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Happy Halloween!

My buddy Veggie Dave made some World Cup themed Halloween carvings this year. Neat stuff.

Manga Soccer – Captain Tsubasa and the art of Yoichi Takahashi

Another great documentary article  by Vice, this one about Japanese manga artist Yoichi Takahashi and his character Captain Tsubasa.

Mr. Takahashi’s humble demeanor and childlike excitement is not what I expected considering the level of success he has attained. Since its creation thirty years ago Captain Tsubasa has been featured on products such as video games, shoes, action figures, eventually leading to somewhat of a cult following.

Via: Vice, FlutterScapead, Adidas,

Family, Barrio, Club

This short documentary article about Banfield, a community in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, explores the bond between the neighborhood and its soccer club. In countries with a strong soccer tradition the significance of the local soccer club is greater than that of religion or political affiliation.

Via: Vice

Soccer on TV – By Soccer America

Advertisement Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010


Soccer on TV

Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League continues on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, the San Jose Earthquakes host Chivas USA. Check for Soccer on TV updates throughout the week.

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

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The Creators Project

The Creators Project (TCP) is a website about creative people being productive. A partnership with Vice and Intel that began in 2010, TCP features its subjects in short documentary segments. By the time I’m writing this post they have already featured over seventy artists, film makers, fashion designers, video game designers and musicians, with many more coming up.

I feel this web page has a particular resonance in a time of economic uncertainty and bleak prospects for the future. The inspiring stories you’ll find here are a breath of fresh air.

Photos from the Oct16, 2010 beach soccer tournament, organized by Soccer in the Sand

Thank you to to everyone at Soccer in the Sand, Vavi Sports and Social Club for allowing PASSPORT an opportunity to join you at this event. We had a great time.


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Soccer on TV – By Soccer America

THURSDAY, October 14

Women’s College OKLAHOMA ST.-COLORADO (live) 8 pm.
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The Saints of Soccer Pt.2

Vice TV is featuring a short documentary piece titled D10S, (the word Dios is spanish for God), about The Church of Maradona. For church founders Alejandro Veron, and a guy called Hernan, creating a church was the logical thing to do because, for Argentines soccer is a religion. And who is the god of soccer? Diego Of course.

Related entries: The Saints of Soccer Pt.1
Via: Vice, The Offside Rules

This Ain’t No Disco

This ain’t no disco is an interior design blog dedicated to feature the places you wish you worked at. Like you would expect, most of these work spaces are companies where creativity is highly valued. The blog eventually led to the publication of their first book titled Where we work. So if you’re looking for inspiration for your office space or looking for a job at a rad place this blog will not disappoint you.

The Saints of Soccer Pt.1

If you are into sports, any kind of sport, chances are you are familiar with the feeling of hoping for a miracle that will change the outcome of a game. Depending on your religious views, you would be asking God, Allah, or Jesus, to lead your team to victory. This, the act of praying and meditating in the hope for divine intervention seems to be an intrinsic human phenomenon. We all do it.

I suspect examples of this can be found in many cultures across the globe, not just pertaining to sports in general, but to soccer specifically. Today I found two examples from two radically different cultures.

In Japan there’s a shrine and a God exclusively dedicated to sports. “The Times-Picayune At the Shiramine Jingu Shrine, soccer fans in front of an altar of soccer balls ring a bell after making an offering to wake the god Sei-daimyojin, the God of Sports, to pray for luck for the Japan team in the World Cup. The Asukai family were creators of an ancient Japanese game of kickball similar to soccer called kemari, and as they were ardent worshippers at the shrine, the sport of kemari, and later soccer, became associated with the shrine. It is believed that if you pay your respects at the shrine, your soccer game will improve, which draws many professional soccer players from all over Japan to pay homage here before tournaments, including the World Cup.” –MICHAEL DeMOCKER

In Mexico, only during the World Cup, at the Parroquia de San Gabriel Arcángel in the Mexico Valley, you will find baby Jesus transformed into “The Holy Child of Soccer”. For as long as the Mexican national team is participating in the tournament The Holy Child will sport the national team jersey, Adidas shoes and a ball at his feet. The church started doing this during the World Cup of 1994. For like any other saint, there’s a prayer for the Holy Child of Soccer. I took the time to translate it below.

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