Brian Blickenstaff

Brian Blickenstaff is a former VICE Sports staff writer.

Nazis

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
soccer

Ronaldo's Sculptor Speaks: "Even Jesus did not please everyone."

Ronaldo's Sculptor defends his insane-looking statue, noting that at least Ronaldo himself likes it.
Brian Blickenstaff
3.30.17
soccer

Messi Says Mean Thing to Ref, Is Banned for Four Games

FIFA handed Messi a four-match suspension for his comments to an assistant ref during Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Chile last week.
Brian Blickenstaff
3.28.17
Bundesliga

Is Barack Obama a Darmstadt Fan?

Obama seems to be a fan of a last-place Bundesliga team from a town called "Gut City."
Brian Blickenstaff
2.16.17
player transfers

Settling In: How Pro Soccer Clubs Make New Players Feel Welcome

Fans love to speculate on whether 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
2.9.17
super bowl

Kobe Bryant Memorabilia Stolen from High School Alma Mater

The stolen jersey wasn't even Kobe's original high school jersey. It was a replica.
Brian Blickenstaff
2.7.17
russia

IAAF Vote Means Russia Likely To Miss Track and Field World Championships

Part of the teams reinstatement hinges on Russian officials acknowledging the cheating actually happened.
Brian Blickenstaff
2.7.17
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
#TBT

Throwback Thursday: College Basketball's Most Brutal Brawl, and the Forgiveness That Followed

A 1972 fight between Ohio State and Minnesota left Luke Witte with lasting damage—but also produced a surprising story of interpersonal healing.
Brian Blickenstaff
2.2.17
england

FIFA Reports Shows Not Even a Wall Could Keep U.S.-Based Players Out of Mexico

Mexico's continental dominance in club soccer is irrefutable.
Brian Blickenstaff
1.27.17
soccer

​The UK Soccer Child Sexual Abuse Scandal, Explained

With 248 clubs and more than 500 potential victims so far, this scandal will rock soccer in the UK to its foundation.
Brian Blickenstaff
1.23.17
bologna

You Really Need to See This Jeison Murillo Bicycle Kick

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