Tag Archives: Soccer
A conversation with Tom Sermanni about New Zealand, Australia, the USWNT and its culture, and women’s football
Tom Sermanni, head coach of New Zealand’s national women’s team, is perfectly positioned to talk about the current state of women’s football (or soccer, if you need) around the world.
Canada Soccer, Vancouver Whitecaps, and a sexual abuse story that won’t be ignored (despite some ‘best’ efforts)
A blog post by former Ireland international and Vancouver Whitecaps player Ciara McCormack 12 months ago shined a light on how Canada Soccer and Major League Soccer club Vancouver Whitecaps failed to adequately address decade-long allegations.
FIFA’s brand new era of “transparency” has kicked off with football’s world governing body by announcing the salary of new(ish) president Gianni Infantino.
The first 100 days of Gianni Infantino’s reign as FIFA President have been given a red card by lobby group #NewFIFANow. In other words, the old guy is the same as the new guy.
More than 150 Bahraini athletes, coaches, and referees were jailed after a special committee, chaired by Sheikh Salman who was then head of the Bahrain Football Association, allegedly identified them from photos of protests.
“People who are desperate then get more desperate, and sell their property, family land, houses, parents’ cars, to get on this team. But the agent says that we’re scheduled to play about 30 games so you will get the money back and more.”
Yet what was significant was who did not make it to Brussels. David Ginola, attempting to run against Blatter, was not in the house. Neither was Prince Ali Bin Hussein, a FIFA vice-president and an alternative to Blatter with some credibility even if commentators who should know better have dismissed him as “some Jordanian prince.”
Footballers Who Think About Racism, Immigration, Islam, Economics, and… Those Who Don’t Think Of That At All.
“It seems to me that all this is linked to the economic crisis. It seems to me that if there hadn’t been a crisis in 1929 then Hitler would never have obtained power. And unfortunately, during crises, people fall into despair, they don’t know anymore what to hang on to and all this gives birth to extremism.”
A future FIFA must boost the sport in ‘developing’ nations with huge populations previously ‘neglected’ by the world governing body. Specifically: India, China, Indonesia, and the United States…
Footballers in Iran’s professional women’s league are to undergo mandatory gender tests to establish that they are fully female.