Group of Death? Nope. It’s Worse Than That

Oh Ghana, not again. For the last two World Cups, the road to the semifinals for the United States went through Ghana. And it’s been a dead end. In South Africa in 2010, the U.S. surrendered a goal in extra time to lose 2-1 in …

U.S. 2, Mexico 0; Olá Brasil!

There’s usually not much doubt when the U.S. and Mexican national football teams face off: just mutual dislike and a shared desire to crush the opposition. But last night’s World Cup qualifying game in Columbus, Ohio, …

Why Qatar is Spending $200 Billion On Soccer

South Africa — a country of some 50 million people — spent around $2.7 billion to stage the 2010 World Cup. Brazil’s 2014 World Cup costs have been rising, and have driven recent mass protests: how can a government pour so much money into sports, when so many citizens lack access to basic health care and education? Brazil has 192

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