Apr 19 2015

Photos: Brazilian Riot Police Squashed a Big Protest During the World Cup Finals

A standoff in Praça saens Pena, and tense fans on the Copacabana. Matthew Niederhauser’s Photo Diary, Day 15

Geoff Dyer on The World Cup's Defining Foul

The combination of cynicism, cheating, and deceit that marked Luis Suarez as the vilest great footballer in the history of the game.

England Have Won Wars Against Argentina and Germany. Football Matches, Not So Much.

Deciding who to root for in the World Cup final is not so easy if you're English

What the World Cup Looks Like to a Refugee Child

"Germany are playing with a lot of self-confidence." Sounds right to us.

Was This the Best World Cup Uniform of All Time?

If there was a trophy for dressing well, Peru would walk away with it.

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

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

Tim Howard Is Great, But I'll Take Manuel Neuer Any Day

He might not be the flashiest, but the Bayern keeper is quietly leading Germany to glory.

Brightly Colored Soccer Cleats are Gay, Says Russian Priest

"Putting pink or light blue cleats on a man" argues Father Alexander, "is like dressing him in a woman's underwear or brassiere."

Why I Hate Argentina

Remember that time in 1998 that Argentina played the Netherlands? Unforgivable.

Actually, Qatar Has No Business Hosting the 2022 World Cup

A professor at Northwestern's campus in Al Rayyan argues that the tournament will bring reform. Now a Northwestern student fires back. 

This Could Still Be the Highest-Scoring World Cup In History

Five more goals to reach the record, and three more matches to go. Piece of cake, right? 

Before and After Photos Show How Devastating the Germany Loss Was for Average Brazilians

No rioting, and not much to say—yet—as fans absorb the massacre at the Mineirão 

Brazil's "Bullyball" Goes Belly Up

A squad built for low-scoring games found out what happens when the other team refuses to yield