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Good Soccer Reads: Television debuts in America, tactics and finances in England

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In this week’s edition of Good Soccer Reads, compiled from the XI twitter feed, we highlight a new show on the American broadcast landscape, drinking the “hatorade,” a rare profile of Michael Bradley and more. If you want to receive the Good Soccer Reads e-mail digest weekly, be sure to subscribe now! 1. Commentary: Debut of …

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Good Soccer Reads: Happy to be in MLS, crossing boundaries, and getting in the family business

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In this week’s edition of Good Soccer Reads, compiled from the XI twitter feed, we highlight players at both ends of MLS, an American who tried to resist soccer but now appreciates the numerous opportunities it has provided him, and more. If you want to receive the Good Soccer Reads e-mail digest weekly, be sure …

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Good Soccer Reads: Owners with issues, and countries before and after major tournaments

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In this week’s edition of Good Soccer Reads, compiled from the XI twitter feed, we highlight the latest captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team, the measures owners will go to in order to elevate their club and personal reputations, and more. If you want to receive the Good Soccer Reads e-mail digest weekly, be …

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Good Soccer Reads: A Peak Behind the Whistle, and Soccer and Colonialism in the Estado Novo

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In this week’s edition of Good Soccer Reads, compiled from the XI twitter feed, we highlight the lifestyles of referees, opposing stories of strikers, and more. If you want to receive the Good Soccer Reads e-mail digest weekly, be sure to subscribe now! 1. The Full Volley: Shadowing the MLS All-Star referee Zac Lee Rigg | …

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Issue three extract – Todos Estamos con Univision: How the World Cup Built a Network

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Source: Terry Ross/Flickr In XI issue three, Tom Dunmore recounts the rise of the Univision television network, which began in 1955 as a local Spanish-language station in San Antonio. In the decades since, the network has expanded to become a power in Spanish programming, as well as a ratings magnet in recent years. One of the ways …

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Issue three extract – Steaming to South America: The First American World Cup Team

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Photo: Nationaal Archief/Flickr In XI issue three, we recount the story of the first World Cup, in 1930, and the first American World Cup squad, which finished higher than any U.S. men’s team has in the eight decades since. From the origins of the team, to the players on the squad, and the game action, step back in …

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Good Soccer Reads: Villainous owners, Italian co-ownership of players, and soccer’s outlaws

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In this week’s edition of Good Soccer Reads, compiled from the XI twitter feed, we highlight ownership of club and players, in very different forms, how youth development actually looks on the field, and more. If you want to receive the Good Soccer Reads e-mail digest weekly, be sure to subscribe now! 1. A villain’s guide …

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Issue Three Extract – Following in Fredy’s Footsteps? Colombians in MLS

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  Photo: Bernie Zimmermann/Flickr In XI issue three, Nick Dorrington discusses the trends of Colombian players in MLS. Although Colombians represent a substantial portion of the international player pool in the league, the reasons for the influx have changed from year to year, and cases like that of former Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero have shown the …

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Good Soccer Reads: Evolution in EPL culture, supporter culture near and far

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In this week’s edition of Good Soccer Reads, compiled from the XI twitter feed, we highlight triumph and survival in Iraq, supporters in bars and stadiums, religious considerations and more. If you want to receive the Good Soccer Reads e-mail digest weekly, be sure to subscribe now! 1. Iraq’s Under-20 team bringing smiles to the faces …

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