Forget Spain: Why I’m Mourning the End of Australia’s Golden Generation
June 24, 2014

An American fan's valentine to the upstarts from Down Under 

Algeria - France Would Be a Truly Historic Showdown
June 23, 2014

A slightly premature second round preview

A Team to Charm Even the Chilean Left
June 23, 2014

Jorge Sampaoli and La Roja have a country in the international headlines for happier reasons

Just How Good Would France Be if Every French-Born Arab Player Opted to Play for Les Bleus?
June 23, 2014

And another puzzle: How is Laurent Blanc still coaching—anywhere?

Towards an Ethic of World Cup Fandom
June 22, 2014

A philosopher in Brazil ruminates on how to be a good fan

A Less Smooth Soccer Ball is Actually More Predictable When It's Kicked
June 20, 2014

Science explains transition points and pressure distribution shifts.

Luis Suarez Is a Beast
June 20, 2014

The Uruguay star and the grand tradition of strikers who seek to destroy 

Photos: Police on "Pacification Patrol" in a Rio Favela

Before the games began, there was a bloody showdown. 

Why Did Borges Hate Soccer?
June 20, 2014

"Soccer is popular because stupidity is popular,” Borges once said.