Posts tagged futbol

Posted 2 weeks ago

The clocks have gone forward in Europe and it can only mean one thing – in leagues across the continent, it’s business time. In England, the surprise package of the season Liverpool are now riding high at the top of the league with goals flying in from all angles, while in Spain Atletico Madrid find themselves in the peculiar position of being third favourites to take the crown despite currently being a point clear at the top of the table.

Elsewhere, MLS is now in full swing. The Honeymoon might just be over for Toronto FC, but it just keeps on going for the Columbus Crew, and there’s also a new franchise owner who’s been trying to lure a certain Brazilian across the pond via a contract clause and… social media.

If you thought things were warming up in Europe, then they’re about to hit boiling point in Australia where the play-offs are almost upon us. We’ll be discussing the possibility of a shootout between two A-League heavyweights – Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey, as well as looking at the career of Harry Kewell, who’s just hung up his boots.

And then there’s the small matter of a brand new European international tournament to fill the void that often appears during a year that ends in an odd number. Could UEFA’s League of Nations be a masterstroke by Michel Platini, or a very complicated way to expel the meaningless friendly from the international arena?

This week’s top snap on the #whereisfootball Instagram project comes courtesy of Chris Cloud, whose fantastic shot of Joel Lindpere’s ‘Red Seat’ at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey will now be gracing the pod’s cover art for the next seven days.

Remember, you can get in touch with the team by emailing, or on Twitter @AFRvoice. You can also find us on iTunes here.

Posted 1 month ago

With Jersey Week in MLS now in full swing, this week’s podcast is getting into the spirit of things by delving into the delights of the highest footballing fashion that 2014 has had to offer so far. We’re talking Portland’s exquisite third kit, San Jose’s 40th anniversary rebrand, as well as the finest kits that will be gracing this summer’s World Cup. And once again, the Dutch have not let us down.

Speaking of Brazil 2014, with only 100 days to go until the tournament kicks off we’ll be taking a peek across the Atlantic to see how preparations are going, check up on the wrangles between the host cities and FIFA, and discuss the air conditioning requirements of an airport terminal that consists of a canvas tent.

Back in Europe, we’ll also be looking at why Alan Pardew could soon be the technical area’s worst enemy, a fiery Madrid derby, the continued domination of Bayern’s winning machine in the Bundesliga, and how Manchester City claimed the first piece of silverware of the English season.

The finest snap to grace the #whereisfootball Instagram project this week was this shot of Western Sydney Wanderers in Asian Champions League action, courtesy of user bachelorpaad. As per usual, it will now become the podcast’s cover art and Twitter avatar for the next week. Make sure you keep uploading photos – next week, it could be you.

Remember, you can get in touch with the team by emailing, or on Twitter @AFRvoice. You can also find us on iTunes here.

Posted 3 months ago

In a week that has seen football lose one of its all-time greats, we’ll be taking a look at the dazzling career and life of the one and only Eusebio, including some of the tributes that have been paid to the man who scored more than a goal a game for his club side Benfica, and lit up the 1966 World Cup by becoming the tournament’s top scorer.

We’ll also be taking a look at the steps being taken by Real Madrid to banish far-right ultras from the Bernabeu, and get stuck right into AFR’s exceptionally well put together “Best Of Football Writing 2013”. As you can probably guess from the title, it’s a compilation of some of last year’s finest pieces of writing about the beautiful game from across the web, and you can check it out right here.

We’ve also got our first feature interview of 2014, which sees us talking to Serie A expert and author of “20 Great Italian Games” Giancarlo Rinaldi about the weekend’s top of the table clash between Juventus and Roma, Fiorentina’s bid for a Champions League spot, and of course, just what does the rest of the season hold for Queen of the South in the Scottish Championship?

This week’s finest and most fitting photo on the #whereisfootball Instagram project comes from AFR’s very own Dominic Vieira, who was in Benfica’s Estádio da Luz on Monday to witness Eusebio’s final lap of honour.

Remember, you can get in touch with the team by emailing, or on Twitter @AFRvoice. You can also find us on iTunes here.

