World Cup

Nate Silver and His Equations Don't Understand the World Cup
The dubiousness of Big Data's soccer predictions
June 16, 2014

The dubiousness of Big Data's soccer predictions

A Tale of Two Argentinas: What the Bosnia Game Taught Us About the Team's Conflicting Approaches
Argentina's game, like its politics, is bitterly divided.
June 16, 2014

A sloppy win shows the bitter divisions within Argentinian football

Photos of England Fans in "The Place to Avoid"
Matthew Niederhauser's photo diary: Day three.
June 16, 2014

For day three of his photo diary, Matthew Niederhauser travels to Manaus, the home of the much-reviled Arena de Amazonia

The Joys of Streaming the World Cup on Univision
And that's even before the halftime commercials!
June 16, 2014

The zany pyrotechnics of the Univisión team could easily beat any David Foster Wallace paragraph in stylistic intensity

If Jurgen Klinsmann Doesn't Believe In the U.S. Team, Why Should I?
It's one thing to be realistic, another to be a killjoy
June 16, 2014

He isn't being realistic, he's being a killjoy. 

U.S.-Ghana Preview: Will Offense Be the Best Defense for Michael Bradley and the Americans?
The Black Stars's backline is inexperienced and vulnerable, and the Americans are finally ready to win a fast-break match.
June 16, 2014

Who will take the W? Our predictions.

This Was the Best World Cup Ball of All Time
Plus, a ranking of every official tournament ball since 1970
June 16, 2014

The perfection of the 1978 Tango. Plus, every other official World Cup ball since 1970, ranked.

Before Jurgen Klinsmann Found Aron Johannsson In Iceland, Johannsson Found His Game in Florida
The Iceman is hereth.
June 15, 2014

And now the striker might just wind up the USMNT's most valuable new import. 

The Matches Have Been Excellent So Far. But Could FIFA's Corruption Make This the Last World Cup?
Imagining the all-too-possible.
June 15, 2014

By awarding the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar, Sepp Blatter and his enablers may have marked the end of an era. 

We All Know Sepp Blatter Is Crooked, But What's This About Beckenbauer?
There has to be one good guy at FIFA. Right?
June 15, 2014

The day my final bit of football naïveté died.