UEFA's Stacked 8-Team Playoff Guarantees World Cup Heartbreak: A Guide

Yesterday, we saw 53 European World Cup hopefuls get cut down to just 17. Nine teams—Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Switzerland, Bosnia, and Russia—advanced to next year's tournament in Brazil. There are still four spots up for grabs, to be fought for among the next eight best European… » 10/16/13 12:59pm 10/16/13 12:59pm

The USMNT Saves Mexico, And Mexico Is Eternally Grateful

Soccer can be a cruel even in victory. This photo is of the U.S.'s Terrence Boyd tearfully embracing Panama's Felipe Baloy, after two late goals from the USMNT officially eliminated Los Canaleros from the World Cup. But the sport can also be generous in defeat: the U.S.'s win singlehandedly kept alive its fiercest… » 10/16/13 8:28am 10/16/13 8:28am

Jürgen Klinsmann Came From The Future To Save American Soccer

The United States are playing Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier tonight, and it's a big deal. The USMNT is first in their group, and a win would all but guarantee their place in Brazil next year. If some other results go the the right way, they could even clinch this evening. They've never won a qualifier in Costa… » 9/06/13 9:45am 9/06/13 9:45am

This Is How You Get Away With Throwing A Ball Into Your Opponent's Face

That's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, playing for the Swedish national team and giving us all a master class in how to be a dickhead without getting caught. Oh hello, Mr. Referee. I would like to discuss that call with you in a civil and practical manner. What ball? Whose face? I don't know what you're talking about. Perfectly… » 6/13/13 6:22pm 6/13/13 6:22pm

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 6:00pm 3/22/13 6:00pm

How To Cost Your Team A Win In World Cup Qualifying

First-time Scotland national team player Chris Iwelumo choked on an open net in World Cup qualifying yesterday. The 30-year-old received "a perfect ball across the face of goal to Iwelumo just a few yards out with the net gaping."
It was a nightmare start to an international career which had been a long time coming… » 10/12/08 1:00pm 10/12/08 1:00pm