Soccer Stories

Leander Schaerlaeckens
An unexpected soccer story in your inbox every Tuesday. By Leander Schaerlaeckens.
Created 07 May 2021
  • Soccer Stories is taking a little break
    16 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Some handsome young men in a joyful gathering. (Photo credit: Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) Hi there, paying subscriber! Have I told you lately that you’re some of my favorite people in the world? Becaus...
  • Why Can’t the USMNT Win Over More Hispanic-American Fans?
    09 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    Mexico fans celebrate a win over the U.S. men's national team after a World Cup qualifier in Columbus, OH in 2016. When the United States men’s national team resumes its World Cup qualifying campaign ...
  • How a Tifo Gets Made
    02 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    (Photo credit: Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty Images) Cloud 9 doesn’t do a tifo—a fancy Italian soccer word for a large banner hung from the stadium rafters—for every home game of NJ/NY Gotham FC, the Na...
  • How Not to Go Broke in Professional Sports
    26 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    (Photo credit: Amobi Okugo) Amobi Okugo had made it. He was the sixth overall draft pick by the Philadelphia Union after his freshman season at UCLA. As a rookie in 2010, he made a guaranteed salary o...
  • And Then a 13-Year-Old Entered the Game…
    19 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Axel Kei. (Photo credit: RSL Communications) Did you feel it too? A shudder down your spine, quick but unmistakable? Back on the night of Oct. 8? If you did, you’ve probably been a fan of American soc...
  • Soccer Viewers Are Exactly as Biased as You Thought They Were
    12 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 1
    Senegal plays Poland in Moscow at the 2018 World Cup. (Photo credit: Federico Gambarini/picture alliance via Getty Images) Last year, a study commissioned by the Professional Footballers’ Association ...
  • How an International Soccer Match Gets Made
    05 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    United States Women's Captain Alex Morgan leads the team out against Paraguay in Cincinnati. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images) The United States men’s national team has two World Cup ...
  • Dutch Soccer Weirdos: Wesley Sneijder
    28 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    This is the second in a series of Dutch Soccer Weirdos, on weirdos who are Dutch and also people in soccer. The first weirdo addressed was Louis van Gaal. Soccer Stories Dutch Soccer Weirdos: Louis va...
  • Did Foursquare’s Co-Founder Disrupt Lower-League Soccer?
    21 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 1
    Dennis Crowley doing some kind of tech talk, presumably. (Photo credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images.) Nobody would have blamed Dennis Crowley for picking a less daunting hobby. But back in 2015, the long-...
  • Dutch Soccer Weirdos: Louis van Gaal
    14 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    I’m trying something new over here at Soccer Stories. It’s an intermittent series called Dutch Soccer Weirdos. One of my first stories in this newsletter was about Johan Cruyff, the arch-Dutch Soccer ...
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