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The Criterion Channel’s ‘Beautiful Game’ Collection: Which Films to Watch

The Criterion Channel recently added nine international films centered around the beautiful game to its vaunted collection of prestigious titles. We take a look at some of our favorites,...
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Italy’s New Crest is Another Step Into the Direction of Blandness

Recently unveiled, Italy's new crest is emblematic of a design trend both in and outside of soccer — a shift towards bland, repeatable logos with little personality.  Italian clubs have...
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All Access Pass: Why Fans Are So Obsessed With BTS Football Docuseries

Despite the seemingly endless amount of football throughout the year, fans of the game continue to want more, as evident in the popularity of behind-the-scenes football docuseries. Football is...
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Andy Brassell’s ‘Football Murals’ is an Atypical Celebration of the Game’s Most Iconic Street Art

The football mural is a curious aspect of the beautiful game — not just for its oftentimes massive scale and immense beauty, but also for its tangibility in an...
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4 Talking Points from ‘All or Nothing: Arsenal’

With the recent conclusion of the All or Nothing: Arsenal season, we take a look at a handful of talking points from the Amazon series.  From HBO's Hard Knocks to Netflix's Formula 1:...
the figo affair

‘The Figo Affair’ Reveals the Origins of the Super-Transfer 

Centered around the record-breaking and controversial transfer of Luis Figo from Barcelona to Real Madrid, The Figo Affair reveals the deal's behind-the-scenes machinations that have been lost to time.  “So many people...
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‘The Only’ Documents Briana Scurry’s Triumphant Hero’s Journey

Centered on iconic USWNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry, The Only is an inspiring documentary that — in spite of its name — reminds us we're never alone.  The legendary 1999 United States women's...
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The Dream Gig: How Diego Paz Banchio Turned Passion Into a Job

Uruguayan photographer and content creator Diego Paz Banchio never thought that a few demo reels of his favorite soccer team would lead to him working with and covering clubs...
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The Urban Pitch Summer Reading List

From tactical breakdowns to deep dives on football culture, these are the books we'll be reading before the summer ends.  The summer months of a World Cup year are typically...
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‘Hustle’ is the Basketball Version of ‘Goal!’

The latest Adam Sandler film to hit Netflix, Hustle is a solid sports picture that does well in executing genre tropes and conventions. But instead of borrowing from other basketball movies,...
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‘King Otto’ May Focus on a German Figure, But It’s a Distinctly Greek Story

The latest soccer documentary to hit the big screen, King Otto is centered around how German head coach Otto Rehhagel was able to help orchestrate the Greek national team's famous...
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Get To Know Giuseppe Klain, the Designer Behind Napoli’s Diego Maradona Tribute Kits

With a multi-faceted career that includes experience in painting, photography, and architecture, it was a chance opportunity that linked Giuseppe Klain with SSC Napoli, and it forever changed his...
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Meet Artist Laury Layani, Whose Viral Vivid Portraits Have Caught the Eyes of Many Pro Athletes

Through her brilliantly colored and detailed portraits, French artist Laury Layani has been able to meet some of her sports idols — Novak Djokovic, Olivier Giroud, and Lewis Hamilton...
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Memes, But Make it Art: Inside Bruno Acanfora’s Boca Juniors Social Media Phenomenon

Behind some of the funniest and visually striking Boca Juniors memes on the internet, we get to know Bruno Acanfora and the social media frenzy that he has helped...
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‘Neymar: The Perfect Chaos’ Paints a Complex Portrait of Football’s Most Maligned Star

Giving us an intimate look at Neymar's emotional struggles and triumphs throughout his career, Neymar: The Perfect Chaos is the latest athlete docuseries to hit Netflix. We present a (mostly spoiler-free)...
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Getting to Know Two Artists Behind Some of the Most Artistic Pitches You’ll Find

Art and the beautiful game have always gone hand in hand — but artists Tristan Eaton and Geoff Gouveia have taken that to a different level, turning futsal pitches...
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Through Art and Apparel, Way Down South is Embracing the Booming Soccer Culture in Atlanta

Started as a product of Atlanta's growing soccer scene, Way Down South's mix of Southern-influenced and eye-catching designs have given it a place within city's vibrant sports community.  Even before...
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‘LFG’ May Not Be Perfect, But It’s a Must-Watch For Sports Fans and Schadenfreude Penchants Alike

Released last Thursday, HBO Max's documentary LFG gives viewers an inside look at the U.S. Women's National Team's fight for equal pay. With the content being equal parts inspiring...
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‘Ronaldo: El Presidente’ is a Refreshing Take on Sports Documentary

Honest, comprehensive, and compelling all the like, DAZN's Ronaldo: El Presidente is a nice change of pace from the overly frantic and overwhelming sports documentaries that we've become so used...
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The Top Films and Shorts From the Kicking + Screening Room

Kicking + Screening isn't just a film festival — they now host a curated library of films and shorts on their website. Dubbed the Kicking + Screening Room, the...
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