Soccer Books for Christmas

Filed under: Books, Culture & Lifestyle


‘Tis the season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly. ‘Tis the weekend to finish shopping.

Speaking of shopping, Beans and I happened to be at the office yesterday and we were rapping about whats going on this weekend. We have an annual gathering of old friends around the holidays and this year a buddy of ours picked a watering hole located very close to a pretty popular shopping area.

Its not exactly a mall, but here in SoCal we have a lot of those open air retail / entertainment / experience places that combines shopping and restaurants and whatevs all designed to get in your pockets in an extreme way…. thats not important, whats important is 10 to 12 really good friends are going to get together and hang, drink, tell some old stories, tell some familiar jokes, etc. *

But, we also realized how crazy its going to be to park because of the fact that its the final weekend before the holiday AND a Saturday night in a very popular place.

That led to the question of, “Have you got all of your shopping done?”… Which led to us talking about books… which led to me looking around the office at some of the soccer books that we have…. which led me to say, “Hey, we should do a post about soccer books. You know, kind of a last minute thing for ideas if our guys and gals haven’t gotten all of their stuff sorted yet.”

Here are some of the better titles we have around the office.

Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil through Soccer, Paperback – by David Goldblatt

Papers in the Wind, Paperback – by Eduardo Sacheri

Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the World’s Greatest Sports Rivalry, Paperback – by Sid Lowe

Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet, Paperback – by Shane Stay

Goooal: A Celebration Of Soccer, Paperback – by Andreas Cantor

Thirty-One Nil: On the Road With Football’s Outsiders: A World Cup Odyssey, Paperback – by James Montague

Sneaker Wars: The Enemy Brothers Who Founded Adidas and Puma and the Family Feud That Forever Changed the Business of Sports, Paperback – by Barbara Smit

…and of course, two of the latest drops that we haven’t got at the office yet:

Coming Out to Play, Paperback – by Robbie Rogers and Eric Marcus

The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them, Hardcover – by Tim Howard

….and while you are at it, you should subscribe and give gift subscriptions to HOWLER MAGAZINE

* This has become a Christmas tradition for our team by the way… we used to do the white elephant thing or the secret santa thing or the whatever gift giving tradition thing, but about 7 or 8 years ago decided that was kind of silly. Ended up being too many people to shop for as the group grew and got kind of expensive, so someone had a brilliant idea (me!) that instead of all the extra shopping and gift-giving and trying to sort out getting everything to everyone (a bigger headache than you can imagine), lets make our gift to each other, each other.

As you probably know by now, more than anything, we just like getting the guys and the gals together and spending time. So, the suggestion was instead of spending hundreds on gifts, lets all just bring x-amount-of-dollars one night and have dinner and drinks and whatever would follow that as our gift to each other. We make sure that we make the time to spend time. Its works splendidly and works better and better as families have grown to includes children and things like that. The team always makes sure to get together.

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Video :: ETHAN KING on Huff Post Live “Helping Through Sports With ‘Charity Ball’”

Filed under: Charity Ball, Culture & Lifestyle, Family, Social Issues

At 10 years old, Ethan King was determined to make an impact. By founding Charity Ball, which donates soccer equipment in developing nations, he’s been doing just that. He and his father join us live.

* You know how we feel about Ethan around here so seeing everything that he is doing these days and weeks and months and years before he becomes the President of the United States we love seeing. A good kid with a great heart and great family is making differences in the world. Ethan has chosen to do it through our game with Charity Ball.

Here, he and his father Brian were on Huff Post Live today talking about Charity Ball, how it was started, Ethan’s involvement, how excited they were to be in Brazil spreading the love… they also talk about what they’ve learned and take aways from what they are doing.

They also touch on Ethan’s fathers charity, Vox United which empowers the underprivileged people in other countries such as Africa by providing sustainable, clean water wells. Good stuff.

Find out more: Charity Ball : Vox United

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Feature Trailer Alert :: “AMERICAN SNIPER” aka I need to see this movie right now

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Movies, Trailers

The film stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardrict.

When we posted the first trailer, I really wanted to see this movie.

After seeing this trailer, I need to see this movie. I need to see it, as soon, as possible.

american sniper

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Mario Balotelli gets ban and £25,000 fine for Instagram post : Apologizes Again

Filed under: English Football Association, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Liverpool, Mario Balotelli

Super Mario Balotelli recieved a one-match ban and £25,000 fine for his Instagram post a few weeks ago after being charged by the FA under rule E3, which cites as “aggravating factors” references to ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

As you can see above, Mario has apologized again after his original post / take down / apology.

Here is an image of the original “Be like Super Mario” post on the gram.

Mario Balotelli: Liverpool striker banned for one game and fined – BBC Sport

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Music Alert :: “Animals” Maroon 5 ft. Big Boi (Remix)

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Music

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This is an interesting remix…. can honestly say that I’d never even thought about a Big Boi verse jumping on a Maroon 5 record, but I can’t say that I am mad about it.

I’m an Outkast stan so pretty much anything and everything done by Big Boi and 3000 do (musically) makes me happy so hearing this right now, makes me happy. No surprise though because BB is known to take a lot of chances these days with some of his collabs. And Maroon 5 is dope – I don’t care what anyone says. This one is fresh as hell.

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“Soccer-Kick Them In The Head” CM Punk on Early Wrestling Days and Dealing with Ring Invaders

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Random Soccer in Random Places

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On yesterday’s Highly Questionable with Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones they had CM Punk on the show for a segment and talked everything from his move to UFC, some of his straight edge partying days (and partying with Charles Barkley), his wrestling back in the day, and the last real fight that he won.

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NYCFC Announce Multi-Year Braodcast Agreement with YES Network

Filed under: Business, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, NYC FC

#NYCFC and @YESNetwork announce multi-year agreement. Read about it on

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New York City Football Club, New York City’s new Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise, today announced a multi-year agreement with the YES Network, making YES the Club’s exclusive local television home.

The agreement complements an existing partnership with WFAN, which will serve as the Club’s flagship station and radio rights holder. New York City FC is set to begin its inaugural season in March 2015 at Yankee Stadium.

Under the partnership, the YES Network, the pre-eminent regional sports network in the country, has acquired the rights to televise all New York City FC home and away regular season matches. YES’ match telecasts will be presented by Etihad Airways and sponsored by New York Presbyterian Hospital and Tri-State Ford Dealers.

The network will televise New York City FC matches within its traditional service area: throughout New York State and Connecticut; north and central New Jersey; and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Full presser over at

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Apparently Some Premier League Clubs Charge Kids to be Mascots

Filed under: A Fans Perspective, Business, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights

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Well, this is kind of interesting. An study by the Guardian reveals that being a mascot in the Premier League, for 11 of the clubs, is not a free situation. They found that clubs are charging for children to be mascots, with West Ham United’s the most expensive package at £600 (almost $940 USD)!!

Some clubs, including Spurs, QPR and Newcastle, do, however, offer a number of free mascot places through competitions and charities. Others do not charge at all: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton and Sunderland.

Revealed: Premier League clubs charge up to £600 for children to be mascots – The Guardian

So, the question is what all happens when you get to be a mascot. According to the study, there actually is a lot of value for the money:

The majority of the mascot packages include hospitality places at the designated match, a free kit, signed footballs, photos of the day, match tickets, and other benefits.

I guess thats not so bad actually. If I’m a kid, and my parents have a little bit of bread and don’t mind throwing down for it, this is kind of awesome. It would be a day that you would never forget and the facebook and gram images would be dope. The other side of it, for me, is damb, can we live a little bit? Does everything need to be a money making proposition.

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