Monthly Archives: April 2018

Bikini Competitor and Fitness Model

Bikini Competitor and Fitness Model

Photo by Sabre Blade

Bikini Competitor and Fitness Model Michelle Hanson

Tim Weah is trusting the process and ready to star for the USMNT at 18 years old

The United States men’s national team squad that will face Paraguay Tuesday night has an average age of just 23. There’s even less experience in the squad than that number suggests — the players have an average of just seven caps apiece. The USMNT’s failure to qualify for the World Cup has led it to hand opportunities to a new generation of young talent, and the most exciting player to take the pitch in North Carolina might be uncapped, 18-year-old Paris Saint-Germain attacker Timothy Weah…………..Read More

Mock NFL draft: 49ers make blockbuster trade with Patriots for two No. 1s

We’re less than a week out from the 2018 NFL draft and another milestone moment for the 49ers’ new regime of general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Using the Fanspeak mock draft simulator, we’re able to project all of the 49ers’ nine picks through seven rounds. Right off the bat, things get interesting…………..Read More

The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer’s Next Superstars



The gripping story of a group of boys discovered in what may be the largest talent search in sports history.


Over the past decade, an audacious program called Football Dreams has held tryouts for millions of 13-year-old boys across Africa looking for soccer’s next superstars. Led by the Spanish scout who helped launch Lionel Messi’s career at Barcelona and funded by the desert kingdom of Qatar, the program has chosen a handful of boys each year to train to become professionals—a process over a thousand times more selective than getting into Harvard.


In The Away Game, reporter Sebastian Abbot follows a small group of the boys as they are discovered on dirt fields across Africa, join the glittering academy in Doha where they train, and compete for the chance to gain fame and fortune at Europe’s top clubs. We meet Diawandou, a skilled Senegalese defender whose composure makes him a natural leader on the field; Hamza, a midfielder from Ghana with great talent but a mercurial personality to match; Ibrahima, a towering striker who scores goals by the bucketload; Serigne Mbaye, who glides by players effortlessly but happens to be deaf; and Bernard, often the smallest kid on the field but a sublime playmaker who invites constant comparison to Messi.


Abbot masterfully weaves together the dramatic story of the boys’ journey with an exploration of the art and science of trying to spot talent at such a young age. As in so many other sports, data analytics in soccer have expanded in the wake of Moneyball, with scouts employing more sophisticated metrics like "expected goals" and tracking data to judge players. But, as The Away Game chronicles, soccer genius depends more on intangible qualities like "game intelligence" than on easily quantifiable ones.


Richly reported and deeply moving, The Away Game is set against the geopolitical backdrop of Qatar’s rise from an impoverished patch of desert to an immensely rich nation determined to buy a place on the international stage. It is an unforgettable story of the joy and pain these talented African boys experience as they chase their dreams in a dizzying world of rich Arab sheikhs, money-hungry agents, and soccer-mad European fans.

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Release date March 6, 2018.