Posted 4 months ago

In the last week, football in the US has received its fair share of drama – the national team was drawn in a ‘Group of death’ for the 2014 World Cup and we witnessed one of the most dramatic MLS Cup finals in recent memory. Who better to provide analysis than former USMNT international and Kansas defender Jimmy Conrad? Jimmy, who you can enjoy plenty more of on the brilliant Kick TV, told us about the unique experience of playing at a World Cup, as well as identifying the secrets of Sporting Kansas’ recent successes on and off the field.

That exclusive interview is accompanied by our very own debrief of the highly anticipated World Cup draw, including a look at the chances of the big boys – Brazil, Spain, Holland and Argentina. And, lest we forget, the official ball of the tournament was announced last week – we give our take on the ‘Brazuca’ and reminisce on our favourite World Cup balls.

All that plus a Bundesliga round-up, news of a goalkeeper joining WWE and our outrage that Zlatan has been snubbed for the Ballon d’Or shortlist.

Keep an ear out for next week’s Christmas Show Special, featuring a hint of cheap champagne, questionable festive jumpers and acclaimed journalist Guillem Balague, who will be discussing his new book, ‘Messi’ – an in-depth and illuminating study of the life of… well, the clue is in the name!

This week the #whereisfootball project takes us to the hills and mountainsn of Bhutan, where Yeji Hyun caught these breathtaking shots.

Remember, you can get in touch with the team by emailing, or on Twitter @AFRvoice. You can also find us on iTunes here.

Posted 4 months ago

With the world’s eyes turning to Brazil for this week’s World Cup draw, we’ll be discussing whether the country will in fact be ready to host 32 teams once next Summer comes round. After a series of missed deadlines, a tragic disaster at the stadium that’s due to host the opening match of the tournament, and the country attempting to construct more stadiums than it needs to, how much of a realistic possibility is it that everything won’t be completed in time?

Moving back across the Atlantic, we’ll also be profiling Fulham’s new boss (and his somewhat animalistic instincts), take a look at what has been dubbed the Football League’s “Black Monday”, and also check in on Serie A to see why the wheels are starting to come off for Roma, and how 12,000 school children have been putting Juventus’ ultras to shame.

This week’s feature interview is with sports and music writer, and AFR contributor, Aniefiok Ekpoudom. He’ll be chatting to us about the curious case of Southampton’s Gaston Ramirez, and telling us why a man who we’ll most likely see playing for Uruguay next Summer at the World Cup just can’t get a start in the Premier League. Aniefiok also has his own blog, which you can check out here.

Our favourite #whereisfootball photo this week is courtesy of Saf Hossain, whose sunset shot taken at Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road will be adorning our cover art this week.

Remember, you can get in touch with the team by emailing, or on Twitter @AFRvoice. You can also find us on iTunes here.

Posted 4 months ago

The show has cast a spotlight on a huge collection of leagues this season – La Liga, Serie A, MLS and even the top tiers in Afghanistan and Mongolia. This week, we finally uncork our coverage of Ligue 1 by getting a full lowdown from French football expert, AFR contributor and French Football Weekly editor Andrew Gibney. We’ll find out the latest on the hooliganism that recently blighted the league, salivate over Zlatan, hail the unexpected brilliance of Lille and try to make sense of the zero to hero national team.

The show’s main debate circles around an increasingly beleaguered Jose Mourinho – is ‘The Special One’ no longer special? Read AFR writer Nicol Hay’s fantastic article to find the spark of the discussion. We’ll also be profiling the dramatic rise of 21-year-old Basle centre-back Fabian Schär – from Swiss banker to one of the most promising defenders in Europe in the space of three years. And if you want to hear all about a very unlikely candidate for the most competitive league on the planet, this is the show to tune in to.

The most remarkable #whereisfootball photo to be captured in the last seven days was by friend of AFR and stellar football photographer Ryu Voelkel. He snapped one of the most enduring pictures to be taken from the unforgettable World Cup playoff duel between Sweden and Portugal.

Remember, you can get in touch with the team by emailing, or on Twitter @AFRvoice. You can also find us on iTunes here.

