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Best of the Web, Post-Final Edition
July 12, 2010

The Guardian's team of the tournament Sid Lowe: Spain worthy champions Tactical analyses from Zonal Marking, David Pleat, and Jonathan Wilson Is money poisoning English football? Famous pitch invader Jimmy Jump tried to put a hat on the World Cup trophy. He did not succeed. Top 10 villains of the World Cup Jen Chang: 10 players whose stock rose at the Cup Tim Vickery is already looking ahead to the 2014 qualifiers Lastly, the scene from Spain (although Catalan media would beg to differ):

The Stupidest Man in America
July 02, 2010

Like Satan, Sodomy and Socialism, Soccer begins with an S. Obviously, then, it's un-American and likely to corrupt these great United States. Hats off to Marc Thiessen for scrawling the most absurd anti-soccer nonsense of the World Cup. At long last we have a winner: The world is crazy for soccer, but most Americans don’t give a hoot about the sport. Why? Many years ago, my former White House colleague Bill McGurn pointed out to me the real reason soccer hasn’t caught on in the good old U.S.A. It’s simple, really: Soccer is a socialist sport. Think about it.

Why Italy Flopped
June 24, 2010

There are a number of theories for why Italy slinked out of the World Cup so shamefully. That the team was old; that coach Marcello Lippi could have picked better attackers; that the Juventus-based central defense with Cannavaro and Chiellini was shaky, and dismally proved it with their club all season long, and so on. In my view, while these criticisms are all in some respects true, the real problems lie elsewhere, particularly in two places: tactically, the absence of anything we might call an effective midfield; and, more generally, the declining standard of Italian football.