Brian Blickenstaff

Brian Blickenstaff is a former VICE Sports staff writer.

Nazi

The Nazi Sibling Rivalry That Divided a Town and Created Modern Sportswear

By creating Adidas and Puma, the Dassler Brothers divided both their families and their home town, all while changing sports forever.
Brian Blickenstaff
4.24.17
Bundesliga

Is Barack Obama a Darmstadt Fan?

Obama seems to be a fan of a struggling Bundesliga team from a place called "Gut City."
Brian Blickenstaff
2.16.17
the background work behind a transfer

Settling In, Kicking On: How Football Clubs Make New Players Feel Welcome

Fans love to speculate on whether a new player will succeed or fail, but on-field success might have more to do with a player's off-field transition than with adjusting to a new style of play.
Brian Blickenstaff
2.10.17
Donald Trump

Citing Trump's Immigration Policy, Iran Bars U.S. Wrestlers from Freestyle World Cup

The Men's Freestyle World Cup is scheduled to take place February 16-17 in Kermanshah, Iran. Thanks to Donald Trump's recent policy announcements, U.S. wrestlers won't be welcome.
Brian Blickenstaff
2.3.17
bologna

You're Going to Need to Watch This Jeison Murillo Bicycle Kick

A goal for the ages from Inter Milan's 24-year-old centre-back.
Brian Blickenstaff
1.18.17
Highlights

This Neverending Badminton Rally Will Put a Fire in Your Loins

How did this rally last so long?
Brian Blickenstaff
1.11.17
Highlights

The Drip Doctors Fiasco Keeps Getting Worse For Samir Nasri

From hacked account to possible doping ban, it's been a rough couple months for Samir Nasri
Brian Blickenstaff
1.6.17
Germany

Politics And Terror Could Hurt Turkish Football

Citing security threats and a fraught political situation, German clubs are no longer going to Turkey, their once-preferred winter training camp destination. Will a player exodus be next?
Brian Blickenstaff
12.28.16
MEDELLIN

Bolivian Government Officially Blames Pilot, Airline for Chapecoense Disaster

Although they haven't listed the exact cause of the crash, the Bolivian government is officially blaming the pilot, Miguel Quiroga, and the charter airline in a new report.
Brian Blickenstaff
12.21.16
Tennis

Former Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova Facing Three Months Out After Knife Attack

The tennis star injured her left hand fending off an apparent burglary attempt, and has now undergone surgery to repair the damage.
Brian Blickenstaff
12.21.16
FIGHTLAND

Patterson vs. Ali, the Culture War That Wasn't

The 1965 heavyweight title fight between Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali was billed as an intraracial battle between a good guy and a dangerous black radical. Like much in Patterson's life, the truth was disguised.
Brian Blickenstaff
11.24.16
Science

How The Premier League is Rethinking Age in Youth Development

Traditionally, young talents in football are made to train and play by age group. But is that system fundamentally flawed?
Brian Blickenstaff
11.10.16
0106