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Prize-winning Club Frontera documentary screening & discussion Wednesday at Villanova

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Club Frontera, an award-winning documentary about Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles, will be screened for free at Villanova University Wednesday followed by a discussion with the director.

We came for Ronaldinho, but found Tijuana By Maxi Rodriguez and...

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We came for Ronaldinho, but found Tijuana

By Maxi Rodriguez and Zack Goldman

There's a first time for everything, and this weekend, the AFR team took hopefully the first of many trips South of the Border.

World Cup

The Best of Football Writing in 2014 Every year since 2011, A...

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The Best of Football Writing in 2014

Every year since 2011, A Football Report has published an annual Best of Football Writing list.

What was once a way for us to simply appreciate and remember the preceding 12 months has grown into a full-fledged community activity, with every corner of the world submitting their favourite articles, photographs, films, and football-inspired designs.

The Search Is On: Help Us Find The Best of Football Writing in...

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The Search Is On: Help Us Find The Best of Football Writing in 2014 2014 had everything. It came and left us with a blur. Spectrums of all varieties were filled end-to-end. Of good and bad. Of wonderstrikes and dubious misses. Every surprise seemed to be matched by an inevitability.

64 games. 64 seconds. - An Animation By Ruckspiel The football...

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64 games. 64 seconds. - An Animation By Ruckspiel

The football collective Ruckspiel decided to create a video installation called Playplan, capturing the 2014 World Cup.

Where Unrest Fights Regret: A Reflection on Maradona By Kizito...

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Where Unrest Fights Regret: A Reflection on Maradona

ByKizito Madu

The folly of youth is thinking itself invincible; so the adage of not declaring a man as having lived a happy life until he is on his deathbed still holds true mainly because of youth's naïveté.

Watching People Watching The World Cup You’ve seen the...

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Watching People Watching The World Cup

You've seen the thousands of photos of goal celebrations, player reactions, and crushing images of fans sitting alone in stadiums.

Capturing The 2014 World Cup: A Photographer’s...

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Capturing The 2014 World Cup: A Photographer's Guide

Words and Photography by Ryu Voelkel

It's been a while. So forgive me.

The Calm and The Storm: Lionel Messi’s Moment By Anthony...

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The Calm and The Storm:Lionel Messi's Moment

By Anthony Lopopolo

When he was a kid, Lionel Messi used to take a one-hour siesta in the afternoon. He would sleep 10 hours a night. He wasn't really bothered.

Brazil vs. Germany, without Brazil Brazil didn’t show up...

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Brazil vs. Germany, without Brazil

Brazil didn't show up against Germany. So, naturally, here are Germany's seven goals against Brazil in an alternate universe where Brazil literally didn't show up.

More Than Just a Flag The World Cup is often portrayed as an...

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More Than Just a Flag

The World Cup is often portrayed as an event that brings a diversity of countries together, but it's not just the teams, so much as the diverse people who make up each of those countries.

Regardless of color, creed, or orientation, we're all fans, and we're all family.

Google x The World Cup Whether it’s welcoming Pirlo to the...

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Google x The World Cup

Whether it's welcoming Pirlo to the Amazon, a bit of father's day football, or celebrating a rematch of the World Cup final, Google have created unique homepage animations for every match.

The Cost of the Cup, by PEZ Addressing the current emotions...

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The Cost of the Cup, by PEZ

Addressing the current emotions surrounding the World Cup in Brazil,the sketchbook of French artist PEZ captures the heart of the issues at hand.

Depicting the opinions of many Brazilians who consider the cost of the World Cup to be excessive, PEZ uses line, shape and an instantly recognizable figure to represent a typical favela buckling under the weight of geopolitical concerns and currency.

Predicting the World Cup with the Soccer Power Index (SPI) With...

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Predicting the World Cup with the Soccer Power Index (SPI)

With the World Cup only a day away, all eyes are on Brazil. From tournament previews to the bookmakers' odds, everyone is trying to figure out who will impress and who will fall flat on the grandest stage.

