Monthly Archives: June 2009

Amy Lawrence on the USA Stunner

Back in the pre-Internet era, I used to immure myself in the University of Montana’s Mansfield Library—a ’70s-futurist crypt that always made me feel like I was in a Soviet science-fiction film—to dig up Amy Lawrence’s soccer coverage in three-week-old … Continue reading

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FIFA Demands Iran Answers

Or so the story goes. I remain skeptical that international football’s ruling apparatchiks will do anything to Iran’s ruling apparatchiks. Apparatchiks tend to hang together; it’s why they’re apparatchiks. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Iran crisis’ all-important Soccer Dimension, Huffington Post … Continue reading

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Go-Go Gozo Goes For Gold—Or, It's the VIVA World Cup!

As last-gasp Brazil and miracle-on-grass USA sharpen their spikes and test out their most theatrical grimaces of mortal pain in preparation for the Confederations Cup Final in South Africa, a few cities in northern Italy play host to one of … Continue reading

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Pour Some on the Pavement for Steven Wells

Steven Wells, one of the funniest and fiercest sports journalists of our time, has died of lymphatic cancer. The Guardian offers an apt and evocative tribute. Update: The excellent Canadian blog A More Splendid Life weighs in as well.

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USA SHOCKS SPAIN! (What Does it Mean?)

On the one hand, it means very little—that’s the responsible, conservative, sober way for an American fan to view the Yanquis’ AMAZING 2 : 0 VICTORY AGAINST THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD! The Confederations Cup is a relatively insignificant … Continue reading

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US v Spain: Prediction Market

I say the USA plays a reasonably well-organized and tenacious game against the mighty Furia Roja—not unlike the side’s sturdy pre-red card performance against Italy—yet eventually succumbs to Spain’s ceaseless ball movement and withering possession. Final score: Spain 2 : … Continue reading

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FIFA Must Ban Iran

If this story proves true—if Iranian football authorities have forced players who wore green wristbands during the national side’s most recent match to “retire”—then FIFA should immediately “retire” Iran from international football for the foreseeable future.  Given FIFA’s long history … Continue reading

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