Leon Krauze

Halloween Is Manufactured Fear. Mexico's Day of the Dead Is All Too Real.
October 30, 2014

Even the harshest of realities—43 dead students—will not stop Mexicans from celebrating death this weekend.

Mexico's President Must Not Ignore This Mass Grave of College Kids—or the Corruption It Represents
October 10, 2014

43 students were marched to their deaths—by cops acting on orders from above.

I Love Messi, But I'm Rooting for Germany. Here's Why You Should, Too.
July 10, 2014

I know it makes me a traitor. But neuer deutscher Fußball has won me over.

Teaching My Six-Year-Old Son About Mexico's Much Older World Cup Curse
June 30, 2014

After the most abrupt shifts of emotions he'd ever experienced, a vexing question: How to explain fate to a six-year-old? 

Luis Suarez Is a Beast
June 20, 2014

The Uruguay star and the grand tradition of strikers who seek to destroy 

The Pleasures of Rooting Against Brazil
June 11, 2014

No team has ever acted so entitled to World Cup glory. 

Leon Krauze's Best and Worst
July 07, 2010

Best team: Germany. Consistently dynamic, the German team was dazzling from start to finish. Beckenbauer wasn’t exaggerating when he said that the performance against Argentina was perhaps the best game ever by a German team. The maturity shown by the German side was even more impressive when one considers the team’s youth: Manuel Neuer is 24 years old, Mesut Ozil is 21, Bastian Schweinsteiger – that veteran – is 25. That’s just amazing. Generous, hardworking and even humble, the Germans were the opposite of the odious French or the smug Argentines.

Brazil Betrays Itself
July 02, 2010

To be very honest, Brazil’s defeat did not surprise me. From the very beginning, I found the team rigid, overly physical and lacking in authentic creativity. It tells you something abut the Brazilian team that everybody’s been gushing about Lucio and Juan and the rest of Dunga`s defensive set-up. All of a sudden, it was wonderful that both central defenders weren’t “shy about advancing of the field”, as my very esteemed colleague Aleksandar Hemon put it. Well, yes. It’s always nice to see defenders willing to attack.

I Have A Dream
June 25, 2010

Four years ago, Mexico had a chance to make history by bringing down Argentina. I was there, in Leipzig, in that beautiful, modern stadium built literally inside the shell of the older, pre-war arena. It truly was a gorgeous sight. And when the Mexican team went up with Marquez’s goal early in the game, it became even more so. But it didn’t last. The Argentines tied soon enough and then, with a goal endlessly repeated in our nightmares, won with a kick that surprised even its modestly talented author, Maxi Rodríguez. It was sad. Once again, Argentina proved unbeatable.