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The Age of Innocence Editor Reuel Golden Talks About His Latest Book

A Look Back at Soccer’s Golden Age

The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s is a photographic eulogy for the first era of worldwide soccer obsession, documenting the lives of international legends — Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Bobby Moore, Maradona, Johan Cruyff and more — on and off the pitch. We spoke with Reuel Golden, the book’s editor, about soccer’s golden age.

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The inaugural game at Levi's Stadium

Inside the World’s Smartest Stadium

Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, is a 1,850,000 square-foot engineering marvel. Plus, they’ll deliver beer and wine to your seat. Is this the world’s smartest stadium? Matt Ankeny made the visit to find out.

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From World Cup Ashes

The Rise of the European Soccer Fan in America

The United States Men’s National Soccer Team (#USMNT) was knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in the Round of 16, but you already know this. You watched it. More people streamed the U.S.’s third World Cup match versus Germany — which kicked off on a Wednesday afternoon — than this year’s Super Bowl. Their previous game versus Portugal was the most watched U.S. soccer game ever. Basically, if your television wasn’t showing footy, you were either kidnapped or not a sports fan.

But here’s the deal: the World Cup is an aberration. Soccer fans aren’t privileged to such an event every other month. It’s every fours years. After the final on July 13, players will travel back to their respective clubs (a “club” refers to a team and its organization), but what’ll we — the masses of newly converted football fans, spoiled by perpetual matches — do? Do we fall back under the veil of American ignorance, pretending it’s a second-tier sport? No. Watch the MLS? Not just yet. Instead, we’ll follow the world’s best players back to Europe. Here are the basics, and how to watch.

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My Soccer Ball is Smarter Than Your Honor Student

Tested: Adidas miCoach Smart Ball

Kick the Adidas miCoach Smart Ball and your phone will record its speed, spin, point of impact and trajectory. It’s amazingly fun, but is it worth $299? We tested it to find out.

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Stop Being an Asshole About Soccer

What To Watch: The 2014 World Cup Primer

The FIFA World Cup begins tomorrow. Before you shrug off soccer as boring and then promptly nap in front of an MLB game, consider this: by FIFA’s own humble estimation, 909.6 million television viewers watched at least part of the 2010 World Cup Final. For perspective, America’s most-watched television event in history was this year’s Super Bowl, with 111.5 million viewers. And you don’t need to follow the MLS or Premier League to get your Cup on — everything you need to know is in this short primer. If you want to know more, we linked out to further reading at the bottom, including the nitty gritty of political turmoil, a breakdown of every team and the history behind the World Cup trophy. But for now, let’s get basic.

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Kicking It Old School

100 Years On the Pitch: Nike’s Centennial U.S. Soccer Kit

Soccer has never held our collective national attention like other sports — with Landon Donovan’s goal in extra time against Algeria during the 2010 world cup and Brandi Chastain’s sports bra celebration being the two possible exceptions. So who knew that 2013 represents the 100-year anniversary of the birth of U.S. soccer, originally established as the United States Football Association, a not-for-profit, governing body of soccer in America? Nike’s Centennial kit celebrates this notable milestone with throwback duds for players and fans alike.

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Are you ready for some futbol?

Papafoxtrot Club Sports Stadiums

Looking for a unique piece of sports memorabilia for your office or mancave? You could plunk down some serious paper for a rare, yet dubious collectable or you could go with something guaranteed to raise some eyebrows. Papafoxtrot, maker of those model cargo ships we love, have now partnered with design firm PostlerFerguson to create…

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How considered design is impacting the future of the beautiful game

Reboot: An Inside Look at Nike Soccer

Everybody knows Nike. How could you not? The global sportswear company is ubiquitous, thanks to decades of developing gear and sponsoring athletes competing in every sport imaginable (seriously, they even sponsor Curling). But while marketing savvy has unquestionably assured the brand limitless time in the spotlight — there’s an equally innovative half to Nike’s success…

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Changing of the guards

Storelli BodyShield LegGuard

If you’ve ever been nailed in the shins by a pair of ill-meaning soccer cleats, you know that the pain is enough to bring a grown man to tears. Plus, the resulting wounds can be pretty unsightly. Shinguards have been around for a while, but they’ve essentially given stand-alone safety — until now. The Storelli…

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Coaching 2.0

Adidas miCoach Elite System

Adidas introduced the concept of “boots with a brain” to the world last fall with the launch of the miCoach-toting Adizero F50 soccer cleat — but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Today, the global sports brand announced the miCoach Elite System, designed to track player performance for an entire team in real-time….

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From field to foot

Nike GS Football Boot

Fresh off the Euro 2012 soccer tournament, which showcased the most insolvent talented European nations, comes the Nike GS Football Boot ($300), Beaverton’s greenest, lightest, and most innovative soccer boot to date. Most of the material is derived from renewable castor beans, which require less water to grow and reduce environmental impact. That green material…

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Kicking & Thinking

2011 Adidas Adizero f50

Judging by how quickly terms like “smartphone” and “smartTV” steamrolled into our vernacular, we may soon be uttering “smartcleats” (or smartboots for readers across the pond) if Adidas has their way. The first generation Adidas Adizero f50s made a splash earlier in 2011 by weighing a mere 5.1 ounces and claiming the title as the…

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Fast Feet

Puma v1.11 Cleats

With the Women’s World Cup kicking off we’ve gotten a bit of the fútbol bug around the office. In that spirit, Puma has recently released their latest flagship soccer cleat the v1.11 ($180) and it’s fast. With a lightweight microfiber synthetic upper, the Puma v1.11 will help you win those 50-50 balls and blaze a…

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One Ball to Rule Them All

Adidas Champions League Official Finale Ball

American Football is now sadly taking its seasonal breather, but it’s almost time for the knock out phase of the Champions League to begin. Right on schedule, Adidas has released this year’s “official match” finale ball, which will be used for one night only during the game at Wembley Stadium in London. It’s the 11th…

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A Larger Sweet Spot Worked for Golf, Why Not Soccer?

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We’ve covered loads of sports gear and equipment across a variety of sports, but, to our own detriment, we have rarely considered soccer. This is odd, given that it is arguably the most popular sport in the world. Our bad. So we rushed right out expecting to find a nice pair of soccer cleats, luckily…