soccer

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? 

France-Germany Preview: Per Mertesacker Has a Cold
The two most complete teams in the World Cup meet in Friday's first quarterfinal
July 03, 2014

The two most complete teams in the World Cup meet in Friday's first quarterfinal

USA 3, Belgium 0! Or, Looking for Hope in the 1930 World Cup
Are you paying attention, Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey?
July 01, 2014

And they can do it again!

Match Report: On Yesterday's Greek Tragedy
Greece comes to terms with the national team's World Cup exit
June 30, 2014

Greece comes to terms with the national team's World Cup exit

Teaching My Six-Year-Old Son About Mexico's Much Older World Cup Curse
Name your poison, we've taken it.
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? 

Stop Conflating World Cup Performance with National Character
Ghana's group stage failure isn't punishment for corruption. Nigeria's (relative) success isn't a salvo against Boko Haram.
June 30, 2014

Ghana's group stage failure isn't punishment for corruption. Nigeria's (relative) success isn't a salvo against Boko Haram.

Why U.S. Fans Should Hope for Less from Michael Bradley
The midfielder is covering way, way too much ground
June 30, 2014

The midfielder is covering way, way too much ground 

Photos: This Is How Brazilians Reacted When Their Team Won Its Shootout with Chile
Scenes from the FIFA Fanfest in Cuiabá. Matthew Niederhauser's Photo Diary, Day Ten
June 29, 2014

Scenes from the FIFA Fanfest in Cuiabá. Matthew Niederhauser's Photo Diary, Day Ten.

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