soccer

Just How Good Would France Be if Every French-Born Arab Player Opted to Play for Les Bleus?
And another puzzle: How is Laurent Blanc still coaching—anywhere?
June 23, 2014

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

Towards an Ethic of World Cup Fandom
A philosopher in Brazil ruminates on how to be a good fan
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
Science explains pressure distribution shifts!
June 20, 2014

Science explains transition points and pressure distribution shifts.

At This World Cup, England Fans Get Their Disillusionment in First
Low expectations, duly met
June 20, 2014

Low expectations, duly met 

Luis Suarez Is a Beast
On the taxonomy of strikers, the Uruguay star is an apex predator
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?
Mass culture was anathema to the Argentine writer
June 20, 2014

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

Wayne Rooney Not Scoring for England, in GIFs
Forty-one goals in international matches, 40 of which were not scored in the World Cup
June 19, 2014

Forty-one goals in international matches, 40 of which were not scored in the World Cup 

England's Loss to Uruguay, as Epic Poem
The doggerel of defeat
June 19, 2014

Sad supporter pens doggeral of defeat 

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Cheer for Belgium
An American citizen, born in Belgium, with an affinity for Algeria, sorts out his allegiances
June 18, 2014

And why I'm thinking of starting a support group for fans of more than one World Cup team 

 

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