A soccer official claims that the game has been “stolen” from England. Here’s why that argument is flawed.
The debate over goal-line technology is the talk of the soccer world yet again.
One day on from the desperate disappointment of missing out on hosting a first World Cup since 1966, the anger has barely subsided in England over FIFA’s decision to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia.
FIFA has decided to award the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.
A nation woke up Thursday confronted by the grim reality that David Beckham’s competitive England soccer career has come to an end. And the player himself found out at the same time as his loyal subjects.
So how do you neutralize Cristiano Ronaldo, the superstar of epic Nike ads who so rarely does much more than preen and posture in his national team colors? Quite simple, really: You simply don’t let his team have the ball. (And you don’t seriously think glamour-boy Ronaldo goes back and fights for possession, do you? Nope. He …
Our Paris bureau chief, World Cup Blog contributor, and all-around football guru Bruce Crumley commented on my gut reaction post to the Frank Lampard play. Bruce’s post shouldn’t be buried in the comments section: he offers a clear, in-depth argument as to why instant replay is needed in soccer. Check it out below. Right on, Bruce!
Japan’s inspiring play last night (and Tony’s post) have me daring to wish for what in any other Cup would have been the impossible: greatly favored sides being shown the door by nominally modest rivals. If France and Italy can both go out in disgrace, and the U.S. finish ahead of England, why not hope for (but not lay lots of money …
Now that the euphoria has faded – perhaps ever so slightly – following America’s remarkable 1-0 win over Algeria in the World Cup, it’s time to look ahead. And believe it or not, on paper, the U.S. is a favorite to reach the semifinals.
Oh my, scratch the obits – on both sides of the pond.
Watching today’s dire, dire performance by England, I was struck not only by the fact that the likes of Wayne Rooney and Gerrard failed to bring their blood-and-guts personas to the game — is there any site more pathetic than an England team bereft of passion? — but that England plays without the sense of organization and fluidity that …
This is the second time I’ve trekked to a stadium to watch England play in the World Cup and – bar the first four minutes of the first game, when Steven Gerrard struck a composed goal – my God, they’re dull.
As most people know by now, the big idea about staging the World Cup in South Africa, the grand experiment, is trying to change the perception of the country, and perhaps a continent. So: is it working?