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Ancient Ball Games: America

Pok-Ta-Pok (Meso-America) According to historians, Meso-American ball games have been around since 3000 BC. The earliest discovered playing court is in Paso de la Amada, Mexico and dates back to 1600 BC. The Paso de la Amada court was refurbished and exp...

Ancient Ball Games: The Far East

Tsu Chu (China) Tsu Chu (also spelled as Tsu'Chu or Tsu-Chu) emerged in ancient China as early as 2500 BC. Tsu means "to kick" and Chu may be translated as "a stuffed ball made of leather". The aim in Tsu Chu is to kick the ball through an opening into...

Eskandarian: “Pro Teams Contain Only the Best Players”

In January of 2003, Alecko Eskandarian was selected as the #1 overall pick in the MLS Superdraft by DC United. Alecko played three seasons at the University of Virginia as a forward and established himself as one of the college's finest soccer players. Du...

Retrospective: Soccer Video Games

Championship Soccer (Atari, 1981) Atari ruled the gaming market during the 1980's and Championship Soccer (also known as Pele's Soccer) was one of the more popular soccer video games at the time. As you can see from the screenshot, it's difficult t...

World Cup 2002

XVII World Cup Tournament Due to the climate in Japan and Korea, the tournament was scheduled a month earlier than usual. Many nations went to the World Cup with players who were still recovering from club matches. Qualification Participants: 1...

Hristo Stoichkov

Hristo Stoichkov was born in Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria. His father played as a goalkeeper for the local club Spartak. In 1976, at the age of 10, Stoichkov joined the youth academy of Maritza in his hometown and remained there until 1984...

Raúl González Blanco

Raúl González Blanco was born on June 27th 1977 in Madrid, Spain. He was brought up in a modest quarter of the city, the colony of San Cristobal de los Angeles. Raúl is a product of Atletico Madrid's youth system, but was picked up by rivals Real during a...
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