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October 16, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Good soccer reads: Thursday evening links

It’s been a slow news day in Sounder land, so here are some good soccer reads from around the world to keep you occupied before this action-packed weekend:

  • The fallout from the Don Garber/Jurgen Klinsmann spat inspired think pieces from nearly every major soccer outlet, and Graham Parker over at the Guardian has a particularly in-depth breakdown of the feud’s background and context. For a more opinionated take, Sports Illustrated’s Liviu Bird makes a compelling case that uncomfortable conversations are actually good for the development of the sport in the U.S.
  • Lionel Messi made his FC Barcelona debut ten years ago today, and ESPNFC has a pair of worthy tributes from Sid Lowe and Graham Hunter.
  • Speaking of Barcelona, excerpts from Martí Perarnau’s book on former Barca boss Pep Guardiola‘s first season at Bayern Munich have been made available on the Guardian website. It’s a remarkably open look at a man who usually keeps things close to the chest.
  • Gabriele Marcotti takes on the ugly scenes that marred — and ultimately suspended — Serbia’s home Euro 2016 qualifier against Albania earlier this week. The title, “Serbia-Albania brawl reminder football isn’t a stand-in for political battles,” neatly summarizes his theme.
  • On a lighter note, Maxi Rodriguez‘s mock review of FIFA’s “United Passions” film for Soccer Gods is a funny, biting piece of satire.
  • And finally, Joe Prince-Wright catches up with former USMNT manager Bob Bradley as the latter settles into his new gig in the Norwegian first division. It had me at the Ohio University reference in the second section.

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