“I wasn’t being judged on how well I could play”: Jaiyah Saelua on being the first transgender international footballer

Archie Thompson is a name synonymous with the most obscure of sporting trivia. On 11 April 2001, the centre-forward scored thirteen times as Australia set a seemingly unbreakable world record, beating American Samoa 31-0 in an infamous FIFA World Cup qualifier. It is a record that those who inhabit the tiny

Diego Maradona seeks Argentina comeback

Football legend and former Argentina national team manager Diego Maradona felt inspired after seeing his  country lose to Nigeria 4-2 in a friendly on Tuesday. Feeling the need to criticise current manager Jorge Sampaoli for surrendering a 2-0 lead, Maradona decided to compare his managerial record with his national job

World Cup Play-offs: eight national teams, eight key players

Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Croatia, Greece, Sweden, Italy, Denmark and Republic of Ireland are the eight european teams fighting for the last four placements that give access to the World Cup next year. The play-offs start this Thursday and as in every knockout stage played in two legs, teams are unlikely

The American Nightmare

The U.S. men’s national team (USMNT) were almost certain they would qualify for the World Cup. However, after their 2-1 loss against Trinidad and Tobago, the United States will have to watch next summer’s tournament from their living rooms. What went wrong and what is next for soccer in America?  The

Mexican chant heard around the world

Mexican fans are some of the most liked and recognizable in world football. With their happy attitude, a welcoming approach, and quirky costumes they are certain to be favorites among other fans and players. Recently, however, it hasn't been the same story with FIFA and their own squad.  With Mexico’s

The FIFA Under 17 World Cup: players to look out for

The under-17 FIFA World Cup has just started. Even if usually this type of youth competition doesn't bring a lot of fans to the stadiums, by contrast, agents and scouts see this tournaments as an opportunity to buy potential future stars on the cheap. To make their work easier José