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A World Cup-style tournament in Barnsley shows how team sports can help people cope with mental illness<p>The Brazilian striker has been threatening to score all game. He’s narrowly missed a few shots at goal already. Other attempts have been blocked by the Argentinian defender who has been putting …

Mental Health

Atlanta's subway soccer fields: the 'crazy' idea breaking down barriers

Like many good stories, this one begins with a crazy idea and a bunch of naysayers. Sanjay Patel arrived in Atlanta and wondered why it was so difficult to find a game of pick-up soccer. As far as he could see, there were no spontaneous games going on in local parks. Anything he did find was …

Urban Design

Philippe Auclair on The 3 Million: Britain’s Invisible Minority

11 February 2018<p>In this piece, adapted from his speech at the Edinburgh launch of These Islands, Philippe Auclair speaks up for the 3 million EU …

United Kingdom

The coach who climbed through a glass ceiling at men’s side Clermont Foot is now in charge of France Women and has spent a lifetime overcoming the odds<p>La Creuse is a rural part of provincial France, right in the middle of the country, known for its farmland. In 1986 Corinne Diacre, a football-mad …

Soccer

Thousands of players wash through the system every year, their dreams of a professional career shattered. Are clubs doing enough to look after them?<p>In March 2013 a young man killed himself after suffering years of mental health difficulties following his release by a Premier League football club’s …

Soccer

Here’s Exactly How Exercise—Or Lack of It—Affects Aging Muscles. This Just Might Change Your Life

Buried deep inside your muscle tissue may be the secret answer to your flagging energy, growing waist size, and declining health. Take action now.<p>Under the glare of overhead lights, the paper-thin, ruby-red shavings of Rosangela Santiago’s muscle glow like fine gems. <i>I can’t believe those just came</i> …

Why Are So Many Fascist Monuments Still Standing in Italy?

In the late nineteen-thirties, as Benito Mussolini was preparing to host the 1942 World’s Fair, in Rome, he oversaw the construction of a new neighborhood, Esposizione Universale Roma, in the southwest of the city, to showcase Italy’s renewed imperial grandeur. The centerpiece of the district was …

After police failed to solve his son’s murder, Francisco Holgado infiltrated the local criminal underworld in pursuit of those responsible. He became a national hero – but at what cost? By Matthew Bremner<p>At 4.30am on 22 November 1995, taxi number 69 pulled into the Campsa Red petrol station in La …

Crime

The Lonely Road Back From a Very Public Injury

MANCHESTER, England — From the other side of the wall, the muffled sounds of halftime drifted through to Ilkay Gundogan. He could hear the skitter of studs on the floor, the murmuring voices of his Manchester City teammates exchanging notes, and then his manager, Pep Guardiola, starting to …

Greenland: The football season where you can glimpse whales and icebergs

<b>Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland (CNN) —</b> It's not often you get to glimpse icebergs and whales while watching a game of soccer, but that's only one of the reasons why the Greenlandic football season is one of the sport's most unusual.<p>It is the only one to take place inside the Arctic Circle, while the …

The Inayats started a team in Shimshal, motivated by social pressures faced by young girls in the region, and now they cannot keep up with demand<p>Shimshal is a small village in one of the most northern parts of Pakistan, the highest settlement in the Hunza Valley at 3,800 metres above sea level. A …

Women's Sports

Your Guide to Nakano, Tokyo's Most Underrated Neighborhood

Nakano is pure Tokyo: around the next corner you might find a tiny shrine, a vintage clothing shop, a pencil-thin house, a mom-and-pop rice-cracker shop, or all four on the same block.<p>If you’ve been to Tokyo, or even just watched Lost in Translation, you know Shinjuku. The world’s busiest train …

Japan

In Raphael’s studio

From his death in 1520 to the early–nineteenth century, Raphael was widely regarded as the greatest painter of Europe. He was also the most studied …

Art

How Carnegie Mellon’s snake robot became the multi-legged snake monster

The snake has long been one of the most compelling demos out of Carnegie Mellon’s robotics lab. Inspired by the biblical reptile of the same name, its long, skinny build makes it perfect for squeezing into tight spaces, guided by the camera embedded in its head. It can wind around rubble and coil …

