soccer

Was This the Last Great World Cup?
Russia and Qatar loom, as does a return to defensive-minded play
July 13, 2014

It wasn't a perfect tournament, but we're going to like it a lot better than the dark age that now awaits 

Geoff Dyer on The World Cup's Defining Foul
July 13, 2014

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

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 victory
July 10, 2014

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
Jesus, by contrast, was a sandals man
July 09, 2014

"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
It started with a headbutt
July 09, 2014

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

Before and After Photos Show How Devastating the Germany Loss Was for Average Brazilians
Matthew Niederhauser's Photo Diary, Day 13
July 09, 2014

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

Brazil's "Bullyball" Goes Belly Up
1-7 is a result, too
July 08, 2014

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

Let the Recriminations Begin in Brazil, and Let Them Begin with Scolari
Corruption and European clubs are sapping the country's talent. But it was their coach who ensured that this team played scared.
July 08, 2014

Corruption and European clubs are sapping the country's talent. But it was their coach who ensured that this team played scared.

Germany Must Out-Invent Brutish Brazil: A Bizarre-But-True Semifinal Preview
Unable to rely on muscle–or Neymar–can the hosts survive?
July 07, 2014

Unable to rely on muscle–or Neymar–can the hosts survive? 

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