Laurent Dubois

What Will We Take From This Tournament?
Some World Cups write a beautiful romance, but more often they offer up troubled stories
July 11, 2014

Some World Cups write a beautiful romance, but more often, they offer up troubled stories

The Making of Belgium's Golden Generation, and Imported Versus Cultivated Talent
It has been noted: maybe the US needs more military bases in Spain and Brazil
July 02, 2014

It has been noted: Maybe what US soccer needs is more military bases in places like Spain and Brazil 

Mourning Algeria's Cruel, Beautiful Loss to Germany
Les Fennecs may have lost, but they reminded us of the joy of the game
July 01, 2014

Les Fennecs may have lost, but they reminded us of the joy of the game

Why Are These Fans Showing Up to World Cup Matches in Blackface?
And what is FIFA going to do about it?
June 25, 2014

And what is FIFA going to do about it?

Algeria - France Would Be a Truly Historic Showdown
A slightly premature second round preview
June 23, 2014

A slightly premature second round preview

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Cheer for Belgium
An American citizen, born in Belgium, with an affinity for Algeria, sorts out his allegiances
June 18, 2014

And why I'm thinking of starting a support group for fans of more than one World Cup team 

 

The World Cup of Dissonance
Yesterday's opener proves that we don't know what to expect from this World Cup.
June 13, 2014

World Cup 2014's shaky opening proves that we don't know what to expect from the tournament, on and off the pitch. 

A Prayer for the Goalies and Referees of the World Cup
Let's take a minute to remember the perennial villains of the game.
June 12, 2014

But they aren't all bad!

Eleven Writers and Intellectuals on the World Cup's Most Compelling Characters
June 10, 2014

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Aleksandar Hemon, Joseph O'Neill, and eight other soccer-loving writers plumb the tournaments most compelling characters.