Posted 6 months ago

This week’s show sees us take a look at Sam Allardyce picking up where Spain left off in the tactical genius department, Zlatan raising his hands to the lasers in France’s Classique, Roma continuing their perfect start to the Serie A season, and asking the big question: if Jose Mourinho really can smell goals, then what do they actually smell like?

With Ben out of action on the audio treatment table, this week’s pod sees us get in broadcaster and journalist Olly Greenleaves on an emergency loan, who helps us get the World Cup countdown truly started with an in-depth look at a very attractive looking dark horse for the tournament – Belgium. Olly recently interview national team boss Marc Wilmots, so we’ve got the inside scoop on who’s first on the team sheet, what a very excited Belgian population expects of the team, and just how far they can go in Brazil.

We’ll also be enjoying extracts from Harry Redknapp’s upcoming book, go against Gus Poyet’s wishes by comparing him directly to Paolo Di Canio, and put forward a pretty comprehensive case for why you should never try and commit a crime in the vicinity of a Serie A footballer.

Our cover art is courtesy of Instagram user Kaanis21, whose snap of Marseille’s Stade Velodrome was our favourite #whereisfootball photo this week. Magnifique.

As always, feel free to get in touch with us - tweet @AFRvoice or email You can also find us on iTunes here.

Posted 6 months ago

On this week’s edition we delve into the two big managerial talking points raging in the English Premier League: does Manchester United’s 4-1 derby day defeat at the Etihad spell early trouble for David Moyes, and does the sacking of Paolo Di Canio highlight the managerial short-termism that riddles the English leagues?

Away from Manchester we track some equally enormous clashes from the weekend — including the Boateng brothers going toe to toe in the Bundesliga, Lazio and Roma locking horns once more in Serie A and the battle of the billionaire clubs, PSG and AS Monaco.

We toasted another podcast in the bag by propping our arm on the post, looking to the floor and crossing our legs — otherwise known as ‘Henrying’. AFR supremo Eric Beard spoke to us to explain how the original pose from the Red Bulls striker, and it’s many superb parodies, went viral across social media this week.

Our Instagram #whereisfootball winner this week is Angelica Tanneryd in Stockhom, Sweden. Her image will be proudly draped over our Soundcloud, iTunes and Twitter coverart for the next 7 days.

As always, feel free to get in touch with us - tweet @AFRvoice or email You can also find us on iTunes - now get out of here before we fire you.

Posted 7 months ago

It’s that time of year again – the nights are drawing in, you’re wrestling with the decision of whether to turn the heating on or not, and it’s once again acceptable to have a piping-hot soup for lunch. This can only mean one thing – the Champions League is back.

In this week’s AFR Voice we’ll be taking a look at the runners and riders, potential dark horses, and favourites for this year’s instalment of Europe’s premier club competition, and why it could be the best Champions League EVER (you heard it here first).

We’ll then be discussing the Rainbow Laces Movement, which aims to change attitudes and make football more gay-friendly, as it looks to tackle what is still a huge taboo in the game and gain traction at clubs around the UK this weekend.

Then it’s onto World Cup qualification heartbreak for Cape Verde, before speaking to ESPN FC and AFR writer Dermot Corrigan in Madrid about Gareth Bale’s debut, Cristiano Ronaldo’s new deal, and what we can expect from Real Sociedad in Europe this season.

As per usual our cover art is made up of our favourite #whereisfootball photo of the week, and this week the honour goes to this sublime snap by Instagram user @aveba in Marseille, France.

Don’t forget to get in touch – tweet us at @AFRvoice or fire some electronic mail our way at You can also find us on iTunes here.

Posted 7 months ago

The AFR Voice team have trekked all over the globe once more this week - making sense of Jose Mourinho’s cautious tactics at Old Trafford, questioning the ethics of Manchester City trying to buy a club in the A-League and hailing the phenomenal attendance at the Seattle-Portland Cascadian derby. The latter was the scene of this week’s #whereisfootball winner and proudly adorns our cover art for the next seven days.

All that audio travelling pales into insignificance compared to photographers Gad Salner and Vadim Tarasov, who have clocked up hundreds of actual miles to explore the lower-leagues of Israeli football.

