3 Stories
June 20th, 2015

MLB Hack, ‘Royal’ All-Star Worries And USWNT’s Slow(?) Start

How will first-year MLB commissioner Rob Manfred handle the hacking scandal? Does the MLB need to change its All-Star voting system? And is the U.S. Women’s National Team failing to live up to its hype? The NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer and sport writer Erik Malinowski join Bill Littlefield for this week’s edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”

In The News
June 13th, 2015

Brazil’s Neymar And Marta: Two ‘Magicians,’ Two Very Different Stories

From 1941 until 1979, it was against the law for women to play soccer in Brazil. Now, led by five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta, the Brazilian women have a shot at winning the World Cup. Gwen Oxenham joins Bill Littlfield to explain what a World Cup win would mean for Brazil.

3 Stories
May 30th, 2015

Switzerland For Sports, Tennis Rules And Steph Curry’s Daughter

Why are so many sports governing bodies calling Switzerland home? Why does Rafael Nadal have a say in who officiates his French Open matches? And should pro athletes like Steph Curry be allowed to bring their children to postgame press conferences? That’s this week’s “3 Stories You Should Know.”

In The News
May 30th, 2015

Why Did FIFA Re-elect Sepp Blatter?

Fourteen FIFA officials were indicted this week on charges of corruption, so how the heck did FIFA president Sepp Blatter win re-election? Bill Littlefield gets the answer from longtime soccer writer George Vecsey.

May 27th, 2015

Commentary: Nobody Does Corruption Like FIFA

Seven high-ranking FIFA executives were arrested early Wednesday morning in Switzerland. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the allegations of bribery, kickbacks and illegal arrangements regarding the scheduling and marketing of major soccer tournaments.

May 23rd, 2015

Sport Is Politics For 73-Year-Old FC Barcelona Fan

Sixty-six years ago, Marti Dalmases’ father signed him up as a member of the FC Barcelona fan club. The 73-year-old estimates he’s now seen about 2,500 matches. He talked with Only A Game’s Ian Mount about the politics of soccer in Spain, archrival Real Madrid and next week’s Copa Del Rey Final, which Barca will be looking to win.

April 15th, 2015

Remembering Eduardo Galeano, Writer And Soccer Lover

Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano, known partly for his books about soccer, passed away Monday at the age of 74. Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield remembers Galeano’s writing.

February 28th, 2015

Life On Major League Soccer’s Minimum Salary

As a rookie with the Columbus Crew in 2014, Ross Friedman was paid less than $40,000. One of his teammates earned more than 15 times that. Friedman joins Bill Littlefield to share what it’s like to experience income inequality in Major League Soccer.

Only A Blog
February 11th, 2015

Passed Over By MLS, Miguel Ibarra Gets Shot On U.S. National Team

Midfielder Miguel Ibarra made his first U.S. Men’s National Team start against Panama on Sunday. He got the chance despite playing in the second-division North American Soccer League.

December 17th, 2014

Remembering A World War I Truce On Christmas Eve — 100 Years Later

Bill Littlefield reflects on a remarkable World War I ceasefire that featured a soccer game between German and British troops.

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