Tagged: World Cup


Explaining Soccer

Mike Dwyer asked us to explain the appeal of soccer. Here’s my attempt, using a goal the Netherlands’ Robin Van Persie scored today. First watch the video of the goal, then I’ll break it...


Meet the Teams: Holland

By their orange you shall know them. Although the Dutch flag is red, white, and blue, the royal family is from the House of Orange-Nassau.* The House of Orange knows how to do modern...


Linky Friday #57

Burt Likko fills in for Will Truman for this week’s aggregation of dozens of links to themed web randomness!



World Cup draws. Early predictions. Frustrations. England fans singing vulgar songs. Cheering. Zero-zero ties. It’s a beautiful game.


Soccer Shocker

Bob Bradley re-signs (rather than resigns) with the USA Men’s National Team for another World Cup Cycle.  I think this is a better move than getting Jurgen Klinnsman, who I think would have proven little...


Why I watch soccer

The weekend beckons, so I thought I’d write something about the World Cup. At his personal blog, Jonathan Last links to a pretty apt take-down of soccer evangelists he wrote in 2002, when Americans...


Your 2010 World Cup Primer

From The Unlikely Fan, a great series on the history of the World Cup and an entertaining post comparing the history of each country’s national squad to professional American teams. For the highbrow set...


The Roster Is Unveiled

Bob Bradley just announced the final cuts for the US’ World Cup squad.  I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised that Bradley took the comparatively unheralded Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez over Brian...


Bad News for US Soccer

It looks like Charlie Davies’ inspirational attempt to come back from life-threatening injuries to make the 2010 US World Cup squad has fallen short.  I’ve little doubt that Coach Bradley made the right decision,...

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