soccer

FIFA Needs to Take the 2022 World Cup Away from Qatar. Now.
May 19, 2014

At the current rate, more than 4,000 migrant workers will die to build the infrastructure for a soccer tournament. This is an abomination.

How Major League Soccer Can Beat the English Premier League in America: Embrace Its Inner Brooklyn
With a new TV deal, the league is ready for almost-primetime
May 12, 2014

Now that Major League Soccer inked a new, eight-year TV deal, here is how it can win your heart.

Ninety-Six People Were Crushed to Death at a Soccer Game in 1989
The sport was changed forever
May 10, 2014

The sport was changed forever. 

How to Love Soccer: Hit the Bar at 7:45 A.M., Says U.S. Federation President
October 03, 2013

Today is big for Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Gus Johnson Won't Ruin Soccer
Americans aren't yet sold on the sport. The Fox broadcaster is just the salesman it needs.
May 24, 2013

Soccer fans call the sport, without irony, “The Beautiful Game.” Sportscaster Gus Johnson, by contrast, does not luxuriate in the beauty of any game.

The Alex Ferguson Era Won't End With His Retirement
His legacy is Manchester United itself
May 10, 2013

His legacy is Manchester United itself. 

We Are Addicted to Football. It's Time for Rehab.
April 25, 2013

Tonight, the NFL Draft begins—in case you hadn’t heard. The cover of the most recent ESPN The Magazine is dedicated to it, and Sports Illustrated likely would have fronted it, too, had the Boston Marathon bombings not taken precedence.

The Biggest Ego in Professional Sports
The amazing and infuriating career of Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho
April 23, 2013

The amazing and infuriating career of Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho.

Why Pelé's Cosmos Were the Best and Worst Thing to Happen to American Soccer
The Brazilian star's shadow still looms over the MLS
February 26, 2013

The Brazilian star's shadow still looms over the MLS.

The Geopolitics of Cheating
Soccer's fixing epidemic is a symptom of a much bigger problem.
February 18, 2013

Soccer's fixing epidemic is a symptom of a much bigger problem.

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