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In a game of soccer, you might have come across the point where a whistle was blown and a player stopped from performing his action. This is because he was on the offside. You might wonder, what is this offside rule in soccer?

Well, offside is a point in the field where a player becomes too close to the opponent’s goal line. In fact, the player in the defender’s half of the field and comes much close to the goals line that the ball and the second last opponent. The purpose of the offside rule… Continue reading

„The Art of Football” stars England’s best comedian John Cleese. As a passionate football fan himself, Cleese takes us through the art of football with more laughs a minute than you’d ever expect regardless of the type of sport. It is an exciting journey through the creative world of football, an entertaining, instructional look into a sport that draws a larger crowd than the Olympics. More money than Hollywood. More media coverage than any politician. The film explores the different facets of football and the arts. Creatively and artistically. Director Hermann Vaske talked to football legends like Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer,… Continue reading

With the various European league seasons about to start, and the USA about to play Brazil in a friendly in New Jersey, the Total Football Soccer Show podcast (broadcast on WRIR 97.3FM, and published as a podcast here on WCB/The Offside) takes a look at American players in Europe, and who we think looks set for the most successful 2010/11 season.

To figure this out we decided to go with a good old fashioned bracket, taking the 16 best American players currently playing in Europe, ranking them #1 to #16 based in international caps, and then deciding who’s going to… Continue reading

Jermaine Jones has never been afraid of a bit of controversy. In 2004, he took a fairly softball question, “Are there any gay footballers in the Bundesliga?” (Easy answer: I don’t know) and turned it into a major story when he answered “Hopefully not”. Classy. He’s also somewhat infamous for his relationship, or lack thereof, with the fans of his former club, Eintracht Frankfurt, where he announced he was leaving with a post on the club’s bulletin board. But he’s about to make an official switch a bit more profound than leaving a club. Next week, the German-born Jones,… Continue reading

The World Cup final happens this Sunday, July 11th. Hopefully you already knew that. If not, read our World Cup final preview and get yourself up to speed.

Everyone else, I have two simple questions for you:

1. Netherlands or Spain: Who do you think will win the World Cup? 2. Why?

So we’re not accused of precition cowardice, Chris and myself pick our winners below:

1. Chris: 2-1 Spain. 2. Why: There’s something in the ability of the Dutch midfield to break up play, but there’s something even more in the ability of the Spanish attack – the one… Continue reading

The scoreline makes this game look like a thriller. The scoreline is lying. Well, not lying. This game really did finish 3-2 to Netherlands. It just wasn’t quite as exciting as you’d think. What it did have was a couple of superb goals, including maybe the goal of the tournament from Gio van Bronckhurst, and one rather controverisal goal from Wesley Sneijder.

All five goals below…

0-1 Van Bronckhorst 18′

1-1 Forlan 41′

1-2 Sneijder 71′

1-3 Robben 73′

2-3 Pereira 90′

Yep, Arjen Robben scored a header. Seemed that the game would finish 3-1 but then Maxi… Continue reading


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