Brazil? It’s Not ‘Like Watching Brazil’

“Brazil, it’s just like watching Brazil” is what long-suffering fans of lower-league English clubs sarcastically sing when their team of cloggers and journeymen strings together two or three passes. (See the clip from the Barnsley terraces below)


But anyone who’s …

Oh, Henry!

Okay, so forget about the Thierry Henry who became the worst cheater the world had ever seen by controlling a ball with his hand that set up France’s undeserved victory over Ireland—and the World Cup berth that came with it. For much of the decade before that, Henry had been famous as an icon of French footballing excellence; a …

Quotes: Brazil’s President on Argentine, um, Preparations

“Diego Maradona is the only coach to adopt such a policy. I want to see the Argentines arrive staggering and exhausted to their games.”

— Brazilian President LULA DA SILVA, doesn’t think that Argentina’s policy to allow their players to have sex with their partners in South Africa is a good tactic. (via The Guardian)

World Cup: Security Problems Already?

Four days before the World Cup kicks off, the unedifying spectacle of football officials and policemen blaming each other for a dangerous stampede outside a friendly Nigeria-North Korea match at Ekurhuleni, near Johannesburg, is a little worrying for any fan arriving in South Africa. Reports from the scene say between 15-20 spectators …

The World Cup Nears — What Will the Future Write?

Over 12 million people have watched Nike’s epic World Cup ad on YouTube, and for good reason. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, an Oscar nominee for the 2006 film Babel, the commercial is a spectacular paean to the world’s game, whirring from a sultry night in West Africa to visions of monumental triumph in an Iberian square. …

Spoiler Alert! JP Morgan Reveals World Cup Winner

Why don’t you save yourself the heartache of following your favorite team at the World Cup this summer: JP Morgan have given the game away by working out the winner.

In fact, there’s no need to read any further, as you can check out my brief take when this little news nugget originally did the rounds or see my colleague (and fellow …

Top 10 Blown Calls

It was the perfect game that wasn’t. Umpire Jim Joyce mistakenly ruined Armando Galarraga’s perfect game with a bad call. TIME takes a look at other refs who changed the course of sports history with bad calls

Hey, NBA, Whatever Happened to Game 7?

Ah, Lakers-Celtics. The matchup between the two dynastic franchises from Los Angeles and Boston, who will be squaring off in the NBA Finals for the 12th time, brings back so many memories.

Surprise! New World Cup Ball Provokes Controversy!

Ahead of every World Cup, there are always certain guarantees: England fans fear the team will eventually be eliminated via penalty kicks. The world will underestimate the German squad. And there will be a hullabaloo over the official match ball.

Top 10 World Cup Games

As the anticipation builds to South Africa 2010, TIME turns back the clock to reflect on some of the tournament’s classic showdowns

Top 10 Sports Comebacks

Michael Vick went from playing quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons to serving time on dogfighting charges. But now that Vick’s out of jail, the Philadelphia Eagles are offering him a second chance

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