As the first black player to represent Italy at a major tournament, ‘Super Mario’ can’t avoid a confrontation with his country’s racial prejudices
Spain’s opponents struggle to score because they don’t see much of the ball – not even to retrieve it from the back of their own net
Jiang Xiaoshan went 11 nights without sleep to watch the tourney
Some things are apparently worse than racism; the haunting of Cristiano Ronaldo; why England’s team is like Stoke City; and more
The festival of football has mostly been a joy to watch thus far.
England’s pro league is far stronger than France’s, yet its national team is far weaker
Captain Andrei Arshavin leads a dynamic Russian squad.
The European Championships have always been known for making new stars.
How international tournaments remain an opportunity for nostalgic but usually harmless pantomime jingoism.
Why is one of England’s most famous players not on the roster?
Another match-fixing scandal rocks Italian soccer