In the 89th minute of the Confederations Cup semifinal between Mexico and Germany, Mexico substitute Marco Fabián, while standing midway between the halfway line and the penalty box, received a pass off a free kick, stepped up to the ball, and clobbered the hell out of it.
After a lively though scoreless 120 minutes of Confederations Cup soccer between Portugal and Chile, the South Americans advanced to the final on penalty kicks thanks in part to Claudio Bravo but mostly to Portugal’s penalty takers, who were shockingly bad.
Mexico beat New Zealand 2-1 in a Confederations Cup match today, but the game wasn’t stress-free for El Tri. Mexico went into halftime down 1-0, and their manager, Juan Carlos Osorio, got into a heated exchange with the New Zealand sideline less than a half hour into the match.
For most of the soccer world, this summer’s Confederations Cup is the first time fans will have seen the sport’s much ballyhooed instant replay system live and in action. And as anyone familiar with replay’s fundamental epistemological shortcomings could’ve predicted, the whole process blows.
The start of the Confederations Cup is essentially the first day of Advent before the Christmas that is the World Cup. Played in the World Cup’s host country the year before and consisting of 8 teams—the champion of each continent, the host, and the defending World Cup champs—this tournament is unimportant in the…
Ahead of the Confederations Cup, which begins Saturday in Russia, FIFA has announced a “ground-breaking” procedure for limiting racism and discrimination in soccer. Referees will now be able to abandon a match entirely if fans participate in racist or discriminatory behavior.
Neymar is absolutely brilliant. That is now undebatable. His latest goal against Spain to end the first half of the Confederations Cup shows exactly why he's already one of the best players in the world.
So, Brazil's not fucking around.
Wow. That was a pretty good game, right? The Confederations Cup consolation match between Italy and Uruguay was a meaningless game in a meaningless tournament, and it wasn't supposed to do anything more than whet our appetite ahead of tonight's final between Brazil and Spain. Along the way, it turned out to be the…
Brazil and Spain kick off in the Confederations Cup final at 6 p.m. You know what that means.
This match is insane. Uruguay trailed Italy 2-1 following a beautiful Alessandro Diamanti goal in the 73rd minute, but Edinson Cavani had the opportunity to equalize five short minutes later from another free kick. The striker did not disappoint.
Italy is taking on Uruguay in the Confederations Cup third-place match, and so far, the first half has been absolutely hectic. Both sides are getting forward with some of the world's best strikers running at tired defenders, and there have been plenty of chances. So it's strange that the first goal came on an absolute…
The Confederations Cup doesn't really matter. The games are scrimmages, and tomorrow's result between Brazil and Spain will have no bearing whatsoever on the World Cup. The tournament is just a dry run to make sure Brazil's stadiums and services will be able to handle next year's influx of fans. What does matter,…
Today, Spain played Italy in the semifinal of the Confederations Cup. It was a great game, likely the best of the tournament, because for the first time in years, Spain looked vulnerable. Italy countered Spain's dominance in possession by countering quickly when they won the ball, attacking through wing play or…
This Confederations Cup has shown the world what Neymar brings to the table—and why Barça was willing to spend $74 million for his contract rights. The star Brazilian striker was back at it today, setting up a late winner after a bit of injured-opponent taunting.
Last month, it was announced that Brazilian soccer star Neymar was sold to FC Barcelona. We were excited, because the 21-year-old is the best and most hyped prospect in the world, and might already be the best player on the planet outside of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
A great strike from one of the best ever in his 100th career appearance. What else needs to be said?