Loris Karius and the Existential Pain of Goalkeeping

When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune. — Albert Camus, goalkeeper and philosopher When I was eighteen years old, during the fall of my freshman year, I started in goal as my college soccer team faced off at home against a particularly difficult opponent. I can’t remember the scoreline. We […]

Why You Shouldn’t be Surprised When England Lose

In about five hours England play Iceland in a Euro 2016 final 16 game. England may not lose this match, but they will almost certainly not win the tournament. Here’s why you shouldn’t be surprised that the England national team aren’t more successful than they are. Are you ready? Here it is: They’re actually not […]

Mesmerizing Vine: Levandowski Scores 5 Goals in 9 Min.

I’m, like, nearly a fortnight late in pointing this out, but still: It’s incredible. You may have seen the news that Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski recently scored five times in nine minutes against Wolfsburg. This link shows all of the goals in the run of play. I also found, embedded above and online here, a […]

Video: Italians Try to Pronounce Wojciech Szczesny’s Name

With the recent signing of goalkeeper Petr Cech — see my previous post and bold prediction — it looks like Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny is heading to AS Roma on loan. Romans come to terms with pronouncing Szczesny. Top voxpopping http://t.co/shoV66zknm — James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) July 25, 2015 This tweet from football writer James Horncastle alerted […]

Arsenal Players + Durian = Funny

English Premier League sides Arsenal, Everton and Stoke are coming here to Singapore in July for some pre-season exhibition matches. Ahead of the trip, Arsenal players were asked to try the notoriously stinky durian fruit, native to Southeast Asia. Love their reactions. The video is embedded above and on YouTube here.

Yes, This is a Photo of Me with Giorgio Chiellini

File under: Brushes with iconic soccer players in Jakarta. Related post from May: Meeting Fulham and Manchester United great Edwin van der Sar in the Jakarta airport. I’m back after an excellent holiday break. In the week or so I spent offline with friends and family, I had plenty of time to daydream, catch up […]