Lawrence Futbol World is a local soccer blog created by AJ Barbosa, a journalism major at the University of Kansas and current student in Multimedia Reporting. LFW covers high school, collegiate and intramural soccer in Lawrence, Kan., and Kansas City’s Major League Soccer team, Sporting Kansas City (because, let’s be honest, it’s hard to live 20 minutes away from Livestrong Sporting Park and not be a SKC fan).

A note from the editor:

I laced up my boots and hit the pitch almost every Saturday for 15 of my 20 years on this Earth. Soccer is in my blood — my father is a lifelong Manchester United fan and has been a Wizards/Sporting KC season ticket holder since the team’s genesis in 1996. Like many soccer fans, I always had the dream of playing soccer at the professional level, but it never panned out. Though I don’t play as regularly as I would like nowadays,  my love for “the beautiful game” hasn’t skipped a beat.

Luckily for me, I developed a powerful love for writing and the news. I write constantly. I served as a staff reporter, sports editor and opinions editor for Blue Valley High’s student newspaper, The Tiger Print, before attending the University of Kansas and gaining admittance into the William Allen White School of Journalism. I have worked in New York City as an editorial intern for The Huffington Post and Huffington Magazine for two consecutive summers, and I’ve been asked by my editor to return for a third summer in 2013. Trust me, there’s no better feeling than learning from and sharing a newsroom with the best in the business. I’m the luckiest student-journalist on the planet and I plan on continuing to work hard enough to become one of them — the best in the business.

I currently write weekly humor columns for The University Daily Kansan and have written similar humor pieces that have appeared in a popular college lifestyle blog, College Town Life.

I hope you enjoy what you read here at Lawrence Futbol World. Lawrence has a beautiful, tight-knit yet widespread soccer community. If you ever see me around town, take a second and say hello. I’m always down for a pint at the Red Lyon with “the beautiful game” on the TV.

I’m a Manchester United fan, though, so Chelsea/Liverpool/Manchester City/Arsenal fans beware: If United beats your team while we’re watching a match, you’re buying the drinks. Theoretically, I’d be obligated to pick up the tab if United lost, but let’s be honest — that probably won’t happen!

See you around,
AJ Barbosa


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