Welcome to the latest attempt at a regular column here at OTF Soccer. This one is called the OTF’s Wide World of Soccer, which aims to capture the three of the principles of OTF Soccer in one column: Analysis, Insight, and Fluff.
The not so beautiful part of the “Beautiful Game”
So, what exactly is “OTF’s Wide World of Soccer”? It is my armchair analysis of all of the soccer games I watch in a given week; usually that is quite a few games.
With as much complaining about the business of soccer on social media these days, I wanted to get back to the basics of watching soccer and celebrating the beautiful game, even when it is not so beautiful…
Papa explaining why draws are bullshit. (photo: theredlist.com)
A frustrating day in Kansas City, but any day at the fights is a good one for Ernest Hemingway. OTF’s Nick Fox has the latest dispatch from Papa…
What? You thought I was going to a soccer match? (photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library)
It was an ugly, ominous day, but our correspondent Ernest Hemingway made the most of it. OTF’s Nick Fox has the latest from Papa…
It doesn’t look good from here. (photo: jfklibrary.org)
Columbus was all hell. OTF’s Nick Fox has the latest dispatch from our correspondent in the field, Ernest Hemingway…
A remote corner of England the locals like to call Vancouver (Photo: The Official England House)
How did Vancouver become the headquarters of what might be the England national football team’s largest independent supporters’ group? OTF’s Austin Fido spoke to a man who knows the story… Continue reading
A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
OTF welcomes guest contributor Nick Fox, who channels the ghost of a man who would be one of the Fire Nation…
The 1967 Chicago Mustangs (photo: nasljerseys.com)
OTF is proud to welcome its new resident Chicago soccer historian, Vadim Furmanov…
My father, Ramon Suarez, wore the classic red/black Atlas jersey while we sat on the lakefront at Calumet Park on Chicago’s south side, circa 1954.
OTF is pleased to welcome new contributor Robert Suarez, who brings us the first in his series of memoirs that chart a Chicago futbol life…
Please welcome new contributing writer and Chicago Fire fanatic Blaize Diaz as he reflects upon a pickup game in Mexico and how the beautiful game might help us Americans unite with our brethren from other nations.
Contributing writer and borderland man Scott Rutkowski is back with a mediation on supporter roots and a soon-to-be regional rivalry.
Give me a ticket for an aeroplane. (image: chicago-fire.com)
Please welcome contributing writer and Fire/Celtic F.C. fan Scott Rutkowski as he dreams of Chicago Fire-laden exchange adventures…
On The Fire is well pleased to bring you the musings and thoughtful prose of our honored guest, one of Chicago’s finest sports bloggers, Mr. Sam Fels.