Costa Rica Manager Resigns After Brawling With Security Guard At Match

As expected, Costa Rica national team manager Paulo Wanchope resigned today, one day after he got into a videotaped brawl with a security guard at an Olympic qualifier. According to the Tico Times, Wanchope remorsefully said “We’re all human and sometimes we can lose our senses, and yesterday I lost my senses… »8/12/15 10:24pm8/12/15 10:24pm

Costa Rica Coach Paulo Wanchope Exchanges Blows With Man At U-23 Match

Costa Rica and Panama’s U-23 teams met in Panama City Tuesday night as part of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The match ended in a scoreless draw, and the real fireworks came after the final whistle blew. As recorded by Panamanian journalist Jhony Mosquera, that’s Costa Rican head coach Paulo Wanchope… »8/12/15 12:44am8/12/15 12:44am

Jeffrey Webb Secures $10 Million Bond With A Shitload Of Luxury Goods

Jeffrey Webb, the former FIFA vice-president and CONCACAF president, was one of the men arrested in Switzerland in May on corruption charges. Since he didn’t fight his extradition from Switzerland, he was the first of those arrested to be extradited to the United States to face the charges. … »7/20/15 9:31pm7/20/15 9:31pm

How The FIFA Busts Reach The Heart Of NASL

When authorities barged into Zurich and snatched up nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives, and Sepp Blatter followed up with his resignation, the world rejoiced. But just because justice is seemingly—finally—being visited upon those who deserved it, there are still victims, and the North American Soccer… »6/08/15 5:36pm6/08/15 5:36pm

Mexican Bicycle Goal Celebration Is Complicated

You've seen plenty of bicycle kicks, but have you ever seen a bicycle goal celebration? Mexico's Alejandro Díaz Liceaga broke it out after scoring his second goal against Cuba today in a CONCACAF U-20 tournament match. El Tri is defending its title, and doing so in brutal fashion—they're up 6-1 at halftime. »1/10/15 3:55pm1/10/15 3:55pm

Trinidad And Tobago Women's Soccer Team Could Use Help With Meal Money

Trinidad and Tobago just made it to the United States for the final round of qualifying for the 2015 Women's World Cup, a goal the island nation has never achieved in its 23 years of fielding a women's soccer team. It's not going to be easy: the "Soca Princesses" have arrived with, quite literally, not much more than… »10/08/14 1:13pm10/08/14 1:13pm

Will U.S. Soccer Destroy Itself Before World Cup Qualifying Is Through?

Tonight, the U.S. will beat Costa Rica, or it will beat itself. It's game two of the Hexagonal round, in which each team plays every other, home and away. The top three qualify for the 2014 World Cup, while the fourth has to fight the Oceania region's champ for scraps. After one match, the Americans sit alone in… »3/22/13 6:00pm3/22/13 6:00pm

Cuba, Grenada, El Salvador May Have Thrown Games In The 2011 Gold Cup

FIFA's head of security told SI.com that several games at the 2011 Gold Cup might have been fixed, confirming what a betting-industry insider also told SI: "The games involving Grenada (which lost three matches by a combined 15-1) and Cuba (which was outscored 16-1), the insider said, stood out: "It was the sort of… »12/08/11 1:50pm12/08/11 1:50pm

FBI Investigates Russian Plot To Hack World Cup Bids, And Other FIFA-Related Treachery

When the wining World Cup bids were announced last year, it was hard not to wrinkle a Corrugator supercilii muscle. Russia had beat out luckless England for the 2018 World Cup. Even weirder was that Qatar had triumphed over the mighty USA for 2022. Now a squad of FBI agents attached to the "Eurasian organized crime"… »12/07/11 12:55pm12/07/11 12:55pm

Obese Santa Claus Lookalike And FIFA Whistleblower Chuck Blazer Gracefully Exits CONCACAF While Being Investigated By FBI

Chuck Blazer, if you recall, is the FIFA executive who went public with bribery accusations against Mohammed bin Hammam, the only rival to Sepp Blatter during FIFA's presidential elections. (The charges torpedoed bin Hammam's candidacy.) Blazer is also the number two at CONCACAF. But not for long. The massive American… »10/06/11 8:05pm10/06/11 8:05pm