Notes: The Sea Life Guide to MLS Coaches

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This list is a metaphor for 2019 MLS coaches expressed as various forms of sea life. I was inspired to write this after listening to Andrew Wiebe interview many MLS coaches for the @ExtraTimeRadio podcast.

  • Peter Verdes = Aquaman 🧜‍♂️🔱
  • Mike Petke & Brad Friedel = Killer Whales 🦈
  • Gio Savarese & Marc Dos Santos = Sharks 🦈
  • Brian Schmetzer & Jim Curtin = Dolphins 🐬
  • Caleb Porter = a Shark 🦈pretending to be a Dolphin 🐬
  • Chris Armas = the #Gulliest Seagull 🐦🐣
  • Matías Almeyda = an Octopus = a sentient being 🐙
  • GB Schelotto = a Premium Lobster 🦞
  • Bob Bradley = a massive Sea Turtle 🐢
  • Frank de Boer & Domènec Torrent = Whales in danger of extinction 🐳
  • Greg Vanney = Kelp 🌿
  • Adrian Heath = a Starfish hanging on tight ⭐️
  • James O’Connor = a Shrimp 🦐
  • Anthony Hudson = a Flounder 🐟

I originally posted this on twitter

Bobby Robson (2018): a manager whose resilience defied vilification

Bobby Robson: More than a Manager (2018)

Bobby Robson: More than a Manager is an extraordinary compilation of Robson archive footage interspersed with A-list interviews of coaches and players he influenced. Before this film, I didn’t know who Robson was, but in his prime is so alive and captivating that I could have watched him for another 2 hours. It is only towards the end, when he finally succumbs to cancer, that I realized he is literally communicating from the grave. 

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Morris from America (2016) is not a soccer movie

Morris from America (2016)

Morris from America might come up when you search for “soccer movie”. But even though it takes place in Germany, and is ostensibly about a black American soccer coach, the film is not about football and actually has no football in it except as a visual reference. I’m reviewing the film on my website really, just to let you guys know.

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Barça Dreams (2015) – How the FCB brand really begins at home

Barça Dreams (2015)

FC Barcelona is “Més que un Club” – More than a Club. And if you had any doubt, you should watch the documentary Barça Dreams. At 2 hours, this is probably the longest soccer documentary I’ve ever seen. Writer-Director Jordi Llompart covers the club’s history and culture, which has fermented and evolved since 1899. There is a lot of ground to cover, and it goes way beyond the pitch at Camp Nou, their fútbol stadium.

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Yeşil Kirmizi (2016) – The many ways Turks can oppress a club

Yeşil Kirmizi or The Red Green (2016)

The title Yeşil Kirmizi refers to green and red, the colors of Amedspor, a Kurdish team that in 2016 played in the third division of Turkish football. To Americans, that sentence sounds harmless, but in Turkey, four of those words could be inflammatory. To strongman Erdogan’s Turkish government, professing Kurdish ethnic identity is tantamount to treason and the support of terrorism. 

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United We Fall (2014): A Draw that Feels like a Loss

As viewers, we sort of expect that a mockumentary will play out, as Bob Balaban has described, like “spending time with a bunch of really funny and totally harmless mental patients.” Christopher Guest set a very high bar for mockumentary, and I have no doubt that, when Writer-Director Gary Sinyor outlined his plan for United We Fall, he hoped his comedy would reach similar heights of hilarity.

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Looking for… fanatic football fans (2010-2015)

Post-football, Eric Cantona found a new passion and challenge: cinema. 30 years old, he unexpectedly retired from football in 1997. Among other reasons Eric has cited in retrospect: he was tired of playing the game. However, he transitioned to acting as well as beach soccer, popularizing the sport and managing the French beach soccer team for almost 15 years.

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