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  • Will Marshall
    Published 3 months ago
    Final Four (Part 2 of 4)

    Final Four (Part 2 of 4)

    I learned a lot in my four years of soccer at the University of Pittsburgh. My soccer IQ increased drastically in my last 2 and a half years. Thinking back on it now, it’s absolutely insane that I got to play for a coaching staff of that caliber. I was recruited by mostly Division III schools in high school. I didn’t play for a very high-level club. The high school I went to was not on the map for soccer, at least not since the 90s. I got to Pitt mostly because, like my year at West Chester, things just seemed to fall into place.
  • Will Marshall
    Published 3 months ago
    Final Four (Part 1 of 4)

    Final Four (Part 1 of 4)

    Highmark Stadium sits in the shadow of Mt. Washington on the south shore of the Monongahela River. Built in 2012 on the same ground that used to house the Chevrolet Amphitheatre, Highmark Stadium became the new home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. It gave soccer a presence in Pittsburgh. I first stepped foot into Highmark Stadium some time in 2013. I started training there as a part of the Riverhounds Goalkeeper Academy. It was difficult to find consistent and quality technical goalkeeper training in the Pittsburgh area back then and the club I played for didn’t offer consistent goalkeeper training. I remember thinking about how cool it was that I got to train on that field.
  • Rakesh Sharma
    Published 3 months ago
    TRD vs OSTN dream11 / TRD vs OSTN dream11 team

    TRD vs OSTN dream11 / TRD vs OSTN dream11 team

    TRD vs OSTN Dream11 predictions and stats mentioned below are to help you prepare your dream11 teams, basic thing that we look to prepare our dream11 team is to go through the key factors mentioned below.
  • Yuni Liang
    Published 3 months ago
    Bye Football

    Bye Football

    Football was a sport I grew up playing, I can’t even remember when I first touched a ball because it was so long ago. Never in a million years did I think I was going be saying bye. I grew up playing recreational soccer, and my parents never agreed with me playing it but even though I put even more pressure on myself to make sure I was playing to my fullest potential.
  • Charlie Doukas
    Published 3 months ago
    MY FOOTBALL: neighbourhood street football

    MY FOOTBALL: neighbourhood street football

    When I was growing up, there was this park that my cousins and I would always go and play at before we could even walk. The park was always full of heaps of children that we played with and we would always be running around having the times of our lives and laughing. Then one day when we were a bit older a small junior sized astro football pitch was built at the park. The pitch was specifically built for the club who used to play there for their junior teams but it was open to the public to play on.
  • Charlie Doukas
    Published 3 months ago
    MY FOOTBALL: where it all began

    MY FOOTBALL: where it all began

    Football, it truly is the world game. The connection between fans and their team, a sense of feeling connected within a family of people all over the world, people who don't even know you exist but share your same joy and passion through the same team you follow. The joy experienced by billions around the world when someone scores the match winning goal or makes that last minute goal line save. The roar of the crowd that shows the level of passion people reach together as a whole through football. The passion that allows everybody to enjoy their team with others who have that exact same passion. All of the emotion that football brings to people all over the world and how it links billions together no matter who they are or where they're from is what makes football the beautiful game.
  • Abbas Miah
    Published 3 months ago
    Is this the end of Barcelona?-Most humiliating football game in history

    Is this the end of Barcelona?-Most humiliating football game in history

    It was a night of utter humiliation for Barcelona as they went out of the Champions League after a crushing defeat by Bayern Munich.
  • Anna Klaus
    Published 3 months ago
    Why German fans don’t care for matches any more

    Why German fans don’t care for matches any more

    Due to the Corona crisis, the German Football League was also brought to a complete standstill. From May onwards, the ball is now rolling again - but without fans in the stadiums. The strict hygiene regulations make it impossible for football fans to visit a stadium and cheer on their favourite team. So the remaining matches of the season will take place without spectators.
  • Andy Potts
    Published 3 months ago
    Ploughing on

    Ploughing on

    Sheffield is a city steeped in football history – and part of that heritage has been preserved against the odds. The Plough Inn, overlooking the historic Sandygate ground in the western suburbs of the South Yorkshire city, was scheduled for demolition. Even the local planning officers supported a scheme that would have seen the 19th-century watering hole levelled and replaced by housing. However, the city council rejected the proposal, in no small part due to the pub’s place in the birth of the beautiful game.
  • Andy Potts
    Published 3 months ago
    Fussball unplugged

    Fussball unplugged

    German football is often held up as a model of how the spectator experience should be. From the vast, swaying yellow wall of terracing at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion to the self-styled anarchy of St. Pauli, the Bundesliga and beyond reflects the football many in England wish they could remember.
  • Andy Potts
    Published 4 months ago
    Making yourself at home

    Making yourself at home

    West Allotment Celtic, a non-league football team from North Tyneside, announced over the summer that it was moving back to its roots to play Northern League football at Palmersville Community Centre. Three years ago, I saw the team play its first game at Druids Park, making an emergency landing near Newcastle Airport after a rent hike forced it out of the Northumberland FA ground at Whitley Park. This text first appeared on Groundhoppers.blog. More images of West Allotment, at Druid Park and Whitley Park, can be found here.
  • Mansur Abdulla
    Published 4 months ago
    The mistake to greatness

    The mistake to greatness

    Mistakes happen, it’s a very complex element of life because of the aftermath it shapes up. Sometimes out of these mistakes, a greater outcome forms from learning from that mistake and then there’s the heavier kind of mistakes, the ones where the outcome is not positive and at times has no outcome. Knowing this earlier would’ve done favors for Jack Carlington, a twenty three year old scottish local in Celtic who played in a semi pro team. Jack is a good,hardworking, and disciplined man who dreamed of being a professional football player just like his father. He’d wake up five in the morning and head to the field to practice because he was a believer in practice makes perfect and as insane as this routine looks on paper, it really displayed his determination and will to achieve his dream. In the afternoons, he’d do a light workout focusing on the little things such as his flexibility and mobility. At the evenings, he’d go to the nearby local football club to watch a game and from that game, he’d analyze every little detail such as how the players position themselves to receive the ball, how they work together to thread seamless plays and breakdown the opposition. Jack was a huge admirer of Johan Cruyff, a Dutch legend, considered to be one of the most influential figures in football history, and Jack was inspired by the visual Cruyff had of football. It all looked possible for Jack until one day changed the course of everything, as he was playing in a match against the local rival team.