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Memories from World Cup shaped me into the man I am today

Pelé’s first World Cup memory is of his father crying. This was 1950. Brazil hosted, and rolled teams 4-0, 7-1 and 6-1. Before the final game, against Uruguay, the Brazilian players received gold watches with “For the World Champions” engraved on them. O Mundo’s showed a picture of the Brazilian players under the headline, “These […]


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Croatia: Déjà vu in World Cup knockout rounds

Croatia advanced past the first stage of the World Cup knockout rounds at Qatar 2022. The draw and subsequent penalty kicks against Japan had all the shades of Russia 2018. Back then, Croatia played to a 1-1 draw against Denmark, also in the round of 16. Croatia topped the Danes on penalties, the same fate […]


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Stadium 974 set for deconstruction and transfer

Stadium 974 is one of the more talked about World Cup venues. Now, it faces deconstruction and transplant to a new location. The stadium is the first temporary stadium in World Cup history, and it marks a new age in soccer architecture. Builders used 974 recyclable shipping containers to construct it. The number lends its […]

Cristiano Ronaldo

/ 2 days ago

Ronaldo exit from Man United is good for all

That’s all folks. It’s over. For the second time in his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has left Manchester United. Yet, unlike the first time, this won’t be for a record-breaking transfer fee. Nor does it come with the good will of the club, fans and teammates. Instead, this time, one of the greatest players of all […]


/ 2 days ago

England fans dreading France game: It's the hope that kills you

In England's convincing 3-0 win over Senegal, The Three Lions progressed to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for their second successive tournament. Prior to the game, I wanted to see Gareth Southgate give more of the squad a chance to play. Predictably, he stayed with almost the same team that beat Wales. Southgate dropped […]


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God save notre king: Today's front covers from England and France

With the United States out of the World Cup, our attention turns overseas to the reaction from newspapers to Sunday's World Cup games. In particular, we take a close look at the papers after the England-Senegal and France-Poland matches. Reaction from British tabloids to England's victory Coverage in Senegal Senegal's WIW Sport offers the headline […]


/ 3 days ago

Aliou Cissé: Inside the seven-year Senegal project

Aliou Cissé embodies the Senegal spirit of teranga, or family and sharing. The former PSG midfielder had 33 caps for the national team, and he was the captain of a dangerous Senegal side that ran all the way to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup. At AFCON 2002, he infamously missed the final penalty […]

Gregg Berhalter

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US Soccer needs a better coach than Gregg Berhalter

Despite making it to the knockout stage, it's evident that US Soccer needs a better coach than Gregg Berhalter to move this team forward. There's no other way to put it than to say that Gregg Berhalter has massively underachieved with the US Men's National Team (USMNT). The World Cup run for the US came […]


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Concacaf was weakest confederation in World Cup Group Stage

The group stage said many things about each confederation under the FIFA umbrella. Some saw embarrassment as only one team from the area advanced. Others set records for the quantity of teams to reach the round of 16. The 2022 World Cup group stage was wild. Within minutes a pair of teams was safe to […]


/ 5 days ago

VAR fails Uruguay after late penalty appeal dismissed

Uruguay left it late to join the party in Qatar, producing its only noteworthy performance in the final group game. On the back of the miserable loss against Portugal, Diego Alonso ditched his oversized hipster white trainers and three man defense. In its place, he opted for an old fashioned pair of formal brown leather […]


/ 6 days ago

Germany fly home early after crashing out of World Cup

The World Cup’s latest demolition derby of emotional turbulence ended with Japanese elation, Spanish relief, Costa Rican wonder at what might have been, and a German soccer nation limping painfully into introspective despair. The inquest – for the third time in four-and-a-half years – began immediately. German public broadcaster ARD brutally interrogated an exhausted Hansi […]