The Blog of Eric M. Ruiz

Exploring the differences that make us the same.

How Many Goals Will Spain Score Against Tahiti? And Who Will Be Pissed Off?

It’s scary to think that world class players such as UEFA Champion’s League Winners Javi Martinez, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and David Villa all comprise Spain’s so called “B Team”. But even Spain’s U-21 Champions would be heavily favored against Confederation Cup darlings, and minnows Tahiti. Two questions arise for today’s matchup; how many will Spain win by? And does Spain ever let the foot off the gas? In other words, do you.. Read More

Is Winning The Only Thing That Matters? A Look At Football and Business

It was very frustrating watching yesterday’s game between Mexico and the United States.  One team was playing to win and one team was playing not to lose.  Mexico came out attacking and had several chances to put the match away. The US meanwhile showed up to defend, dropping as many as nine players in there half to contain the Mexican forwards. After the first five minutes, it became apparent that the US was.. Read More

UEFA Euro 1996: The Greatest Museum I Ever Visited Was A Soccer Tournament.

Although it didn’t feel like it, I grew up poor. My parents, at the time where migrant farm workers, typical of those found in the agriculturally rich region of the San Joaquin Valley in California. They worked long, hard hours with low wages. My siblings and I spent our elementary years bouncing between free and reduced lunch. Our parents would often buy us clothes two sizes big so that we’d be able to.. Read More

BaM! “Soccernomics” Review

Somewhere between “Moneyball” and “Freakonomics” lies Simon Kuper’s “Soccernomics”. A brilliant and informative look at the business of soccer.

Blonde Hair, Don’t Care

Blonde Hair, Don't Care

My uncle Pedro, my father and my Uncle David (holding me) before a soccer tournament circa 1988. I inherited my father’s passion and love for the game.