUGUAY (live) 2:30 pm.

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Pelada – documentary

Pelada is a documentary that tells the story of Luke Boughen and Gwendolyn, two young friends who decided to travel the world to play soccer and document their journey. Together they visited 24 countries, among them Iran, Kenya, Israel, Palestine, and Brazil. Pelada focuses on what they call the other side of soccer. That is pick up games than can be found on a busy city street, a bumpy dirt field, or a concrete court.
Before you ask, the song in the trailer is “Cough Syrup”, by the Jakes.

Perspective from a design standpoint, by Core77


The following is a brief article about the evolution of the contemporary soccer ball. With so much attention given to the Jabulani I can’t help to wonder, has a basketball, a volleyball, or even a baseball ever been as controversial?