soccer

Stop Conflating World Cup Performance with National Character
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
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
June 29, 2014

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

This Time, the Dutch Did Not Capitulate in Fortaleza
June 29, 2014

The Dutch battle plan wilted in the heat, but Holland exhales into the quarterfinals

James Rodriguez Is the Best Player of This World Cup
June 29, 2014

Even if Colombia loses, he's already proved it

Chicago Is Officially the Most Soccer-Drunk City in America. (Which Is Saying Something.)
June 29, 2014

All respect to Kansas City, New York and LA, but the photos do not lie 

Charts: Messi and RVP are Having Brilliantly Efficient World Cups. Michael Bradley, Not So Much.
June 27, 2014

Which players squeezing the most goals out of the least effort, and who's working hardest for the least glory

Bravo, Klinsmann. And Look Out, Belgium!
June 26, 2014

It wasn't pretty, but we cheated (the Group of) Death

Soccer Players Are Worried About the Heat in Brazil, But They Actually Run Faster When It's Hot
June 26, 2014

Scientists put soccer players in 109 degree heat. Here's what they found out. 

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