A small South American fútbol club shows pride in its Palestinian roots and feeds hope to fans in the battered motherland
Amazing image by Brazilian political cartoonist Carlos Latuff. You can find more of his artwork at latuffcartoons.wordpress.com
The exploits of a small Chilean soccer team are filling the Palestinian people with pride as their national colors set out for fútbol glory in this year’s Copa Libertadores in South America.
Meet Palestino, a 95-year old club in Chile’s Primera División that has been playing some quality fútbol lately.
Last weekend they defeated Uruguay’s Nacional de Montevideo in an epic two-game playoff to qualify for the first time in 36 years to the group stage of the tournament, where they will face Argentinian powerhouse Boca Juniors.
While los Xeneizes can brag to be la mitad más uno (a half plus one) in their Buenos Aires stadium of La Bombonera, they cannot claim the hearts of an entire nation as their Chilean rivals do.
Despite playing thousands of miles away, many think of Palestino as Palestine’s second national team, an idea the club feeds proudly representing its roots and showing support for their distant brothers and sisters. Continue reading
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This year’s Super Bowl couldn’t come soon enough for an NFL that took blows from all angles, while fútbol in the United States showed promise from a coming of age fan base
I am rooting for the Seahawks to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XIL. But whatever the outcome of the game is, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will certainly have his head busy on what to do as he leads American football through the ominous road that lays ahead.
I bet you Goodell, pizzerias and I are all hoping this is a close game. I want the entertainment. Pizzerias want the money (pizza sales are higher if it’s a tight game). And Goodell will want to have some distraction, something that keeps him from thinking of the unfinished business this season brought to his desk.
The scandals have not stopped pouring down on the office on Park Avenue. Many now question Goodell’s leadership after witnessing his office’s appalling decisions in the Ray Rice domestic violence case, perhaps the loudest headline of the many that hit the behemoth in 2014. Continue reading
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Tagged concussions, fútbol, football, futbolsoccer, Immigration, mls, NASL, NFL, nfl domestic violence, NYCFC, PRRI, Raul, Real Madrid, roger goodell, Ronaldo, soccer, sports, super bowl, super bowl XIL
Since all the major networks have priorities more important than what could be a historic presidential announcement on immigration, I’m sharing a couple of links where you can watch el presidente.
President Obama will move forward with an Executive Action that could benefit up to 5 million undocumented immigrants out of the 11 million estimated to live in the country. Similar to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), this will be a temporary fix that won’t provide any path to citizenship or residency.
First, the White House will be streaming live on its web site starting at 8 p.m. EST.
Obviously, C-Span will also transmit via internet the presidential message on its page.
The only major network that will air the… wait, why am I writing this in English??? OK, la única cadena que le da su lugar al mensaje presidencial es Univision, que transmitirá en vivo el mensaje de Obama.
En Estados Unidos ya se vive el fútbol con una pasión sin precedentes.
El mundial plantó la esperanza entre la gente del balompié
Al final de la copa del mundo Brasil 2014 el gran ganador parece haber sido el fútbol de Estados Unidos, donde se plantó la semilla de la pasión por el equipo nacional.
Como en ninguna otra ocasión, el deporte de las patadas ocupó las portadas de los principales periódicos; se coló al frente de los noticieros, y estuvo en boca de todos.
“Cada día hay más interés en el deporte, más consumidores que están buscando seguir el fútbol y tienen la oportunidad de ver a una buena selección que está haciendo una buena labor, que ha progresado”, afirmó Alfonso Mondelo, director de programas de la MLS. Continue reading
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Tagged alfonso mondelo, brasil 2014, copa del mundo, espn, mls, mundial de futbol, Selección de Estados Unidos, Team USA, univision, world cup