Every four years they appear: columns by sports writers explaining whey they hate soccer. Bill Littlefield has a tip for those scribes: take a vacation during the World Cup.
Like much of the planet, Los Angeles has World Cup fever. And in L.A., you can find fans of any country. Reporter Saul Gonzalez watched games with fans all over the city and talked to them about their soccer loyalties.
The U.S. men’s soccer team couldn’t beat Germany on Thursday, but still managed to move on thanks to their goal differential advantage over Ghana and Portugal. Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated joined Bill Littlefield.
As the World Cup presses on, one type of sports column has dependably reappeared again this summer, a column which Bill Littlefield finds unnecessary.
The U.S. national team beat Ghana this week, but this isn’t the first time the Yanks have surprised the soccer world. Gary Waleik has the story of the 2002 squad’s shocking win against Portugal.
After Spain’s quick elimination in two games, England’s heartbreak against Uruguay, and the United States’ win against Ghana, the World Cup makes its way to the end of the group stage. ESPN soccer expert and Men in Blazers co-host Roger Bennett once again joined Bill Littlefield.
Each day’s action in Brazil changes speculation about what will happen next at the World Cup. And with every development Bill Littlefield finds surprises on and off the pitch.
During the World Cup, gamblers worldwide bet on every facet of the month-long contest. But is the Cup safe from the match-fixing that plagues the lower levels of soccer on every continent? Brett Forrest, author of ‘The Big Fix’ joined Bill Littlefield.
He made his World Cup debut in the same game as Pele and helped Brazil win the World Cup in 1958 and 1962, but Garrincha is unknown to many soccer fans. Matthew Nelson brings us the story of the right winger who overcame physical disability to reach stardom — only to quickly lose his spot at the top.
The World Cup has finally begun, as host country Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1. ESPN’s Roger Bennett joined Bill Littlefield to talk about the upcoming matches.