If you want to see what a perfectly struck shot from distance looks like, Radja Nainggolan’s deep jackhammer goal he just scored for Belgium against Wales is it:
Careful, old man. Your back at 38 isn’t as resilient as it was at 18. Here’s a couple more angles of Buffon’s fall:
Regular Fellaini hair: cool. Fellaini hair dunked in a vat of peroxide so that it loses its appealing form and texture and instead resembles an stringy mass of nasty yellow cotton candy: uncool. Stay cool, Fellaini.
One of the more jarring photos to come out of the aftermath of today’s terrorist attack in Brussels shows a man lying on the floor of the airport, bleeding from his legs. That man has since been identified as Sebastien Bellin, a basketball player who currently plays for the Gent Hawks in Blegium’s pro league.
This here’s Wout Van Aert, one of cyclocross’ biggest rising stars. He’s only 21, but he won the Belgian nationals today (cyclocross is to Belgium as, say, football is to America, so that’s a huge deal) and he took 2015's Superprestige competition.
It’s perfectly understandable how one might look at Radja Nainggolan and imagine him a strange character. It’s also understandable why one might hold the belief that he should be locked up for his numerous assaults on opposing players’ legs. What isn’t so reasonable is seeing the Roma midfielder just chilling in a…
I could be convinced that this is the greatest shot attempt in the history of soccer. Once Vincent Kompany continued to juggle the ball forward, he had to attempt this, right? You can't juggle the ball forward 15 yards and not attempt this shot. You can't juggle the ball forward 15 yards and then let it hit the…
This marks the first year in at least the past 10 that I have not resolved to learn even the basics of a foreign language. My monolinguism is deplorable, considering that I aim to communicate for a living and have had plenty of opportunity to learn other tongues over the years. But I've never made any real progress,…
A couple weeks ago, I wrote a big, trashy, sensationalist, and 100-percent accurate post titled "There Is No Excuse For Drinking Heineken," in which I argued that there are literally thousands of better-tasting ways to communicate to the world that you have a dollar more than the price of a Budweiser. I thought that…
Alright, back to the games. Here's your place to talk Argentina-Belgium.
The fellow who disrupted play during yesterday's USA-Belgium found an ingenious way to get so close to the pitch—he had a wheelchair in a spot meant for the disabled.
As close as the USMNT came to dragging Belgium to penalties during its second half of extra time fury, we have to remember that our team had no business being in that position. With the quality of chances Belgium created throughout the match's 120 minutes, they should've scored early and often. They did not, only…
This, from Squawka, was produced by the goddamn Belgian firing squad that Tim Howard stood in front of for 120 minutes during yesterday's soul-crusher. The man saw 39 shots—the fourth-most ever fired in a World Cup game since they started counting in 1966—and he turned away 16 of them. Nobody has stopped that many…
The Belgians had faith in their boys coming into today's Round of 16 match against the USMNT. Following the tradition of every other team we've played in this World Cup, one paper thought it would be funny to turn the famous Obama campaign slogan "Yes we can!" against us. They were right. They could. We couldn't.
And that's how it ends, after a high-scoring, vein-popping extra time that provided the variety of heartbreak we never would have expected over the first 90: the sense that they could have done it. But that's the World Cup—could've-should'ves may provide moral victories, but they don't keep you warm for four years.
The U.S. is out of the World Cup, but Tim Howard's legendary performance will be remembered for decades. Here are all 16 of his saves today against Belgium.
A rough sequence for Matt Besler led to Belgium's goal early in extra time. He got run through by just-subbed-in Romelu Lukaku, then over-committed while trying to help out on Kevin De Bruyne. Tim Howard can't save 'em all; but there's plenty of time left.
Here goes nothing. Have at it.