Human Interest

Fast 8 Will Apparently Feature The Rock Doing The Haka At A Soccer Game And Also A Submarine

The interwebs were abuzz Sunday about the release of the trailer for "Fast 8" a.k.a. "The Fate of the Furious" (more on this later), but we, after searching the Internet for soccer-related "Fast 8" content in an effort to drum up an excuse to write about this movie even though we work for a soccer website, stumbled across this gem:

Bomb Blasts Caught On Amateur Video Kill At Least 13 Outside Besiktas Stadium

Two bomb explosions near Vodafone Arena, home of professional club Besiktas, have killed 13 people and injured many others according to initial reports out of Istanbul, Turkey.

The explosions happened about two hours after fans left the stadium following today's match between top Turkish clubs Besiktas and Bursaspor. Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan wrote on Twitter that it was a terror attack.

19-Year-Old Gambian Refugee Scores First Bundesliga Goal!

Gambian refugee Ousman Manneh became a fan favorite hero for Werder Bremen this past Saturday when his 59th minute sliding effort lifted his side past Bayer Leverkusen for a 2-1 victory. Just two years prior, at the age of 17, Manneh was making the perilous "Backway" journey through Northern Africa and across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. Although networks of smugglers and migrant routes have expanded in recent years, the journey is still rife with danger and a safe arrival is anything but guaranteed. 

Despite Everyone's Best Efforts, FIFA Continues To Be FIFA

It's nearly impossible to get a large group of people to agree on something, anything. If you can make a significant portion of the population agree on a thing, you are doing something very special. Soccer fans, for example, cannot agree on which formation is best, which player is best, which manager is right for which club or how much money a player is worth. The only thing soccer fans universally agree on is FIFA is trash, and that is because FIFA is doing something very special.

In With The Ultras: Gabriel Uchida's Journey Through The Underworld Of Football In Brazil

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.” 

― John Berger, Ways of Seeing

For Brazilian photojournalist Gabriel Uchida, football has always been in the blood. It's been ever-present throughout his life; the fixed ground upon which he stands while his profession and search for greater understanding drives him across the planet.