Thursday, May 16, 2013
Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Alex Schaffer
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Alex Schaffer
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Posted on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 by Alex Schaffer
Monday, May 6, 2013
Posted on Monday, May 06, 2013 by Alex Schaffer
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Grant Wahl tells the tale of Abel Rodriguez a Mexican-American who had volunteered as Real Madrid's support worker during their yearly training sessions in Los Angeles. After several years of volunteering, Rodriguez traveled to Madrid in order to view El Clasico. Arriving with no ticket, hotel accommodations, or club contacts he waited outside Valdebebas in the freezing cold before being recognized by Jose Mourinho. The Special One repay's Abel's dedication by helping his dream come true.
From the depths of a long forgotten Manchester United forum post comes the tale of the great friendship between Patrice Evra and Ji-Sung Park. Translated for the masses onto Reddit's /r/Soccer, comes the story of a friendship that began as adversaries and developed into a family. A great story demonstrating the unifying force of football.
Adidas launched a new ad campaign last week for Chelsea which covered Chelsea players in blue paint and made for some spectacular photos. Check them out here or watch the video below.
Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Alex Schaffer
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The NCAA also restricts an athlete’s ability to receive compensation in other ways. For instance, an NCAA athlete cannot have a part time job as a salesman at a car dealership where they would be able to market their notoriety into an occupation. This restriction doesn’t exist for the average American college student, nor for emerging athletes in Europe where professional contacts are common for athletes as young as 13. Even the NBA has come to the absurd conclusion that elite high school players cannot make the jump straight to their ranks and now require a gap year.
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by Alex Schaffer
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Balotelli has been a figure that has attracted attention and controversy since his entrance onto the world football stage. After an impressive Euro 2012 campaign, he has found himself out of favor with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and only been selected for 15 of the club's matches, contributing 5 goals in those appearances. After a training ground row with Mancini, many speculated that his departure from the club would come in January.
Balotelli fueled the transfer speculation with comments regarding his love for AC Milan. These comments drew controversy from supporters of his former club, Inter Milan. The fierce rivalry between the two clubs that share the San Siro has not stopped many notable players from playing for both clubs. Balotelli joins the ranks of legends such as Guiseppe Meazza, Roberto Baggio, Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Andrea Pirlo becoming the 34th player to play for both the Rossoneri and the Nerazzurri.
Balotelli joins Milan during a time of transition. After the departure of beloved veterans Genarro Gatusso, Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta, Filippo Inzaghi, Mark Van Bommel, and Gianluca Zambrotta, the club struggled to find their identity in the early stages of the season. Milan has successfully brought in several younger assets to replace the old guard, notably Stephan El Shaarawy, M'Baye Niang, and Bojan Krkic.
Balotelli's departure from the Premier League means that the world's richest league has lost one of it's most entertaining superstars. Super Mario often attracts more attention for his off the field antics, but his skill on the pitch is hardly ever questioned. Whether Balotelli will develop into the reasonable, cultured footballer that pundits somewhat unrealistically expect from him is yet to be determined. It will be interesting to see what happens next. Shine on you crazy diamond, Super Mario, the world is watching.
Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Alex Schaffer
Thursday, January 24, 2013
This defense has gained momentum in large part thanks to the ball boy's Tweets earlier in the day. In the moments, following the incident the internet quickly raced to uncover the identity of the teenage ball boy as 17 year old Charlie Morgan, son of Swansea board member Martin Morgan. The self-described "lad" had indicated earlier in the day that he was recalled to ball boy duties and would engage in time wasting.
Following the match, Hazard and Morgan met and apologized to each other. Despite the childish actions of the ball boy, Hazard's actions were certainly out of line and merit a lengthy suspension simply because of violent conduct. While both sides can and should be held responsible, it was Hazard's rash decision that made this a controversy. The time wasted by the ball boy would have been put back onto the clock in stoppage time, but Hazard's action sealed his team's fate. Swansea police have investigated the incident and determined that no criminal action will be taken.
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Alex Schaffer
At the end of the World Cup final on Sunday, Manuel Neuer cemented his place as the greatest goalkeeper in the world. Over the last mont...
This past Saturday was one of the most exciting and memorable days of my life. There are thousands of Chelsea fans around the world that...
5. Iker Casillas Iker Casillas makes it onto this list by default. Casillas is not currently the best keeper in the world, but he stan...
The opening match of the 2014 World Cup began with a fantastic spectacle, which saw a paraplegic kick the opening match ball with the help...
The term “Renaissance Man” is heard less and less in today’s world where specialization is favored, but it was the perfect term to describe...
Post World Cup Depression is a medical condition that I invented to summarize the feelings of emptiness, boredom and depression ...
Through the din of vuvuzelas, the South Africa 2010’s goal scoring began with Siphiwe Tshabalala’s thunderous left footed strike and finis...
Today’s top stories: Diego Costa has completed a medical exam ahead of his £32 million move from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea. ...
.. Hello and welcome to Episode 22 of the Full Time Football Podcast, as always, I am your host Alex Schaffer. I come to you live fr...
Subscribe and Listen on iTunes Subscribe and Listen on Stitcher I’ve had quite an eventful week since I last left you. We wer...