The Game Before The Game Every four years, as we lick our chops...

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The Game Before The Game

Every four years, as we lick our chops and zealously await the arrival of another World Cup, we get our new kit together, plan parties, and dream about all the various possibilities that one magical month can hold.

Eight by Eight Magazine x The World Cup While they won’t...

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Eight by Eight Magazine x The World Cup

While they won't be lifting any cups with 800 million people watching, Eight by Eight Magazine have gone all out to do the world's biggest sporting event justice in their new World Cup issue.

It’s All About The Cup As Terry Pratchett said, “The thing...

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It's All About The Cup

As Terry Pratchett said, "The thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football." The World Cup is as big as sport comes, and in truth that's because it extends so far into culture, music, and even politics.

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Louder than words: Brazilian graffiti clashes against the World Cup

While the protests that took place during last summer's Confederations Cup were overwhelming and affecting, recent news out of Brazil suggests that what we saw last year might have only been a precursor to a larger movement set to convene just as the World Cup looks to kick off in less than two weeks.

Street art to welcome the World Cup Brazil is dealing with...

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Street art to welcome the World Cup

Brazil is dealing with plenty of their own issues ahead of June 12, when Neymar and his countrymen will kick-off against Croatia. Brazilians are by no means solely focused on the World Cup with widespread protests taking place to address an extensive list of issues.

Blind Soccer In Bogotá The beautiful game is felt as much as it...

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Blind Soccer In Bogotá

The beautiful game is felt as much as it is seen. As our friends at American Fútbolcontinue their journey from Los Angeles to Brazil,they stopped in Bogotá, Colombia and played with Cundinamarca, one of the city's blind soccer clubs. Capturing the passion and skill that lives on behind a blindfold, the crew were humbled as they adapted to a version of the game that lives in small communities all over the world.

Playing on top of Rio de Janeiro With the World Cup only 3...

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Playing on top of Rio de Janeiro

With the World Cup only 3 weeks away, the idea here was to transport the average fan to the heart of the competition and kick around on top of Rio de Janeiro.

The artwork, known as anamorphic street art, marks the launch of the Coca-Cola's effort this summer to encourage everyone, everywhere to move more.

Photography

Alone in a Crowd Photos and Words by Nathen McVittie, writing...

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Alone in a Crowd

Photos and Words by Nathen McVittie, writing from Dublin after the Ireland-United States friendly

In a stadium that holds 52,000 people, you would expect to feel surrounded.

Where Is Football: Where Local Is International This week we go...

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Where Is Football: Where Local Is International

This week we go international. As clubs send their stars abroad, we look local. But local for you? That's global for the rest of the world.

A Sense of Life Around The Game: Non-League in Poland by Przemek...

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A Sense of Life Around The Game: Non-League in Poland by Przemek Niciejewski

Far from full stadiums, there are onlookers of every kind watching the wondrous non-league football around Poland.

Away Days: America in Europe Words and Photos by Nathen...

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Away Days: America in Europe

Words and Photos by Nathen McVittie, from USA vs Czech Republic in Prague.

After the World Cup dust has settled, soccer continues.

"Wake Up!" Words and Photos by Eric Beard and Julie Logan, from...

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"Wake Up!"

Words and Photos by Eric Beard and Julie Logan, from the NWSL Final between the Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City at Starfire Stadium

There's something immeasurably inspiring about witnessing a winner lose.

Ground From Above - Terrão de Cima by Renato Stockler "A...

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Ground From Above - Terrão de Cima by Renato Stockler

"A ‘terrão' (earthen field) is an oasis in the urban landscape. The reddish tone of a soccer field turns into a stage for resistance of popular soccer.

Where The Average Weekend Is Anything But: Portland and The...

