Seventeen years ago, Matías Anguita was smoking as many as three packs of cigarettes a day. Then he quit and started running. Now, he hopes his grueling, two-marathon-a-day trek will inspire others in a country with a widespread smoking problem to quit the habit.
The official draw for groups for the 2015 women’s World Cup is scheduled for Dec. 6. Meanwhile, the dispute over plans to use artificial turf at the competition is ongoing. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.
Author David Goldblatt’s new book “The Game of Our Lives” seeks to explain soccer’s central place in the British psyche. Goldblatt joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his book.
The Brazilian state of Amazonas borrowed $160 million to build a new World Cup stadium. Now that the competition’s over, many are concerned about the stadium’s future. Can it bring in enough money to pay off the debt? Sam Schramski reports from Brazil.
Located in Spain’s verdant Basque Country, Eibar shocked the soccer world in May when it became the smallest town to send a team to Spain’s top league — ever. Now, SD Eibar prepares to take on Spanish soccer giant Real Madrid. From Barcelona, Ian Mount has the story.
With the help of the international Jewish sports organization Maccabi, two Polish soccer teams revived a historic rivalry this past summer. From Krakow, Poland, Hannah Morris brings us the story.
Inspired by a silver trophy from 1987, a diverse group of athletes in a remote Alaskan fishing hub recently participated in the International Friendship Cup. Annie Ropeik has the story of this unique community-building soccer tournament on Unalaska Island.
Female track star Dutee Chand has been banned from competition due to naturally occurring high testosterone levels. Chand is fighting her ban. Juliet Macur of the New York Times recently profiled Chand and joins Bill Littlefield.
With the Australian Football League’s Grand Final scheduled for Sept. 27, Margaret Evans returns from Sydney with a primer on “Australian rules.”
In mid-August, players from all over the world gathered in Pittsburgh for a world championship that you probably didn’t even know existed. Lauren Ober has the story.