Soccer is the single greatest metaphor for human life on this planet. It's a battle, it's a war. It's the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, or an exercise in futility. Just like all the parts of your life. Footylosopher takes the worldview of footy fans and applies it to social and historical events.
With future travel back on everyone's mind, we take a look toward the next most important global destination event--The FIFA World Cup 2022.
This one was controversially awarded to Qatar back in 2010. Since then FIFA itself has been decimated in an FBI corruption bust and the nation of Qatar has been carefully scrutinized. We're even seeing some countries begin the discussion of boycotting the games all together.
As fans, we ask the question: Is it ethical to travel to Qatar for World Cup 2022?
We all like to travel with a purpose. For some it's to immerse themselves in a new culture. Some want to see history first hand. Others want to leave their stressors behind for a relaxing vista and a modicum of peace from responsibility. Whatever your passion is, experiencing it in a foreign land is an unforgettable thing.
So why wouldn't these podcasters plan travel around soccer games?
The world has lost some of it's color. The passing of Diego Maradona doesn't just affect the soccering world, but the world at large. He was a larger than life personality that had a global spotlight both on and off the pitch. Part of what drove him to become one of the player he was drove his life straight toward the grave. Join us to reflect on the man, the myth, and the legend that was, and will always be, Diego Maradona.
The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete.
-Charles Pierre de Fredy, Baron de Coubertin
International competition seems to be a relatively new endeavor. The idea that one nation would assert it's dominance over another through sport seems as natural as breathing. In fact, when one looks at the timeline of human existence competition on behalf of a country happened just as soon as it possibly could. All the ingredients were there: defined borders became more of a reality just as advancements in transportation shrunk the globe exponentially. The first modern era Olympics were design to be an international affair, even though the ancient namesake was not. So why do nation's seem compelled to compete?
You can't begin to discuss the first International Football Match without first establishing the first Non English Football Club. Glasgow's Queen's Park Football Club was established in 1867 in a most unceremonious manner. It did however go on to shape the game of football for most of the world in the last part of the 19th Century. The team established a style of collaboration and teamwork heretofore unknown to the beautiful game. It was this combination method of play that would be given the moniker "Scientific Football" for the very thoughtful and deliberate distribution of the ball. This scientific style would emigrate with it's Scots to inform the game on multiple continents, as well as the birthplace of the sport itself. Scotland would send ripples through the sporting world that would lead to competition on a whole new level...a national level.
Kobe Bryant spent an important part of his childhood in Italy where he grew a love of the game of soccer. A natural talent in basketball, his destiny was set. He did, however, apply tactics and strategies of soccer to his basketball game and in so doing, elevated his game, and the game of his opposing teams, perhaps forever.
He remained an influential ally to the growth of US Soccer and helped bring fandom of the beautiful game into the American mainstream.
We also look at other celebrity soccer fans and how their visibility can transform the attitudes of the uninitiated, and possibly lead them to the light.
Charles William Alcock was a major player in the formation of the structure of English Football we know today. A Harrow boy, and avid Cricketer, he needed a sport to play during the winter months when Cricket was on hiatus. He, like many others, turned to the pitch to play football; or what passed as football in the 1850's.
After school, Alcock co founded his own team (Forest Football Club) but struggled to find opponents that played by the same set of rules his club had adopted. While history can't seem to agree on whether or not Alcock was present at the Morley meetings that created the Football Association, his team was a charter member of the FA.
Alcock's sportsmanship and drive for competition led to him proposing an idea of a sudden death championship complete with ornate trophy. As captain of one of the winningest clubs in the FA, he lifted the cup 5 out of the first 7 years. He also organized the first international exhibition match pitting England against Scotland in 1870.
Alcock would die a journalist, writer, perennial founder of things, and leader of two major sports. His grave is still a place of honor as his headstone itself is a cross embossed with an image of the FA cup he was instrumental in creating.
Five years after the Sheffield Rules were first written down a solicitor from West London became "the first person to write down the rules of soccer".
Popular opinion seems to favor Barnes founder Ebeneezer Cobb Morley as the father of modern football. Though he never lived in or very near to Sheffield, it is unlikely he was not aware of the rules set forth by William Prest and Nathaniel Creswick.
We examine his rules up against the Sheffield Rules and it's really hard to deny that they are simil
The two men that had more to do with football codification than anyone else were Nathaniel Creswick and William Prest; or as I lovingly call them: Pres-Wick.
These all around athletes competed in everything from pedestrianism to potato sack races. From jumping competitions to fencing.
It's possible that their sport of choice was cricket, or maybe Sheffield just didn't have enough organized sports to quench their thirst for competition. To while away the winter season, that dreary time after cricket
Between the Mob Football of medieval Europe and the the game of football that we know today, there was a rather turbulent period of codification.
