FIFA's Report On World Cup Bidding Corruption Won't Be Made Public

We all had a grand old time in Brazil, didn't we? But now FIFA has to stop ignoring the fact that many (most?) observers believe the bidding process for the forthcoming Russia and Qatar World Cups was fixed, or at least flawed. In response to the clamoring for an update, FIFA has released a statement that amounts to,… » 7/21/14 3:25pm Yesterday 3:25pm

UEFA Emergency Panel: Russian And Ukrainian Teams Can't Play Each Other

Part of the job of being a governing body for international competition is dealing with the occasional geopolitical nightmare, and deciding how to keep teams from two countries essentially at war from turning a game into a battle. UEFA is nipping that shit in the bud right now, before tomorrow's Champions League draw… » 7/17/14 4:11pm Thursday 4:11pm

Eden Hazard And Divock Origi's Combine For Late Winner In Belgium-Russia

While Belgium haven't performed as well as many expected coming in, the Red Devils do look to have some sort of a strategy in these games: Keep the match tight for most of the day, make a couple substitutions, and when things get desperate, wait for one of your super midfielders to craft a winner. It worked against… » 6/22/14 2:45pm 6/22/14 2:45pm

How Russia Evolved Into One Of The World Cup's Most Dangerous Teams

Russia's march to Brazil began at the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland/Ukraine. The Russians, led by Dutch manager Dick Advocaat captured the attention of Europe with a comprehensive 4-1 thrashing of the Czech Republic in their opening game. The free-flowing, explosive Russian attack, a product of Advocaat's favored… » 6/11/14 6:58pm 6/11/14 6:58pm

What The Fuck Does This Thomas Friedman Hockey Metaphor Mean?

Thought leader Thomas Friedman of the New York Times has written a column about the Ukraine crisis, in which he argues, well, who knows. A good quarter of it is just an extended excerpt from a 16-year-old interview with George Kennan, who didn't think that committing to wage nuclear war on behalf of Eastern European… » 4/09/14 4:47pm 4/09/14 4:47pm