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Why Is the American Media So Obsessed with Karim Benzema?
France has a great team this year. Don't sell the other guys short.
June 24, 2014

France has always relied on a great team ethos, not just one star, to win the World Cup.

A Team to Charm Even the Chilean Left
La Roja have a country in the international headlines for happier reasons
June 23, 2014

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

Maybe Cristiano Ronaldo Isn't the Answer, He's the Problem
Would Portugal be better without him?
June 23, 2014

Would Portugal be better without him?

The Portugal Game Will Make U.S. Soccer Converts Appreciate One of the Sport's Great Pleasures: The Gut-Wrenching Draw
Still can't stop thinking about it, can you?
June 23, 2014

Still can't stop thinking about last night, can you?

The U.S. Should Have Won the Group of Death
We believed that we would win
June 23, 2014

But we still believe that we will win.

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

Photos: Brazilian Vendors, Sticking it to FIFA, Set Up a DIY Fan Fest of Their Own
Matthew Niederhauser’s World Cup Photo Diary: Day Five
June 21, 2014

The big screen wasn't as fancy, but the throng of fans didn't mind 

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.

Knausgaard on Angel Di Maria: Looks Like Kafka, Plays Like A Dream
"The first time I saw him play, I thought, That's my man."
June 20, 2014

"The first time I saw him play, I thought, That's my man."

After Their South African Disaster, Will France Hold It Together This World Cup?
Looks like it, at least on Twitter
June 20, 2014

The French team famously imploded four years ago. What do their Twitter accounts reveal about team harmony this time around?

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