A Different Kind Of Party At The Women's World Cup

In May I was at a bar in Portland, Ore., with two of my brothers, watching the U.S. women’s national soccer team play the first of a series of pre-World Cup tune-ups. At first, we were the only people there—it was Mother’s Day, around brunchtime. A little after halftime, an older couple sat down at the other end of… »7/09/15 3:48pm7/09/15 3:48pm

Brazil's World Cup Stadiums Were A Colossal Waste Of Money

One of the major concerns of the Brazilian people in the run-up to last summer’s World Cup was the prudence of a financially-troubled nation spending hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars on stadiums. The stadiums were criticized for their opulence, their number, and their location. As it turns out, the critics… »5/12/15 2:49pm5/12/15 2:49pm

Concussed Christoph Kramer "Can't Really Remember" World Cup Final

Christopher Kramer wasn't supposed to play in the World Cup final. The young midfielder was told just minutes before kick-off that he'd be replacing the injured Sami Khedira. So you could forgive him if that's why the whole thing seems like a blur to him, but really it's just because of the brain trauma. »7/14/14 4:18pm7/14/14 4:18pm

Maradona Calls Messi's Golden Ball Win A "Marketing Plan"

Lionel Messi was awarded FIFA's Golden Ball, as best player of the World Cup, and it was sort of a cruel selection. Not only did it highlight that the world's undisputed best player became increasingly less visible as the tournament wore on, but it forced Messi to receive his trophy on the pitch, when he sounded like… »7/14/14 9:31am7/14/14 9:31am