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Soccer's Long-Ignored Depression Problem

Though it has been taboo to discuss, the top ranks of soccer are rife with players who suffer from depression during and after their careers.

A new study shows that one in three soccer players suffers from depression or anxiety.
A new study shows that one in three soccer players suffers from depression or anxiety.
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Johannes Knuth

MUNICHJonny Walker basically loves life. Between 1996 and 2006, the American was a goalkeeper who played three times for the U.S. National Team. "During my career, I never had psychological problems," Walker says. But that changed when he injured his back severely, and soccer player Jonny Walker became a former soccer player.

He began suffering from depression, and it took him three years to recover. "One day you're playing in front of 80,000 people," the 39-year-old says, "and the next day you're a nobody. And there's no support system."

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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