How the Beautiful Game is Making the World More Beautiful

Streetfootballworld is a unique global organisation that want to change the world. What is more, this organisation has set a deadline by which to achieve their goals. Their deadline is 2030. Streetfootbalworld was founded in 2002 by Jürgen Griesbeck, also founder of Fútbol por la Paz. This organisation is strongly driven by the conviction that…

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Shame on That Male-Dominated Football World

Female footballers have been fighting against discrimination and inequality for over one hundred years. Is this fight finally over, or on the other hand, has it just started? It is ironic to think that before and during World War 1, women’s football flourished in England. Their matches raised funds for the injured soldiers and their…

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Barça, What are you Doing to Football?

The parliament is a place to talk about politics. The stadium is a place to watch football. Yet this has not ocurred in Spanish politics regarding the Catalán conflict. The main problem is that neither the central government, nor the Catalán government have ever made a sincere effort to sit down and talk. Where talking…

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The Unseen Goals

When a footballer scores a goal, the fans cheer and clap. But what do they do when a player is injured? And what is the first question that players, themselves ask, and those surrounding them, when this happens? Does it have to do with their health or does it have to do with finance? Most…

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Footballers’ Injuries

A footballer’s life is not always easy. These days, there are more and more matches and that means more and more stress for the footballer. The constant overuse of ligaments and muscles can result in endless injuries. At the time of writing, there are fifty injured footballers in the Liga, some of whom do not…

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A Good Start for Women in Football

It is now the middle of September. People have returned from their holidays and the students and pupils are back at university and school. Perhaps, even more important for many people is the fact that the football season is well underway. This year it got off to a good start for women as we saw…

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The Story of the Fight for the Little Virgin

This true story happened some time in the last century.  However, it did not take place in Grado del Pico. But the villagers know about it and talk about it in hushed voices. Even though those who whisper about it do not live in either village concerned, they do know the names of the men…

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Grado del Pico – Segovia

Grado del Pico, where the book The Verb To Be of Football is set lies between the hills of the Sierra de Ayllón and the hills of the Sierra de Pela between the Central System and the Iberic System.  It is the last village in Segovia bordering on the provinces of Guadalajara and Soria. This…

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A Romanesque Jewel Sitting in Silence

Grado del Pico may be a small, extremely remote and very much underpopulated village nestling in La Sierra de Ayllón, but it boasts, according to the villagers, thee oldest Romanesque church in Segovia. A visit to San Pablo – Saint Paul – in this lonely village, is a trip into silence. Unfortunately, not much of…

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Lessons To Learn from The Women’s World Cup

From 7th June to the 7th July, 24 inspiring teams brought skill, character, passion and equally important, visibility, to female football in the 2019 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Once more, the Stars and Stripes came out on top. It was not easy for them, though there were moments when the EU gave…

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