Sitting at home watching the 2006 World Cup final from Berlin, Germany is a moment I will never forget. As Zinedine Zidane ended his legendary career in infamy with a red card for lashing out at Italy’s Marco Materazzi perhaps a new era emerged in the sport’s history.  At this point I was only 11 years old but the monumental spectacle that is that World Cup and all of the enigmatic players, exciting fanfare, and the showcase of such a world-encompassing game had already begun to fascinate me.  The World Cup of 2006 made me love soccer.

Now at the age of 19, I have become interested in studying journalism, specifically sports journalism, at the University of Kansas.  Roughly every weekend I attend Sporting Kansas City matches in Kansas City, Kansas as a member of the media, part of an internship I have for a website called soccernewsday.com, where I write a weekly column on Sporting KC and soccer in Kansas City in general.  The stadium is just 10 minutes away from where I grew up, in Parkville, Missouri.  In addition to this I am an avid fan of soccer leagues all around the world.

In my blog I hope to explain the concepts of soccer and what makes it so unique to other sports around the world and specifically its contrast to sports in the United States.  Soccer is a sport with a very long history and deeply-rooted cultural significance that can connect the world on a more universal level than any sport ever has.  The game has a certain lexicon, geography, and political scheme, all of which I hope to make clear with each post on this blog.  In the future I hope to be a sportswriter, and soccer is particularly my interest, so thank you for reading and hopefully you will learn something worthwhile about world soccer and how it has changed and evolved over the years tactically, culturally, and politically.

You can contact me by email at skylarrolstad@yahoo.com


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