Beats & Rhymes FC

Leroy Lita interview: ‘The rose that grew from concrete’ – The meaning beyond the beat for Reds striker

Twitter: @LeroyLita8

Barnsley’s Leroy Lita in his Swansea City days. Photo: @LeroyLita8


With over 100 career goals, as well as experience at English football’s highest level, Barnsley striker Leroy Lita made a success of the hand he was dealt, and music offers a gateway into his persona, as well as revealing one source of inspiration in particular. Read more →

Melissa Henderson interview: From Houston to Hjørring, with devotion, for Dash forward

Photo: Bigshots Snapshots

Photo: Bigshots Snapshots


In soccer and in life, faith has always been paramount for Houston Dash forward Melissa Henderson, and she is preparing for more breathtaking twists to the tale from the game she loves as she puts down the first markers of her Danish chapter with Fortuna Hjørring.
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Taryn Hemmings interview: The notes that nurtured Red Stars defender

Photo: Chicago Red Stars / James Smith

Photo: Chicago Red Stars / James Smith


This year has seen the end of the long road back from injury for the Chicago Red Stars’ Taryn Hemmings, and as the defender embarks on a loan adventure with Danish champions Fortuna Hjørring there is a tuneful reminder of home to turn to, should she ever need it. Read more →

Rory Delap interview: Shamrocks, shenanigans and Stokies – Back through the track with ex-Ireland midfielder

Photo courtesy of The Sentinel

Photo courtesy of The Sentinel

Over twenty years as a player brought Rory Delap international caps, 14 Premier League seasons, and a clutch of soundtrack-worthy moments that will live long in the memory for the former Republic of Ireland midfielder. Read more →

Pia Sundhage interview: ‘Your time has come to shine’ – Sweden supremo the voice to the verses of change

Former U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Pia Sundhage (right) with her ex-captain Christie Rampone. Photo: @christierampone

Sweden’s former U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Pia Sundhage (right) with her ex-captain Christie Rampone. Photo: @christierampone


One of Sweden’s greatest ever female footballers, Pia Sundhage is two years into her mission to lead her nation’s women’s team to the very top, and the 2012 FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year has many a melody to help guide the way. Read more →