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Only A Blog
July 1st, 2014
By Martin Kessler

FIFA Video Game Scores American Soccer Fans

Record numbers of Americans are tuning in to watch the 2014 World Cup. FIFA, a soccer video game, may have something to do with it.

Commentary
June 28th, 2014

An Open Letter To Soccer-Hating Sports Writers

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.

In Depth
June 28th, 2014
By Saul Gonzalez

World Cup Fever In Los Angeles: One City, Many Fan Bases

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.

In The News
June 28th, 2014

U.S. Advances In World Cup: ‘This Is A New Tournament’

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.

Commentary
June 25th, 2014

We Get It, Sports Writers: You Don’t Like Soccer

As the World Cup presses on, one type of sports column has dependably reappeared again this summer, a column which Bill Littlefield finds unnecessary.

In Depth
June 21st, 2014

2002 U.S. Team Recalls Victory Against Portugal

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.

Interview
June 21st, 2014

Spain, England Eliminated And Other World Cup News

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.

Commentary
June 18th, 2014

World Cup Delivers Surprises On And Off The Field

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.

Featured Book
June 14th, 2014

‘The Big Fix’ Explores Soccer’s Betting Scandals

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.

Feature
June 14th, 2014
By Matthew Nelson

Angel With The Bent Legs: Garrincha’s Brief Reign Atop The Soccer World

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.

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