A photo of "Crowley's Tour" from the French newspaper Le Miroir des Sports. December 13, 1938.

The First European Teams

By Massimo Foglio The first footprints of football in Europe date back to Thursday, November 25, 1897. American art students in Paris, attending either the National School of Fine Arts or the Académie Julian, decided to demonstrate a custom from their homeland by staging a football game, hosted by the Racing Club de France. In…

Jürgen Klinsmann leads training for the USMNT in 2014. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Roundtable: Jürgen Klinsmann—A Retrospective

 By Benjamin Dettmar, Zach Bigalke, Cedrick Heraux, and Patrick Salkeld Hired in July 2011, fired in November 2016; Jürgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach of the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) divides US soccer fans. It also divides our contributors. Klinsmann came to the US after a prominent career as a player and a…

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Review of Soccer without Borders

Kirschbaum, Erik. Soccer without Borders: Jurgen Klinsmann, Coaching the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team and the Quest for the World Cup. New York, NY: Picador Press, 2016. Pp. xxv+358. Author’s Note and Index. $25 hardcover. Reviewed by Cedrick G. Heraux Hired in July 2011 to coach the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT), Jurgen Klinsmann…

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Review of The World Through Soccer

Bar-On, Tamir. The World Through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Pp. xxiii+307. Appendix, notes, bibliography, and index. $92.00 hardback, $89.99 electronic book. Reviewed by Zachary R. Bigalke Anyone who has watched soccer in recent years has seen a dizzying array of different formations and tactics being…