In an interview with Gad, we hear how the pair went about compiling a set of photos that powerfully depict the grit and spirit at the bottom of the footballing pyramid, and its ability to carve through political and social tensions. There’s a film in the works too.

As always we welcome your contributions – tweet us at @AFRvoice or email

Posted 8 months ago

supporter, fan, interested. what are you?

i’ve had this conversation with many soccer heads from a couple of continents. here’s what i’ve gathered as the definitions of soccer fandom

football supporter: 


these are the people willing to bleed for their club (not team, club). we root for the laundry. we root for the colors. players come and go, coaches and managers come and go, but supporters are die hard. i myself support four clubs in this fashion: Detroit City FC (hometown always takes precedence), FC Schalke 04 (i speak German and fell in love with this club in 2009. reminds me of Detroit in a way), Clapton FC (a lower-level club with rabid fans, much like DCFC), and Mangotsfield United (who accepted me with open arms, also very rabid support, also lower-level). 

personally, i don’t think one can support two teams that will play each other regularly. if you have a club in each league you feel for, i say go for it. NOW, as far as individual players, root for who you want. Americans love quality sport in general (read: we’re front runners to a degree).

soccer fans:


to be a fan of a squad means one doesn’t root against them, but your day isn’t ruined if they don’t do well. to use me as an example, i root for AC Milan and Juventus. i don’t lose sleep when they don’t do well, especially since Italian soccer fans wouldn’t want me to like any of their teams. it’s nice to keep up with different types of ball, and quality players, but it goes no further from there.

interested in a club’s results:


say you’re new to the game, or it’s hard to find results of a certain league (Qatar, Russia, China, MLS), or your don’t really have a horse in the race? i’d say you’re just interested. you’re not kissing any badges, not waking up at ungodly hours or risking downloading a nasty computer virus to watch games. it’s more of a passing fancy. there’s nothing wrong with this, just don’t make the mistake of calling oneself a supporter. 

these, of course are open to interpretation. and of course, some will disagree with my opinion here. but, truth is, just watch soccer. it’s communal, fun, and most of all, for everyone.

thank you, 

Detroit Footballer.

Posted 8 months ago

Pink Pingrees all day all night.

btw, that’s my brother being interviewed before our worst performance of the season. it was a 0-0 draw with a team who’s only point earned this season was against us.

Posted 8 months ago

Futbol So Hard Invitational Vase.
Detroit soccer is beginning to stretch out.

Posted 10 months ago

#ComeOnPingrees #DetroitCityFutbolLeague

i’m very proud of my pink and blacks today. i had to miss today’s game for a doctor’s appointment for my son. obviously, kids are more important than ANY soccer game, let alone a coed, “just for fun” league game. but truth be told, after years of wanting…

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Posted 10 months ago

“In my career, I have made maybe two or three fouls that I say are dirty fouls and not correct,” Jones says. He is sitting in a chair in the lobby of the USA’s hotel here ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Jamaica. “It’s the same at my club. When you have four players in front of you who attack with you but who don’t come back [and defend] with you, they leave you alone and I always have to break the game down and stop it so they can come back.

“Sometimes the [fans] say, ‘What are you doing? Why do you get so many yellow cards?’ But when the others score the goals, they don’t say, ‘You made the [expletive] work so they can make the goal.’ When you play [as a holding midfielder], you know you have that [expletive] position and nobody talks about you, they talk about the strikers. But you make the most work for everybody and need to play them the ball to make the goal. That’s a part of what we do and that’s okay.”

Jones’ tendency to the dirty work may be overlooked by fans. But it doesn’t go unnoticed by others on the US national team.

Is Jermaine Jones misunderstood [Fox Soccer Exclusive]

The thankless job of a holding midfielder.

Footy love, nikhak 

(via thefootyqueen)

never overlooked by myself, mostly because it’s the position i play. every team needs blue collar workers, bad guys, soldiers (pardon the usage). i about never score, but i will hold up play, make a professional foul, or release the pressure on the back line.

Jermaine is my favorite USMNT player and mos def my favorite Schalker. i’ve never once heard him speak English, but i don’t care. after David Regis, it’s nice that we have people with American lineage on the national Mannschaft. 

and let’s be real: the other team needs someone to be afraid of.