Tag Archives: Soccer

World Cup: Que Sera, Sera

A good friend of mine—a full-fledged Man of Sport, though only a Man of Football because I intermittently force him to be—made this observation after yesterday’s match: “I was disappointed not to see more World Cup, but I was mostly … Continue reading

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2010: The Year Soccer Broke

The World Cup’s final stages call forth, as they always do, certain inevitable developments. England goes down like a 12-story building fashioned entirely from burnt newspaper. A plucky underdog seizes the world’s attention, loses in heartrending fashion, and is then … Continue reading

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World Cup: Brazil and Ghana Fall Victim to Soccer's Cosmic Jokes

One set of quarterfinals in the World Cup books, and one must say the entertainment value has repaid all that time we’ve spent listening to vuvuzelas, ignoring Glenn Beck and pretending that Portugal was going to do something. Today’s games … Continue reading

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How to Fix the World Cup, Part 582: The Paraguay Problem

This morning, I turned on my television at 0700, conditioned to expect the oddly comforting drone of the vuvuzelas and one of ESPN’s plummy Anglo-Saxon accents. Instead: tennis. I have nothing against tennis, but the sudden absence of soccer—this lull … Continue reading

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World Cup: Oopsie! Did Team USA Turn Me Into a Rabid Nationalist?

So this is new: I’m used to my football fandom marking me as a cappuccino-damaged rootless cosmopolitan who would gladly sell his homeland to the Frogs for a pack of Gauloises and a muscular rub-down from a vaguely Slavic pool … Continue reading

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World Cup: My England Problem

Today, the World Cup officially got serious. Uruguay and The Good Korea played a fierce win-or-go-home game in the pouring rain. The United States’ gutsy run ended against the sinister forces of Ghana…again. The Epcot Center portion of the competition … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE DEADBLOG! Internazionale v. Barcelona

Halftime: I arrive at my neighborhood soccer bar with three distinct goals in mind: 1) Avoid making any facile written statements in the well-worn (by me) “isn’t globalization interesting” / “here is a fascinating insight into the state of soccer … Continue reading

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