Leander Schaerlaeckens -- who will, just this one time, write about himself in the third person -- is a soccer columnist at Yahoo Sports.

He began his career in Brussels as a stringer for United Press International and the Washington Times -- mostly covering NATO and the European Union -- for two years. Then he spent five years as a soccer writer with and then, covering two World Cups and hundreds of other games. 

He has also been published by the New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, the Guardian, Men's Fitness, Men's Journal, Inked, VICE, Yahoo, Fusion and some other outlets he can't remember right now. 

In addition to soccer and baseball, he has written about an inner city boxing club, New York's first openly gay U.S. Congressman, his own failure to buy a foreclosed home, a "hipster pastor" and a local heroin epidemic, among many other subjects.

He has made TV appearances on FOX Sports, Fusion and National Geographic and has done radio hits with NPR, ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, Sirius XM and many other radio stations in the U.S. and abroad. 

Leander holds an Hono(u)rs BA from City University in London in print journalism and economics and an MA from American University in Washington, DC in broadcast journalism and public affairs.

In addition to writing, Leander is a sports communication lecturer at Marist College. He lives in the Hudson Valley in New York with his wife, son, mutt and a snow-blower he'd rather spend less time with.