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.
Bill Littlefield offers his lyrical musings on the upcoming World Cup.
The organization Homeless Soccer works to provide sports to Chile’s homeless and has been enjoying huge success — including a berth in the 2011 Homeless World Cup. Eilís O’Neill has the story.
Since the days of the ancient Greeks, there have been theories about sexual abstinence improving athletic performance. Now the topic is on the mind of many World Cup teams. Josh Goodman of the Associated Press joins Bill Littlefield to explain.
In ‘Eight World Cups’ George Vecsey chronicles his travels to past World Cups, as well as his analysis of soccer’s big-picture concerns and controversies. The author joins Bill Littlefield.