Football

FootGolf!

Today I want to spend some time talking about a sport that I didn’t know existed: FootGolf!

FootGolf is a mixture of both golf and football (soccer for us Americans). Instead of a swinging a golf club at a tiny ball, a player instead kicks a regulation sized soccer ball around on a closed 18 hole golf course. All golf rules apply. Basically you trade a bag of clubs for a pair of boots.

When I was younger, I would play practically the same thing with my friends. Instead, we would kick the ball around the fields, calling out holes (usually a trash can or something), always trying to see who could hit the hole first. It was always a ton of fun. Now being older and placed out of any type of competitive soccer league, an alternative has presented itself.

Let’s dive into a little bit of Foot Golf history. In 2009 the Nederlandse FootGolf Bond (NFGB) organized the first FootGolf tournament in the Netherlands.  The actual origins of the game are unknown, but then again it’s not exactly a novel idea. In 2009 the International FootGolf Association (IFGA) was established by the founders of the NFGB. More and more players from different countries started to support the sport. From there, the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG) was created in June 2012. The FIFG became the official governing body of Foot Golf, when it was sanctioned by the IFGA in December 2013. So far there are 22 member countries, but more are joining at a rapid pace! The first FootGolf World Cup was held in Budapest, Hungary in 2012, and the sport even has its own social media network: footgolfer.com.

The United States has its own league for the sport.

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The American FootGolf League is the official governing body for FootGolf in the US. On the site, there is the list rules, upcoming tournaments, and a map of all of the official AFGL courses open across the country. Unfortunately, there are none that are local for me but I have a feeling that will change in the near future.

I can’t wait to play my first game!

FootGolf

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Bayern Munich Prospect Julien Green to Announce Commitment to United States Soccer

Bayern Munich prospect and German-American Julien Green has reportedly made a decision to represent United States Soccer on the international level. The  eighteen year old, Florida-born Green, who had made two senior team appearances for UEFA Champions League holders Bayern Munich this season, submitted paperwork to FIFA, sources have said.

U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann just tweeted out to confirm the news:

The official U.S. Soccer announcement is expected within the next 24-48 hours. Green is also scheduled to train with the U.S. ahead of next month’s friendly in Phoenix against Mexico, as he had before the Americans’ March 5 loss to Ukraine in Cyprus.

Klinsmann also noted that he would be given a fair chance to make the 23-man World Cup squad as well. Green has scored 15 goals in 19 appearances for Bayern Munich II which is the Bayern Munich development team that currently plays in the German fourth division.

Green was born in Tampa, Florida to an American father and German mother. He holds a dual citizenship in both countries.

Green’s commitment would be a huge addition for U.S. Soccer, maybe not for this World Cup but for the future. People comment on how the US lacks offensive firepower, and that talent being produced in States is not up to par. Well Green is that answer. He is a promising winger playing for the reserve team of perhaps the best club in the world right now. He has also already made his senior debut for Munich at eighteen years old. That’s impressive, and if he can stay on track he will become one the United States’ best players to date.

Check Out This Team From Italy Show The Ultimate Form Of Sportsmanship

An Italian Serie D match between Fersina Perginese and Dro Calcio featured a strange series of events. A fair play backwards pass from a prior injury stoppage turned into an unfortunate goal as the white team’s keeper made a serious blunder. In an effort to keep the game fair, the yellow team let the white score a free goal immediately after. Now that’s sportsmanship!

The match ended in a 3-3 tie.

Liverpool Bleed’s Red – Liverpool 3 Manchester United 0

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Well well well… Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that this this fixture would have ended up like this. Manchester United’s seasons lay in ruins while Liverpool fights for the top spot and a chance to win the Premier League title, a feat they haven’t seen since the 1989-1990 season.

Liverpool continued their strong form even after taking a 15 day long break in between league games. Manchester United had their chances – one including a Rooney strike then volley, but inarguably it was Liverpool that dominated play. Their first penalty was a result of a little luck and a poor handball by Rafael.

1-0 Liverpool

I felt the second penalty call was pretty clear, as Phil Jones pushed Joe Allen from behind. Gerrard converted, and gave Liverpool a 2-0 lead.

2-0 Liverpool

The third penalty call featured a little more controversy. Nemanja Vidić was sent off for committing a foul on Sturridge, which replays showed was actually a dive. I don’t condone diving since it ruins the game but regardless it is something that referees still have to deal with. Some feel that despite Sturridge’s dive, it was still a foul:

Clattenburg was wrong for sending Vidić off and he knew it too. There were multiple pleas for Liverpool penalties that came in the last ten minutes of the game, but none were going to come after his big mistake.

3-0 Liverpool

The soccer gods may have sent some justice Manchester United’s way, after Gerrard missed his third attempt by hitting the post. Regardless a few minutes later, it was none other that Suarez that put in his 25th league goal of the season.

What does this win mean for Liverpool? Everything. This Liverpool win was crucial for the race to the title. Liverpool still have some mega matches coming their way before the end of the season, with both Chelsea and Manchester City coming to Anfield. This win shows that Liverpool can realistically win the title. It won’t be easy but this team is fully capable of doing it. As for Manchester United, their season has been in shambles. They looked to be a team of individuals today. Moyes has been the blame for all of this abuse but having watched the game it’s almost as if the players don’t care. I’ll give credit to Wayne Rooney though, he played hard and fought for chances but was rather unlucky for most. Besides him there are only a couple of players who showed any true grit – Mata being one in my eyes. Time to clean house next season!

Final Score: 3-0 Liverpool

Man of the match: Steven Gerrard. The captain shined once again, this time scoring two crucial penalty kicks while providing key defensive support from his holding midfield position. Gerrard truly embodies what it means to be a leader on the field, and today he led his team into Old Trafford and came out with glory.

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Honorable Mention: Jon Flanagan. I felt that Flanagan played a brilliant game. The youngster has been played in a pressure role for a good part of the season and today he did everything right. He was physical, confident, and wasn’t afraid to make the risky tackles needed to shut down the likes of Van Persie and Rafael. Even with the yellow he received in the first half, Flanagan still had the confidence to keep his left side on lock down, as well as have the ability to take his space with the ball.