Well, it’s fair to say a bombshell was dropped on world soccer yesterday. I’d hoped to get out a full-length piece on it last night or today, but the rapid developments with regards to the FIFA corruption scandal has made it difficult to stay on top of and write accurately. So I’m giving it another day or so to fester before unleashing the dragon. And while you wait, there have been hundreds of miles worth of online column space already written on the topic — so you won’t be wanting for reading material.
To hold you over, as usual, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite links from the past week or so. The first four of which are directly related to the ongoing firestorm. So enjoy reading the selections below while the world outside burns.
FIFA meets the long, bad ass arm of American law. – justice.gov
How to boycott FIFA without hurting soccer. – independent.co.uk
Sponsoring the World Cup is an endorsement of their practices. – theverge.com
The NASL is in some serious shit. – northernpitch.com
Adidas “smart ball” teaches you to bend it like Beckham. – androidpolice.com
The Minnesota MLS stadium situation is… tricky. – vice.com
Snow skiing plus soccer? Super impressed… if this is real. – youtube.com
An insurance plan to protect against missing the Champions League? – bloomberg.com
Beer and soccer. You don’t need to know more. – soccerbible.com
Thanks to my man @MPFaessler for pointing this out.
Wambach’s turf war paying dividends, just not how you’d expect. – soccerwire.com