Soccer (And Other Sports)

Illustration:  Spencer Afonoso

Illustration: Spencer Afonoso

The Beautiful Game’s Ugly Speculators (The Baffler)

A review of Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg’s The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports.

Dele Alli Can Do Whatever The Hell He Wants (Deadspin)

The first goal in Tottenham Hotspur’s (sorely necessary) rout of Swansea City this weekend was scored by Harry Kane—a penalty kick awarded in the 39th minute, after Dele Alli went down in the box under a challenge from Kyle Naughton. It was, as even the most loyal Spurs supporter can admit, a dive.

The Magic Of Mauricio Pochettino (Deadspin)

While Chelsea have bought their success with Russian oil money, Tottenham Hotspur are the last true romantics in high-level English soccer.

Photos by Yoon Kim

Photos by Yoon Kim

Brooklyn Brawler (BKLYNR)

For someone who’s never lost a professional fight, Sadam looks jittery. He comes out too strong, too hard, overcommitting to punches and slipping on the canvas. At the very end of the first round, Krupp catches Sadam off-balance, landing a strong punch right on the younger boxer’s chin. For the first time in his professional career, Sadam hits the mat.