5 Post-Race Standing Stretches Every Runner Should Do

Do these 5 moves right after your race to jumpstart recovery and reduce soreness.<p>After an exhausting run or race, you might be tempted to sit or lie down.<p>But getting off your feet too soon could cause muscles and tendons to tighten up, says Chris Ramsey, D.P.T., O.C.S., a physical therapist and …

To help make the European debate decent and civilised, it is now more important than ever to value the skills of the linguist<p>I began learning German at the age of 13, and I’m still trying to explain to myself why it was love at first sound. The answer must surely be: the excellence of my teacher. …

Language Learning

Montrose have not been promoted or relegated since John Major was in No10 and George Michael was at No1, but the fans’ love of their club is undying<p>By Andrew Galloway for Nutmeg magazine, part of the Guardian Sport Network<p>“Montrose born and bred,” is how Graham Christieson introduces himself to me …

Soccer

'They were entwined': the twins found at Dover's white cliffs

The white cliffs of Dover jut majestically towards the sky like bitten meringue, but the port beneath them is a busy, grimy place, buzzing with the hum of industrial machinery, crammed with lorries queueing to board huge ferries that chug black smoke. Even 100m up, you can’t escape the noise of the …

Sociology

You’re Not Going to Change Your Mind

A troubling feature of political disagreement in the United States today is that many issues on which liberals and conservatives hold divergent views are questions not of value but of fact. Is human activity responsible for global warming? Do guns make society safer? Is immigration harmful to the …

Shaun Greenhalgh has turned his hand to everyone from Leonardo da Vinci to Lowry. He’s been to prison, but has never revealed the whole picture. Until now<p>In 2010, shortly after his release from prison, Shaun Greenhalgh walked into his parents’ house in Bromley Cross to find yet another fat package …

Art

Scene stealers: In praise of the background artist

<i>Above: Sleeping Beauty Concept Painting, Eyvind Earle, c. 1959; collection of the Walt Disney Family Foundation © Disney</i>Animated films depend upon a …

Football: A deep dive into the tech and data behind the best players in the world

S.L. Benfica—Portugal's top football team and one of the best teams in the world—makes as much money from carefully nurturing, training, and selling …

Soccer

After brushing aside Lyon in the Europa League semi-final first leg, the Dutch club can scent a chance of a first European trophy in 22 years<p>It is a cold Thursday morning at Ajax’s De Toekomst complex, where the canteen doubles as a trophy room, the sheer weight of football knowledge can be …

Soccer

Ellsworth Kelly, Abstract to the End

SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. — On the eve of his 90th birthday in 2013, Ellsworth Kelly told me that working in his studio in Columbia County was “as exciting for me as ever.”<p>“I have had some physical challenges related to aging, though I accept it,” the painter said. “But it has given me an added surge for …

What Bullets Do to Bodies - Highline

Credits<p>Story - Jason Fagone<p>Jason is a contributing writer for Highline. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, GQ, New York and Wired. His latest book, <i>The Woman Who Smashed Codes</i>, about the American codebreaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman, will be published this year.<p>Photography - Finlay …

Sound Machine: The Evolutionary Vocabulary of the Human Voice

Amplification and voice technologies are bringing a broader palate of sounds to the singer. It’s not all beautiful, but it's very human.The end of …

Color Printing History: Lithographs, Offset Printing, CMYK

<i>An example of lithography in process, featuring the all-important stone. (jrsquee/Flickr)</i><p>How lithography gave us beautiful, easy-to-repeat color and …

We asked six players who came to the US how Trump’s attempted ban, which would bar travel for citizens of some Muslim countries, has affected their lives<p>Sport lies down the list of concerns after President Trump’s attempted travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries, but soccer has not …

Middle East

A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor

It’s 6 on a Wednesday morning, and Kabir Ahmed has snoozed his alarm one too many times. He steps softly, barefoot, around his small, second-story apartment in Jamaica, Queens, creaking through the green and pink hall.<p>He is late, but careful not to wake his wife and their three children, or his …

Where have football's hard men gone?

Roy Keane was one of the Premier League's last great tough guys, capable of winning battles by fair means or foul. You knew them by the way they …