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June 11, 2014

Bosnia Suspends Pickup Soccer Matches to Watch Its Dragons Instead
A World Cup debutante savors its arrival on the big stage

Savoring a World Cup debut in Sarajevo

Not One Compelling American on the 'Most Compelling Players' List?
U.S. players deserve a lot more credit
4:08 PM

American players have channeled resentment into sublime play. 

Why Cameroon Will Beat Mexico on Friday
The Lions' secret advantage: the spirit of the oldest player to ever score in a World Cup
3:12 PM

The Lions' secret advantage: the spirit of the oldest player to ever score in a World Cup. 

All You Tiki-Taka Haters Are Just Jealous
Like it or not, possession still wins matches

Like it or not, possession still gets results. 

Norman Mailer's Hollywood: Antiquated, Perverse, and Much like Ours
The perpetual wisdom of 'The Deer Park'
12:28 PM

It drove the powerful as crazy as the powerless. And it hasn't changed.

This Is the Team That Actually Invented Total Football
They did it in stadium known as Wankdorf (some things a nine-year-old doesn't forget)
11:26 AM

They did it in stadium known as Wankdorf (some things a nine-year-old doesn't forget). 

Hillary Clinton's Memoir Isn't Terrible at All. It's Fun and Even a Little Weird.
11:16 AM

Sure, it's carefully packaged and unsurprising. But Hard Choices is also, like Clinton herself, workmanlike and funnyish.

The Pleasures of Rooting Against Brazil
No team has ever acted so entitled to World Cup glory.
10:59 AM

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

June 10, 2014

The 2014 World Cup, Illustrated: Hand-Drawn Match Highlights
Illustrations by Simon Prades
7:16 PM

Simon Prades sketches insta-posters of the highlights you'll want to relive. 

How I Got My Soccer-Hating Son to Watch the World Cup
A sticky solution.
7:15 PM

Step one: Let him believe Michael Bradley is "Captain America."

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