Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Every year thousands of soccer balls are donated to the developing world by relief agencies. But they often go flat, so Tim Jahnigen, with the help of Sting and others, created a new type of ball that never wears out or needs a pump.
Monday, September 24, 2012
In mid-August, news reports brought a lot of attention to Major League Soccer’s plan to build a new stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. Since then little, if any, details of the $300 million proposal have come out.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Soccer may be the world’s game, but it has a surprisingly American soundtrack.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
By Beth Fertig
During the summer, it seems like every field in the city is occupied by a softball or soccer game, no matter the hour. The demand is especially strong at night when working adults have time to play, but the city has a limited number of lit fields. WNYC took a tour of some of those fields and the adults that carve out time to play after the sun has set.
Friday, July 06, 2012
Last year the women's soccer team from Iran was prevented from playing a qualifying match for the 2012 Olympics because they refused to remove their hijabs before kickoff. Female Muslim soccer players often find themselves in the same predicament on their local fields, even in North America. But all that might change, thanks to a new decision by the International Federation of Association Football.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
Spain's Gerard Pique is one of the world's best and most versatile defenders, known for his smooth passing out of the back and perfectly-timed tackles. Meanwhile, Italy's Mario Balotelli is all power. Fast, nimble, and an excellent striker of the ball, the son of Ghanaian immigrants has become one of the breakout stars of the Euro 2012 finals.
The two will surely clash multiple times today, but both will have big voices from the music world on their side.
Friday, June 29, 2012
After the national anthems are finished, the focus of the Euro 2012 final will be squarely on the field. But in the background of what's sure to be a fantastic soccer match, there's still plenty of music to be heard.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Before the Euro 2012 final even starts on Sunday, both Italy and Spain will display their national melodies front and center. What exactly will the players be singing (or humming along with) when their anthems are played?
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
If Spain's national soccer team wins its semifinal this afternoon and goes on to win a second consecutive European championship, then many say that La Roja (the Red) would have earned the right to be called "the greatest sports team of all time."
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
By Jorteh Senah
As the underdog in the Eurozone financial crisis, Greece found itself in a similar position as the country faced Germany in the quarterfinals of the Euro Cup. This time there was no bailout; Germany defeated their troubled Eurozone partners 4-2.
Friday, June 22, 2012
In the Euro Cup soccer tournament today, Greece plays Germany in a big quarterfinal matchup. The game takes place in the context of tensions between the two countries over the European debt crisis. Martin Rauchbauer, Director of Deutsches Haus at NYU and Dimitris Filippidis, program director at Hellas FM discuss what's at stake in the game, what's at stake in their economies, and the ties between the two countries.
Greek-Americans, German-Americans -- are you watching today's match? What do you make of the state of relations between the two countries, and will the game help or hurt? The phones are open! 212-433-9692 or comment below.
Friday, June 01, 2012
The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship will kick off a week from today. Normally it's a cause for celebration, but concerns that some racist fans in the host countries of Poland and the Ukraine will harm black and Asian fans and players have dominated any discussion about the tournament. Is racism really that entrenched in European soccer?
Friday, May 18, 2012
It's Europe's biggest sporting event and should take in more viewers than the Super Bowl. This Saturday, the 2012 Champions League Final will see Germany's Bayern Munich take on the United Kingdom's Chelsea FC in the soccer match of the year. What's the big deal? Grant Wahl, senior writer at Sports Illustrated, explains.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Simon Kuper, co-author with Stefan Szymanski of the book Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the US, Japan, Australia, Turkey-and Even Iraq-Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport, talks about the economics of soccer--as the English Premier League and Champions League gear up for the finals--and the Euro Cup and Olympics this summer--and why the U.S. can't seem to compete.
Friday, March 23, 2012
The impulse to archive isn't restricted to dying languages or ancient relics. Sometimes you archive something simply because you love it. Fanchants.co.uk is a repository of more than 20,000 soccer fan chants from all over the world. It started as a business and remains one - but it's become a labor of love. Bob speaks with Michael Dennis, a co-founder of Fan Chants.