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FIFA Screwed France Out Of The Tournament, And It's Bullshit

Immediately following France’s loss to Germany in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, a rightfully frustrated Camille Abily lashed out at FIFA’s seeding protocols. As anyone who bothered to look ahead could see, those teams—probably the two best in the world—were always on a collision course at that early stage in the… » 6/29/15 2:05pm 6/29/15 2:05pm

The USWNT Must Evolve Or Die

This time last year, Brazil were capping off a fairly up-and-down group stage of the 2014 World Cup on home soil. The tournament favorites, whose fans had been planning the impending victory celebration practically since the moment FIFA announced them as hosts, had at times impressed, and at others looked curiously… » 6/23/15 4:24pm 6/23/15 4:24pm

Germany Kill Off Sweden With Sliding Circus Shot Goal

And thus the German machine charges on. Germany dominated Sweden for nearly the entire 90 minutes in the Round of 16, save a brief spell late on when, leading 3-0, Sweden threatened to make a game of it by scoring once and spurning a golden 1 v. 1 with the keeper. Nevertheless, Germany came right back to squelch any… » 6/20/15 6:01pm 6/20/15 6:01pm

English Keeper Flattens Colombian, Robbing Us Of A Brilliant Team Goal

We have a soft spot in our hearts for scrappy little Colombia, who entered this group as long shots but have impressed with the overflowing technical ability of their players. So you can understand our frustration as Las Cafeteras were all set to cap off the team goal of the tournament before the English keeper went… » 6/17/15 5:52pm 6/17/15 5:52pm

This Dutch Goal And Ecstatic Celebration Are Why We Watch The World Cup

The Netherlands were one of our favorites of the longshots coming into this tournament, their first ever World Cup, for a number of reasons. Their underdog status, their paltry history, the sudden boom of young talent once the country began to prioritize the women’s game, their expressive style of play—it all combined… » 6/16/15 12:30pm 6/16/15 12:30pm

Holy Shit, Colombia Beat France!

The first upset of the Women’s World Cup happened this afternoon, and it was a very big one. Locked into a tight match with France all day, when the final whistle blew Colombia were on top 2-0. Ranked 28th in the world by FIFA, Colombia became the lowest ranked team to ever knockoff a top-10 team (France was 3rd) in… » 6/13/15 5:12pm 6/13/15 5:12pm

Believe It Or Not, Germany Aren't Invincible

Yes, I am very aware of how crazy that headline sounds. Yes, I watched Die Nationalelf demolish Côte d’Ivoire, and how the score wasn’t 15-0 is beyond me. Germany are probably the best team in the world. They are the deepest team in the tournament besides the United States. They are a steamroller set to flatten… » 6/11/15 3:23pm 6/11/15 3:23pm

Turns Out Nigeria Really Did Decide To Show Up And Wreck Shit

On one of 1017 Thug’s standout tracks “Nigeria,” Young Thug taunts his enemies, “You nah wet me, I dare ya!” This was apparently the mindset this Nigerian team took to the World Cup, because boy, did they just bust Sweden’s ass in this match. Just look at this goal, and especially that pass! » 6/08/15 6:08pm 6/08/15 6:08pm

Canada Win World Cup Opener Thanks To Stoppage Time Penalty

After an uneventful 90 minutes of thwarted Canadian attacks and shaky though effective Chinese defending, the host nation managed to avoid embarrassment by eking out a victory thanks to a penalty call. The call was perfectly fair, and the penalty taken with characteristic aplomb by Christine Sinclair. » 6/06/15 8:06pm 6/06/15 8:06pm