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Where The Average Weekend Is Anything But: Portland and The Timbers Army

Photos captured by Jordan Beard

Over the past week, Portland, Oregon was situated right on the middle of the global game's map.

Through Ryu’s Lens: Embracing the game in Basel Not every...

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Through Ryu's Lens: Embracing the game in Basel

Not every match can be a World Cup final, and it won't be that way for another four years. So while we brace for a new season in Europe's major leagues, Ryu Voelkel is already back in action, traveling the continent to capture the game unseen by most.

Against All Odds: Atleti in the Camp Nou Anthony Lopopolo was at...

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Against All Odds: Atleti in the Camp Nou

Anthony Lopopolo was at the Camp Nou, camera in hand, to capture some of the scenes over the weekend.

A few seconds after Alexis Sanchez scored that first goal for Barcelona, an Atletico Madrid fan tucked underneath an overhang in Camp Nou held his head in his hands and couldn't control the tears.

Art

Football Icons, by David Diehl For all the attention that...

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Football Icons, by David Diehl

For all the attention that football pays to the future - whether it's the next match, the next transfer window or the next major international tournament - at its root, football is a sport obsessed with its own mythology.

Cristiano x Azulejo The pride of old and contemporary Portugal...

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Cristiano xAzulejo

The pride of old and contemporary Portugal collide.Designer Charis Tsevis created a series of Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired mosaic illustrations based on the great Portuguese tradition of Azulejo.

The Oldest Footballer in England Meet Dickie Borthwick....

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The Oldest Footballer in England

Meet Dickie Borthwick. He's approaching 79, and still plays football.

Beyond the immediate desire to want to kick around with him, this short film by Alex Knowles & James Callum focuses on a man who has been fortunate enough to share his whole life with the game.

Crossing the Chasm: The Polder Cup Whether it’s a...

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Crossing the Chasm: The Polder Cup

Whether it's a controversy over goal-line technology, a linesman plastered across newspapers after a dubious call, or a referee put to the sword after falling prey to a bit of simulation in the box, football is a sport preoccupied with its own minutiae.

Bounce by Guillaume Blanchet Two years of travel. Two years of...

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Bounce byGuillaume Blanchet

Two years of travel. Two years of play. Filmmaker Guillaume Blanchet has journeyed across the world with a ball at his feet. Through sand, grass, concrete and snow, the ball always bounced back. And thankfully, Guillaume brought his camera along for the ride.

madrid

Exploring Madrid: El Campo de la Cebada It wasn’t supposed to...

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Exploring Madrid: El Campo de la Cebada It wasn't supposed to be part of the plan, which was exactly the plan. The itinerary was set in the most flexible stone that can be found in all of Spain.

Uncovering the Game in Madrid Just a couple hundred meters from...

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Uncovering the Game in Madrid

Just a couple hundred meters from the Santiago Bernabéu, there are a hundred little Madrileños playing on a rooftop. A bell rings every 20 minutes. Each time, the pitch empties for a moment, only to be filled by another hundred students-turned-footballers who dream of playing on a patch of grass that's only five minutes away.

The Rest

What Happens When a Club Dies? By Zack Goldman and Maxi...

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What Happens When a Club Dies?

By Zack Goldman and Maxi Rodriguez

It's often said that a football club can form the cornerstone of a community, but few pause to consider what happens to that community when a team closes its doors.

Can the Indian Super League wake a sleeping giant? By Greg...

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Can the Indian Super League wake a sleeping giant?

By Greg Lea

An initial glance at the latest FIFA World Rankings yields few surprises: worldchampions Germany sit topwhile Argentina, the runners-up in Brazil, are second.

The Return of Nilmar By Gordon Fleetwood “Don’t they have...

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The Return of Nilmar

By Gordon Fleetwood

"Don't they have anyone better than those two?"

This question and its variants were prevalent during the World Cup as bewildered fans gazed upon host nation Brazil's less than glamorous forward line.