Closeup — Lee Young-Pyo

When it was all over—the Fred Astaire footwork, the subtle wizardry, the impressive globetrotting—there was only adoration. As Young-Pyo Lee walked off the pitch for...

Closeup — Eddie Johnson

In 2001, at age 16, U.S. professional soccer player Eddie Johnson became one of the youngest players to sign with a Major League Soccer team....

Closeup — Isaac Díaz

From the time Isaac Diaz was a baby and had a soccer ball in his cradle, to playing as a professional athlete in packed...

Closeup — Ricardo Salampessy

King David has always been an incredible example in the Bible of giving thanks to God in good times and in bad. And when...

Closeup — José Luis Vidigal

The second of 12 children, including four who played soccer, José Luis Vidigal understands what it means to fight and jostle for attention. During an...

Closeup — Juan Carlos Valerón

Juan Valeron’s faith journey is a great example of how new believers often face trials early in their walk with Christ. As one of...

Closeup — Lúcio

Brazilian captain Lucimar Ferreira da Silva (or Lucio as he’s known throughout the soccer world) was reminiscing about Brazil’s 2002 World Cup victory, his...

Feature story — When Soccer Becomes An Avenue

To Japanese footballer Jun Marques Davidson, religion always seemed like far too complicated of a thing. The rules. The regulations. The structure. Raised in Tokyo,...

A Gracious Peace

With four knee injuries in his career, it would be understandable if Marcos Senna was burned out, discouraged or disappointed with soccer. But it’s quite...

Feature story – Breath of Life

Growing up in a family split in their religious beliefs, Alexander Samedov decided he would live his life in his own way and on...

Feature story — Fulfilling A Promise

Growing up playing in the streets of Gioia del Colle, Italy, Nicola Legrottaglie had one dream: To play soccer and play at the highest...

Unconditional Acceptance

Usually, performance leads to love. If you perform well in school, your teacher may tell you, “Nice job.” If you perform well in your career,...

Unmasking The World

It’s been a wild year for Colombian soccer star Radamel Falcao. Falcao, considered one of the top strikers in the world, was acquired by Monaco...

Breaking The Mold

Lying in bed for two months with a broken neck, 18-year-old Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite made a list of 10 goals. Nevermind the...

Xtreme Wisedom

David Wise stood on deck at the top of the superpipe in Aspen, Colo. Before him stretched the perfectly groomed ice and snow tube carved 567 feet long into the mountainside. As he mentally prepared, Wise watched competitor Justin Dorey smash into the lip in what ESPN called “one of the gnarliest crashes in years.” (Thankfully, Dorey walked away with only an injured shoulder.) It wasn’t the kind of precursor you want before beginning your own high-speed attempt at defying gravity in a giant geographic playground...
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