Starting from the 14th Century, schools would play their own variation of football. These games would differ greatly from campus to campus; so much so that intercollegiate play was virtually impossible.
Eton College became the first school to write down a list of basic laws of the game in 1815, but Cambridge and Sheffield had the greatest impact on the moder
When Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes arrived in present day Mexico he encountered the Aztecs; a massive civilization with a dynamic and thriving culture
In his pursuit of power, fame and a fortune of gold Cortes decimated a welcoming civilization with war and pestilence. Mistaken for the god Quetzalcoatl, Cortes was given access to the Aztec Ruler Montezuma (Monctezuma) II and took full advantage of his instant status among the upper echelons of society.
The evolution of soccer has been dependent on the evolution of the ball used to play it.
Charles Goodyear was one of history's greatest innovators. Sadly, he was also one of history's most tragic figures. His pursuit of vulcanizing rubber did not cease even thru unimaginable hardship. He lost his fortune and his family to give us the world we know today, and perhaps the most important thing he gave us was the leather soccer ball.
There's a lot of people out there that claim their country or region...or even empire, invented soccer. They might not be wrong.
Soccer is that unique universal game that saw it's origins evolve independently across the globe. It seems there's nary a culture that's ever trod the earth that hasn't been filled with the uncontrollable urge to kick stuff.
It's been about 23 years since the proclamation that soccer has arrived in America and twenty one years since the birth of Major League Soccer. This episode we talk to Shakara Robinson, a non soccer fan, about her awareness of soccer in America and how it's grown over the last couple of decades. Has soccer reached the level of pervading the everyday lives of the gridiron fans? We know soccer has more action than the more popular American games, so what would it take to get a new fan interested? Join us as we discuss personalities, marketing and lackluster media coverage of the beautiful game. Keywords: Soccer, Football, Footy, Gridiron, America, American Football, Baseball, Basketball, NBA, MLS, NFL
Camus said "Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football". With guest Juan Fernandez we discuss the formative years of Albert Camus, philosopher, journalist, Author and Nobel Laureate. Camus spent his formative years playing what he considered to be the most isolated of positions; goalkeeper. The dichotomy of absenteeism and sole blame that a keeper endures is what Camus credits with his ideas of Absurdism. Sidelined by illness, Camus was able to pursue philosophy full time. And we all may be the better for it.
In our inaugural episode we talk with Jason Hicks, founder of Niyakko Rush Soccer Club, and Goshen Carmel, Filmmaker and Niyakko Alum. Niyakko Rush was started when Jason found a group of refugee children playing soccer in a dirt lot at their apartment complex. The kids didn't have proper grass or footwear, but the soccer would not be stopped. Conflict in their native countries brought them to Colorado but football brought these kids together. Not speaking the same language or sharing the same culture, they found a common bond in soccer and they found a team with Jason Hicks. This is the first episode of Footylosopher; a podcast meant to show you all the ways soccer explains life.
Footylosopher It’s a clumsy portmanteau but I couldn’t imagine anything more appropriate. Philosophy is the love of wisdom. And a philosopher is one who pursues wisdom. The inherent fault in our pursuit is the assumption that there is a universal truth to all things. That cultural variances and personal experiences don’t shape our every opinion and color our world view. But the lucky ones of us love soccer. It gives us something in common with people in every corner of the world. No matter how different our daily lives are; no matter the chasm between our experiences. If a bad day for you is getting stopped by 3 red lights in row or not knowing where your next meal will come from, we find common ground on the pitch. With or without manicured grass and meticulously painted white lines, soccer happens. It’s played in dirt, it’s played in mud. It’s played with cleats, with flip flops, or with no shoes at all. People find a way to conjure a game of soccer. No ball? Kids can improvise a sphere. No goals? Trees too close together or light posts too far apart will do just fine. Soccer will happen. It’s said that at any given time more than a million people are playing soccer. Factor in the millions more watching, reading or thinking about it. This elevates the sport beyond a pastime. It makes it a way of life. It’s alive and it shapes how we see the world. It forms our philosophies. It pulls us together and pushes us apart and is the single greatest metaphor for human life on this planet. It’s a battle, it’s a war. It’s the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat or an exercise in futility. Just like all the parts of life. But it reminds us 90 minutes at a time that we need each other. You take the ball and you venture out on your own attack. You can because you know there’s people all around you waiting to help you if you need it and cheer for you if you succeed. Because your victory is their victory. Just like all those people that love you. In soccer, just like in your life, there are superstars. People to look up to and to get excited about. You know who yours are. But yo